Preview: The Phillies' lineup gets a boost tonight when Ryan Howard (hand) and Carlos Ruiz (unspoken masculine injury) return against Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21) and the Nationals. Hernandez shut down the Phillies over 6 2/3 innings last Friday, allowing just one unearned run. He was particularly abusive against Hunter Pence, who swung and missed at five pitches between 66 and 69 mph in the 4-2 loss. Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84) goes for the Phillies. He defeated the Nationals last Saturday for his first win since June 12. Shane Victorino is still out, as he serves the back end of his two-game suspension.
The lineup: Rollins 6, Mayberry 8, Utley 4, Howard 3, Pence 9, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Valdez 5, Oswalt 1.
Elsewhere: In an article about the NL MVP race, the names Shane Victorino and Roy Halladay are mentioned, though the context is basically that WAR is a misleading stat. And if you're looking for 2 minutes of Phanatic entertainment, here is a video from last night.