Same Lineup

August 8, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Iguchi, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Werth, rf; Ruiz, c; Nunez, 3b; Lohse, p.

Last night’s win was the 31st come-from-behind one for the Phillies, tops in the NL . . . Since April 21, the Phillies lead the NL in wins (55) . . . Over the last 20 games (13 wins), the Phillies’ team ERA is 3.36 . . . Jamie Moyer’s double was the 40th hit by a Phillies pitcher this season, most in the NL . . . Wes Helms’ RBI was the 35th by a Phillies pinch hitter, sharing the NL high with the Diamondbacks.

Emotional Night
I’m sure some tears will flow during Friday night’s Wall of Fame ceremonies in which John Vukovich will be inducted posthumously.

Vuk’s wife, Bonnie; daughter Nikki, her husband, Brian, and their triples, Lena, Anna and Stella; and son Vince will be on hand to receive the award.

Fellow Wall of Fames Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Robin Roberts, Greg Luzinski, Dallas Green, Garry Maddox, **** Allen, Tony Taylor and Bob Boone will be on the field for the ceremonies that begin at 7 p.m.  Game time has been pushed back to 7:35 p.m.

All fans will receive a commemorative John Vukovich print, courtesy of Toyota. 

Get there early to witness pre-game festivities and bring some paper tissues.

Tonight’s Guests
The Phillies and ARAMARK tonight are hosting the 2007 Russian National Baseball Team, a group that has been on a 19-game, 32-day tour since July 15.  The team is in Philadelphia for four days, concluding with a banquet on Friday night at the Golden Gates Restaurant. 

Included in their Philadelphia itinerary are games tomorrow against the Delaware County Baseball League All-Star Team at Widener University Stadium and Friday afternoon against the Greater Philadelphia Men’s Adult Baseball League All-Stars at LaSalle University’s Field.

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