Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 4/3/12

Time: 7:05 pm, Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
Weather: Partly cloudy, 61
TV: Sorry folks, this game is not on TV today because the entire rest of the Philadelphia sports world is occupying the usual channels.
Follow Phillies Nation on Twitter

The Phils have reached the Spring Training finish line tonight as they square-off with the cross-state Buccos. Cole Hamels will take the hill for the Phils. Fans of Pete Orr, get excited: the veteran utility man gets the nod at 2B tonight.

Phillies Notes: Jay Greenberg of MLB.com reported today that Charlie Manuel will give John Mayberry Jr. every chance to be an every day player. Greenberg quotes Manuel: “”I think from how he played last year, I think he has earned a right to do that,” Manuel said. “He may not be an everyday starter starting out, but he’s going to play a lot and he’ll be given every chance in the world to be an everyday player.”  Greenberg postulates that Juan Pierre may be starting in left on opening day.

Injury news from Martin Frank on David Hale’s Philled In Blog: Ryan Howard will be checking in with his doctor on April 10 for a check-up to determine if he is ready to start a hitting program and Chase Utley will be seeing a specialist in Arizona to determine a plan of action. Utley may return to the team April 23 in a series against the Diamondbacks but Frank cautions that it may be longer until Utley is ready. In addition to Howard and Utley, Jose Contreras, Justin De Fratus, and Michael Martinez will start the year on the DL, with Mike Stutes also a DL possibility. Stutes will be reevaluated after he pitches tonight in Clearwater.

Phillies Lineup:

1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Hunter Pence, RF
5. Laynce Nix, 1B
6. John Mayberry Jr., LF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Pete Orr, 2B
9. Cole Hamels, P

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Russell Westbrook gets emotional thanking family in MVP speech

Malcolm Brogdon makes history by beating out Saric, Embiid for Rookie of the Year

Bill Russell delivers epic line after winning NBA lifetime achievement award

Draymond Green ensemble at NBA Awards must be seen to believe

Victor Oladipo gets schooled by young boy at basketball camp

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Wall trying to recruit Paul George to join Wizards

Report: Saints looking at ways to recoup guaranteed money owed to Nick Fairley

Martellus Bennett thinks Rodgers is better than Brady?

Fairley expected to miss 2017 season due to heart condition

Cousins could get more than $30 million per year in free agency?

Charlie Sheen puts Babe Ruth trade contract, World Series ring up for auction

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Big3 brings summer festival feel to basketball with barnstorming tour

The 'Tonight, we settle the Beard vs. Brodie debate' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The 8th Man Award for most overlooked player this year

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Disappearing Act Award for player who came up small

Getaway Day: Welcome back to the world, AL Central

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker