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Game 28: Chooch Moved Up

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

It took a month of baseball for Charlie Manuel to finally hit his best hitter higher than seventh in the line up.

Carlos Ruiz, who has been on an absolute tear to start the season, will hit fifth in today’s line up, protecting Hunter Pence.

The last time Ruiz hit fifth in the line up was in 2008 as a pinch-hitter. This is the first time in his career he’s starting in the five spot.

This season, Ruiz is hitting a team best .338 and his leading with 18 RBIs and tied with Shane Victorino for the most home runs with five.

Ruiz has been even hotter in his last 10 games. He’s hitting .405 with four home runs and 15 RBIs, all from the seven spot in the line up.

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Game 21: Supporting Joe

Phillies SP Joe Blanton (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

The last outing for Joe Blanton wasn’t a glamorous one.

The Phillies right-hander was whacked around in a 6-1 loss to the Padres, giving up six runs, three earned, on seven hits. Blanton (1-3, 4.34) will look to bounce back in his fourth start of the season against the Cubs.

Not only is Blanton looking to get a win but he’s looking to re-establish himself as a worthy starting pitcher in baseball as well as this star-studded Phillies rotation. Blanton is in the last year of his contract, making $8.5 million — a lot of money for a fifth starter originally paid to be a number three.

Whether the Phillies will look to trade Blanton at the deadline is a mystery; but a move at the deadline involving a starting pitcher could depend on how Blanton’s season is shaping up to be. Blanton will either be trade bait or help could be sought out if Blanton struggles or someone gets hurt.

That is too far into the future to look, just like an sort of panic button being pushed is too early.

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GFL action kicks off today vs Yankees

New York Yankees' Ivan Nova. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Real baseball is officially back today with the start of Grapefruit League Play.

For the Phillies, play will kick off against the New York Yankees. Cole Hamels will take the hill against Yankees young phenom Ivan Nova. Both pitchers will likely go only two innings at the most.

Former Phillie left fielder Raul Ibanez will be in the line up for the Yankees, hitting DH. Also, Laynce Nix’s brother Jayson Nix will start at third base today.

Notable players not playing today for either team are the Yankees’ Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira as well as Placido Polanco and Chase Utley for the Phillies.

Today’s line ups for each team:

  • NYY: Gardner LF, Granderson CF, Swisher RF, Ibanez DH, Chavez 1B, Martin C, Nunez SS, Hall 2B, Nix 3B.
  • PHI:¬†Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Thome DH, Wigginton 3B, Mayberry 1B, Brown LF, Kratz C, Martinez 2B.

The game will air at 1 PM on CSN Philly as well as MLB Network.

And the first line up for 2012 is…

Todd Zolecki: Tomorrow’s lineup vs. FSU: Rollins SS, Pierre DH, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Brown LF, Mayberry 1B, Martinez 2B, Gosewisch C.

Every Spring Training starts out with a game between a college baseball team. Philadelphia’s is usually played against Florida State University and this year it’s no different.

That being said, it’s always interesting to see what the first line up is going to look like.

There are a few things take from that line.

First, Juan Pierre is playing in a DH role. When he was signed to a minor league deal, it was assumed that he would be used in pinch-hitting and fielding situations as well as get a few starts in center field.

He’s most likely hitting DH tomorrow to give Domonic Brown innings in left field.

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Who makes more sense: Rollins or Ramirez?

2012 could see short stop Jimmy Rollins in a new jersey. Phils GM Ruben Amaro has a lot of work to do if he doesn't want that to happen.

With the MLB Winter Meetings underway, the free agent market could be starting to take shape for the Phillies.

They have already added closer Jonathan Papelbon and strong bench players Laynce Nix, Ty Wigginton and Jim Thome.

But their biggest question mark has always been whether or not they will bring back Jimmy Rollins.

Yesterday Ruben Amaro Jr. met with Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano and the meeting reportedly didn’t go well. Rollins still maintains his position of wanting five years.

Talks between Rollins and the Phillies haven’t went well so far.

The way it looks, this is going to take a while. Rollins doesn’t have many suitors but he could want the Albert Pujols situation to be settled as the St. Louis Cardinals could be a potential landing spot if they don’t lock up Pujols.

It’s also pretty apparent that the Phillies don’t want to go any more than four years with J-Roll.

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Utley gets day off; No Rollins

Today’s line up for the Phillies will be without both Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at 7:05.

Utley has played the last five days. After last night’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, Charlie Manuel said he and Utley would discuss playing a sixth straight day. But Utley was granted the day off, which still won’t exempt him from pinch-hitting duties.

Rollins’ situation is a little more different. After bruising his knee over the weekend when he hit a foul ball off the top of his right knee, it was revealed he had a deep bone bruise.

But Rollins pinch hit last night, signs he can play. The Phils were also going to exercise the option of letting Rollins start today but opted to bench him again.

It still isn’t known how much of a possibility it is for Rollins to land on the DL. He did express before yesterday’s game that “if I was going to the DL, it would purely be because they just made a bad decision.” [UPDATE 6:10 PM: Manuel said Rollins is likely to start tomorrow.]

Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez will both be in the line up tonight playing the middle infield positions.

Domonic Brown will bat in the two spot today and Martinez in the 8th.

Today’s line up: Victorino 8, Brown 9, Polanco 5, Howard 3, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Valdez 6, Martinez 4, Hamels 1.

Cole Hamels is on the hill tonight for the Phillies. He’s 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA. He’s struck out 82 batters in 12 starts this season and has the lowest WHIP (0.968) in the majors.

In his career against the Dodgers, Hamels is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts. He’s gone a total of 30 innings, striking out 26 and allowing only 22 hits and three walks (0.833 WHIP).