May 29, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT
This is where I write about how ridiculous it is that the NL and AL have different rules, and that the DH is stupid, but I’d be totally fine with it if it existed in both leagues, but baseball is archaic and ridiculous, and that it was the pitcher who actually caught that double-play relay the other night, and that the first baseman who did not catch the ball wasn’t even on the bag, and that the K-zone on TV is a patently absurd proposition because it exposes umpires even more than they already are WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY PROVING that we have the technology for a robot strike zone.
That’s where I write about that.
After playing two games in Boston, the Phillies return home tonight to play out the latter half of their four-game set with the Red Sox.
Because we’re switching from the AL to the NL, Delmon Young returns to right field for the Phillies, while John Mayberry and the Red Sox’s* David Ortiz have been pushed to the bench.
Michael Young, meanwhile, has been placed on the bereavement list, meaning Freddy Galvis will fill in at third and Kevin Frandsen will play second. Cesar Hernandez (.308/ 2 HRs / 18 RBI in 48 games at Triple A) has been called up from the minors.
On the mound, Kyle Kendrick is looking to shake off his last two starts in which he allowed nine runs over 15 innings and raised his ERA .82 points. We tried to find the bright spots.
Finally, Dom Brown is still batting sixth, because of you-know-like-baseball-is-like-he’ll-you-know-show-me-like-when-he’s-ready Charlie Manuel.
7:05 first pitch from South Philadelphia. Here’s how they’ll face John Lackey in order:
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