Game 127: Bernadina gets his first Phillies start

Roger Bernadina. (Gene J. Puskar/AP file photo)

Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said everybody would get a chance and he is proving that by giving newcomer Roger Bernadina his first start in tonight’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park against the Colorado Rockies.

Bernadina was signed as a free agent on Wednesday after being released on Monday by the Washington Nationals.

He will start in center field tonight and hit eighth. Bernadina flew out to right as a pinch hitter for Cliff Lee in his Phillies first at-bat during Wednesday’s 4-3 win over Colorado

With Washington, he batted .178 in 152 at-bats with a .517 OPS.

The 29-year-old Bernadina is looking to regain the form of 2012 when he hit .291 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 227 at-bats.

The Phillies are now 3-3 under Sandberg. Here is the their lineup.

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Michael Young, 1B

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Domonic Brown, LF

5. Carlos Ruiz, C

6. Darin Ruf, RF

7. Cody Asche, 3B

8. Roger Bernadina, CF

9. Kyle Kendrick, P