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Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

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The Phillies made a trade today, sending utility infielder – and one time reliever – Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for left-hander Jeremy Horst, according to Matt Gelb.

Horst, 26, had an ERA of 2.93 in 12 games of relief for the Reds last season. Those were the first 12 games of Horst’s career with the Reds.

Horst was drafted in the 21st round of the 2007 amateur draft by the Reds.

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Phils, Hamels avoid arbitration

The Phillies have reached an agreement with left-hander Cole Hamels on a one-year contract worth $15 million.

Hamels is coming off his best year in the majors as he went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 194 strikeouts. He finished fifth in the Cy Young vote.

He is set to become a free agent after this season and the two sides have expressed interest in reaching a long-term deal. Hamels made $9.5 million this past season.

Hamels is one of the few homegrown products that have come up throughout the Phillies minor league system.

The two-time All-Star is coming off of a three-year, $20.5 million contract in which he pitched at a very high level.

The Phillies also agreed to terms with utility infielder Wilson Valdez.

Valdez has seen significant playing time over the past two seasons as he has filled in for Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco.

Having Valdez signed is huge for a much-improved Phillies bench that already includes Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton, and Laynce Nix/John Mayberry Jr.

Of course Valdez’s biggest moment last season was pitching a scoreless inning against the Cincinnati Reds in that entertaining 19-inning game.

Phils tender their four arbitration-eligible players

The Phillies tendered their four arbitration eligible players at midnight on Tuesday.

Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence, Kyle Kendrick and Wilson Valdez will all have contracts for the 2012 season because all four are arbitration eligible.

Many believe that Hamels will have a nice fat contract extension before the start of next season. Pence could find himself in a Phillies uniform a long time too.

As for the two bench players, both Kendrick and Valdez were incredible cogs in the Phillies success last season. Kendrick started and relieved, doing more than enough in both roles while Valdez played a huge part in spelling the injuries to Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Placido Polanco.

ORIGINAL: According to sources close to Kevin Kee of the Philly Phans, the Phillies have tendered pitcher Kyle Kendrick.

Yes, Kee is not Jim Salisbury but his sources are very credible. We’ll have more on TTB later.

2011 Moments: #1 Baez, Valdez unlikely relief heroes for Phils

Wilson Valdez pitches to Jay Bruce in the 19th inning of the Phils 5-4 win over Cincy. (Photo by John Russo)

The beautiful thing about sports is that you’re never going to know what to expect.

As a player, coach or fan, the game is built on mostly skill. But factored into that equation is a thing called luck. Like it or not, the luck factors into the bizarre and the bizarre factors into the shock value.

For the sold out attendance at Citizens Bank Park on May 25, it was just another game against the Cincinatti Reds. To the few thousand on their feet in the 19th inning nearly five hours later, it was something they will most likely never witness as baseball fans again.

No one is ever lucky enough to witness a 19-inning game — the term luck is used, not for the five hours of baseball that included a 7th and 14th inning stretch, but for how the game ended.

Put aside the fact that the game went 19 innings. Instead, look at the two heroes of that game, heroes in ways they thought unimaginable to fans, and even to those two players themselves.

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Series Preview: at Houston Astros

PHI: 94-49, 1st in NL East; HOU: 49-97, 1st in NL Central

When: September 12-14
Where: Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.72) vs Brett Myers (4-13, 4.66)
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (14-7, 2.60) vs J.A. Happ (5-15, 5.77)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) vs Bud Norris (6-9, 3.78)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 8:o5, CSN
Tuesday, 8:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 2:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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6 in 6th leads Phils to win

Phils RF Hunter Pence rips a two-out two-run go-ahead triple in the 6th inning. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

By the way the hometown Milwaukee crowd was cheering in the early parts of the game, you would think the Packers were scoring their touch downs at Miller Park and not Lambeau Field.

There was a six-spot put up on the board at Miller Park, but it did not come by way of the home team. After being shut down for 5 2/3 innings, the Phillies put up six runs in the 6th inning on two outs to put the Brewers in their place with a 7-2 win and expand their winning streak to four games.

