A pair of lefties, Manny Parra (0-2, 6.97) and Jamie Moyer (1-1, 6.55), take stage when the Brewers and Phillies begin their series tonight at 7:05. The game is available to Comcast cable subscribers only.
Summary: After facing a Padres pitching staff without a single left-hander on the roster, the Phillies get their first crack at a southpaw since the eighth inning of Thursday's game. The Phils have just 57 plate appearances against lefties this season, compared to 324 against righties. In his return to the rotation, Parra has had some control problems and has taken a loss in each of his first two starts. Meanwhile, Moyer has allowed four runs in each of his first two starts. He last faced Milwaukee in Game 3 of the Division Series.
Lineups are posted: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Feliz, Coste, Moyer. Once considered doubtful for Opening Day, Feliz and Utley have started each game so far this season. One final item from the press notes: Chan Ho Park is listed to start this weekend in Florida, eliminating any doubt that Charlie Manuel would make a switch.
Knapp fans 14: Lakewood right-hander Jason Knapp, 18, leads the minor leagues with 30 strikeouts after fanning 14 today in a seven-inning shutout, tying the Lakewood record. Knapp, who earned a no decision for his efforts, was taken in the second round of last season's draft. ... In other minor league news, Lehigh Valley placed No. 4 starter Rodrigo Lopez on the DL with an elbow strain. The veteran is trying to make it back from Tommy John surgery among other setbacks. Right-hander Tyler Walker, who pitched as a setup man with the Giants last season, replaced him on the roster. ... Down in Double-A, outfielder Gus Milner was placed on the DL with a left oblique strain. ... Finally, former Phillie Fabio Castro struck out 10 in five scoreless innings before Double-A New Hampshire's game was suspended due to rain Monday.