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Victorino returns to Phillies' lineup

Victorino returns to Phillies' lineup

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Victorino returns to Phillies' lineup
PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino was back in the lineup for the first game of Sunday's day-night doubleheader. Manager Charlie Manuel kept Victorino out of the starting lineup on Saturday with the hope that the center fielder could relax and clear his head a bit.

Victorino entered Saturday's game as a defensive replacement, meaning he has still played in every game this season. Entering Sunday, Victorino led the Major Leagues with 72 games played.

For just the fourth time this season, Victorino, who customarily bats fifth in the lineup, was penciled in as the two-hole hitter on Sunday. He's 2-for-14 (.143) in 2012 when hitting second in the order.

On the season, Victorino 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.

Manuel said on Friday that part of the reason he wanted to give Victorino a day off was because he was struggling hitting from the left side. A switch-hitter, Victorino is hitting just .226 in 208 at-bats when he hits left-handed.

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