Burrell has been really, really hot since an 0-for-4 game sank his batting average to .201 on July 1, hitting .450 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 27 games entering Sunday's play. He's easily been the team's best hitter.
Sunday was Burrell's first start in the three-hole since Sept. 19, 2002, when he, Mike Lieberthal and Placido Polanco formed a middle-of-the-order trio against Tom Glavine. He hit third one other time in 2002, and three times in 2001.
Manuel opted for Burrell over Aaron Rowand -- who's hitting .067 in his past four games -- because he thinks Rowand has found a comfort level in the fifth hole.
Rollins is having a brilliant season, period, but is best suited for leadoff duty. He had been subbing in the third spot while Chase Utley mends his broken left hand. Rollins hit third earlier this season, with Utley moving to fourth for Ryan Howard.
our leadoff hitter," Manuel said of Rollins.
The Phillies have had five leadoff hitters since Rollins shifted, and Shane Victorino, Michael Bourn, Greg Dobbs, Jayson Werth and Chris Roberson have combined to bat .220 (9-for-41).
I'm in there:
Nos. 11, 28, 65, 120 and 121.
Those five Barry Bonds homers have come off Jamie Moyer.
"That's my contribution," Moyer said. "It's amazing to see the numbers that people have created over time [in baseball]. At some point in time, I've been a teammate of some of these guys, and it's even cooler to be able to be a part of what they've accomplished. Sometimes I've been a
provider of that, too."
Moyer didn't bite when asked to discuss his feelings on Bonds eventually passing Hank Aaron on the all-time home run list amid allegations of steroid use, and focused on the accomplishment itself.
"It's a milestone," he said. "That's a lot of home runs, a lot of at-bats. When you start looking at numbers and careers, and that's quite impressive."
Alex Rodriguez also reached an amazing milestone on Saturday, when he became the youngest player to reach 500 home runs, getting there at age 32.
Rodriguez's first victim? Phillies reliever Tom Gordon, on June 12, 1995, while Gordon pitched for the Royals.
Righty Kyle Lohse threw a bullpen session on Sunday and will make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the Marlins. Lohse left his Phillies debut on Thursday after he was hit with a liner by the Cubs' Jacque Jones.
Coming up: Moyer, who faces the Marlins on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET in the series opener, missed his bid for win No. 10 in his previous outing against the Cubs, and ended up with a no-decision. Moyer has won two of his previous three starts. He's dominated the Marlins in 2007, winning both his starts with a 0.93 ERA.