Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Manuel sets lineup as Phils face FS

The Phillies square off against the Florida State Seminoles this afternoon in an exhibition game at Bright House Field. Here's a look at Charlie Manuel's first lineup of the spring:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Juan Piere, DH
3. Shane Victorino, CF
4. Hunter Pence, RF
5. Ty Wigginton, 3B
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. John Mayberry Jr, 1B
8. Michael Martinez, 2B
9. Tuffy Gosewisch, C

Austin Hyatt will start on the mound. Also scheduled to pitch are Jake Diekman, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, Joe Savery, J.C. Rameriz, B.J. Rosenberg and Phillippe Aumont.

Manuel said Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not play, nor will catchers Carlos Ruiz or Brian Schneider.  Jim Thome will get at least one at-bat but will not play in the field.

Obviously, Manuel wants to get a good look at Pierre this spring. A spot on this team is his to lose during camp. Brown will also see a lot of playing time, but unless he completely wows everyone and wins the left field job outright, he'll start the season with Triple-A.

The Phillies open their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday against the New York Yankees in a game that will be televised by Comcast and be streamed on MLB.TV.

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