04/05/2013 3:22 PM ET
Manuel liking 1-2 punch of Revere, Rollins
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- It has only been three games, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel likes the look of Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins atop his lineup.
"It's almost like having [Juan] Pierre in the leadoff hole," Manuel said. "Jimmy has a stronger bat when we've got runners in scoring position from the seventh, eighth and ninth hitters. He gets extra-base hits. He gets doubles, triples and homers. Ben can get on and steal. I think he's more apt right now because of his speed, although Jimmy knows how. Right now, it kind of matches up on our team."
But the lineup could get a different look once Delmon Young and Carlos Ruiz rejoin the team, giving Manuel more options.
Adams ready to contribute when called upon
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies setup man Mike Adams warmed up to pitch the eighth inning Thursday at Turner Field, but manager Charlie Manuel stuck with the hot hand.
Cliff Lee pitched a scoreless eighth in a 2-0 victory to give the Phillies their first victory of the season.
Manuel spoke a little more about that decision before Friday's home opener against the Royals at Citizens Bank Park.
"I thought Lee's best three innings were his last three," Manuel said. "If somebody had gotten in scoring position, I'm not saying I would have taken him out, but the way it happened, it was real easy for me to leave him in."
Adams signed a two-year, $12 million contract in the offseason. Manuel said there was no need to talk with Adams after the game.
"I think he knows where he stands," Manuel said. "I think he knows the game. I'm pretty sure he did."
• A thick wall of ivy has scaled the batter's eye at Citizens Bank Park over the years, but fans might have noticed a big blank patch in the middle of the brick wall Friday. Well, it turns out Hurricane Sandy got hold of that section of ivy and took it down. The Phillies will wait for the ivy to grow back.
• Domonic Brown made his first Opening Day roster, and picked up hits in each of his first three games this season. But the special Opening Day nameplate above his locker at Citizens Bank Park was misspelled as "Dominic Brown."
Brown didn't mind. His name has been misspelled before, including the first couple of years in the Phillies' media guide when he was an upcoming prospect. Brown noticed it back then, but decided not to say anything. In other words, it's no big deal.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.