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.
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:
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