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Morosi: Phillies Interested in 3B Headley; Could Trade Cliff Lee

According to FOX baseball writer Jon Morosi on Twitter, the Phillies are interested in Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

Headley, 28, is hitting .267 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs on the season.

Morosi added in a follow-up tweet that the Phillies could use the prospects they get in a trade for a veteran players, likely Joe Blanton or Shane Victorino. But he said if they get Rangers third base prospect Mike Olt for Cliff Lee, they would be out of the Headley talks.

So you heard it from Morosi first that the Phillies could potentially trade Cliff Lee to the Rangers in a deal centered around Olt.

Hamels Holds Off Padres

Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins crosses home plate after hitting a home run to lead off the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Phillies 3, Padres 2
WP – Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28)
LP – Jeff Suppan (2-1, 1.69)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (10)

It seemed like ages the Phillies won a series.

They did just that, taking the rubber match on Mother’s Day against the Padres, winning 3-2 thanks some great pitching from the starters once again.

Cole Hamels, fresh off a suspension, did not skip a beat in his first start since the Bryce Harper incident.

He was backed by enough run support, pitching seven innings. He allowed a run on five hits and struck out five on the afternoon.

The Phils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two innings. Jimmy Rollins led off with a solo home run to right field in the 1st, his first of the season, and Brian Schneider hit an RBI single in the 2nd.

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Halladay Strong; Phils Offense Fails to Support

Padres OF Cameron Maybin reacts after scoring the would-be winning run in the 7th inning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Padres 2, Phillies 1
WP – Edinson Volquez (2-2, 2.79)
LP – Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20)
SV – Dale Thayer (3)

PHILADELPHIA — Tonight, Roy Halladay was out to prove he was indeed not in a slump, hoping to end the four-game losing streak in games he’s pitched.

Unfortunately Edinson Volquez was out to prove he could pitch just as good as the opposing pitcher. With that mindset, San Diego shut down the Phillies offense, winning 2-1 Saturday night.

The Phillies lone run came in the top of the 2nd inning, an RBI double by Freddy Galvis that scored John Mayberry Jr.

It didn’t take long for the Padres offense to respond. Will Venable tied the game on an RBI double scoring Jason Bartlett in the top of the 3rd.

San Diego added their second run in the top of the 7th on a Jesus Guzman sacrifice fly, proving to be enough for the Padres.

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Game 34: Polly Chasing A Milestone

Phillies 3B Placido Polanco (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

With his 2-for-4 night (two doubles), Placido Polanco inched closer to the 2,000 hits milestone.

268 players currently have reached the 2,000-hit mark and Polanco could become the 269th very soon, needing only two more hits for 2,000.

Polanco has been swinging a hot bat this months, hitting .341 (14-for-41) with four doubles the last 10 games. With how well he’s hitting, it’s very likely that he does it tonight against the Padres in front of the Philadelphia crowd.

Whether or not the 36-year-old will get to 3,000 remains to be seen — likely doubtful. But the important thing is that Polanco has been swinging a hot bat for the Phillies, who have been a better offense overall during May thanks to players like him and Carlos Ruiz.

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Phillies Use Home Runs; Bullpen Holds Lead in Series Opener

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and left fielder John Mayberry celebrate Mayberry’s two-run home run in the 2nd inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Padres 3
WP – Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07)
LP – Clayton Richard (1-5, 5.32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies started a game in similar fashion to the last three games played.

They scored quickly and early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning thanks to John Mayberry Jr’s first home run of the season. The offensive start wasn’t put to waste this time as the Phillies beat the Padres, 7-3, snapping a three-game skid.

Vance Worley brought solid stuff to the ballpark tonight, striking out six through the first four innings. He allowed two runs in the 4th inning, RBI singles by Yonder Alonso and Jesus Guzman.

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Series Preview: vs San Diego Padres

PHI: 14-18, 5th in NL East; SD: 11-21, 5th in NL West

When: May 11-13
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (2-2, 2.84) vs Clayton Richards (1-4, 4.89)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (3-2, 3.28) vs Edinson Volquez (1-2, 2.98)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.45) vs Jeff Suppan (2-0, 0.90)

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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Padres rout Phillies as offense remains stagnant

Luck just wasn’t on the Phillies side from the very beginning on Sunday afternoon.

Juan Pierre drew a leadoff walk but then was picked off by Padres starter Anthony Bass. The Phillies ended up putting runners on second and third base so Pierre most likely would’ve scored the game’s first run.

In the bottom half of the inning, Joe Blanton only threw six pitches but the Padres still scored two runs. Things just seemed to go downhill from there as the Phillies fell to the Padres for the second straight game 6-1.

Will Venable reached base on a bunt single to lead off the game. He scored just two batters later on a Chase Headley RBI double that was severely misjudged by Hunter Pence.

Nick Hundley followed Venable with a sacrifice fly to plate Mark Kotsay who reached base earlier in the inning. Hundley had a huge day at the dish as he went 2-for-2 with 4 RBIs.

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Luebke dominates Phils as offense struggles

Padres starter Cory Luebke went a career-high eight innings, allowing only two hits, two walks and five strike outs while shutting out the Phillies. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

It’s been that type of week for the Phillies.

Just days after Cliff Lee pitches 10 shutout innings and gets zero run support, Roy Halladay suffered the very same fate on Saturday night. Padres starter Cory Luebke stifled the Phillies lineup, only allowing two hits in eight innings in a 5-1 Padres win.

The loss snapped a 13-game win streak at PETCO Park.

Orlando Hudson had an RBI groundout in the second inning. Yonder Alonso doubled home Chase Headley in the third inning to make it 2-0. That was all the offense that the Padres would need.

Roy Halladay pitched a solid game as he only surrendered two runs on five hits. He did walk three batters in one inning for the first time since July 16, 2004. Halladay also struck out five batters.

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Ruiz Update; Contreras’ First Outing

Phillies catcher holds onto the ball after he was run into by Mike Venable to end the 6th inning on April 19. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The play at the plate on Thursday made a big impact, not only in the game but on Carlos Ruiz’s left wrist as well.

The Phillies catcher missed last night’s 4-1 win over the Padres,  a day after injuring his wrist when Will Venable collided with him on Thursday. Ruiz could miss today’s game as well.

The pain and swelling was so bad that he could barely hold a bat yesterday during batting practice.

That’s true, but I don’t make excuses,” Ruiz said to reporters yesterday. “But it was definitely sore, and it was more sore this morning when I woke up.”

If Ruiz can’t play, Brian Schneider will make his second straight start, catching for Roy Halladay tonight. He hit the game-tying single in last night’s win.

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Galvis Sparks Late Offensive Surge

Phillies Juan Pierre hits a two-run single in the 7th. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Freddy Galvis was never meant to be safe on his bunt in the 7th inning.

With runners on first and second, Galvis laid down a beautiful bunt down the third base line, legging it out and loading the bases. It set up Brian Schneider’s game-tying single with no outs to lead the Phillies to a 4-1 win over the Padres.

It was the Phillies’ 13th straight victory at PETCO Park, a sure sign of dominance in the Padres home stadium.

Cole Hamels was dealing like he usually does in his home town. He allowed a run on six hits and a walk, striking out four.

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