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Game 2: Lineup shuffle


philsMatt Hague tonight will make his major league debut. He’s starting at first base and batting fifth. There are a few other surprises in the lineup. Jose Tabata and Alex Presley traded lineup spots, with Tabata batting leadoff. Casey McGehee replaces Pedro Alvarez at third base (which isn’t really a surprise, considering the Phils are starting a lefty). Neil Walker has dropped to sixth in the order — he hit there in just two games last season. Rod Barajas is catching; not a total stunner, given yesterday was an off day, but Jeff Karstens and Michael McKenry have formed a pretty good duo in the past. More info on these moves after Clint Hurdle’s pregame chat.

»»» I had lunch over at South Side Works today and saw a TON of Philly fans, many of them clad in black-and-orange Flyers jerseys. Good news is, I saw much, much more in the way of Penguins gear on the streets.

»»» At Triple-A Indy, Jake Fox is on the DL with a strained oblique.

Game 2: Philadelphia @ Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET

Phillies (1-0) – 1. Shane Victorino cf, 2. Placido Polanco 3b, 3. Jimmy Rollins ss, 4. Hunter Pence rf, 5. Laynce Nix 1b, 6. John Mayberry lf, 7. Carlos Ruiz c, 8. Freddy Galvis 2b. Cliff Lee lhp (season debut)

Pirates (0-1) – 1. Jose Tabata rf, 2. Alex Presley lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Casey McGehee 3b, 5. Matt Hague 1b, 6. Neil Walker 2b, 7. Rod Barajas c, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (season debut)



  1. Chuck H. says:

    Let’s hope the Bucs do better today with the lineup changes and all. Wake up the offense because they will be facing a tough lefty, so hope we can get those right hand bats working as we know they can. GO, BUCS!!

  2. John Lease says:

    If Hague goes 4-4….

  3. JRay3 says:

    The “hit collector” makes his debut hope his hot spring carries over! Might even get some production from a 3rd baseman for a change. Time to even the series let’s go bucs!

  4. PigLegs Robinson says:

    Cliff Lee is even better than most folks think he is, but I still feel this line-up can scratch out a couple runs at least. Good thing our best pitcher Karstens is in there, we’ll need to keep them off the board as much as possible.
    I would even have been more hopeful if McLouth was in place of Tabata, but there’s nothing I can do about that.
    Lets Go Bucs!

  5. E.J. says:

    Any time McCutchen wants to earn his fat contract is fine with me.

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