John Mayberry Jr. is in the Phillies' starting lineup against a right-handed pitcher for the second straight night Wednesday. Charlie Manuel is apparently choosing to go with the hot hand in right rather than a strict platoon with Mayberry and lefty Laynce Nix.
Mayberry rewarded Manuel's hunch last night, homering and doubling to drive in three runs. In a limited sample against righties this season, Mayberry is 4-for-12 with three doubles and the line-drive homer off Dillon Gee.
Mayberry is, yet again, trying to prove he belongs in an everyday lineup. He's struggled against righties in his career, batting .235 with a .697 OPS compared to .285/.330/.545 vs. lefties.
Nix hasn't gotten going yet. He's 3-for-14 with three singles and five Ks.
The lineup is the same Wednesday as it was Tuesday.
Opposing the Phillies is right-hander Jeremy Hefner. When the Phils last faced Hefner on Sept. 20, 2012, the first seven men reached base and came around to score before Hefner could even record an out.
The Rangers designated outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment on Wednesday, giving them 10 days to try to work out a trade. Borbon could make some sense for the Phillies -- or Mets, for that matter.
The lefty's only full season was 2010, when he hit .276/.309/.340 with 15 steals for Texas. He hit .304 with a .783 OPS and 10 homers last year at Triple-A Round Rock.
Borbon fell out of favor in Texas but has some skills. He was a first-round pick out of Tennessee in 2007. He's a similar player to Ezequiel Carrera, but hits from the opposite side and has more of a pedigree.
1) Ben Revere, CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Michael Young, 3B
6) Domonic Brown, LF
7) John Mayberry, RF
8) Erik Kratz, C
9) Kyle Kendrick, P