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Galvis is Latest Phillie to Land on DL

The injury bug bites again.

Second baseman Freddy Galvis injured his back swinging during last night’s 6-5 loss to the Dodgers, landing him on the DL with lower back soreness. The Phillies called up Michael Martinez to take his place on the roster, with Mike Fontenot likely starting the majority of the games at second.

This blow is huge to the Phillies offensively and defensively. Galvis has been a wizard in the field at second base as well as leading the team with 15 doubles and fifth with 24 RBIs.

“It’s another one of our guys going down,” Manuel said. “What more can I say?

Today’s lineup at 1 PM vs the Dodgers and Aaron Harang: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Victorino CF, Fontenot 2B, Mayberry 1B, Schneider C, Hamels P.

Brown sent to minors; Utley, Martinez updates

LF Domonic Brown. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

It was a busy morning down in Clearwater for the Phillies. Roster moves and injury updates have been the hot topic this spring for the Phillies and it starts with Domonic Brown.

The left fielder was optioned to minor league camp this morning, meaning he will start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Brown’s spring was injury-riddled again, but thankfully not as serious as last year when he fractured a bone in his hand. He jammed his thumb diving for a ball as well as suffering a sore neck while sleeping on the bus this spring.

But injuries aside, Brown enjoyed a good offensive spring in which he hit .300 (6-for-20) with two triples, a homer and two RBIs while scoring four times. He only struck out once all spring.

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Martinez fractures foot

The Phillies got a bit of bad news after today’s game.

Utility infielder Michael Martinez fractured his fourth metatarsal in today’s Spring Training game against the Orioles. Orioles reliever Joe Johnson hit Martinez in the right foot.

He was seen in a walking boot after the game.

With Martinez as the Phillies top utility infielder, that means Pete Orr is going to most likely make the Opening Day roster.

Phils rookies hazed today

“The moment you’ve all been waiting for….”

That’s right, Jimmy Rollins. After Todd Zolecki tweeted about the rookie hazing, Rollins and Hunter Pence passed along to us the wonderful costumes that our Phillies rookies had to don during their flight to Atlanta.

And to no disappointment, included in this post is the picture tweeted by Rollins that contains some rather hilarious costumes. My winner: our Jewish reliever Michael Schwimer rocking a rabbi costume.

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Phils complete four-game sweep of Reds

Vance Worley looked strong through six before his rough 7th but still prevailed in the Phillies 6-4 win. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

It was business as usual for the Phillies. They cruised through another mediocre team, with one minor hiccup, to sweep the Reds with a 6-4 win. It was the first time since May of 1916 that the Phils have swept a four-game series in Cincy.

Ryan Howard mashed his 30th home run of the season, guiding the Phillies to their National League leading 87-46 record. The Phillies now sit 41 games about .500, something they haven’t done in well over 30 years. They can play .500 baseball the rest of the way and still tie their franchise record 101 wins.

Vance Worley was seemingly breezing his way through the Reds order until he hit a bit of a snag in the 7th inning. He went 6-plus innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Six of those K’s came by way of punch-out.

Heading into 7th inning with a 6-1 lead, Worley gave up a lead-off double to Drew Stubbs and a single by Ryan Hanigan before Chris Heisey’s pinch-hit three-run homer made it a 6-4 game and chased Worley from his start.

Michael Martinez hit a two-run homer in the top of the 7th that gave the Phillies a 6-1 lead. At that moment, the homer seemed meaningless but now proved to be important in Worley notching his 10th win of the season.

2B: Pence (31). HR: Howard (30), Martinez (3).

WP: Worley (10-1). LP: Leake (11-9). S: Madson (26).

Boxscore.

Utley leads Phils over Padres

Phils starter Kyle Kendrick gave up three runs through 5 2/3 innings. He chalked up a no-decision. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

One swing can change a game.

It told the story in the 1st for the Phils. But like any good story, a turn of events occurred as one big swing for the Padres change the tone of the story. But when the going gets tough for the hero, it takes one mighty swing to bring the story back to a happy ending.

