CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies will play their first night game of spring training on Monday when they travel to Tampa to meet the Yankees.
The 6:35 p.m. game won’t be on television but will be broadcast by WIP-FM, 94.1.
Here’s a look at the lineup:
Tonight's Phillies lineup vs. the Yankees has Cesar Hernandez at shortstop and Rhys Hoskins batting leadoff.
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) February 26, 2018
- Cesar Hernandez did not start a game at shortstop last season and has played there only sparingly during his major-league career. The move is obviously nothing permanent for the second baseman, but it will be interesting to see how he handles playing shortstop. The Phillies are stressing versatility, and it can’t hurt to have your second baseman ready to play shortstop in a pinch.
- Spring training lineups carry little weight, but it is still surprising to see Rhys Hoskins batting leadoff. Imagine if Gabe Kapler rolled that lineup out in a regular-season game. The manager’s lineup construction during the season could change daily.
- Ben Lively will make his first start of spring and enters Grapefruit League play in the mix to be the team’s fifth starter. The Phillies have loved Lively’s competitiveness this spring in his bullpen sessions.