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Ross, Swisher Off the Board for Phillies

Earlier today, it was reported that heavily sought corner outfielder Cody Ross had signed a three-year, $26 million deal to play in Arizona.

Last week, the Phillies intense pursuit of Ross was reported. It was known that Ross wanted a three-year deal and the Phillies were willing to go after the 31-year-old left fielder who hit 22 homers, 81 RBIs and had a .267 average and .807 OPS.

Even though the Phillies weren’t in heavy pursuit of Nick Swisher, the 32-year-old switch hitter is close to signing a deal with the Cleveland Indians. They offered him a four-year, $52 million deal, and he is close to signing there.

With Arizona signing Ross, it is possible that Jason Kubel could be available via trade, even more likely than his teammate Justin Upton.

Phillies Make a Pair of Rule 5 Selections

In the 1st round (15th overall) in the Rule 5 Draft, the Phillies selected outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Inciarte was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Diamondbacks in 2008.

The former Diamondbacks prospect hit .293 for the South Bend Silver Hawks (Class A). Inciarte hit one home run and 30 RBIs to go along with 18 stolen bases in 65 games. In 62 games with the Visalia Rawhide (Class A), the Venezuela native hit an even better .319 with one home run and 17 RBIs. He also swiped 28 bases and had a .797 OPS.

Meanwhile in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, the Phillies selected left-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization.

Lafferty was originally selected in the 18th round by the Royals in the 2009 Draft.

Lafferty spent the 2012 season with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals  (Class AA) of the Texas League. In 43 games, the lefty went 1-1 with a 4.77 ERA and struck out 71 batters while walking 40.

Shane Victorino Signs With Boston; Justin Uptin Rumors Squashed

Despite not being high up on Ruben Amaro’s list of center field candidates, Shane Victorino is off the board.

According to numerous reports, Victorino has agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox won’t announce the deal until Victorino passes a physical.

Victorino was traded to the Dodgers at the deadline where he finished the season. He garnered attention from the Indians as well as the Red Sox, as well as being rumored to be on Amaro’s list. (Amaro squashed those reports today.)

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Phillies Climb Out of Cellar With Howard Walk-Off

Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 4
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00)
LP – Josh Colmentor (4-3, 4.23)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are in first place in the NL East.

A Ryan Howard RBI single drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Phillies a comeback 5-4 walk-off win.

Juan Pierre led off the 9th inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Laynce Nix pinch-hit, dropping a single in front of right fielder Justin Upton to put runners on the corners.

After walking Chase Utley to load the bases, Howard ripped a line drive into right to win the game.

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Early lead propels D’Backs to win

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 2
WP – Ian Kennedy (10-8, 4.15)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45)
SV – JJ Putz (20)

PHILADELPHIA — When Joe Blanton was traded to the Dodgers before the game, Kyle Kendrick was given the spot start.

Unfortunately for Kendrick, he fell behind early and the Phillies never could recover in a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Justin Upton started the game off in the first inning with a solo home run, the 100th of his career. Ironically, his brother Rays outfielder BJ Upton hit his 100th career home run.

Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Johnson each had an RBI to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.

But the Phillies were able to chip away at the lead. Chase Utley hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Newly acquired Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Kevin Frandsen to cut the lead to 3-2.

Unfortunately that was as close as the Phillies would get.

Jason Kubel added a solo home run in the ninth inning off Josh Lindblom.

2B: Mayberry (15)

Boxscore

Series Preview: vs Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 47-58, 5th in NL East; ARI: 54-51, 3rd in NL Central

When: August 3-5
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.45) vs Ian Kennedy (9-8, 4.20)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33) vs Joe Saunders (5-7, 3.62)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.73) vs Trevor Cahill (9-9, 3.75)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Murphy: D’Backs Interested In Lee; Upton Could Be In Deal

Another possible suitor for Cliff Lee has surface, at it comes from the desert.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly interested in Cliff Lee according to David Murphy of the Daily News. If the Diamondbacks want Lee, expect 24 year-old outfielder Justin Upton to be the centerpiece of that deal, especially with Shane Victorino likely out the door and the rumors surrounding Hunter Pence.

Ken Rosenthal has the original story.

Bats Stay Hot As Phils Finish Off D’Backs

Phillies SP Cole Hamels hits a bases loaded two-run single in the 6th inning of the Phillies 7-2 win on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phillies’ offense is on a roll, words that have been dying to be uttered through the first three weeks of the season.

Philadelphia (8-9) tacked on seven more runs in the series finale, beating Arizona 7-2. They finished their 10-game western road trip with a 5-5 record.

Cole Hamels didn’t have to worry about a lack of run support this outing, focusing all of his attention on dealing against Arizona. Hamels (3-1) went eight strong, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out seven.

Hamels had retired 18 batters in row before three straight singles in the 7th inning plated the Diamondbacks first run.

After walking the bases loaded, Arizona got another run on a Pete Orr error, dropping the throw from Galvis at second that would have given Hamels a shot at an inning-ending double play. Instead, everyone was safe and the Diamondbacks made it a 6-2 game.

Orr redeemed himself, starting a 4-6-3 double play on the next batter to get Hamels out of a jam.

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Phils Win On 4th-Inning Bombs

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates with 3B Ty Wigginton after Nix's two-run homer in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The five-run 9th inning of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks may have sparked the offense.

Feeding off the meaningless outburst, the Phillies powered their way past Arizona with three home runs, winning 8-5 and snapping a three-game losing streak.

It all started with Hunter Pence, who many thought wouldn’t have even been in tonight’s line up. Less than 12 hours after having an MRI on his shoulder after sitting out yesterday’s game, he was in the line up.

Pence quieted any of the doubters he should be playing, ripping a two-run homer in the 4th inning that sparked a four-run inning..

Two batters later, Laynce Nix hit a two-run shot of his own to give the Phils a 4-0 cushion.

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Phillies Embarrassed in Arizona

D'Backs OF Justin Upton circles the bases after homering in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

This young Phillies season has reached a new low.

In a game that was missing both Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence to injuries, the Phillies dropped the series opener to the Diamondbacks, 9-5.

Arizona got the Kyle Kendrick early and often, tapping into the spot starter for seven runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings. In the mean time, spot starter Wade Miley pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits (doubles to Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry).

All but one of the starters in the Diamondbacks’ line up, including Miley, had a hit.

The Phillies almost scored their first run in the 8th. Pete Orr hit a two-out double to right field but was gunned out at the plate on the following single by Juan Pierre.

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