That was the case in Saturday afternoon’s 8-6 Phillies win. It was the Phillies’ fourth straight win and fifth in their last six games.

Kyle Kendrick was cruising through the first five innings, holding onto a 3-0 lead created by Chase Utley’s three-run homer in the 1st inning. But the offenses’ ability to only tack on one hit after that caught up to Kendrick.

Kendrick put two on in the top of the 6th before surrendering a two-out three-run homer to Padres 3B Chase Headley. He was lifted for Michael Stutes, who in turn gave up a lead-off triple to Logan Forsythe before being surrendering the go-ahead run to Cameron Maybin.

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Welcome to the Mini Mart

The Phils Chase Utley is gunned down at home in the 8th inning by Starlin Castro. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto blocked the plate. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Michael Martinez is turning into the 2011 version of Wilson Valdez.

Martinez’s two-out, two-run double in the top of the 9th gave the Phils a 4-2 lead and come-from-behind win over the Cubs Tuesday night. It was the second clutch hit for Martinez in the past week, slowly turning the groans to cheers in the Philadelphia crowd.

With two outs, Ben Francisco and Jimmy Rollins hit back-to-back singles before Martinez’s blooping double down the first base line. The ball got caught up in the Phillies bull pen, allowing Rollins to score from first base and add an extra run to the already go-ahead hit.

Before the 8th inning, it was Chicago’s game. They were hitting the cover off the ball all game but could only muster two runs in the 1st and none after. Reed Johnson, Starlin Castro, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena all had multi-hit games for the Cubs.

But, despite Utley and Martinez’s heroics, the night belonged to a certain young short stop for the Cubs.

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Martinez’s 4 RBI’s back Kendrick

Michael Martinez hits a three-run homer in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Phils offense and pitching needed to bounce back in a big way in today’s game against New York.

And it did. But the help came from a couple of unsuspecting players.

Kyle Kendrick was on the hill and Michael “Mini Mart” Martinez was in the line up for the Phils. One pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the other drove in four runs as the Phils beat the Mets, 8-5, in the series finale on Sunday.

Kendrick lowered his career ERA against the Mets to a 2.24 in 28 games. He pitched six shut out innings before Mets batters finally solved him in the 7th. He had a lucky day, allowing six hits and walked three without striking out a batter. Surely, if a ball fell in the right place, it could have been a much different ball game.

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Worley spectacular as Phils shut out Fish

Phils rookie Dom Brown gets under Marlins catcher John Buck's tag to give the Phils the lone run of the game. Michael Martinez had the RBI single. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Shane Victorino was a late scratch for today’s game with a sore thumb. Insert Michael Martinez and his sub .200 batting average and you have an 0-for-3 day in the eight-spot.

But Martinez took advantage of his rare start, driving in the lone run Vance Worley needed as the Phils beat Florida, 1-0, Monday night.

Domonic Brown led off the 7th with a single. After catcher Brian Schneider walked, Martinez ripped a single into center field to score Brown, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead off Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

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Utley expected to return to lineup Monday

The Phillies, who have gone eight straight games without scoring more than three runs, are about to get some much needed reinforcements.

Second basemen Chase Utley will be in the clubhouse for today’s game against the Texas Rangers, and is expected to make his season debut on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds after missing the beginning of the season with patellar tendinitis in his right knee. Utley is not expected to play every day right away as both Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel want to make sure the knee injury does not flare up again.

Unlike Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez who would have to be put on waivers to be sent down to the minors, Pete Orr does not which means he will likely be the man sent down to open up a roster spot for Utley.

Utley’s return could not come at a better time. The Phillies’ anemic offense has struggled to give their starters any run support, and haven’t been able to put up at least four runs in over a week. Utley’s ability to hit the long ball, something his replacements (Valdez, Orr, and Martinez) have not been able to do, should significantly improve this feeble offense and get more runs on the board.

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