I'm sorry, but Michael Martinez in center field is just dumb.
Notes: Is it me, or is Charlie Manuel the only person on earth eager to get Michael Martinez into the starting lineup? Even Mini-Mart must be scratching his head. The Phillies reach for the brooms tonight, and go with Mini-Mart in center field, as their two-month experiment continues. First pitch is 7:05. Kevin Frandsen plays third and bats second. Carlos Ruiz returns to the lineup and bats fourth. Ty Wigginton gives Ryan Howard a breather at first and bats fifth. Howard's timing is all jacked up. Then it's John Mayberry Jr. (RF), Domonic Brown (LF) and Martinez (CF) ahead of Cole Hamels. Seriously ... why not see what Brown is made of in center field? It's just dumb.
Lee on waivers: News that the Phillies placed Cliff Lee on waivers rattled a few cages today, and may be nothing more than standard operating procedure, but if the left-hander clears waivers, as is expected because he is owed over $90 million, and a contender gets desperate for pitching over the next two months, the payroll-conscious Phils would undoubtedly listen to offers. Lee's name was bandied about in the days and weeks leading up to Tuesday's deadline. In other words, the July 31 deadline didn't really exist as far as Lee is concerned. Teams typically place everyone on waivers this month in order to gauge interest, but they are revocable.
Technical difficulties: Trouble posting today. Firewall issue.