Sunday, February 7, 2016

Game 17: A day of rest for Pence


Game 17: A day of rest for Pence



UPDATE (7:50 p.m.): Hunter Pence is sidelined by a left shoulder injury.

EARLIER: Charlie Manuel did not specifically name Hunter Pence during his postgame lecture Sunday about his players pressing. But Pence is the best example. He made five outs with four swings Sunday and cost the Phillies three runs with his defense.

So Pence will sit on the bench for the first time all season in Monday's series opener vs. the Diamondbacks. He is 0 for his last 15.

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That leaves Charlie Manuel with his 13th different lineup in 17 games.

1. Juan Pierre 7
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Jimmy Rollins 6
4. Ty Wigginton 3
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. John Mayberry Jr. 9
8. Freddy Galvis 4
9. Kyle Kendrick 1

Kendrick starts opposite Wade Miley, a lefthander for Arizona. This was originally supposed to be Cliff Lee vs. Daniel Hudson but both pitchers went on the disabled list this past weekend.

Wigginton actually batted cleanup three times in 2011 with Colorado. Mayberry is in there despite 13 strikeouts in 40 at-bats.

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