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Phillies Buy Out Contreras, Wigginton

The Phillies have declined the options of relief pitcher Jose Contreras and infielder Ty Wigginton.

Both players were bought out for $500,000 apiece.

Rocky Mountain Sweep: Phillies Hammer Rockies; Sweep Doubleheader, Series

Phillies 7, Rockies 4
WP – BJ Rosenberg (1-2, 11.37)
LP – Josh Roenicke (4-2, 2.83)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are rolling, breathing new hope into their season that seemed lost a month ago.

The Phillies won the night-cap of the day/night doubleheader, sweeping the Rockies in the series with a 7-4 win. With those wins, the Phillies are six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with 22 games to play.

Colorado scored all four of its runs in the 3rd inning against Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd, making his third career start, was done after four, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.

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Phillies Score Four in the 9th to Comeback Against Brewers

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard gestures to the home crowd after his solo home run in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-5, 4.47)

PHILADELPHIA — There is some life left in this 2012 Phillies team and they showed it tonight.

Trailing 6-3 heading into the 9th, Ty Wigginton’s one-out sacrifice fly capped off a come-from-behind win for the Phillies, a 7-6 win in Philadelphia Monday night.

With the bases loaded and Erik Kratz pinch-running for Ryan Howard, Wigginton lined a shot to left fielder Ryan Braun. Kratz tagged and Braun’s throw wasn’t in time as Kratz belly-flopped on home plate.

This game was not a typical Roy Halladay start.

Instead, it resembled a start in which Halladay is still having shoulder problems. To the team, that isn’t a good thing.

With his velocity down and his pitch count up, Halladay was roughed up by the Milwaukee offense. Fortunately for Halladay the Phillies were able to climb out of the early hole that he left them in.

Halladay’s fastball was only topping out around 90 MPH, and he paid big time because of it. He lasted six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out only three.

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Wigginton’s Big Day Knocks Off Former Team

Phillies 8, Mets 4
WP – Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43)
LP – Jon Niese (3-3, 4.55)

NEW YORK — If Billy Beane was the general manager of the Phillies he would have been proud of Ty Wigginton’s game.

Phillies 1B Ty Wigginton drives in the go-ahead run in the 7th inning. He was 3-for-3 with six RBIs on the day. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Wigginton was on base five times, driving in three runs on an RBI double and single in the 3rd and 7th inning, the latter proving to be the game-winner in the Phillies 8-4 win over the Mets.

Wigginton then hit a three-run homer in the 9th inning for insurance, capping off a 3-for-3 day with six RBIs while falling a triple short of the cycle..

That 7th inning run proved to be important as twice starting pitcher Cole Hamels coughed up a lead to the Mets. Holding a 2-0 lead in the 5th inning, Hamels served up an 0-1 change-up to Vinny Rottino that he put over the leftfield wall for a two-run homer to tie the game.

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Phils Work Late-Inning Magic to Prevent Sweep

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates after his go-ahead double in the 7th. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

All Philadelphia had to do was finish the scoring chances they put up against Mike Pelfrey.

Instead, they waited for the Mets to pull their starter to get the ball rolling. With a 2-1 lead the Mets turned to their bull pen in the 7th inning, regretting the move deeply as it cost them a shot at sweeping the Phillies on the road.

The Phils out up seven runs in their final two innings, beating the Mets 8-2 behind the bat of Ty Wigginton.

Wigginton tied the game up, 2-2, with his sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the 7th. As he skied a deep fly to right field, Jimmy Rollins, who was standing on third, pumped his fist before tagging up and scoring the tying run.

Laynce Nix followed up with an RBI double to score Hunter Pence, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

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Pierre, Podsednik highlight this spring’s battles

Phillies Domonic Brown, right, steals second base vs. Florida State. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Even championship-caliber teams have position battles during Spring Training. With a good idea of who the 25 men making the Opening Day roster, a few position and roster battles loom heading into this season.

With a place on the team is set, John Mayberry, Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton are all battling it out for the first base and left field openings left by now-Yankee Raul Ibanez and injured Ryan Howard.

Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton and Joel Pineiro are looking to win the fifth starter’s spot of the rotation. Even Domonic Brown is hoping he can impress the Phillies this spring in hopes to skip a trip to Lehigh Valley at the end of March.

Lastly, and possibly the most interesting battle this spring belongs to who the Phillies 25th man will be. With Ben Francisco traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, a spot for an outfield bench player has been vacated.

The top two candidates for that spot are both veteran players with similar traits: Scott Podsednik and Juan Pierre.

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Phillies trade for Wigginton

(David Zalubowski/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC)

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com just tweeted that the Colorado Rockies announced they traded Ty Wigginton to Phillies for a player to be named later or cash.

This is an incredible move for the Phillies, who had their sights set on Michael Cuddyer. Wigginton is a very similar player and would come at a much cheaper price than Cuddyer.

Wigginton plays the corner infield and outfield position, giving the Phils a replacement for Ryan Howard at first as well as someone who can play third base and left field to spell Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and become a replacement for Raul Ibanez.

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