The second half of Charlie Manuel's pitching experiment debuts tonight, as Jon Lieber, making his first start of the season, faces Kyle Lohse and the Cincinnati Reds tonight at 7:10 EST.
Summary: The Phillies will be without Ryan Howard again tonight. Howard is listed as day-to-day with a sprained ligament below his left knee ... Lieber is 0-0, 11.57 ERA on the season in two bullpen appearances, games that will not be included in the Lieber family scrapbook. Tonight's return to the starting rotation feels more like a season debut. The 37-year-old right-hander went 9-11 with a 4.93 ERA in 27 starts last season and was moved back into the rotation this week, replacing Brett Myers, who's now in the bullpen ... Loshe (1-0, 2.53) is coming off an eight-inning shutout against the Cubs ... The 8-8 Reds held the lead in their last two games going into the eighth inning and lost it both games.