Tonight's Lineup: Based on Matchup, Michael Saunders Starts Over Howie Kendrick - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Tonight's Lineup: Based on Matchup, Michael Saunders Starts Over Howie Kendrick

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    Michael Saunders has had some thunderous at-bats against R.A. Dickey, so he gets the nod tonight in the outfield over Howie Kendrick.

    Saunders, 3 for 7 with two homers and a double off Dickey, bats sixth and plays right field. 

    Aaron Altherr returns to the lineup after sitting Wednesday night. He plays left field and bats third.

    Pete Mackanin will rotate his four outfielders based on who is swinging well and who has a favorable matchup. In this case, Saunders seemed like a better bet than Kendrick, who is 1 for 8 lifetime off Dickey.

    Here's the Phils' lineup against the Braves' knuckleballer:

    1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
    2. Odubel Herrera, CF
    3. Aaron Altherr, LF
    4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
    5. Maikel Franco, 3B
    6. Michael Saunders, RF
    7. Cameron Rupp, C
    8. Freddy Galvis, SS
    9. Ben Lively, P

    And for the Braves:

    1. Ender Inciarte, CF
    2. Brandon Phillips, 2B
    3. Nick Markakis, RF
    4. Matt Kemp, LF
    5. Matt Adams, 1B
    6. Tyler Flowers, C
    7. Rio Ruiz, 3B
    8. Dansby Swanson, SS
    9. R.A. Dickey, P