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Lincecum scratched, Zito to start

Forget all of the hubbub about a matchup against Tim Lincecum: The Giants ace has been scratched from tonight's start with flu-like symptoms, Bruce Bochy just announced.

Lincecum scratched, Zito to start

Tim Lincecum has been scratched from tonight´s start with flu-like symptoms. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Tim Lincecum has been scratched from tonight's start with flu-like symptoms. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Forget all of the hubbub about a matchup against Tim Lincecum: The Giants ace has been scratched from tonight's start with flu-like symptoms, Bruce Bochy just announced.

That means Barry Zito is starting a day early for San Francisco.

Lincecum apparently came to the ballpark with the illness and told Bochy he could not start.

Zito, the $126-million man who was left off the Giants' postseason roster, has a 4.78 ERA in only seven starts this season. He's walked 16 and struck out 20. Zito has made four starts since returning from the disabled list.

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He's a lefty and Lincecum is a righty, so Charlie Manuel has made a lineup change: Domonic Brown is out and John Mayberry Jr. is in right field, batting seventh. The new lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Michael Martinez 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. John Mayberry Jr. 9
8. Brian Schneider 2
9. Vance Worley 1

Here are the Phillies' career numbers against Zito:

  PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Raul Ibanez 50 49 9 2 1 1 9 0 8 .184 .180 .327 .507
Jimmy Rollins 16 16 6 0 0 1 3 0 1 .375 .375 .563 .938
Chase Utley 12 11 4 2 0 0 1 0 1 .364 .364 .545 .909
Wilson Valdez 10 10 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 .300 .300 .600 .900
Brian Schneider 7 4 1 0 0 1 1 3 1 .250 .571 1.000 1.571
Shane Victorino 7 6 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .333 .429 .500 .929
Ben Francisco 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .167 .167 .167 .333
Ryan Howard 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .167 .000 .167
Carlos Ruiz 4 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .333 .500 .333 .833
Total 120 112 27 6 2 3 19 6 19 .241 .277 .411 .688

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