The wheels fell off for Brewers starter Chris Narveson with two outs in the 6th after one-hitting the Phils through 5 2/3. Trailing 1-0, Shane Victorino ripped a double that just missed going out down the left field line. Wilson Valdez followed up with an RBI double to tie the game. Placido Polanco then drew the walk, setting up Hunter Pence for a bases-clearing two-run triple to make it a 3-1 game.

It only got worse for the Brewers.

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Hamels looks sharp after settling in

Cole Hamels was throwing fire in Cincy this past Monday. Though that wasn’t the case tonight against the Marlins, he still looked sharp in the final four innings of his second start coming off a shoulder injury.

Unfortunately for the rest of the pitching, their nights didn’t go as well. The Marlins jumped all over Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon, winning in come-from-behind fashion, 8-4.

After Bastardo lost two batters he was ahead on by walking them, he was pulled in favor of Herndon. Herndon served up three meatball pitches to Gabby Sanchez for a three-run homer and to Mike Cameron and Greg Dobbs for a pair of solo shots as the Marlins took the 8-4 lead.

But back to Hamels. The left-hander was hit hard in the 2nd and 3rd innings before settling in and seemingly cruising to another winning decision. Cameron hit his first home run of the night off Hamels in the 2nd, a two-run shot. The following inning, Mike Stanton hit a laser out of the yard to tie the game at three.

Wilson Valdez had a two-run triple for the Phillies, highlighting their offense. Hamels has a nice two-hit night at the plate, driving in a pair of runs.

2B: Howard (27). 3B: Valdez (4).

WP: Mujica (9-5). LP: Bastardo (6-1).


Victorino’s late blast lifts Phils

Phillies CF Shane Victorino breaks a 1-1 ties in the 8th inning with his two-run homer of Reds starter Homer Bailey. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

Shane Victorino may not be high in the discussions for NL MVP but he certainly has been the Phillies most valuable weapon this season. And it showed again in the 8th inning of the Phils 3-2 win last night.

Even with hits being scarce against the Reds, that didn’t stop Wilson Valdez from getting things started. Valdez singled to lead off the eighth inning for his second hit of the night. He went two-for-three with an RBI double.

Michael Martinez came up looking to bunt but popped one up in foul territory that was caught by Joey Votto. The pressure was on Victorino to come through with a clutch hit and salvage the inning.

Victorino sat back and pounded a curveball for a two-run home run into the right field seats at Great American Ballpark to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

Victorino is now hitting .308 on the season and could even be an MVP candidate.

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Lee out-muscles Mets

Phils starter Cliff Lee shut out the Mets through seven, striking out seven. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

There wasn’t going to be any 9th-inning melt down this time for the Phils. Mainly because it’s pretty hard to blow a 10-run lead in a three-out span.

It also makes pitching a heck of a lot easier for Cliff Lee, who has made pitching look quite easy during the month of August. Lee shut down the Mets through seven as the Phillies won the series opener in a laugher, 10-0.

Lee pitched seven shutout innings, striking out seven while allowing three hits and three walks. Lee used up a lot of pitches in his seven innings (105) but he got the job done and that’s all that is reflected where it counts: the scoreboard. Lee’s strike out total on the season is now up to 191, a new career high.

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Rollins has grade 2 groin strain; goes on DL

Jimmy Rollins will land himself on the DL with a grade 2 groin strain, reported by… well, Jimmy Rollins himself.

Sorry, Matt. You're fired.

Rollins injured his groin early in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Nats. He went up the middle to make a nice stop and throw but came up limping. He walked down the tunnel to the clubhouse and never returned.

Rollins’ injury doesn’t fully cripple the Phils. In fact, it comes at a good time because Placido Polanco should be coming off the DL today. Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez will be seeing some more time at short and third for the next two weeks.

Rollins followed his tweet up with, “Gone till September………” See you then, Jimmy.