Manuel happy to pencil Pence into lineup

Manuel happy to pencil Pence into lineup

Manuel happy to pencil Pence into lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel has waited a long time to fill out a lineup card like this.

Since Jayson Werth signed with the Nationals in the offseason, the Phillies lacked punch from the right side of the plate and in the No. 5 hole behind Ryan Howard.

Enter Hunter Pence, who the Phillies acquired from the Astros on Friday, batting .278/.336 OBP/.780 OPS, with six doubles, two triples, two homers and 16 RBIs against lefties this year.

"There's things that we can do in our lineup now. Against a lefty, we can maneuver our lineup better," Manuel said. "Sometimes, [Raul] Ibanez will be hitting sixth or seventh. Sometimes, [Placido Polanco] with be hitting second, sixth, seventh. Sometimes, [Shane] Victorino can be hitting second, sixth -- depends on who's pitching and how we're going."

Pence hit fifth, Polanco seventh and Victorino second against Pirates right-hander James McDonald on Saturday.