Phillies Notes: Sandberg loses his first game as Phils manager

Phillies starter Cliff Lee pauses after giving up a two-run homer to the Dodgers. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Phillies starter Cliff Lee pauses after giving up a two-run homer to the Dodgers. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Posted: August 18, 2013

Chase Utley, not one to display much outward emotion, was extremely close with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, and it showed in the second baseman's comments.

Talking about Manuel following news on Friday of his dismissal and being replaced as interim manager by Ryne Sandberg, Utley spoke in a hushed tone that came clearly from the heart.

"I love Charlie," Utley said before Friday's game with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. "He's meant a lot to me personally, on and off the field."

Utley was asked if he would have liked to see Manuel finish the season.

"To see him go now isn't what you wish for," Utley said. "But not everything happens the way you want it to happen."

Utley praised Sandberg.

"Sandberg is a good baseball man," he said. "Obviously he was a great player when he played, a lot of players have respect for him, so it will be interesting to see what new things he brings to the table."

The game

Lost in the managerial move was the fact that the Phillies had to play baseball's hottest team. Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run off Cliff Lee in the fourth inning as the Dodgers beat the Phillies, 4-0. The Dodgers have the major league's best record since June 22, going 41-8.

Mark Ellis added an RBI double in the seventh off Lee that went past a diving Domonic Brown in left field.

Zack Greinke pitched 71/3 innings to improve to 11-3.

Lee (10-6) allowed three runs (all earned) in eight innings.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the eighth, but relief pitcher Ronald Belisario struck out Darin Ruf to end the inning.

New approach

With Sandberg's promotion, there has been some shifting in the duties of the Phillies coaching staff.

Juan Samuel will move from first base coach to take over Sandberg's former position as third base coach. Assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner will remain in that position but also add the duties of first base coach.

Manuel's future

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Manuel has been offered a job with the Phillies.

"We'd love for him to work with me," Amaro said. "He has a lot to offer."

Manuel, appears to be heading in a different direction.

"I think what I need to do is have some time off and sit down and think," he said. "I think I can manage for a couple more years, maybe 2-3 years. I'm not saying that's what I'm going to do. I want to think about it."

Lannan on the DL

The Phillies placed lefthander John Lannan on the 15-day disabled list with left-knee tendinitis. This is Lannan's second time on the DL this season with left-knee problems. Earlier this year, he spent two month with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee.

Righthander B.J. Rosenberg was recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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