This and that taking you up to Phillies-Yankees, including tonight’s lineup.
Reading outfielder Tyson Gillies, who has been out since May 10 because of a pulled hamstring, was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and went 1-for-5 with a stolen base. Gillies, 21, had just started heating up at the plate before the injury and had been opening eyes with his range in center field. Part of the Cliff Lee package, the slashing outfielder is hitting .245/.287/.343 with 2 stolen bases, this after a 44-stolen-base season in 2009. Barring a major turnaround, he seems destined to repeat at Double-A. To make room, and with the recent addition of Cody Overbeck, Reading released third baseman Brandon Pinckney.
Speaking of speed … the Phillies press office reminds us that the Phillies have the second-fewest stolen bases in the National League (29), only three ahead of Bengie Molina, Pablo Sandoval, Pat Burrell and the plodding Giants. They ranked in the top three in the league in each of the last three seasons. Shane Victorino leads the team with 14 thefts, just one less than the rest of the team combined.
Garcia extends hitting streak: Second baseman Harold Garcia extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a pair of hits on Tuesday. CSNPhilly’s Kevin Czerwinski tabulates that the 23-year-old switch-hitting Venezuelan, who missed the first half of this season because of injury, is hitting .338 (25-for-74) with 18 RBIs during the streak. He’s also flashed a good glove, having not committed an error in 24 starts at second. With the organization thin on infielders, Garcia is worth monitoring. In addition, outfielder Anthony Gose also extended his 12-game hitting streak and stole his 22nd bag, trailing only Lakewood shortstop Jonathan Villar (25).Tonight’s lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Dobbs DH, Schneider C, Valdez SS. Jamie Moyer (6-6, 5.03) faces A.J. Burnett (6-4, 3.86). Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80) squares off with Andy Pettitte (8-1, 2.46) tomorrow.