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06/02/09 11:13 PM ET

Pinch-hitter Dobbs makes rare start

At third in place of Feliz, veteran hits sac fly, home run

SAN DIEGO -- Phillies pinch-hitter extraordinaire Greg Dobbs was in the starting lineup Tuesday night, playing third base against Jake Peavy and the Padres.

"We want to get him into a game," said Phils manager Charlie Manuel. "He was 2-for-3 against Peavy, which is pretty good. But I've said all along he needs to play more, I've got to try working him in."

Dobbs' start at third base was his fifth this season. Last season he set a single-season Phillies record for pinch-hits with 22, which was tops in the Majors. He has four pinch-hits this season, including a double in the eighth inning Monday night when Philadelphia scored an insurance run in its 5-3 win.

On Tuesday, getting a rare start in place of Pedro Feliz, Dobbs delivered a sacrifice fly off Peavy to left field, scoring Raul Ibanez with the fourth run of the first to give the Phils a 4-0 lead.

That would be the only time Dobbs got to face the Padres ace as Peavy left after one inning. It was announced that Peavy was diagnosed with a viral upper respiratory infection.

Dobbs is seventh in Phillies history with 40 pinch-hits and needs just three more to tie Ricky Jordan for sixth place.

Dobbs was a little excited about getting the start Tuesday.

"I know I'll be in there from the first inning until whenever I get pinched-hit for or if a double-switch comes up," said Dobbs. "My approach doesn't change. Anything I do is the same whether pinch-hitting or starting a game. But you do get excited because you're going to be in there for a little longer than one at-bat."

Dobbs, who belted his second homer of the season in the fifth to make it 8-0, said there is not much difference between pinch-hitting or starting.

"Every at-bat is important," said Dobbs. "You want to have the same intensity for each at-bat. You don't want to give any at-bats away. When you're pinch-hitting you're only get that one at-bat, it doesn't make it any less important than if you're starting a game. You want to maintain that same intensity and same level whether you're pinch-hitting or starting."

Sandy Burgin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.