Cliff Lee will re-debut for the Phillies today as they face the Detroit Tigers in Grapefruit League action. The game will be shown at 1:05 p.m. on Comcast. Speaking to CSN Cliff Lee said he’s ready to finally face live competition.
“This is a necessary process to get ready for the season. We’ve been throwing bullpens and batting practice, so I’m anxious to face the opposing team and get ready for the season. "
Lee says his No. 1 priority for today will be working on his fastball location.
Charlie Manuel has changed up his lineup a bit with Placido Polanco back in the No. 2 hole and the hot hitting Ben Francisco in the 5 hole behind Ryan Howard. Manuel has said he’d be experimenting with different ways to fill the 5 spot in the order vacated by Jayson Werth.
There’s still no Chase Utley in the lineup as he continues to rest after being diagnosis with patellar tendinitis.
1. Jimmy Rollins ss
2. Placido Polanco 3b
3. Raul Ibanez lf
4. Ryan Howard 1b
5. Ben Francisco rf
6. Shane Victorino cf
7. Domonic Brown DH
8. Brian Schneider C
9. Josh Barfield 2b