4/13/2013 6:47 P.M. ET
Phillies taking advantage of double-play balls
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins killed a couple rallies Friday in a 3-1 victory over the Marlins when they turned double plays in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Phillies entered Saturday tied for fifth in baseball, getting teams to ground into 10 double plays. They have had 72 double-play opportunities this year. Their 13.9 conversion percentage ranked seventh in baseball.
"If you're not striking people out, a ground ball, especially with a runner base, is good to get because that gives you an opportunity to get double plays," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Galvis fills in for M. Young at third base
MIAMI -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in Spring Training he could find Freddy Galvis around 250 at-bats during the season.
He had just three entering Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. That should not be a complete surprise. Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young have been swinging the bat well, and with two days off mixed in between the team's first 10 games, there has been no need to rest the everyday players. But with Young feeling ill Saturday, Manuel put Galvis into the starting lineup for the first time, having him start at third for Young.
"It's hard," said Manuel, asked about finding playing time for Galvis. "You've still got to find him some playing time somehow."
Young was available to pinch-hit, if needed.
• Useless fact of the day: Manuel briefly played with actor James Van Der Beek's father in Triple-A Albuquerque in 1974.
The actor confirmed this on his Twitter account Friday: "Just asked my Dad -- confirmed. They were teammates briefly on the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes. Apparently he struck him out in Spring Training on a 3-2 changeup. Dad must have had a hell of a changeup."
Said Manuel: "He wasn't the only one that struck me out. I bet he didn't tell you that I probably shot him if he pitched."
•The Phillies entered Saturday tied for the big league lead with six pinch-hit RBIs. They ranked second with five pinch-hits.
•The Phillies bullpen has a 1.02 ERA (two earned runs in 17 2/3 innings) in their last six games.
•The Phillies entered Saturday leading the National League with 10 stolen bases. Oakland leads the Majors with 11. The Phillies have been caught stealing only twice (84.6 stolen-base percentage). They have led the big leagues each of the previous six seasons in stolen-base percentage.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.