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Pence Not In Tonight’s Lineup Due to Arm Injury

Let the next wave of injuries continue for the Phillies.

Hunter Pence was left out of tonight’s line up in Arizona after telling manager Charlie Manuel that his right arm is bothering him. It is the first start of the season Pence has missed.

Pence hurt his arm diving for a ball in yesterday’s loss to the Padres. But he didn’t really feel it until today.

“I felt it after it happened but I had adrenaline going (Sunday) … until this morning when I woke up, I didn’t have the mobility that you need,” Pence said. “Like I said, I want to try to do more, but they don’t want me to. Hopefully it’s not a big deal, but we have to get it checked out first.”

With Pence’s arm bothering him, he may not even be an option to pinch-hit tonight against the Diamondbacks.

Tonight’s Line
Pierre, LF
Polanco, 3B
Rollins, SS
Wigginton, 1B
Victorino, CF
Ruiz, C
Mayberry, RF
Galvis, 2B
Kendrick, SP

Series Preview: at Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 7-9, 5th in NL East; ARI: 8-8, 3rd in NL West

When: April 23-25
Where: Chase Field (Phoenix, AR)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) vs Wade Miley (1-0, 1.93)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37) vs Josh Collmenter (0-1, 10.22)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) vs Trevor Cahill (1-1, 284)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 9:40, TCN
Tuesday, 9:40, CSN
Wednesday, 9:40, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Season Preview: NL West

Expectations: San Francisco’s payroll may top $130 million in order to pay for Brian Wilson’s beard dye.
Key Addition: OF Melky Cabrera (acquired from Kansas City)
Key Loss: SP Jonathan Sanchez (traded to Kansas City)
Projected Record: 93-69
Summary: The Giants are looking to get back on top of the National League after a disappointing 2011 campaign. The Giants went 86-76, missing the wild card by four games to the Cardinals, who won the World Series.

The Giants are hoping Madison Bumgarner fills in big as the number three pitcher after the Giants dealt Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera. They still have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain at the front of their rotation, boasting one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

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NLDS Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Cardinals

Arizona: 94-68; 1st in NL West
Milwaukee:96-66; 1st in NL Central

Schedule
Game 1: Oct. 1, 2:07 PM – Yovani Gallardo (17-10 3.52) vs. Ian Kennedy (21-4 2.88)
Game 2: Oct. 2, 4:37 PM – Shaun Marcum (13-7 3.54) / Zack Greinke (16-6 3.83) vs. Daniel Hudson (16-12 3.49)
Game 3: Oct. 4 – Joe Saunders (12-13 3.69) vs. Shaun Marcum (13-7 3.54) / Zack Greinke (16-6 3.83)
Game 4*: Oct. 5 – Josh Collmenter (10-10 3.38) vs. Randy Wolf (13-10 3.69)
Game 5*: Oct. 7 – (TBD vs TBD)

Road to the Playoffs
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Phils trade Zagurski to D’Backs

The Phillies have sent their left-handed AAA All-Star reliever Mike Zagurski to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.

In three seasons with the Phillies (2007, 2010-11), Zagurski was 1-0 with a 6.82 ERA in 37 appearances. He was never a consistent main stay in the Phils bull pen.

Zagurski, 28, was drafted in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Phillies.

Phils win rain-soaked rubber match

CF John Mayberry hits a two-run homer in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Ke$ha, rain, fans trying to climb into the tarp tubing and a visit by Shane Victorino. Those were the highlights of the Phils 4-1 win over Arizona on a wet Thursday night.

The Phillies became the first team this season to 80 wins. They hold an 8.5 lead in the division still, bringing their magic number down to 31.

The Phillies win was wet, wild and very very long. The Phillies carried a 3-0 lead into the 2 hour, 17 minute rain delay which featured some nonconventional highlights. Victorino, who is not permitted in the dugout or clubhouse during game time as stipulations during his suspension, visited the wonderful beat writers in the press box during the delay. Matt Gelb (Inquirer) and Todd Zolecki (MLB.com) among others reported Victorino was banging on the press box windows to get fans attention, waving at them.

