Charlie Manuel avoids his fussy left/right lineup instincts with left-hander Mike Minor on the bump tonight as Cole Hamels and the Phillies look to rebound from a sloppy loss Monday night. First pitch is 7:05.
Notes: With the exception of replacing Brian Schneider with hot-hitting right-hander Erik Kratz behind the plate, it's a similar lineup to last night: Rollins SS, Brown LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Schierholtz RF, Frandsen 3B, Hamels P. Juan Pierre hasn't started a game this month. John Mayberry Jr., who needs to make the most of these last two months, is 5-for-15 with a homer and a pair of doubles in his last four games. Better Mayberry in center field than Michael Martinez, which, as I said previously, was just plain dumb.
Morgan promoted: Rising left-hander Adam Morgan, who was named the July pitcher of the month in the Phillies' chain, will get a taste of Double-A hitters to finish out the season. Morgan, 22, was 4-10 with a 3.29 ERA and 140/28 K/BB ratio in 123 innings with Clearwater. His 140 strikeouts led the Florida State League; Morgan, lefty Jesse Biddle and lefty Austin Wright rank 1-2-3 in the league in strikeouts. Opponents were hitting just .227 off Morgan.