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Phillies Buy Out Contreras, Wigginton

The Phillies have declined the options of relief pitcher Jose Contreras and infielder Ty Wigginton.

Both players were bought out for $500,000 apiece.

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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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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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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Kratz Ties It and Mayberry Ends In It Comeback Win

Phillies 8, Braves 5
WP – Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58)
LP – Christhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (31)

ATLANTA — Erik Kratz may have won the backup catcher spot for the 2013 season.

The 31-year-old catcher, getting plenty of time during Carlos Ruiz’s injury, hit a towering home run in the top of the 9th to tie the game up, 5-5. The homer was Craig Kimbrel’s third blown save of the season.

One inning later, John Mayberry hit a three-run homer to left field to put the Phillies ahead 8-5 and Jonathan Papelbon nailed the door shut in the win. It was Papelbon’s 31st save of the season and 250th in his career.

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Kendrick, Phillies Overcome Early Runs

Phillies 3, Mets 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (8-9, 4.01)
LP – Jon Niese (10-8, 3.55)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (30)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies managed to prevent a sweep of the Mets with their 3-2 victory Thursday afternoon.

Kendrick overcame a rocky start in the first two innings as his offense backed him for his sixth win since the All-Star break. He lasted 7 2/3 innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits while striking out six.

Both runs surrendered by Kendrick were solo homers. The first came from Mike Baxter to lead off the game and the second came the following inning off the bat of Scott Hairston.

The Phillies cut the lead in half in the 3rd inning. After doubling, Jimmy Rollins scored on a Kevin Frandsen single to make it 2-1.

They tied the game up the next inning on Ty Wigginton’s RBI double. They broke the lead in the 5th inning on Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly.

Rollins was pulled from the game after the 6th inning, most likely due to him not hustling on a Frandsen pop up. If this is the case, it’s the second time in the past month Rollins will be guilty of not hustling.

2B: Rollins (30), Wigginton (9), Frandsen (3), Mayberry (18), Kendrick (2).

Boxscore.

Third Base Wide Open For Next Season

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen. (Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

There is a big question mark stamped next to the third baseman’s name for the 2013 season. It’s a position that hasn’t had a consistent inhabitant since Scott Rolen was traded in 2002.

A few guys like David Bell, Pedro Feliz and Placido Polanco were supposed to be main-stays. But only Polanco managed to make an All-Star appearance.

It’s also a position that has fielded the likes of Abraham Nunez, Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton.

The future for third base still doesn’t look bright for the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro already knows this, and he’s already tried addressing it at the deadline.

Philadelphia exercised the option of plucking top third base prospect Mike Olt from the Texas Rangers in a deal centered around Cliff Lee but nothing ever came to fruition for both clubs. Olt would have given the Phillies their first real third baseman since Rolen, and a prospect to be truly excited about since Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

They also were named as one of the teams interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

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Phillies Honor 90′s Night; Lose to Reds

Red 3, Phillies 2
WP – Bronson Arroyo (10-7, 3.87)
LP – Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06)
SV – Aroldis Chapman (31)

PHILADELPHIA — On a night where the Phillies honored a dismal decade for baseball, they treated the fans to a bunch of 90′s memories.

Complete with scoreboard pictures that represented 90′s characters, 90′s music and maroon and white retro jerseys, the Phillies topped off the night with a loss to the Reds, 3-2.

Bronson Arroyo was absolutely dominant through eight innings of work. He started the 9th but was pulled after a lead-off single by Kevin Frandsen in the 9th.

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Buehrle Wins Battle of Mr. Perfect’s

Marlins SP Mark Buehrle out-pitches Phillies SP Roy Halladay in the Marlins 9-2 rout (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Marlins 9, Phillies 2
WP – Mark Buhrle (10-11, 3.74)
LP – Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80)

MIAMI — In the 12th battle between two perfect game pitchers, it was Mark Buehrle who prevailed over Roy Halladay.

Pitching in the same city that he threw his perfect game over two years ago, Halladay was bested by Buehrle, who had a little bit of help from Greg Dobbs. Dobbs drove in two runs, including the go ahead homer in the 6th that gave the Marlins a 8-2 victory to prevent the sweep.

After three innings of dealing, Halladay was the first to give in.

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Polanco To DL With Back Injury

The Phillies will turn to Ty Wigginton’s offense for now.

Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco was put on the disabled list retroactive to July 23. A roster move will be announced tomorrow but it’s believed that Kevin Frandsen could be that player.

Another option is Michael Martinez, who is a strong fielder.

The Phils won’t really miss Polanco’s bat as he’s been struggling at the dish (.255 average and 17 extra base hits). They will in fact miss his glove as Wigginton is awful in the field.

UPDATE — Frandsen’s contract was purchased by the Phillies this morning.

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