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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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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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Manuel: “It’s been a while since we’ve played this bad”

(David Maialetti/Inquirer Staff)

Charlie Manuel has obviously got to be frustrated with his offense’s performance.

It isn’t a worried expression from Manuel or his team said Jimmy Rollins but pure frustration. The Phillies dropped their Sunday afternoon game to the Padres, 6-1, which was the 10th time in their first 16 games they failed to score more than two runs.

This is definitely something new to Manuel, who hasn’t seen his team play this bad in a really long time.

“It’s been a while since we’ve played this bad,” Manuel told reporters.

Some other quotes from Manuel via the ever so busy Matt Gelb from the Inquirer.

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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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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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Worley Finds Offense Worse Than His Own; Dominates

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

One run. It’s all Cliff Lee begged for on Wednesday and it’s all Vance Worley got tonight.

That one lone run was again the difference maker in the outcome for the Phillies, this time resulting in a win. A first-inning run was all Worley needed as the Philies won, 2-0, in San Diego.

It was the 12th straight win for the Phillies in San Diego, a high in the majors for one team in an opposing ballpark dating back to the 2008 season. They are also now 25-4 all-time that park.

Less than 24 hours after Cliff Lee threw his 102nd pitch to complete 10 shut out innings against the Giants, Worley went out and attempted to match his predecessor.

Worley made the Padres offense look foolish, striking out a career high 11 batters.

Worley went seven shut out innings, allowing only four hits and three walks. Every out Worley recorded did not leave the infield.

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