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Pierre Clears Trade Waivers; Could Be Dealt By Midnight

Phillies OF Juan Pierre (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

With the trade waiver deadline ending tonight at midnight the Phillies could have one more move left in them this season.

With a month left on his contract, outfielder Juan Pierre has cleared trade waivers and could be dealt before midnight to a contending team.

Pierre, 35, is hitting .300 with 32 stolen bases and an OBP of .343.


Pierre Legs Out Infield Single For 11th Inning Walk Off Win

Phillies LF Juan Pierre celebrates beating out an infield single in the 11th inning that drove home Jimmy Rollins to win the game for the Phillies, 7-8, against the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 8, Cardinals 7 (11 innings)
WP – Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13)
LP – Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24)

PHILADELPHIA — “You can’t teach speed” was the call by Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy.

Juan Pierre used his speed to leg out an infield single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Phillies an 8-7 win. It capped a four unanswered runs as the Phillies overcame a 7-4 deficit created in the 8th.

Jon Jay’s two-run double broke the 4-4 tie in the 8th inning, and it was followed up by an RBI from Matt Carpenter to make it 7-4. But like most of the game, when the Cardinals did something, the Phillies repsonded.

It was Erik Kratz who hit a three-run homer to tie the game up, 7-7, eventually sending it to extra innings. That enabled Pierre’s walk-off infield single in the 11th to win the game for the Phillies.

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Bats Stay Hot As Phils Finish Off D’Backs

Phillies SP Cole Hamels hits a bases loaded two-run single in the 6th inning of the Phillies 7-2 win on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phillies’ offense is on a roll, words that have been dying to be uttered through the first three weeks of the season.

Philadelphia (8-9) tacked on seven more runs in the series finale, beating Arizona 7-2. They finished their 10-game western road trip with a 5-5 record.

Cole Hamels didn’t have to worry about a lack of run support this outing, focusing all of his attention on dealing against Arizona. Hamels (3-1) went eight strong, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out seven.

Hamels had retired 18 batters in row before three straight singles in the 7th inning plated the Diamondbacks first run.

After walking the bases loaded, Arizona got another run on a Pete Orr error, dropping the throw from Galvis at second that would have given Hamels a shot at an inning-ending double play. Instead, everyone was safe and the Diamondbacks made it a 6-2 game.

Orr redeemed himself, starting a 4-6-3 double play on the next batter to get Hamels out of a jam.

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On Deck: Phillies 4, Pirates 3

Baseball is back at the Bank, meaning the regular season is only days away.

The Phillies and Pirates paired up for an On Deck Series, playing a short two-game series before the two teams head to Pittsburgh to start the season off.

Joe Blanton got the start and he helped guide the Phils to a 4-3 win. He had command of his stuff, going 4 2/3 of three-hit ball, allowing two runs and striking out three.

The Phils scored runs the way they are going to have to get used to this season with theĀ absenceĀ of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for at least two months each.

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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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Phils sign Pierre to minor league deal

The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Juan Pierre to a minor league deal, reported Jim Salisbury.

The one-year deal will give the Phillies an extra option for filling out their Opening Day roster. The move could also solidify Domonic Brown’s spot on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster to start the season, depending on his spring of course.

Last season, Pierre hit .279 with two homers and 50 RBIs with the Chicago White Sox. His 50 RBIs were the highest total he drove in since 2001.

In 2010, Pierre led all major leaguers with 68 stolen bases. But last season, he swiped only 27 bags.

Pierre, 34, has been a major leaguer since 2000 and has played for five previous teams: the Rockies, Marlins, Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox.