By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jimmy Rollins returns to South Philadelphia Tuesday night for the first time as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Phils and LA open a three-game series.READ MORE: Student Shoots Himself In Leg Inside West Philadelphia School With Metal Detectors, Police Say
Rollins is the Phillies’ all-time hit leader. He was a critical piece of the Phillies team that won five straight National League East titles from 2007-2011, a run which included the 2008 World Series title and the 2009 National League pennant. The Phils dealt him to the Dodgers this past off-season in the deal that brought RHP Zach Eflin and LHP Tom Windle to the organization (both currently with Double-A Reading). It has been a tough season for Rollins in LA, specifically at the plate. He is hitting .216 in 100 games for the Dodgers.
He will lead off tonight for Los Angeles.
Jerome Williams will start tonight’s game on the mound for the Phillies. The veteran right-hander is 3-8 with a 6.36 ERA. Last time out he took a loss in Toronto, allowing four runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings of work.READ MORE: Man Shot, Killed Inside West Philadelphia Corner Store, Police Say
The Dodgers go with left-hander Alex Wood, who will be making his Dodgers debut after being acquired from Atlanta as part of that big three team trade last week that also included Miami. Wood had gone 7-6 with the Braves with a 3.54 ERA.
Here is the lineup against Wood:
1. 2B Cesar Hernandez
2. CF Odubel Herrera
3. 3B Maikel Franco
4. RF Jeff Francoeur
5. 1B Ryan Howard
6. LF Darin Ruf
7. SS Freddy Galvis
8. C Carlos Ruiz
9. P Jerome Williams
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kevin Cooney of the Bucks County Courier Times about the return of Rollins and what’s triggered the improved play from the Phillies as of late.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia High School Works To Return Native American Remains
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