Manuel shakes up lineup for series opener

Manuel shakes up lineup for series opener

WASHINGTON -- Charlie Manuel tried a new lineup for Friday's game against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.

He had Placido Polanco hit third for the first time this season.

"What's interesting about that?" Manuel said. "I hit him third before quite a bit. Go look."

Manuel explained he wanted Polanco hitting third because he had a double against Strasburg in two career at-bats, and because he wanted to put contact hitters high in the lineup, since Strasburg does not allow a lot of home runs.

"I wanted Victorino in the fifth hole to find some balance with my lefties," Manuel said. "I have a lefty in front of [Carlos Ruiz], and a lefty behind him. Trying to get some contact on the board."