Vance Worley gets the nod for the Phillies tonight at 7 p.m. in the middle game of their interleague set with the Red Sox. The Phils are trying to win their first home series against Boston since 2003.
Pitchers: Worley (2-1, 2.83) has given up one run in 11 innings over his last two starts. However, he has yet to log more than six innings in any of his six starts this season. John Lackey (5-6, 7.36) goes for Boston. Of note are Raul Ibanez's career numbers against him (.352/.407/.426) over 54 at-bats.
Lineups: Charlie Manuel is going with Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Victorino, Ibanez, Brown, Schneider, Worley. The Boston lineup is noteworthy, as well, since Adrian Gonzalez is playing right field and Big Papi is at first. Here's their card: Ellsbury 8, Pedroia 4, Gonzalez 9, Youkilis 5, Ortiz 3, Saltalamacchia 2, Reddick 7, Scutaro 6, Lackey 1.
An old friend: So, Ryan Franklin was released by the Cardinals today. He can close, but he didn't exactly have the best stint with the Phils in 2006. And he wasn't exactly a fan favorite either. But is the 38-year-old a good option now? Given his numbers (27 runs and 44 hits allowed in 27 2/3 innings) and his previous history here, it's hard to think he's a great fit at the moment. Then again, desperate times do call for desperate measures.