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Manuel rests Utley after 30 consecutive starts

Manuel rests Utley after 30 consecutive starts

Manuel rests Utley after 30 consecutive starts
MILWAUKEE -- Charlie Manuel had an interesting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Brewers at Miller Park.

He gave Chase Utley his first day off since July 15. He had started 30 consecutive games before Sunday. Light-hitting Michael Martinez took his place at second base.

Manuel hit John Mayberry Jr. third against Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf. Mayberry was hitting .262 with seven home runs, 16 RBIs and a .508 slugging percentage against left-handers. He also started Ty Wigginton in left field for the first time this year. He had played there 61 games in his career, including 21 games in 2011.

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"I wanted to put somebody in the lineup that has a chance to put some sock into the ball," Manuel said of Wigginton.

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