PHILADEPHIA -- Phillies broadcasters will shuffle the radio booth because TBS and FOX are broadcasting the postseason on TV.
Phillies radio announcers Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will broadcast the first through third and seventh through ninth innings. Tom McCarthy, who does play-by-play on TV, will work the fourth through sixth innings. Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, who provide color commentary on TV, will alternate days in the booth with the McCarthy.
Wheeler will work Game 1 on Wednesday. Matthews will work Game 2 on Friday.
Phillies fine with decision to carry 10 pitchers
PHILADELPHIA -- It sounds like the Phillies had little debate about their National League Division Series roster.
They chose 10 pitchers over 11 pitchers, but the decision seemed obvious once they learned Wednesday's weather forecast cleared up. Had rain been scheduled for Game 1, the Phils might have carried 11 pitchers because they would have needed to pitch Roy Halladay on short rest or pitch Joe Blanton on normal rest in Game 4 on Monday.
"We had some discussion about it," Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We just felt ultimately with some of the time off in the series -- longer than most normal five-game series -- we felt we were covered pitching-wise to go with 10. I hope it's not a mistake."
The decision bumped right-hander Kyle Kendrick from the roster and allowed the Phillies to carry both infielder Greg Dobbs and outfielder Domonic Brown on the bench. Should the Phillies advance to the NL Championship Series, they could carry 11 pitchers.
Amaro said they liked Dobbs over somebody like outfielder John Mayberry Jr., who was sent to the Arizona Fall League, because they wanted another left-handed hitter. Dobbs also proved valuable because they only would have had one player -- Wilson Valdez -- who could play on the left side of the infield.
Dobbs can play third, which immediately proved its worth with third baseman Placido Polanco not starting Game 1 because of a bad back. Valdez started at third base and hit eighth.
"[The roster] may change," Amaro said. "Hopefully we get to think about it in the next series, if we get there. But right now, we're just doing the best thing for us given the schedule."
Seeking bit of luck, Valdez dyes goatee red
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies infielder Wilson Valdez must have figured he needed a little more red in his uniform.
He went to a pharmacy Tuesday night, bought some red hair dye and dyed his goatee red.
"Red for the playoffs," Valdez said.
He said the transformation took roughly 40 minutes.
"Hey, whatever it takes to win," Valdez said. "It doesn't matter, as long as we win."
Valdez, who started Game 1 in place of injured third baseman Placido Polanco, said he couldn't convince any of his teammates to go along with him.
Pandemonium might have ensued had right fielder Jayson Werth joined Valdez.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said left-hander J.C. Romero, who left Sunday's season finale against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field because of a lower back problem, is OK and ready to pitch. ... Right-hander Kyle Kendrick, who was left off the National League Division Series roster when the Phils decided to carry just 10 pitchers, will try to stay sharp throwing in the bullpen while traveling with the team. ... Philadelphia entered Game 1 having won the first game in its last six postseason series. The Phils have not lost Game 1 since the 2007 NLDS 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.