WASHINGTON -- Hoping all of those Phillies fans on my Amtrak train down to D.C. will stay hydrated today, and not just with a foamy liquid. It's hot here, with an expected high of 94 degrees, but it feels plenty warmer than that.
Still, not a cloud in the sky and it's an absolute beautiful day for some holiday baseball. (Unfortunately, both teams will be wearing hideous hats as Major League Baseball continues to profit off patriotism.)
Roy Halladay takes the mound in this ballpark he has come to adore in just a little over a season. In three career starts here, Halladay has a 1.08 ERA. He's started an opening day here, a division-clincher, and pitched a gritty complete game.
What does he have up his sleeve for Memorial Day?
Who should sit when Shane Victorino returns?
Charlie Manuel makes a minor lineup change, flipping Placido Polanco and Chase Utley in the batting order. The significance of this move will depend on whatever you think of lineup construction (*coughoverratedcough*). Polanco has good numbers from the second spot. But Utley gets on base more often. And the lefties are no longer split in the middle. Pros, cons... you know the drill.
The full lineup:
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Domonic Brown 9
8. John Mayberry Jr. 8
9. Roy Halladay 1
Shane Victorino (right hamstring) reported no issues after his second rehab game. He will play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for double-A Reading and then meet the team in Pittsburgh on Friday for an evaluation. He'll likely be activated then.
Brad Lidge (rotator cuff) is still scheduled for another extended spring training game Tuesday. Brian Schneider (left hamstring) is still not ready for games and it could still be a bit before he is.
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