Nix makes first start in center field this season

Nix makes first start in center field this season

MILWAUKEE -- The Phillies' Laynce Nix started in center field on Thursday at Miller Park, the first time he had played there this season.

He had played 229 games (1,771 innings) in his career in center field, but just 69 2/3 innings there since 2006.

"I put him out there to get him in the game," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's played there before. He played there a couple times last year. He has experience there. He hasn't played a lot of days in a row out there, but he needs at-bats."