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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 End Season at .500 With 5-1 Loss to Nationals

Phillies SP Cliff Lee in his final start of 2012. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals 5, Phillies 1
WP – Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03)
LP – Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.16)
SV – Michael Gonzalez (1)

WASHINGTON — The Phillies 2012 season ended in fitting fashion: in Washington to the NL East champs with a loss.

Cliff Lee went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and seven strikeouts. Lee finished the season 6-9 with a 3.16 ERA, 207 strikeouts and 28 walks in 211 innings.

Lee had a surprisingly history season, becoming the first ever pitcher to win less than eight games with a sub-3.20 ERA and over 200 strike outs.

Darin Ruf once again drove in the Phillies’ only run of the game. His sacrifice fly in the 4th inning gave him his eighth RBI in the last four games against Washington, providing 100% of the offense in each of those games.

The Phillies only lead disappeared in the bottom of the 4th. Lee gave up a lead-off homer to Ryan Zimmerman and back-to-back double to lead off the inning, giving Washington a 2-1 lead.

The Nats scored one more off Lee in the 6th with Tyler Moore’s solo shot.

2B: Schierholtz 2 (8), Ruiz (32), Frandsen (10).

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Lindblom Loses In 9th; Phillies Eliminated

Marlins 2, Phillies 1
WP – Steve Cishek (5-2, 2.77)
LP – Josh Lindblom (3-4, 3.34)

MIAMI — The Phillies have officially been eliminated from the playoffs.

Carlos Lee hit a walk-off single in the 9th inning off Josh Lindblom to beat the Phillies, 2-1, officially ending their season.

Cliff Lee went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out five in the no-decision.

The Phillies tied the game up in the 8th on an RBI single by Jimmy Rollins.

2B: Mayberry (24).

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Lee’s Record-Breaking Outing Not Good Enough For Win

Braves 2, Phillies 1
WP – Tim Hudson (18-6, 3.61)
LP – Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (39)

PHILADELPHIA — Cliff Lee set a Major League record today in the Phillies 2-1 loss to Atlanta.

Despite no offense, Lee pitched at least six innings while allowing only one walk for the 15th straight time, an MLB record.

A David Ross solo homer in the 2nd and Dan Uggla sacrifice fly in the 3rd was enough for the Braves. Lee was masterful the rest of the way, allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits while striking out 11 in eight innings.

The Phillies only run came on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley in the 6th inning that cut the Braves lead in half, 2-1. Other than that, they managed only two hits all game.

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Phillies Snap Out of Funk; Beat Mets

Phillies SP Cliff Lee dominated the Mets through eight innings. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Phillies 3, Mets 1
WP – Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27)
LP – R.A. Dickey (18-6, 2.67)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (35)

QUEENS, NY — Things were starting to get a little worrisome for the Phillies after dropping three games in Houston.

But they snapped out of it, and continued on their way to a historical comeback in the standings with an important 3-1 win over the Mets. The win brought the Phillies to 3.5 games back with the Cardinals having the day off.

Cliff Lee was dominant again, continuing back on his path to the dominant Lee of 2011. He went eight innings, allowing only a run on seven hits and a walk, striking out 10.

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Rollins Erases Error; Sparks Phillies 7th Straight Win

Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed an unearned run in seven innings for his 5th win of the season, a 3-1 win for the Phillies over the Marlins. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies 3, Marlins 1
WP – Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36)
LP – Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (34)

PHILADELPHIA — The month of September has been kind to Jimmy Rollins, and in turn, it’s been kind to the Phillies.

The Fightins kept on fighting, battling against a seemingly unhittable Josh Johnson. They overcame an error-filled 6th inning, winning 3-1 Wednesday evening for their seventh straight win and second sweep in a row.

The hero was Rollins, who made an almost costly error earlier in the game that set up Miam’s only run. But he erased that error with a pair of hits, including a two-run homer in the 8th inning to lead the Phillies to another win and 3.5 games out of the Wild Card.

Cliff Lee was keeping pace with Johnson, who took a no-hitter into the 6th inning. But he ran into a bit of trouble in the 6th.

With one out, Donovan Solano hit a ball to Rollins, but the short stop misplayed it and Solano was safe. Jose Reyes followed up with a grounder to Lee, but a throwing error by the left-hander put two runners on with one out.

After getting Giancarlo Stanton to fly out for the second out, Carlos Lee hit an RBI single to give Miami a 1-0 lead.

