After a jam-packed evening -- loved the Flyers' jam especially -- in Philly sports on Wednesday night, the lone baseball game this evening at CBP seems almost like a break from the madness. There's no break for the Phillies, however, with tonight being the second of 15 games in 15 days.
Joe Blanton will make his first start of the 2012 season but did make one appearance out of the bullpen in Pittsburgh. That didn't go real well as Joe the Lumber gave up one run on two hits in 2/3 innings of work which earned him the L.
In his last start, Blanton was relieved by one Cole Hamels. Pretty sure that's not going to happen again tonight. That was way back on September 28, 2011 when the Phils were finishing the season in Atlanta and trying to fine tune for the postseason. Blanton didn't get a decision in his five appearances after coming back from the DL late last season.
The Phillies offense will face Mark Buehrle, the Marlins' expensive offseason starting pitching acquisition, for the first time since 2004 for the White Sox in inter-league play. He took the loss in his first start of the season against the Reds back on April 5th, giving up 2 earned on 6 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings of work.
No Juan Pierre in the lineup for the Fightins tonight as Charlie has bumped Shane Victorino back up to the leadoff spot and will play Ty Wigginton at first and John Mayberry Jr. in left.
Charlie's Nine: 1. Victorino, 2. Polanco, 3. Rollins 4. Pence, 5. Mayberry, 6. Wigginton, 7. Ruiz, 8. Galvis, 9. Blanton.
First pitch scheduled for 7:05. Bring a jacket. It was mad chilly last night.
If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.
He might also start the entire Braves series.
The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.
Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.
Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P
Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P
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Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.
The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.
But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.
Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.
Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.
The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.