PHILADELPHIA -- Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has not gotten a day off since Sept. 4, discounting scheduled off-days on Sept. 8 and 15.
It was time.
"Yadier would be a push," manager Tony La Russa said. "But you have [Gerald] Laird, who works [starter Kyle] Lohse well and has some experience with [Phillies starter Roy] Halladay."
Nick Punto also started at second base in place of Skip Schumaker.
"I like the lineup," La Russa said. "I just don't like who we're facing."