Jimmy Rollins, mired in a brutal drought, sets the table in Charlie Manuel's latest lineup tonight at 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park. Newly retired Eagles great Brian Dawkins throws out the first pitch.
Notes: Here's the lineup card: Rollins SS, Polanco 2B, Pence RF, Thome 1B, Victorino CF, Nix LF, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Blanton. Juan Pierre sits for the first time since April 17. Freddy Galvis, who has provided minimal offense for two weeks, also sits. Joe Blanton tries to avoid a third-straight loss. He allowed one run and three hits over seven innings in his only start at home - his best outing since the 2010 season. Right-hander Randy Wells has the ball for the Cubs. The Phillies would need to win the final three games of this series to finish April over .500.
Howard, Utley progressing: Meanwhile, Jim Salisbury spreads good news regarding Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Howard has been cleared for baseball activities, Salisbury reports, and will travel to Florida on Sunday to begin working out in Florida. Utley, meanwhile, could join the Phils for workouts “in the next week or so,” Ruben Amaro Jr. tells Salisbury. [Full article]