Today's lineup: Tommy Joseph scratched with illness; Blanco plays 1B


Update: 12:15 p.m.

A little over an hour after the Phillies' lineup came out, first baseman Tommy Joseph was scratched with an illness.

Joseph, 24, had started 13 of the Phils' previous 14 games, slumping his way down to a .229/.246/.477 batting line. He did homer in the series opener at Target Field, though.

Joseph's absence creates a lineup spot for Cesar Hernandez. Andres Blanco, making his sixth straight start, was initially playing second base but will move over to first. 

The rest of the lineup is much of the same. The only change comes with Carlos Ruiz catching Jerad Eickhoff, giving Cameron Rupp the day off. Ruiz bats seventh, allowing Cody Asche to bat sixth. 

Ruiz is catching Eickhoff for the fourth straight game. Prior to that, Rupp had caught 15 of Eickhoff's 19 career starts.

Rounding out the bottom of the linuep, Freddy Galvis bats eighth and the suddenly-hot Peter Bourjos hits ninth. 

Bourjos is hitting .432 over the past week and .364 in June, raising hit batting average over 30 points in that span. 

Former Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco takes the mound for the Twins. Of the six current Phillies that have faced Nolasco, Ryan Howard has had by far the most success. Hitting .289 vs. Nolasco, Howard four home runs and six doubles against the righty, with nine walks and eight strikeouts. 

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 1B
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, DH
5. Carlos Ruiz, C
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Peter Bourjos, RF

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