Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 4th in debut
The Phillies finally have the heart of their order back.
Officially activated on Friday, Ryan Howard will start at first base and
bat fourth, one spot after second baseman Chase Utley.
Howard sped through a rehab assignment, playing just
seven games between Single A Lakewood and Triple A Lehigh Valley, to
return to the Phillies for the last series before the All-Star break. He
makes his debut in Game 85.
Carlos Ruiz, who has
ridden a hot streak that began on the first day of spring training and
hasn’t really stopped since, will protect Howard and bat fifth.
Following Ruiz is Hunter Pence, who makes his first start of the season
in the six-hole for the Phillies.
Placido Polanco is
the only regular not in Friday’s lineup. Mike Fontenot will start in
his place at third base. Here is the lineup
you’ve been waiting for...
Shane Victorino, CF
Ryan Howard, 1B
Carlos Ruiz, C
Juan Pierre, LF
Kyle Kendrick, P
Victorino jumps up to bat second. He’s had a rough 2012 season, while
Pierre has hit .333 in 150 at-bats out of the two-hole.
The breakdown of the Phillies’ lineup from a batting
side standpoint goes: switch, switch, lefty, lefty, righty, righty,
lefty, lefty, righty. Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson has allowed
lefties a .721 OPS in 14 seasons, compared to a .622 mark for
righthanded batters.E-mail Corey Seidman at firstname.lastname@example.org