Believe it or not, Cody Asche will start at third vs. southpaw Mark Buehrle on Wednesday ... and Ryan Howard will get the night off.
All is took was the baserunning gaffe of the year, a botched play at shortstop and an 0-for-2 day at the plate for Freddy Galvis, combined with a 4-for-4 night and a game-tying grand slam for Asche for Asche -- finally -- to get the start at third base against a left-handed starter.
Asche has been crushing the ball recently and is 9 for 22 with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in his last eight games.
It's the first time he's in the lineup against a lefty starter since the second series of the year against the Cubs.
And even with the designated hitter creating room for a ninth bat in the order, Howard, who's 8 for 37 vs. LHP this season, will sit in favor of John Mayberry Jr.
Jimmy Rollins will get another day off from the field, but he'll serve as the DH and Jayson Nix will man shortstop. Rollins has started only once as a DH -- July 1, 2011 in Toronto -- and he went 0 for 4.
Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.00) opposes Buehrle (5-1, 2.25) at the Rogers Centre.