Victorino gets day off to clear his mind

Victorino gets day off to clear his mind

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel stuck with the same lineup on Saturday that he was set to use before Friday's series opener against the Rays was rained out. That included giving Shane Victorino a day off so the center fielder could relax and clear his head.

"There's no apparent reason," Victorino said before Friday's game. "I've played every game, and I'll be ready to go tonight if they need me defensively or [to] pinch-hit. I'll be ready to go. It's just a day for me to get a day off, nothing more than that."

Victorino has played in all 71 games thus far, more than any player in the Major Leagues. The 31-year-old is hitting .252 and owns a .319 on base percentage, both well below his career averages of .277 and .342. He has eight home runs and 33 RBIs.

Victorino is a switch-hitter, but is hitting just .226 in 208 at-bats from the left side of the plate.

"The thing I see him doing, especially on the left side, his stride's real quick, he gets out in front and they take the sting out of his bat," Manuel said on Friday. "I don't particularly like sitting him, because when he's hitting good, he gives us a chance to win the game. He's played every day so far, but at the same time, the reason that we're resting him is because he's struggled a little bit from the left side."

John Mayberry Jr. started in center field and hit seventh on Saturday.