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Phillies In Talks With Cubs; Interested in a Brown-for-Soriano Swap

CBS’ Jon Heyman reported that the Phillies are in talks with the Chicago Cubs about 36-year-old outfielder Alfonso Soriano.

The Phillies would send Domonic Brown to Chicago for Soriano, and the Cubs would have to pay a significant amount of Soriano’s salary.

The Cubs are willing to pay up to $26 million of the $36 million owed to Soriano for the remaining two years on his contract.

Last season, Soriano hit .262 with 32 homers and 108 RBIs.

Soriano comes as an alternative if they can’t sign Cody Ross, the most economical choice among free agents. Nick Swisher and Josh Hamilton are a little pricier.

Phillies Trade Victorino to Dodgers

UPDATE – Shane Victorino has officially been traded to the Dodgers for reliever Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin.

ORIGINAL — Shane Victorino’s tenure as a Phillie may officially end by 4 PM today.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are working on a deal with the Phillies that will send Victorino to Hollywood.

In Jayson Stark’s report, he said the Phillies and Dodgers have a deal in place that will include Josh Lindblom and another player.

Lindblom, 25, is a right-handed reliever with two years of Major League ball under his belt. Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 games this season, striking out 43 in 47 2/3 innings.

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Phils Above .500 With 5th Straight Win

Phillies LF Juan Pierre makes a diving catch in the 1st inning. It was one of two nice defensive plays by Pierre in left field. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Phillies 8, Cubs 7
WP – Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22)
LP – Chris Volstad (0-6, 7.46)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (11)

CHICAGO — The Phillies are over .500 for the first time since being 1-0, a weight that has finally been lifted off their collective shoulders.

They extended their winning streak to five games with a 8-7 win over the Cubs. The momentum is fully in their favor, and it’s shown during the current five-game winning streak the Phillies are on.

Chris Volstad was yanked after he allowed four runs in the first two innings to the Phillies. With the early 4-1 lead given to Roy Halladay at that point, he was able to coast through the rest of the game, ending a five-game winless drought.

Halladay went eight innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out four. He gave up a pair of solo home runs to Alfonso Soriano in the 1st and Wellington Castro in the 8th.

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Game 39: Get Doc A Win

Phillies SP Roy Halladay (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — It’s been five starts since Roy Halladay’s last win.

Never thought you’d read those words in one sentence since Halladay (3-3, 3.20) joined the Phillies in the offseason before 2010. Well you just did, so let it soak in for a bit.

Halladay’s last winning decision came on April 16 against the San Francisco Giants. Over a month has passed and Halladay has gone 0-3 in his last five starts, his ERA spiking up from 1.17 to 3.20.

The ERA spike was due to one awful start against the Braves and the blame for a lack of a win could be pitted on the offense and bullpen failing to show up on separate occasions. But you can’t tell that to Halladay, who wants to shake that monkey off his back.

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Everything Clicks In Character-Building Win

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz hits the go-ahead home run in the 8th inning, his seventh of the season. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Phillies 9, Cubs 2
WP – Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00)
LP – Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43)

CHICAGO — The Phillies played a complete, team game… and it may have been the type of game that could very well change the mindset of the team.

A 9-2 character win over the Cubs in Chicago did more to the Phillies than just extend their winning streak to four games and even them up at .500. It showed that all three groups – the offense, starting pitching and bullpen – could all show up in one game to create a win.

The Phillies asked Kyle Kendrick to once again make a start on short notice and the right-hander delivered. Like the good teammate and role player he’s been his whole career, Kendrick got the job done for the Phillies.

He pitched beautifully through six innings, allowing two runs, one earned on three hits while striking out four. He threw a season-high 93 pitches, 65 for strikes in the no-decision.

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Game 38: Worley Scratched; Kendrick Starting

Phillies P Kyle Kendrick walks off the mound after giving up five runs to the Mets in his last outing on May 9. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It’s up to Kyle Kendrick to keep the winning ways of the Phillies rolling.

The Phillies are going to get an emergency start from Kendrick tonight after slated starter Vance Worley was scratched with soreness in his right elbow. Worley was then placed on the DL this morning, dampening the winning ways the Phillies have gotten used to.

Kendrick (0-3, 7.32) has not pitched that well this season, and has pitched only once in the last 11 days. His last outing on May 9 was one to forget, getting shelled for five runs in an inning of relief.

Kendrick has three starts on the season, posting an 0-2 record as a starter with the Phillies losing all three. He was shelled in his first start but pitched well enough in his last two but didn’t get a winning decision due to poor offense.

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Series Preview: at Chicago Cubs

PHI: 18-19, 5th in NL East; CHC: 15-21, 5th in NL Central

When: May 16-17
Where: Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)

Probable Pitchers
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32) vs Matt Garza (2-1, 2.36)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20) vs Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92)

Broadcast Info
Wednesday, 8:05, CSN
Thursday, 8:05, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Polanco’s Two-Run Double Wins It in 8th

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Late inning heroics: these are the Phillies of old that everyone has missed.

A two-run double by Placido Polanco in the 8th inning gave the Phils a 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Juan Pierre, pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot, was hit by a pitch. He got to third on a Jimmy Rollins single that saw the Phillies short stop working the count and easily having one of the best at-bats for the Phillies this season.

Vance Worley was fantastic once again, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Phillies to within one game of .500. Worley allowed only one run on five hits and a walk, striking out five.

Worley didn’t allow a run until the 7th inning when he got Geovany Soto to ground into a double play and allowed a run to score. In the last 22 innings Worley has pitched he’s allowed only two runs.

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Game 23: Breaking Even

Phillies RF Hunter Pence takes a terrible swing against the Cubs on April 29, 2012. (Photo by John Russo/TTB)

The Phillies (10-12) will attempt to even up the series with the Cubs (8-14) tonight, capping off a four-game set.

After dropping the first game on Friday, 5-1, they bounced back with a nice offensive showing in a 5-2 win. But the bats went ice cold again, mustering only two hits in a 5-1 loss yesterday afternoon.

It’ll be up to the offense to back Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16) as the Phillies try earn a split against the lowly Cubs and retry their assent over .500, something they haven’t seen since being 2-1 to start the season.

In his last start, an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks, Worley went six innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk, striking out six. He has been very good to start the season, which saw a career high 11 strikeouts in a win against the Padres the previous start.

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Garza Stymies Phillies

Matt Garza was darn-near unhittable for the Cubs.

One hit, one walk and 10 strike outs; that was the final line for Garza through seven scoreless innings, shutting down the Philles in the Cubs 5-1 win Sunday afternoon.

Philadelphia got 1-2-3 inning out of Kyle Kendrick to start the game and a lead-off single from Jimmy Rollins. But it all went downhill after Juan Pierre reached on a fielder’s choice and was thrown out trying to take second.

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