Utley, Howard, Polanco make back-to-back starts

Utley, Howard, Polanco make back-to-back starts

Utley, Howard, Polanco make back-to-back starts
LOS ANGELES -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco in the lineup for consecutive games for the first time this season Monday and Tuesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Manuel has been monitoring Utley and Howard closely since they've come back from the disabled list. He also has been watching Polanco, who needs time off his feet to stay productive.

It will be interesting what lineup Manuel uses in Wednesday's series finale. So far Manuel has not played Utley or Howard three days in a row, except when Utley played three consecutive games immediately before the All-Star break.

"I'll do something," Manuel said.