MIAMI -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel loaded up on right-handed hitters to face Marlins left-hander Mark Buehrle on Wednesday at Marlins Park.
That included giving Ryan Howard his first day off since Aug. 2.
Manuel said he told the left-handed-hitting first baseman a few days ago he would give him a break against Buehrle. Ty Wigginton started at first base. Manuel also started Hector Luna in left field over Juan Pierre, and Erik Kratz behind the plate over Brian Schneider.
"I wanted Luna's bat in the lineup against Buehrle, because it gives us more pop," Manuel said.
Chase Utley started at second base. He has started every game since July 15.
"I definitely have got to start giving Ultey a blow every now and then," Manuel said. "I want to give [Jimmy] Rollins a blow every now and then, too."