Jimmy Rollins rests for the first time in 62 starts as Charlie Manuel goes with a unique lineup blend in the rubber match between the Diamondbacks and Phillies. First pitch is 1:35 with Cliff Lee seeking his third win.
Notes: Say what you want about Manuel, but you can't say he isn't keeping an open mind. Erik Kratz, who accounted for two of the Phillies' three runs in Saturday's victory, isn't the only replacement earning his keep these days. Kevin Frandsen, who makes his seventh-straight start at third base Sunday afternoon, has provided a passable glove and bat since his promotion, hitting .273/.304/.409 and forcing Ty Wigginton into a pure 1B role. Meanwhile, Nate Schierholtz, who replaces Rollins in the lead-off spot, is off to a good start with his new club; he's 4-for-11 with a home run and has looked better, defensively, than the man he replaced, Hunter Pence. But Kratz takes the prize. The Triple-A veteran belted a screaming shot over the left-field wall for Saturday's first run and now has four home runs and eight RBIs in just 28 scattered, infrequent plate appearances. Kratz gets the nod again as the 32-year-old backstop appears to have leapfrogged oft-injured Brian Schneider in the depth chart. Michael Martinez, meanwhile, makes his first start at short for Rollins.
All things considered, Saturday ended on a high note following news that the Phils would be without Carlos Ruiz for the next 4-to-6 weeks. It was the best Roy Halladay we've seen in months in a game that followed a framework we were expecting to see more of this season.
Elsewhere, Joe Blanton makes his first start for the Dodgers. Have a great Sunday everyone.