Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Utley still sick; Rollins bats third; Francisco lives

The tarp is off the field and the groundscrew is drying the grass behind the infield with leaf blowers. Sweet.

Utley still sick; Rollins bats third; Francisco lives


The tarp is off the field and the groundscrew is drying the grass behind the infield with leaf blowers. Sweet.

It looks like they will play eventually. A light drizzle is falling, the wind is blowing in and Roy Halladay is facing the anemic Pirates. Hmm...

Second baseman Chase Utley remains out of the lineup with the flu. Charlie Manuel said he took one look at Utley and decided he wasn't ready to play.

Shane Victorino remains in the leadoff spot and shortstop Jimmy Rollins will hit third for the second straight game. It's the first time he's done that since Aug. 3-4, 2007.

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Ben Francisco is starting left field for Raul Ibanez. It's Francisco's first start since April 26. And Juan Castro is at second base to replace Utley, making his first start since May 5.

1. Victorino 8
2. Polanco 5
3. Rollins 6
4. Howard 3
5. Werth 9
6. Francisco 7
7. Ruiz 2
8. Castro 4
9. Halladay 1

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