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Phillies Sign Frandsen to One-Year Deal

In a move to avoid arbitration, the Phillies have signed third baseman Kevin Frandsen to a one-year deal, according to CBS’ Jon Heyman. (UPDATE: Deal is worth $850,000, according to Todd Zolecki.)

Frandsen was a late season call up, and surprised the Phillies with his offensive production and steady glove at third. He hit .338 with a .383 OBP and 14 RBIs, but only 12 of his 66 hits were for extra bases.

Frandsen’s signing means the Phillies would be interested in having him as either a back up to another free agent third baseman like Kevin Youkilis or to platoon with someone like Eric Chavez, both one-year stop-gap options at the hot corner.

Phillies Interested In Youkilis

The Phillies are in desperate need of a third baseman, and Kevin Youkilis is on their radar.

Fox Sports baseball writer Jon Morosi said the Phillies, along with the Dodgers and Indians among other teams, are interested in the 33-year-old free agent third baseman.

Youkilis may have lost a step from when he was a dominant hitter and almost-guarantee on-base guy but he can still play and manage at-bats, something the Phillies desperately need from that position.

Youkilis’ value is extended from where he can play in the field, which includes both first and third base. This would give the Phillies an option to spell Ryan Howard and have both Youkilis and Kevin Frandsen in against tough left-handed pitching.

Youkilis played with the Red Sox from 2004 until being traded in the middle of the season in 2012. Youkilis hit a career-low .235 with another career-low .745 OPS with the Red Sox and White Sox combined.

Phillies Decided On Friday to End Third Base Experiment For Utley

NOTE: News broke yesterday, but no one from the site was available to post it until this morning.

Phillies 2B Chase Utley. (Matt Slocum/AP)

After a month — since August 29 to be exact — of fielding ground balls at the hot corner and the discussion that followed, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will not play third base in the final six games of the season for the Phillies.

The Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel simply told Utley before Friday’s 2-1 loss to Miami that they were going to not pursue the idea of Utley at third base. They both felt that the six remaining games was not enough of a sample size to evaluate Utley at that position.

“I don’t know if it’s a matter whether or not he can do it,” Amaro said. “I think it’s more a matter of practicality and what’s really best for the team overall. While having that option would be helpful, I don’t know if it’s really an option that’s going to make us necessarily better.”

Amaro also added, “”In retrospect, it would be difficult to make a real assessment in six games, to watch this guy play and say, ‘OK, we know Chase Utley is going to be an average defender and better for our team.’ That’s a very difficult thing to be able to assess. None of us are good enough scouts to be able to do that.”

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Phillies Can’t Climb Out of Early Hole; Drop to Nationals

Nationals 8, Phillies 4
WP – John Lannan (4-0, 4.23)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Three home runs and five runs was just big enough of a lead for Washington to hold off the Phillies.

Tapping Kyle Kendrick early, the Nationals were able to beat Philadelphia, 8-4. Kendrick was done after two innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks with one strike out.

The Phillies bullpen shut the Nationals down for six innings until a few insurance runs in the 9th inning cut short a comeback attempt by the Phillies..

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Phillies Sit Three Games Back With Win

Phillies 6, Braves 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)
LP – Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies knew they needed a win with St. Louis losing earlier in the day.

They capitalized, hitting four home runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Braves Friday night in Philadelphia. It was their fourth straight win and it pulled them to three games back of the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot.

The Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. Juan Pierre hit a one-out triple and scored on Chase Utley’s ground out to make it a 1-0 game.

Atlanta responded with an RBI ground out by Brian McCann to tie the game up.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Kevin Frandsen hit a solo home run to make it a 2-1 game. The Phillies added onto the lead in the 4th with back-to-back homers by Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.

Utley also homered later in the game to make it a 6-2 game. Howard and Utley’s shots gave them 299 and 199 career homers respectively, pulling the two within one of mile stones.

Kyle Kendrick pitched into the 7th, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six for his 10th win of the season.

It was the fourth time in Kendrick’s career he won 10 games. In 2008 and 2010, Kendrick won a career high 11 games. He has a shot at tying it this season.

3B: Pierre (6). HR: Frandsen (2), Howard (13), Ruiz (15), Utley (11).

Boxscore.

Utley Ready to Play Third; Needs Two Things to Happen

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley made waves in the past few weeks with his new found interest in playing third base.

But before the Phillies plan to experiment with Utley’s interest in third base in a real-game scenario, two things need to occur.

First, Utley needs to go to Charlie Manuel and say that he is 100 percent confident in his abilities to field the ball and make the throw from third base, a big step from playing second base his entire Major League career.

Second, the Phillies will need to fall out of playoff contention.

The Phillies are currently four games out of the Wild Card with 15 games to play. St. Louis is four games ahead while Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh all lie in between.

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Game 145: Playing Time For Ruf?

HOUSTON — Nearly a week has passed and the Phillies have yet to turn Double-A outfield prospect Darin Ruf loose on Major League hitting.

The fans on Twitter have been growing a bit restless at this notion, and deservedly so. But they also have to remember that Ruf, despite being 26, has never faced hitting above the Double-A level, and that is a huge jump.

The main reason Charlie Manuel wanted Ruf in Philadelphia the first place was to see what Ruf can do first-hand, and work with the slugger’s hitting mechanics to prepare him for a season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley next season.

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Bullpen Blows Lead; Phillies Winning Streak Snapped

Astros 6, Phillies 4
WP – Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33)
LP – Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 3.00)
SV – Wilton Lopez (5)

HOUSTON — Throwing strikes killed the Phillies bullpen and their seven-game winning streak.

Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman looked bad in the 8th inning and Jed Lowries two-out, two-run double was the result of that. The double gave Houston a 5-4 lead en route to a 6-4 win over the Phillies Thursday night, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

After walking the tying run and hitting the go-ahead run in the 8th, Charlie Manuel pulled a gassed Aumont from his fifth appearance in five days. Diekman followed up by surrendering a two-run double to Jed Lowrie and RBI single by Brandon Barmes to make it a 6-4 game.

Erik Kratz got the Phillies offense going in the 2nd inning with his RBI double.

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Rocky Mountain Sweep: Phillies Hammer Rockies; Sweep Doubleheader, Series

Phillies 7, Rockies 4
WP – BJ Rosenberg (1-2, 11.37)
LP – Josh Roenicke (4-2, 2.83)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are rolling, breathing new hope into their season that seemed lost a month ago.

The Phillies won the night-cap of the day/night doubleheader, sweeping the Rockies in the series with a 7-4 win. With those wins, the Phillies are six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with 22 games to play.

Colorado scored all four of its runs in the 3rd inning against Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd, making his third career start, was done after four, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.

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Injury Update: Polanco, Ruiz, Worley

POLANCO’S SEASON DONE — The 2012 season has come to a close for third baseman Placido Polanco.

The Phillies put Polanco on the 15-day DL with back inflammation, but with it being in September it is easy to think he will stay there for the remainder of the season. This will enable Kevin Frandsen to play every day until the season ends.

Polanco did say he hopes to play again next season. He has an option for $5 million with the Phillies next season, but a $1 million buyout that Ruben Amaro is likely to use.

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