For the first time in awhile, Maikel Franco has some upward momentum.
Last night Franco collected four hits and drew a walk, marking the second consecutive game that he's reached base safely at least three times. With the Red Sox in town tonight, Franco slides up one spot in the Phillies' lineup to fifth, as he looks to continue to improve on his rough .227/.280/.360 batting line he's compiled to this point in the season.
Other changes in the Phils' order from their two-game set in Boston include Howie Kendrick moving up to second and Tommy Joseph batting cleanup.
Without a designated hitter, Michael Saunders remains on the bench in favor of Daniel Nava, who is hitting sixth.
Here is the Phillies' full lineup.
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Howie Kendrick, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, RF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Daniel Nava, LF
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P
For more on tonight's game, check out Corey Seidman's game notes.