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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.

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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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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Father’s Day Failure

On a day celebrating fathers around the world, the Phillies were the only ones not celebrating. Roy Halladay was taken yard two times and Carl Pavano pitched a complete game to lead the Twins to a 4-1 win and series win in Philadelphia.

Halladay got hit pretty well but only allowed four runs, three earned on 11 hits while striking out eight in eight innings. Pavano only allowed a run on four hits, the lone mistake being a solo homer given up to Wilson Valdez, his second of the season.

Denard Span and Justin Morneau each homered for the Twins. Both also had two-hit games along with Jason Kubel.

The Phillies will have the day off on Monday before hosting the last-place Cleveland Indians for a three-game series. The Phils sit 5.5 games out of first currently.

HR: Valdez (2).

WP: Pavano (8-6). LP: Halladay (8-6).

Boxscore.

Howard Powers Phils Past Twins

Second baseman Chase Utley hits a three-run bomb in the second inning. AP Photo/Tom Mihalek

Ryan Howard had a couple twin-killings, his style, Friday night. The Big Piece erupted for four extra-base hits, falling a single shy of the cycle, as the Phillies beat Minnesota 9-5, extending their winning streak to three.

Joe Blanton did tonight what the Phillies need him to do every start. He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out one. He hadn’t allowed a hit through the first four innings but began to falter a bit. He still gave the Phillies a good enough performance for the win.

Howard was on his game tonight, going 4-for-4 with a double, triple, and two home runs. Chase Utley quelled thoughts that he was injured with a three-run blast in the second inning that Howard followed up with a solo shot. Placido Polanco also had a pair of hits.

Jim Thome received a huge standing ovation when he pinch-hit in the fifth inning, earning himself a free pass to first. The former-Phillies slugger was a fan-favorite in his stay in Philly and was one of the key players that transitioned the Phillies into a National League power house.

Jason Kubel hit a triple off of Blanton to brake up his early no-hit bid in the fifth inning. Kubel’s shot hit off the base of the right-center field and rolled away from Shane Victorino. Kubel rounded third but ran out of gas as he was thrown out at the plate by Utley.

The Phillies got a huge scare in the eighth inning when Carlos Ruiz was hit in the back of the helmet from the barrel of Kubel’s broken bat. He went to the hospital and we are waiting on the results from the tests.

Scott Mathieson made his 2010 debut and first appearance in almost four years. He got whacked around in the ninth inning, allowing two runs on three hits in 2/3 innings pitched.

Doubles: Howard (12). Triples: Howard (2). HR: Utley (11), Howard 2 (13).

WP: Blanton (2-4). LP: Blackburn (6-4)

Boxscore.

5 Teams to Watch in the AL

Yankees – They’re the 2009 World Series champions and still kept intact the solid nucleus that got them there. They traded top prospects to land centerfielder Curtis Granderson, a much better defensive asset than Johnny Damon. They also traded Melky Cabrera to the Braves for Javier Vazquez to bolster the starting rotation. With guys like C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Brunett, and Andy Pettitte, the Yankees boast a very good pitching unit. Mariano Rivera is still the best closer in the game and the aging offense led by Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira can still put a ton of runs up on the score board. If things go right, they could have another parade down Broadway.

Red Sox – The pitching is truly phenomenal. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Daisuke Matsuzaka form the best top-four in baseball. The offense is led by top young stars Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. Marco Scutaro is hoping to end the revolving door at the short stop position and Adrian Beltre is an offensive upgrade at third. Offensive depth is the only thing that should concern the Sox but they have the pitching to get the job done. David Ortiz is a shell of his old self but it still the DH.

Twins – It’s safe to say that Joe Mauer is the scariest hitter in the AL. The reigning MVP is one of the reasons Minnesota is buzzing prior to the 2010 season. Along with a new outdoor park and a very dangerous lineup featuring Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, and Michael Cuddyer, the fans and Twins have high expectations for this year. The only problem with them this year though is pitching. If their starters can have decent years, they could beat out Detroit for the division.

Mariners – Seattle is truly going to be a serious contender in the AL. The addition of Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins, and Milton Bradley will revamp a pitching staff and offense in need of fire power. Lee became a hot pitcher again after his last season transformation with the Phillies and will look to create a formidable 1-2 punch with Felix Hernandez. Figgins will add speed and Bradley will look to add power to a Mariners lineup that hit 160 homer (12th in the AL) last season.

Angels – Surely they make their case for a serious playoff contender every year but there has to be a breaking point. They improved an already solid lineup with Hideki Matsui and bolstered their bull pen with Fernando Rodney but the team still doesn’t jump out at anyone. The core of the offense is aging in Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, and Matsui and they lost Figgins to the division rival Mariners. Jared Weaver, Joe Saunders, and newly acquired Joel Pineiro will need to have season like 2009 to give the Mariners a fighting chance in an AL crowded with contenders.

East: Yankees
Central: Twins
West: Mariners
Wild Card: Red Sox

Pennant: Yankees over Mariners

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