Utley to Howard to Francoeur

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Phillies did something rather extraordinary. They sent out a lineup where the 3-4-5 hitters were: 3rd — 36-year-old Chase Utley 4th — 35-year-old Ryan Howard 5th — 31-year-old Jeff Francoeur Well, for this team this wasn’t actually extraordinary ... or even out of the ordinary. This was the seventh time this year that they have batted those three men in the middle of the order. They have also tried Utley, Howard and 32-year-old Grady Sizemore in the middle of the order. They have also tried Utley, Howard and 36-year-old Carlos Ruiz in the middle of the order.

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