The Phillies open a three-game series tonight in St. Louis. Back east, their former centerpiece outfielder opens a new career.
Tonight, Abreu gets to hear something he’s never heard before during home introductions: a call from legendary PA announcer Bob Sheppard. “Batting fifth … No. 53 … Right fielder … Bobby Abreu … No. 53.”
Indeed, Abreu will bat fifth tonight and play right field against familiar foe A.J. Burnett, as the Yankees begin their series with Toronto. Jaret Wright goes for the Yankees. Currently, Abreu holds a league-worst .000 OBP.
Meanwhile in St. Louis, 22-year-old right-hander Scott Mathieson gets his fourth start with the new-look Phillies, in a game that is something of a dawn of a new Phillies era. Veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan goes for the Cards. Game time is 8:05 p.m.