Rollins, who made the error in the top half, led off the bottom of the 6th with the Phillies first hit, a grounder that got past a diving Carlos Lee. Rollins then scored on John Mayberry’s RBI single four batters later after moving to second on a bunt to tie the game up.

In the bottom of the 8th, Rollins hit a two-run homer off Johnson with no outs, giving Philadelphia the 3-1 lead and chasing the right-hander from the game.

As Rollins goes, the Phillies go, and Rollins has been hot in the month of September as well as the Phils. In 11 games, Rollins is hitting .326 (15-for-46) with two doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and eight runs scored.

HR: Rollins (19).

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Schierholtz walks the Phillies off

Phillies 3, Rockies 2
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (4-6, 2.61)
LP – Will Harris (1-1, 6.57)

With so much uncertainty surrounding the Phillies in 2013, Nate Schierholtz is one of many players trying to make an impact on the club this season.

Schierholtz did just that tonight as he stroked an RBI single in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies to give his team a 3-2 win.

Having tied the game on a two-run double by Laynce Nix in the seventh inning, the Phillies had a chance to win the game in the ninth inning.

Rockies reliever Will Harris walked Jimmy Rollins to get the inning started. Juan Pierre put down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Rollins up to second base. Chase Utley was intentionally walked and Rollins and Utley moved up a base on a passed ball.

That set the stage for Schierholtz to work his magic.

Cliff Lee pitched a solid game for the Phillies but didn’t much offensive support as has been the norm this season. Lee tossed 6.1 innings of two-run ball and surrendered 8 hits to go along with 7 strikeouts.

The combination of Josh Lindblom, Jake Diekman, Phillipe Aumont, and Jonathan Papelbon did remarkable job as a bullpen. They didn’t allow a hit in the final three innings.

2B: Mayberry (21, Nix (9).

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Lee cruises in Phillies win

Phillies 5, Braves 1
WP – Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52)
LP – Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76)

ATLANTA —  Cliff Lee has shown glimpses of the pitcher he once was throughout this season.

Lee pitched his third consecutive gem as he struck out five in a 5-1 Phillies win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon.

The Phillies southpaw tossed seven scoreless innings against his division rivals. He surrendered five hits and only walked one batter. He would have gone out for the 8th but a sore hamstring hindered that.

The Phillies got the scoring started in the first inning when John Mayberry Jr. stroked an RBI single off Tim Hudson to plate Juan Pierre. It was Mayberry’s fourth RBI in the last two games.

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Third Base Wide Open For Next Season

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen. (Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

There is a big question mark stamped next to the third baseman’s name for the 2013 season. It’s a position that hasn’t had a consistent inhabitant since Scott Rolen was traded in 2002.

A few guys like David Bell, Pedro Feliz and Placido Polanco were supposed to be main-stays. But only Polanco managed to make an All-Star appearance.

It’s also a position that has fielded the likes of Abraham Nunez, Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton.

The future for third base still doesn’t look bright for the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro already knows this, and he’s already tried addressing it at the deadline.

Philadelphia exercised the option of plucking top third base prospect Mike Olt from the Texas Rangers in a deal centered around Cliff Lee but nothing ever came to fruition for both clubs. Olt would have given the Phillies their first real third baseman since Rolen, and a prospect to be truly excited about since Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

They also were named as one of the teams interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

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Natitude: Lee Earns First Win At Home; Phils Sweep

Phillies 4, Nationals 1
WP – Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67)
LP – Jordan Zimmerman (9-8, 2.63)
SV – Josh Lindblom (1)

PHILADELPHIA — It took until August 26 for Cliff Lee to earn a winning decision at Citizens Bank Park this season.

For only his third win on the year, Lee shut down the Nationals and the Phillies earned a series sweep with their 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon. It was his first win at home since September 5 of last season.

It was a 0-0 tie heading into the 5th inning and the Phillies quickly erased that.

Lee hit a shot over the head of center fielder Bryce Harper’s head to score the first run of the game. Jimmy Rollins followed up with a two-run homer to right to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead, resulting in Zimmerman’s day to end after the inning.

Lee went seven innings, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out five.

Josh Lindblom recorded the five out save for his first Major League save. The Phillies didn’t want to use Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched in three straight games and four of the last five games.

Rollins and Laynce Nix homered in the win. Nix’s solo shot in the 6th inning made it a 4-0 game and it was his first homer off a left-handed pitcher since 2004.

2B: Lee (2). HR: Rollins (15), Nix (3).

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