Tonight's Lineup: Michael Saunders, Cameron Rupp Sit in Series Opener

Michael Saunders is back on the bench as the Phillies open a three-game series in St. Louis against the ice-cold Cardinals (see game notes).

Howie Kendrick bats third and plays left field; Aaron Altherr bats fifth and plays right field.

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The usual suspects make out the rest of the lineup, with Andrew Knapp catching Jeremy Hellickson. 

Knapp is hitting .246/.342/.449 in his rookie season with five doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs in 79 plate appearances.

He's also thrown out six of 14 would-be base stealers.

The Phillies want to continue to get a look at Knapp and we could see more of an even split with Cameron Rupp as the season progresses. Rupp is 3 for 31 with 14 strikeouts over his last 10 games.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Howie Kendrick, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Andrew Knapp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Cardinals:

1. Matt Carpenter, 1B
2. Dexter Fowler, CF
3. Stephen Piscotty, RF
4. Jedd Gyorko, 3B
5. Yadier Molina, C
6. Tommy Pham, LF
7. Aledmys Diaz, SS
8. Kolten Wong, 2B
9. Michael Wacha, P

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