Tonight's lineup: Maikel Franco out again; Ryan Howard sits despite success vs. Marco Estrada


Maikel Franco is out for a third straight game Wednesday night in the Phillies' series opener against the Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park.

Franco is dealing with a sprained right knee and is day to day.

Tommy Joseph gets another start at first base despite his mini-slump and Ryan Howard's solid career numbers against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada.

Joseph is 0 for his last 13. Howard is 4 for 11 with a home run and three walks lifetime off Estrada, but Howard's also hit .099 in 98 plate appearances since April 30.

Joseph bats cleanup and is protected in the five-hole by Cody Asche.

The rest of the lineup is standard. Carlos Ruiz catches Jeremy Hellickson for the 13th time in Hellickson's 14 starts.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Andres Blanco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Cody Asche, LF
6. Carlos Ruiz, C
7. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
8. Peter Bourjos, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Blue Jays:

1. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
2. Jose Bautista, RF
3. Josh Donaldson, 3B
4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
5. Russell Martin, C
6. Kevin Pillar, CF
7. Ryan Goins, SS
8. Devon Travis, 2B
9. Marco Estrada, P

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