Michael Young could bat 2nd in Phillies' batting order

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What will Charlie Manuel's starting lineup look like next year? Philly.com's Matt Gelb takes a shot at sorting it all out.

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel tends to keep his projected lineup close to the vest as the offseason progresses, but that didn't stop Philly.com's Matt Gelb from attempting to sort out what the team's batting order might look like on Opening Day 2013.

This offseason, the Phillies have acquired starting third baseman Michael Young and starting center fielder Ben Revere to bolster a lineup that failed to push the team into contention last season. With those two in the fold, here's how Gelb sees the batting order playing out:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Michael Young, 3B
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Carlos Ruiz, C
6. Free Agent To Be Determined, RF
7. Darin Ruf and Domonic Brown, LF
8. Ben Revere, CF
9. Pitcher

The Phillies still need a new right fielder after letting Nate Schierholtz go to the Chicago Cubs through free agency, but Gelb opts not to project whom that might be. Possibilities that have been floated recently include free agent Cody Ross and the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano, though nothing appears to be imminent.

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