Today's Lineup: Kratz replaces Ruiz behind the plate

Today's Lineup: Kratz replaces Ruiz behind the plate
May 18, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Phillies will continue their three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at 4:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park today.

Manager Charlie Manuel has made just one change to his lineup card for Game 2 of the series. Carlos Ruiz has been given the afternoon off and Erik Kratz will get the start behind the plate.

Kratz, who will bat eighth, has struggled offensively so far this season. In 24 games, the Phils' backup catcher is batting just .195 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

John Mayberry will make his fourth consecutive start for the Phils. Mayberry has gone 6 for 12 with three RBIs since taking over the center field position from the slumping Ben Revere three games ago.

With Ruiz out and Kratz in, Mayberry moves up from the eight-hole in the batting order to the seventh spot.

Kyle Kendrick gets the ball for the Phils. Kendrick (4-1, 2.47 ERA) has a 1.37 ERA in 19 2/3 innings in his last three starts against the Reds, but has received just three runs of support in those games (see game notes).

Here's the full lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Michael Young, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Delmon Young, RF
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. John Mayberry, CF
8. Erik Kratz, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, P