Placido Polanco, whose absence has been an underrated part of the Phillies' slide, returns to third base for the first time since the second game of the Dodgers series (June 5) when the Phillies and Twins play the second beginning at 8:10.
Notes: Polly bats seventh in Charlie Manuel's lineup, which goes Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Thome DH, Victorino CF, Ruiz C, Polanco 3B, Mayberry 1B, Martinez 2B. The Phillies are hoping Polly's defensive presence rubs off on Hunter Pence, who has been flat-out brutal in right field. Polanco's offensive contribution shouldn't be taken lightly, either. Before suffering his wrist injury, he had pulled his OPS all the way up to .703. I know! All the way to .703! It's not saying much, but it's better than Ty Wigginton lately. Wiggy, who has been a butcher at third base, is also a .209/.280/.355 hitter since May 2. Bottom line: It's good to have you back, Polly. [Jump to the newest comments]