Tonight's lineup: Same order takes on Maholm

Tonight's lineup: Same order takes on Maholm

April 3, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The same lineup and defensive alignment that was behind Cole Hamels in Monday’s season opener will back Roy Halladay Wednesday in Atlanta.

Ben Revere is back in the leadoff spot with Jimmy Rollins second, and the Phils will use a 5-6-7 of Michael Young, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry against Braves left-hander Paul Maholm.

Young, Mayberry and catcher Erik Kratz are a combined 5 for 5 off Maholm, with a homer and two doubles. Chase Utley, who went 3 for 5 in the opener with a homer, a triple and three RBIs, is 6 for 18 lifetime off Maholm with three two-baggers (see game notes).

The Phillies tagged Maholm the last time they saw him, throwing up a five-spot in the first and chasing him after two innings last September.

The Braves’ lineup changes slightly against Halladay. The first six batters are the same, but Juan Francisco is starting at third base for Chris Johnson and rookie Evan Gattis will make his major-league debut behind the plate.

Francisco is the left-handed portion of the Braves’ hot corner platoon, and he owns a .272/.320/.487 career line against righties.

Gattis, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound 25-year-old, hit .305 with a .995 OPS last season across three minor-league levels for the Braves. Baseball America ranked Gattis the Braves’ eighth-best prospect.

Here are the lineups:

Ben Revere, CF
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Michael Young, 3B
Domonic Brown, LF
John Mayberry, RF
Erik Kratz, C
Roy Halladay, P

Andrelton Simmons, SS
Jason Heyward, RF
Justin Upton, LF
Freddie Freeman, 1B
B.J. Upton, CF
Dan Uggla, 2B
Juan Francisco, 3B
Evan Gattis, C
Paul Maholm, P

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