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Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others.

The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one newcomer in the second half post season race.

Here are a list of five teams to watch heading into the second half of the season.

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KK Hit Early In Loss

Pirates 1B Casey McGehee (center) is greeted by Neil Walker (left) and Garrett Jones (right) after hitting a three-run homer in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Pirates 5, Phillies 4
WP – A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35)
SV – Joel Hanrahan (20)

PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Kendrick settled in, but it was after he gave up five early runs.

That early hole was too deep for the Phillies to climb out of and they lost, 5-4. They split the four-game series with the Pirates, and finished the home stand 5-5.

The Pirates got Kendrick for five runs in the 1st inning.

With one out, Garrett Jones hit an RBI single that scored lead-off hitter Drew Sutton. The with two men on, Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer off Kendrick to blow the game open early.

Pedro Alvarez followed that up with a solo homer, giving the Pirates a 5-0 lead before the Phillies could even swing their bats.

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Bullpen Shuffle: Phils Send Down Savery; DFA Qualls

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reliever reliever Joe Savery in the 5th inning of the Phillies 11-7 loss to Pittsburgh. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — After a nine-inning bullpen game turned into a disaster, the Phillies made a pair of moves within their bullpen again.

After the Phillies 11-7 loss to the Pirates in which the entire bullpen pitched, the Phillies made two roster moves.

“It kind of backfired,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game. “We got lit up.”

Right after the game, the Phillies sent Joe Savery packing for Lehigh. The left-hander has been terrible all season, posting a 5.73 ERA in 23 innings pitched. In fact, the Phillies are an astonishing 0-17 in games that Savery pitched.

In his place, they called up left-hander Brian Sanches. Sanches had pitched in three games this season, allowing five earned runs in four innings.

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Return of Utley Marred By Loss

Phillies 2B Chase Utley acknowledges the crowd after hitting a solo home run in his first at-bat during Wednesday’s loss to the Pirates. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

PHILADELPHIA — With one swing of the bat, Chase Utley made his triumphant return to the Phillies lineup.

Utley, working a 2-2 count on Pirates starter James McDonald, crushed one of his patented short-swing line drive homers well into the stands in right-center field in his first at-bat of the season.

“I was excited to be out there,” Utley, who went 3-for-5 on the night, said after the game. “It’s been a long road to get to this point. I had a lot of emotions and a lot of adrenaline, and the crowd definitely helped that.”

Utley was greeted with a loud ovation when his iconic walk-up song, Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” played on the sound system. The ovation was even louder when he sprinted around the bases.

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Rally falls short for Phils

Phillies 2B Chase Utley hits a homer in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Pirates 11, Phillies 7
WP –  James McDonald(7-3, 2.44)
LP – Raul Valdes (2-1, 3.24)

On a night that marked the return of Philadelphia’s favorite son Chase Utley, the Phillies bullpen had a tall task ahead of them.

Despite a solo home run in his first at-bat, Utley couldn’t even overcompensate for the pitching woes as the Phillies fell to the Pirates 11-7 on Wednesday evening.

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead courtesy of solo home runs from Utley and Carlos Ruiz. But the Pirates rattled off eight straight runs on their way to victory.

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Phillies Win, 5-4, Over Pirates

Phillies 5, Pirates 4
WP – Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92)
LP – Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (18)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies managed to pull off another important win against a good team.

Behind the bat of Carlos Ruiz and the injured arm of Vance Worley, the Phils held onto a 5-4 lead.

Worley pitched six strong, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

Ruiz had a three-hit night, pumping his average up to .361, best in the Majors. He also hit his career-best 10th home run, and it’s only June 26.

The Phillies will not have a starting pitcher tomorrow, using the bullpen for the whole game. Raul Valdes will be the first pitcher used.

3B: Pence (2). HR: Wigginton (8), Ruiz (10).

Boxscore.

Phils Take Advantage Of Bucs Blunders; Win 8-3

Phillies SP Joe Blanton pitched seven innings of three-run ball in the Phillies 8-3 win over Pittsburgh. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Phillies 8, Pirates 3
WP – Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87)
LP – Jeff Karstens (0-2, 6.35)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies kept hitting and the Pirates kept giving them outs.

A three-error first inning put the Pirates in an early 4-0 hole and they never recovered, losing 8-3 Monday night in Philadelphia.

The inning was even rougher on Bucs right fielder Jorge Tabata.

Tabata made two of the team’s three errors in the inning, who made a pair of throwing errors to allow two of the runs to cross the plate.

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Utley Will Return Wednesday

UPDATE – 

Soon guys, soon.

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Series Preview: vs Pittsburgh Pirates

PHI: 34-40, 5th in NL East; PIT: 38-33, 2nd in NL Central

When: June 25-28
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04) vs Jeff Karstens (0-1, 4.50)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78) vs Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13)
Wednesday: TBD vs James McDonald (6-3, 2.19)
Thursday: 
Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.24) vs A.J. Burnett (8-2, 3.24)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Bullpen Implodes: McCutchen’s Heroics Beat Phillies

Phillies CF Shane Victorino nearly collides with RF Hunter Pence while making a catch. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The starting pitching has been nothing short of fantastic for the Phillies so far, allowing only two runs in 20 innings through the first three games of the season.

Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the bullpen. David Herndon was the goat on Easter Sunday, as opposed to the more favorable lamb, and the Phillies dropped the series finally – as well as the first series of the season – to the Pirates, 5-4.

Casey McGehee had himself a tremendous game, doubling twice in two huge innings for the Pirates that set up their come back against the Phillies. His double in the bottom of the 9th set up Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off single off the center field wall.

McCutchen went 3-for-4 on the day, including the game-winning RBI.

Hunter Pence had himself a tremendous day at the plate for the Phillies, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the 1st and a solo home run in the 4th.

The Phillies scored only four runs in the first 25 innings of the season.

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