8/20/2013 12:14 A.M. ET
Ruiz swings hot bat in two-spot Monday
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Ryne Sandberg isn't afraid to shake up his lineup a little bit.
He hit Carlos Ruiz second in Monday's series opener against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park, just the third time in Ruiz's career that he has hit second. Ruiz rewarded his manager by going 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the Phillies' 5-4 win.
"I think his stroke is conducive to batting second," Sandberg said before the game. "I like the at-bats he's had of late. He's a guy that can handle the bat and a situational guy. That could play into his strengths, depending on the game situation, whether a ball needs to be driven to right field. He handles the bat real well. I like him in that spot tonight."
Ruiz entered the night hitting .265 with six doubles, two home runs, 14 RBIs, a .635 OPS in 200 at-bats. He is hitting .300 (15-for-50) with two doubles, two homers, five RBIs and an .800 OPS in 16 games since July 28.
"I feel like he's been catching up, or had that mindset most of the year, and he does seem more relaxed at this time," Sandberg said of Ruiz's recent success. "He's also shown it behind the plate, with the way that he's handled himself and he's got a good attitude. He's got the energy back that he normally shows."
Sandberg said he told his players Friday, when he replaced Charlie Manuel, to be ready. That included lineup changes.
"I'll make the adjustments day to day," he said. "I enjoy that, thinking about that. A lot of times, after the game on the ride home, the wheels start turning about the lineup and in the morning when I wake up. That's a day-to-day thing. If there's a rest to be needed on some day games, those kind of things come in to play -- who's pitching, how the guys are doing at the plate, that type of thing."
Utley, Sandberg have similar approach to game
PHILADELPHIA -- Since Ryne Sandberg joined the Phillies in 2011 as the Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager, many have compared Sandberg to Chase Utley because of they both have a quiet, methodical approach to the game.
Sandberg offered his thoughts on that Monday.
"I really do," he said when asked if he saw himself in Utley. "I'm impressed with him, and I think that's a good thing. He comes to the ballpark everyday, and he knows his routine. He is into the game. He is very much a leader on when to go to the mound and talk to the pitcher, when to go to the mound with a guy on second base, because they've had time to pick up signs and relay them. He's really in tune with the game, and I've had talks with him, and in my experience, these last three years, and especially this year, he's like a manager and he thinks like a manager on the field."
Phillies to hold Baseball 101 Clinic
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies will hold their Baseball 101 Clinic & Luncheon for Women on Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
More than 160 women from the Delaware Valley will participate in the event, which will include on-field practice with Phillies coaches, a Q&A session with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and an opportunity to meet broadcasters Larry Andersen, Scott Franzke and Jim Jackson.
This will be the 15th Baseball 101 Clinic and the 15th sellout. More than $200,000 in net proceeds has benefited Phillies Charities.
• Phillies left-hander John Lannan was scheduled to see team physician Michael Ciccotti on Monday.
Lannan is on the disabled list with tendinosis in his left knee. He missed two months earlier this season with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee.
• Following Monday's game, the Phillies optioned left-hander Raul Valdes to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for right-hander Tyler Cloyd, who starts Tuesday against the Rockies.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.