According to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard is out of tonight’s lineup with the flu. He reportedly had a 104-degree fever last night. This forced Manuel to do some major shuffling to create today’s lineup:
Yes, that’s right, Matt Stairs is hitting cleanup today. It came as such a shock that the Canadian slugger asked for the above picture. It seems that the strange lineup is not a result of the Phils’ recent poor play, rather the result of a badly hurt team. Paul Bako will start behind the plate today.