Another day, another start for Andres Blanco.
Blanco has started six straight games, five of them at second base over Cesar Hernandez. Blanco's gone 8 for 25 (.320) with a double, homer, two RBIs, five runs and two walks over the last week.
After hitting in each of the top four spots in the batting order over the past week, Blanco settles into the two-hole for the third straight game.
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The rest of the lineup is much of the same. The only change comes with Carlos Ruiz catching Jerad Eickhoff, giving Cameron Rupp the day off. Ruiz bats seventh, allowing Cody Asche to bat sixth.
Ruiz is catching Eickhoff for the fourth straight game. Prior to that, Rupp had caught 15 of Eickhoff's 19 career starts.
Rounding out the bottom of the linuep, Freddy Galvis bats eighth and the suddenly-hot Peter Bourjos hits ninth.
Bourjos is hitting .432 over the past week and .364 in June, raising hit batting average over 30 points in that span.
Former Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco takes the mound for the Twins. Of the six current Phillies that have faced Nolasco, Ryan Howard has had by far the most success. Hitting .289 vs. Nolasco, Howard four home runs and six doubles against the righty, with nine walks and eight strikeouts.
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, DH
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Peter Bourjos, RF