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Phillies Trade Victorino to Dodgers

UPDATE — Shane Victorino has officially been traded to the Dodgers for reliever Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin.

ORIGINAL — Shane Victorino’s tenure as a Phillie may officially end by 4 PM today.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are working on a deal with the Phillies that will send Victorino to Hollywood.

In Jayson Stark’s report, he said the Phillies and Dodgers have a deal in place that will include Josh Lindblom and another player.

Lindblom, 25, is a right-handed reliever with two years of Major League ball under his belt. Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 games this season, striking out 43 in 47 2/3 innings.

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Knobler: Dodgers Eyeing Phillies Jimmy Rollins

As if today hasn’t already been filled with a lot of news regarding the trade deadline, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are targeting Phillies short stop Jimmy Rollins for offensive help.

The Dodgers are without their own short stop Dee Gordon and would look to fill a hole. They are also reportedly interested in other Phillies Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino, but their lack of good prospects leaves Hamels a long shot.

If the Dodgers can’t pry Rollins from a struggling Phillies team, Victorino would be their go-to guy.

Los Angeles sees the Phillies as sellers at the deadline. And Rollins’ name fits because Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes is a good friend of Rollins dating back to when he coached with the Phillies.

“The key to that [Phillies] ballclub has always been Rollins, as far as I’m concerned,” Lopes told [Knobler] last month in Philadelphia. “When Jimmy rolls, they roll.”

Morosi: Shane Victorino Will Likely Be Traded

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With talks of Cole Hamels being traded taking the forefront of discussion this month, the likelihood that another Phillie gets shopped is starting to formulate.

According to a report by FOX’s Jon Morosi, that Phillie is Shane Victorino. This isn’t really news, especially with Victorino’s contract situation and his performance this year.

But Morosi feels that a change of scenery would be good for the 31-year-old centerfielder, who is hitting a career-worst .244.

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Phillies Victorino Scratched From Start

PHILADELPHIA — Prior to the Phillies 4-3 loss to the Braves, centerfielder Shane Victorino was a late scratch from the lineup.

Victorino, hitting seventh in the lineup originally, was replaced by Jason Pridie, who had a pair of hits including a two-run homer and RBI double that drove in all three of the Phillies runs.

According to a tweet by Rob Parent of the DelCo Times, Victorino threw a temper tantrum because of his spot in the lineup.

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Game 48: Kiss and Make Up

ST. LOUIS — By now everyone has probably heard about the spat in the dugout between Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee and centerfielder Shane Victorino.

In the top of the 5th inning, both Victorino and Lee were seen having a heated discussion in the dugout [video] a half-inning after Victorino lost a fly ball off the bat of David Freese in the lights at Busch Stadium last night.

After the ball bounced off the centerfield wall, Victorino watch the ball bounce towards the infield to let leftfielder Juan Pierre play it and throw it back into the field of play. Freese wound up on 3rd with a triple and proceeded to score on the next play to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

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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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Victorino talks upcoming free agency

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Shane Victorino talked to reporters today, clarifying his desires this upcoming off season where the 31-year-old centerfielder will be a free agent.

Victorino stressed that he doesn’t really want to play the free agent market, instead focusing on remaining a Phillie.

Yesterday, Victorino told reporters that he is looking for a five-year deal. Today, he seemed to back off on that sentiment just a little bit, showing that he’s open to flexibility on his end of the negotiations.

“I’d like to (sign a five-year deal),” Victorino said this morning. “I’m not saying this will be my last one. It might be. Who knows? What I’m saying is, why not finish it here? I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.”

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RUMOR: Indians contact Phils about Victorino

“(The) Philadelphia Phillies (are) reportedly listening to offers for CF Shane Victorino, attempts to clear money for a big move.” – Rich Smith of All Sports Intel, a Twitter account for rumors.

Granted this isn’t a serious source, it’s still something to think about. If the Phils do in fact intend to clear money for a big move, Victorino is one of the players teams would covet as well as guaranteeing the Phillies a good return of prospects.

As noted by one of our followers, this “source” is the only one to report on a Victorino trade. Until a serious Phils beat writer or ESPN/MLB reporter weigh in on it, it’s nothing but a harmless rumor to stir the pot and get Phils fans a little riled.

Dear Crossing Broad: Stop Crying

NOTE: Team to Beat is a very objective, non-controversial site. Though we express our opinions, they don’t go to the extremes you would see on most other sites. But there comes a time where stepping out of our shell and ignoring our policy is necessary. This is one instance. This post is in no disrespect to Kyle Scott or his website, Crossing Broad. But his latest blog post warrants this post and trip back to reality is needed for Philadelphia’s most controversial blogger.

The image is still burned in our minds: two straight years of the Phillies season ending in sudden disappointment with Ryan Howard taking the team’s final hacks (or lack thereof in one of those isntances).

But the image that sickens me isn’t Howard making the final out, rupturing his Achilles and seemingly being out for the first couple months of next season. It’s the gutless complaining and accusations directed at three of the Phillies on Twitter.

Why gutless? Because the same people who throw Shane Victorino under a bus over the computer would be kissing his ass, asking for an autograph and picture while continually telling him he’s “the man.” The same people who tell Jimmy Rollins he should have manned up in the post season would kiss his feet and thank him for 12 years in Philly if they saw him on the streets. They would also tell Hunter Pence to enjoy his meal if they saw him at a Philly restaurant instead of hoping he chokes on his steak while mentioning @HunterPence3.

So Mr. Scott aka CB aka the most hated blogger on Twitter, who in the blue hell are you to call these guys out? Who do you think you are to say Rollins can’t enjoy the weather, or Pence can’t try food in Philly or Victorino can’t tweet about the remaining teams in the post season?

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NLDS Preview: Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals

Philadelphia: 102-60; 1st in NL East
St. Louis: 90-72; 2nd in NL Central (Wild Card winner)

Schedule
Game 1: Oct. 1, 5:07 PM – (Roy Halladay vs Kyle Lohse)
Game 2: Oct. 2, 8:07 PM (Cliff Lee vs Chris Carpenter)
Game 3: Oct. 4, _ PM (Cole Hamels vs Edwin Jackson)
Game 4*: Oct. 5, _ PM (TBD vs Jaime Garcia)
Game 5*: Oct. 7, _ PM (TBD vs TBD)

Road to the Playoffs
PHI: The Phils cruised to their easiest of five straight NL East titles with their second straight 100-win season. Though the road got a little bumpy in the beginning of the season with a slumping outfield as well as towards the end of the season when they went on an eight-game skid after clinching homefield, the Phillies season was filled with dominance. Their consistently dominant play has given fans in Philadelphia reason to expect another parade down Broad Street.

STL: The Cardinals’ road was a lot bumpier, and in the long run, more exhausting. On August 25, they trailed the Braves by 10 1/2 games in the NL Wild Card race. Since then, they’ve gone 23-9, while Atlanta went 11-20, completing one of the biggest comebacks in baseball history. The Cardinals may be incredibly hot riding into Saturday’s Game 1. But is momentum as big as it sounds or will they hit a brick wall in Philadelphia?

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