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Murphy: Manuel Discusses Possible Outfield Options; Names Ichiro, Ludwick, Ross

Candidates for the outfield have been dropping off the Phillies radar like flies the past week.

B.J. Upton signed with the Braves, Angel Pagan went back to the Giants and Shane Victorino landed in Boston. And with the price tags for Josh Hamilton (likely going back to Texas) and Michael Bourn being too high, the market for a starting centerfielder and corner outfield has thinned.

But manager Charlie Manuel talked about some ideal options to fill a corner outfield position as well as center field.

A handful of names, in a series of tweets by David Murphy of the Daily News, included Ichiro Suzuki, Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross.

“We’ve talked about Ichiro. I think Ichiro can help our team,” Manuel said, leaving people to interprete that any way they want to.

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Four teams splash big at the deadline

Phillies OF Hunter Pence. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The final week leading up to the trade deadline makes for some of the most exciting and exhausting news in baseball. Beat writers, fans and owners dread the July 31 date and breath a huge sigh of relief when 4:00 PM passes.

This year was no different. With teams like the Phillies, Giants and Braves looking to bolster their offense and the Yankees and Red Sox looking to make splashes in pitching, the deadline can get hairy for the serious competitors and first timers.

Here are a handful of teams that made the biggest splashes at the deadline, hoping for that final push into the post season and baseball greatness.

THE WINNERS

Cleveland Indians – Ubaldo Jimenez: The Indians made a huge splash at the deadline, trading for Colorado’s ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez is one of the game’s best young starters and will have an immediate impact on a team that could be one good starter away from winning their first AL Central crown since 2007.

A year removed from winning 19 games and posting a 2.88 ERA, Jimenez is struggling this season. He’s been mediocre at best, compiling a 6-9 record and 4.46 ERA on a Rockies team that is 10 games behind any chance at the post season. But the Indians are 2.5 behind the Detroit Tigers and Jimenez’s presence is a significant upgrade.

The only interesting thing that remains to be seen is if Jimenez will be effective in the American League. He’s been struggling this season and is now walking into a tougher hitting league. This move could prove to be a huge step forward for the Indians or a monumental bust.

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Series Preview: vs San Diego Padres

PHI: 61-36, 1st in NL East; SD: 44-55, 4th in NL Central

When: July 22-25
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (11-5, 2.71) vs Corey Luebke (3-3, 2.57)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34) vs Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.57) vs Tim Stauffer (6-6, 2.83)
Monday: Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.83) vs Aaron Harang (8-2, 3.29)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:10, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
Monday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: at San Diego

PHI: 11-6, 1st in NL East; SD: 8-10, 5th in NL West

When: April 21-23
Where: PetCo Park (San Diego, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50) vs Mat Latos (0-2, 5.84)
Friday:
Cole Hamels (1-1, 4.32), vs Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50)
Saturday:
Joe Blanton (0-1, 7.27) vs Tim Stauffer (0-1, 3.27)
Sunday:
Roy Halladay (2-1, 2.83) vs Wade LeBlanc (0-0,-.–)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 10:05, TCN

Friday, 10:05, TCN
Saturday, 8:35, CSN
Sunday, 4:05, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to WatchC Nick Hundley: Hundley is the only Padre off to any type of good start. Leading the Padres with a .339 average, three homers and nine RBIs, the 27-year-old Hundley is off to a good start in what could be a career season.

Overview: The Padres are a pushover team; there is no way around it. With that being said, this is the right time for Philadelphia to break out of their funk going up against a poor group of pitchers for San Diego.

The Phillies may be tossing the bottom of their rotation plus Roy Halladay at San Diego. But Roy Oswalt hasn’t had a bad start all season, Cole Hamels has been incredible his last two starts and Joe Blanton is coming off his first quality start of the season.

San Diego short stop Jason Bartlett has been struggling to start off the season but he’s 9-for-20 in his last five games, bringing his average up from a .118 to a .241. He’ll give the Padres a base runner from the bottom of the order if he keeps it up.

San Diego also has outfielders Ryan Ludwick and Cameron Maybin in their line up. Ludwick has been hitting better as of late now (8-for-21, HR, 4 RBI in his last five) and Maybin is in his first full season as a starter.

Placido Polanco is still raking for the Phils this season, hitting a team-high .352 with two homers and tied with Ryan Howard for the team lead with 15 RBIs. Shane Victorino is tied with Howard for the lead in doubles (5) and has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and has a .341 (14-for-41) average, two homers and four RBIs in that span.

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