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Phillies Decided On Friday to End Third Base Experiment For Utley

NOTE: News broke yesterday, but no one from the site was available to post it until this morning.

Phillies 2B Chase Utley. (Matt Slocum/AP)

After a month — since August 29 to be exact — of fielding ground balls at the hot corner and the discussion that followed, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will not play third base in the final six games of the season for the Phillies.

The Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel simply told Utley before Friday’s 2-1 loss to Miami that they were going to not pursue the idea of Utley at third base. They both felt that the six remaining games was not enough of a sample size to evaluate Utley at that position.

“I don’t know if it’s a matter whether or not he can do it,” Amaro said. “I think it’s more a matter of practicality and what’s really best for the team overall. While having that option would be helpful, I don’t know if it’s really an option that’s going to make us necessarily better.”

Amaro also added, “”In retrospect, it would be difficult to make a real assessment in six games, to watch this guy play and say, ‘OK, we know Chase Utley is going to be an average defender and better for our team.’ That’s a very difficult thing to be able to assess. None of us are good enough scouts to be able to do that.”

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Third Base Wide Open For Next Season

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen. (Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

There is a big question mark stamped next to the third baseman’s name for the 2013 season. It’s a position that hasn’t had a consistent inhabitant since Scott Rolen was traded in 2002.

A few guys like David Bell, Pedro Feliz and Placido Polanco were supposed to be main-stays. But only Polanco managed to make an All-Star appearance.

It’s also a position that has fielded the likes of Abraham Nunez, Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton.

The future for third base still doesn’t look bright for the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro already knows this, and he’s already tried addressing it at the deadline.

Philadelphia exercised the option of plucking top third base prospect Mike Olt from the Texas Rangers in a deal centered around Cliff Lee but nothing ever came to fruition for both clubs. Olt would have given the Phillies their first real third baseman since Rolen, and a prospect to be truly excited about since Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

They also were named as one of the teams interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

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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.

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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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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Series Preview: at San Diego Padres

PHI: 5-7, 5th in NL East; SD: 3-10, 5th in NL West

When: April 19-22
Where: PETCO Park (San Diego, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75) vs Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80)
Friday: Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65) vs Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17) vs Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26) vs Anthony Bass (0-2, 3.38)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 10:05, CSN
Friday, 10:05, CSN
Saturday, 8:05, PHL 17
Sunday, 4:05, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Explosive 3rd gives Doc support

Phils 3B Michael Martinez makes a nice play in the Phils 5-3 win over San Diego. He's been filling in well for the injured Placido Polanco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It was another scorcher in Philadelphia, but this time, thankfully not as hot as it was last week in Chicago.

Coming off a poor outing mired by heat and a stomach ailment, Roy Halladay needed to bounce back on another hot day in Philadelphia. The right-hander made it to eight innings as the Phillies beat the Padres, 5-3, and locking down their ninth straight series win.

Halladay was at 91 pitches through five innings, showing signs of another short start. But he got three quick innings in the 6th, 7th and 8th to finish with 116 pitches. He allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out eight, tying Cole Hamels for a team-high 12 wins.

Halladay’s resources were tapped in the 1st inning. He allowed a lead off single on the first pitch to Cameron Maybin, who stole second to get into scoring position. Chase Headly drove in the run with Maybing scoring easily thanks to a wide throw by Domonic Brown.

The Phils answered right back in the 1st, tying the game on an RBI single by Shane Victorino and taking the 2-1 lead on an RBI double by Raul Ibanez.

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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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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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Patient Phils Edge Padres In Extras

As Tom Petty once said, “waiting is the hardest part.” The Phillies were a little more selective at the plate tonight and had to play extra innings against the Padres. Despite a blown save they worked Padres pitching and won a close contest 3-2 in 12 innings in San Diego

Roy Oswalt turned in another fine pitching performance. Oswalt went eight superb innings giving up only one run on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks. He stayed ahead of the Padres hitters and didn’t allow many base runners.

Oswalt was helped out by some incredible defense courtesy of Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz caught both Ryan Ludwick and Chase Headley stealing in the second inning. This allowed the Phillies to avoid having the Padres put runners in scoring position.

The Phillies lineup played small ball to win this game. Jimmy Rollins had two hits tonight including a two out single in the third inning. Placido Polanco followed it with another single and Chase Utley singled once again to bring in Rollins.

Patience paid off once again in the eighth inning. Utley worked a one out walk and Ryan Howard looked good at the plate in notching a single. Jayson Werth followed it up with a big walk to load the bases for Raul Ibanez. Ibanez slapped a line drive in shallow right field that allowed Utley to score to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

Brad Lidge had been pitching phenomenal lately but his luck ran out tonight. He blew the save opportunity and it sure wasn’t pretty. Lidge started off the ninth inning by allowing a leadoff single to former Phillies hero Matt Stairs. He also hit Ludwick right on the hand to load up the bases with two outs. He had two strikes on Chase Headley when he balked which allowed the tying run to score and tie the game.

The game went to extra innings and the Phillies offense was looking stagnant. But in the 12th inning Rollins led off by a double to right field. Polanco followed with an RBI single where Rollins slid around the tag of Yorvit Torrealba to score the winning run.

Chad Durbin pitched two scoreless innings of relief and was credited with the win.  Durbin had two strikeouts in his two innings of work and was able to shut the door on the Padres.  The Phillies win coupled with a Braves loss moves the Phillies two games behind Atlanta in the NL East.  Joe Blanton takes the hill tomorrow for the Phillies.

2B: Rollins (12)

WP: Durbin (4-1). LP: Frieri (0-1)