Today's Lineup: After home run last night, Ryan Howard starting again, batting 5th


After hitting a key home run in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Cubs, Ryan Howard has earned himself a second consecutive start.

Howard will again play first base and bat fifth in today's 1:05 start in the series finale. 

In his first start in a week, Howard hit a solo blast on a hanging Kyle Hendricks' curveball out to right-centerfield. Howard was 1 for 3 with a walk on the day. 

The top five names in the Phillies' order remains the same, with Odubel Herrera leading off, followed by Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis, with Maikel Franco manning the cleanup spot. 

Batting sixth and catching for starter Vince Velasquez, Cameron Rupp replaces Carlos Ruiz behind home plate. Rupp is hitting a solid .277 with six homers and 12 RBIs on the season.

Cody Asche and Tyler Goeddel again man the corners in the outfield with Asche starting in left, batting seventh, and Goeddel getting the start in right, batting eighth. 

In six games played since returning from an oblique, Asche is hitting .188 with a double, a walk and five strikeouts. 

Goeddel has been on a tear over the last month, raising his batting average by 80 points, and now stands at a .243 average. Over the past month, Goedell is hitting .296 with three home runs, seven RBIs and an .880 OPS. 

Here is today's lineups for both teams:

1. Odubel Herrera CF
2. Cesar Hernandez 2B
3. Freddy Galvis SS
4. Maikel Franco 3B
5. Ryan Howard 1B
6. Cameron Rupp C
7. Cody Asche LF
8. Tyler Goeddel RF
9. Vince Velasquez SP

1. Dexter Fowler CF
2. Jason Heyward LF
3. Kris Bryant 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo 1B
5. Ben Zobrist 2B
6. Albert Almora LF
7. Miguel Montero C
8. Javier Baez SS
9. John Lackey SP

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