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Phillies Activate Polanco; In Lineup Tonight

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have officially activated third baseman Placido Polanco from the 15-day DL.

The move was known yesterday when the Phillies sent IF/OF Hector Luna back to Lehigh Valley in anticipation to activate Polanco.

Polanco will also be in tonight’s lineup batting seventh against the Reds. His normal spot in the two-hole has been effectively inhabited by outfielder Juan Pierre.

Polanco is having the worst season of his 15-year career, hitting .255 with a .300 OPB, both career lows. His OPS+ of 69 is also a career low.

 

 

Phillies Schierholtz Breaks Toe; Lands On DL

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have placed outfielder Nate Schierholtz on the disabled list with a broken toe.

The Phillies have recalled outfielder Hector Luna from Lehigh to take his place. But it still leaves the outfield very thin.

In 11 games since joining the Phillies, Schierholtz is hitting .219 with a homer and two RBIs. Luna is hitting .246 (14-57) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 26 Major League games this season.

Carlos Ruiz Out 4-6 Weeks With Plantar Fasciitis

PHILADELPHIA — If things couldn’t get any worse for the Phillies season.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz was diagnosed with platar’s fasciitis and will be out four-six weeks. He was placed on the DL this afternoon.

Hector Luna was called up from Lehigh to replace Ruiz.

Ruiz is having a career season in which he’s hitting .335 with 28 doubles, 14 home runs, 58 RBIs. He also has a .959 OPS, a top 10 mark in all of baseball.

From Todd Zolecki:

He ranked fourth in the National League in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging percentage and sixth in OPS.

Unfortunately for Ruiz, he will not finish the season with enough plate appearances to qualify among the league leaders in those categories.

O’s Win On Jones Walk-Off

Orioles 6, Phillies 4 (12 innings)
WP – Luis Ayala (2-1, 1.93)
LP – B.J. Rosenberg (0-1, 18.00)

BALTIMORE — B.J. Rosenberg didn’t expect his welcome to the Big Leagues to turn out quite like that.

Adam Jones did the honors, sending Rosenberg 0-1 slider into centerfield for a walk-off, two-run homer to give the Orioles a 6-4 win.

Rosenberg got through the 11th inning without a hitch. But he walked Chris Davis to lead-off the bottom of the 12th before Jones’ game-winner.

Vance Worley had a better outing than his first last week. In his second game since coming off the DL with a chipped bone in the elbow, Worley gave up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings.

Both teams played a bit of tug-o-war in the first half of the game.

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Runs Come After Delay In Phils Win

Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick was strong once again, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings during a rain-shortened start. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 6, Marlins 4
WP – Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02)
LP – Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (15)

PHILADELPHIA — With the rain came runs for the Phillies.

Following up a rain delay in which the Phillies led 2-1, the Phillies scored four runs in the final half of the game to beat the Marlins, 6-4, Friday night.

Both bullpens did a good job at trying to ruin the strong outings created by starter’s Mark Buehrle and Kyle Kendrick before the delay. Both pitchers resumed pitching after the 48-minute delay but only Kendrick managed to get out of the it alive.

Hunter Pence was able to get to Buehrle right away. After Placido Polanco’s lead-0ff hit to start the bottom of the 5th, Pence smashed his 12th home run of the season, expanding the Phillies lead to 4-1.

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Sox Hit Four Homers Off Blanton; Snap Phils Win Streak

Boston 1B David Ortiz celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the 5th inning of Joe Blanton, proving to be the winning runs in the Red Sox 7-5 win over Philadelphia. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Red Sox 7, Phillies 5
WP – Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)
LP – Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74)
SV – Alfredo Aceves (9)

PHILADLELPHIA — All winning streaks must come to an end.

The Red Sox got to Joe Blanton early and often, beating the Phillies 7-5 in Philadelphia Saturday night. The loss snapped the Phils six-game winning streak.

It was not Blanton’s day as a pitcher, and even as a fielder. Blanton gave up four homers in five innings, as well as make two errors in the field that extended innings he got shelled in.

It was Blanton’s worst outing of the season, ending a streak of quality starts that has made Blanton a hot topic in this young season.

Boston jumped all over him in the very first at-bat. Mike Aviles led off the game with a solo homer to left field, giving the Sox an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.

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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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Phillies Call Up Three From LHV

Since Michael Schwimer can’t do much as a pitcher right now, he’s taking up a job in journalism.

Going by that tweet, the Phillies will be making a ton of moves regarding their bullpen and the injury to Laynce Nix.

First off, the Phillies announced last night they were optioning reliever Joe Savery to Lehigh. And with both lefty Jake Diekman and righty Raul Valdes being mentioned in the tweet, that means another reliever will be sent down as well.

Top candidate for that is Brian Sanches and his 2.75 WHIP and 11.25 ERA in four innings.

In 11 outings for Lehigh, Valdes is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strike outs in 21 innings. Diekman is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings (13 games) of work with 22 strike outs.

Nix reinjured his calf during a pinch-hit single in yesterday’s loss and could possibly wind up on the DL. Right-handed hitting Hector Luna will be the guy filling in, hitting .277 with a homer and 12 RBIs so far in AAA.

If Nix doesn’t go on the DL then catcher Erik Kratz could be sent back down.

Spring Training: Blue Jays 8, Phillies 5

2B Hector Luna, playing for a spot on the roster, makes a play in the infield. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

John Mayberry Jr was in a terrible slump heading into the final weekend of Grapefruit League play.

That’s why a big weight was lifted off his shoulders in the 7th inning when he snapped a 19-at-bat hitless streak in the Phillies 8-5 loss. It was his only hit in his three at-bats, lifing his spring average .192.

Roy Halladay made his final start before Opening Day on Thursday but lasted only two innings and 45 pitches before a rain delay. He allowed two runs on three hits, including a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the 2nd inning.

Hector Luna, playing second base and for a shot to crack the Opening Day roster, went 2-for-3 to lift his spring average to .327.

Phils add IF Blanco to the mix

The Phillies are bolstering up their middle infield stock heading into the season opener this upcoming Thursday.

By doing so they added infielder Andres Blanco. Blanco, 27, is a middle infielder who was cut by the Nationals the other day.

Blanco opted out of his contract when he knew he wasn’t going to make the Nationals. He will start with Triple-A Lehigh.

Blanco is a really good fielder, though his bat leaves something to be desired. In 32 Grapefruit League at-bats he has only two hits and three runs scored. In 235 games over six Major League seasons, Blanco is a career .255 hitter.

Hector Luna and Pete Orr have shots at making the Opening Day roster. As far as the bull pen, Joe Savery and Raul Valdes have shots to make the team as well. Read why.

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