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Zolecki: Reports Indicate Braves Sign B.J. Upton

In a tweet by Todd Zolecki, “Numerous reports B.J. Upton has agreed to a five-year deal with Braves.”

The Braves were said to be in the running for Upton, who the Phillies and a mystery team were interested in as well. Reports say that Upton will receive between $14-15 million per year.

For those hoping to land Upton, the Phillies will have to look elsewhere for their centerfielder. Michael Bourn and Josh Hamilton are still on the board, but both will ask for more money than Upton.

Phillies In the Running for B.J. Upton

The Phillies are one of three teams that will most likely land free agent outfielder B.J. Upton.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Phillies and Atlanta Braves are the top two candidates to land Upton, with a mystery team also involved. The mystery team could be either Cincinnati or Washington.

The Braves are said to have a slight edge on the Phillies, with the final offers being issued this week. Where Upton will land could be determined in that time.

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Lee’s Record-Breaking Outing Not Good Enough For Win

Braves 2, Phillies 1
WP – Tim Hudson (18-6, 3.61)
LP – Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (39)

PHILADELPHIA — Cliff Lee set a Major League record today in the Phillies 2-1 loss to Atlanta.

Despite no offense, Lee pitched at least six innings while allowing only one walk for the 15th straight time, an MLB record.

A David Ross solo homer in the 2nd and Dan Uggla sacrifice fly in the 3rd was enough for the Braves. Lee was masterful the rest of the way, allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits while striking out 11 in eight innings.

The Phillies only run came on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley in the 6th inning that cut the Braves lead in half, 2-1. Other than that, they managed only two hits all game.

Boxscore.

Halladay Knocked Out in 2nd; Braves Win

Braves 8, Phillies 2
WP -Mike Minor (10-10, 4.27)
LP – Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40)

PHILADELPHIA — Roy Halladay hasn’t had a start this bad since September 10, 2006.

Halladay was knocked out in the 2nd inning, his shortest start in over six years. A Freddie Freeman three-run homer in the 1st and Jason Heyward’s three-run double in the 2nd chased Halladay from his start in the 7-2 win.

With St. Louis winning, the Phillies dropped back to four games out of the Wild Card with 10 to play.

3B: Frandsen (2). HR: Howard (14).

Boxscore.

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.

Phillies to Honor Atlanta’s Chipper Jones on Friday

The Philadelphia Phillies will honor a rival who has terrorized them for nearly two decades.

On Friday before their series with the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies will honor Chipper Jones, who plans on retiring at the end of the season. The Phillies join a handful of teams who already have honored Jones for his illustrious career, all while playing for one team.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, the two longest tenured Phillies, are expected to take part in the ceremony.

Jones, who turned 40 this year, is a career .332/.442/.599 hitter against the Phillies with 49 homers and 151 RBIs in 243 games.

Phillis Epically Collapse In 9th

Braves 8, Phillies 7
WP – Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-6, 3.02)

ATLANTA — Words still can’t describe what happened to the Phillies Sunday evening.

In a season filled with lows and late-inning collapses, the lowest point hit Sunday. The Phillies bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in the 9th inning, ultimately surrendering a game to the Braves in epic melt down fashion.

Possibly a bad idea, Jeremy Horst started the 9th after pitching an inning and a third. Holding a 7-3 lead, he gave up a one-out walk and single before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon quickly struck out Lyle Overbay for the second out, but walked Michael Bourn to load the bases.

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Lee cruises in Phillies win

Phillies 5, Braves 1
WP – Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52)
LP – Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76)

ATLANTA —  Cliff Lee has shown glimpses of the pitcher he once was throughout this season.

Lee pitched his third consecutive gem as he struck out five in a 5-1 Phillies win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon.

The Phillies southpaw tossed seven scoreless innings against his division rivals. He surrendered five hits and only walked one batter. He would have gone out for the 8th but a sore hamstring hindered that.

The Phillies got the scoring started in the first inning when John Mayberry Jr. stroked an RBI single off Tim Hudson to plate Juan Pierre. It was Mayberry’s fourth RBI in the last two games.

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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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Series Preview: at Atlanta Braves

PHI: 62-69, 3rd in NL East; ATL: 74-57, 2nd in NL East

When: August 31-September 2
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88) vs Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67) vs Tim Hudson (13-4, 3.57)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99) vs Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.44)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:35, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, FOX
Sunday, 5:05, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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