Phillies Opening Day Starting Lineup: Victorino Leads Off

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 01: Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates after scoring in the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game One of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 1, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Phillies have released their starting lineup for today's 1:35 opening day matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Flyin' Hawaiian will be leading off.

Leading off and playing center field for your Philadelphia Phillies... Shane Victorino! The Phillies have released their starting lineup for today's 1:35 opening day matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Flyin' Hawaiian will be leading off. Victorino can get on base better than anyone in the lineup so he would seem to be a natural fit for the top spot.

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Following him will be Placido Polanco in his familiar 2 hole. Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence will bat 3 & 4 in place of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Ty Wigginton gets a bit of a surprise start at first base against his old club and will hit 5th. John Mayberry Jr hits 6th in LF, Carlos Ruiz is 7th, Freddy Galvis 8th and Roy Halladay in the 9 hole.

1. Shane Victorino CF
2. Placido Polanco 3B
3. Jimmy Rollins SS
4. Hunter Pence RF
5. Ty Wigginton 1B
6. John Mayberry Jr. LF
7. Carlos Ruiz C
8. Freddy Galvis 2B
9. Roy Halladay RHP

The Phils begin their 2012 campaign today at 1:35pm at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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