Not all the fun and excitement happened indoors. A fan ran out onto the field during the delay and tried to dive into the tubing that the tarp is rolled out on. He almost made it in before security grabbed him by the ankles and pulled him out.

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Phils bite back

There was no 9th-inning miracle in store for the Diamondbacks this go around.

With the score tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th, the wheels officially fell of Arizona starter Joe Saunders. Saunders got roughed up for three runs in the 7th before recording an out and the Phils pulled away in a 9-2 blow out win in Philadelphia.

John Mayberry had a big game, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez drove in a pair of runs and Hunter Pence went 2-for-2 with a double.

Rollins started bottom of the 1st off with a solo home run. It was his second lead-off homer of the season and 37th in his career. But Arizona answered right back in the 2nd with a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt. But that was all the scoring Cliff Lee would allow on the night.

Lee was fantastic, allowing three hits and two runs in seven innings while striking out seven. It was Lee’s 13th win on the season.

The Phils broke the 2-2 lead in the 7th. Pence walked and Mayberry singled to set up Valdez’s two-run double. Saunders’ night was done but he was still held accountable for Valdez, who scored on two sacrifice hits later to make it 5-2.

2B: Pence (30), Valdez (9), Victorino (21). HR: Rollins (14).

WP: Lee (13-7). LP: Saunders (8-10).

Boxscore.

Doc gets snake bit in 9th

Phils starter Roy Halladay walks off the mound after allowing a two-run double in the top of the 9th. The Phils lost 3-2. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Roy Halladay should have started the 9th. But at one point, he should not have been left in.

After allowing back-to-back singles to start the 9th, Charlie Manuel let Halladay pitch to the left-handed hitting Lyle Overbay, who drove in all three of Arizona’s runs on the night. Overbay smacked Halladay’s first offering into the gap in right center field to drive in both Josh Upton and pinch runner Collin Cowgill as the D’backs beat Philadelphia, 3-2.

Manuel had every reason to start the inning with Halladay. He was at 100 pitches and was facing Upton, who he struck out twice and allowed a single to catcher Miguel Montero. With an 0-2 count to Upton, home plate umpire Vic Carapazza failed to ring up Upton and Halladay’s next pitch was lined into left field for a base hit.

Montero followed up with another single and that set up Overbay to face Halladay. Both Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo were throwing in the bull pen at the start of the inning and with Overbay up, Manuel should have went to the pen and let Bastardo face the left-handed hitter. He didn’t and Overbay cashed in.

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Series Preview: vs Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 78-41, 1st in NL East; ARI: 68-53, 1st in NL West

When: August 16-18
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (15-4, 2.51) vs Josh Collmenter (7-7, 3.51)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (12-7, 2.83) vs Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.76)
Thursday: Vance Worley (8-1, 2.85) vs Ian Kennedy (15-3, 3.12)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Four teams splash big at the deadline

Phillies OF Hunter Pence. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The final week leading up to the trade deadline makes for some of the most exciting and exhausting news in baseball. Beat writers, fans and owners dread the July 31 date and breath a huge sigh of relief when 4:00 PM passes.

This year was no different. With teams like the Phillies, Giants and Braves looking to bolster their offense and the Yankees and Red Sox looking to make splashes in pitching, the deadline can get hairy for the serious competitors and first timers.

Here are a handful of teams that made the biggest splashes at the deadline, hoping for that final push into the post season and baseball greatness.

THE WINNERS

Cleveland Indians – Ubaldo Jimenez: The Indians made a huge splash at the deadline, trading for Colorado’s ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez is one of the game’s best young starters and will have an immediate impact on a team that could be one good starter away from winning their first AL Central crown since 2007.

A year removed from winning 19 games and posting a 2.88 ERA, Jimenez is struggling this season. He’s been mediocre at best, compiling a 6-9 record and 4.46 ERA on a Rockies team that is 10 games behind any chance at the post season. But the Indians are 2.5 behind the Detroit Tigers and Jimenez’s presence is a significant upgrade.

The only interesting thing that remains to be seen is if Jimenez will be effective in the American League. He’s been struggling this season and is now walking into a tougher hitting league. This move could prove to be a huge step forward for the Indians or a monumental bust.

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