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August 21, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS the eve of Independence Day and the Phillies were in Atlanta, but the season was already over. Nobody told Chase Utley. The manager, Ryne Sandberg, had quit on the team. Cole Hamels was pitching like a man resigned to another summer in purgatory. Ut? He was in the hallway between the visitors' clubhouse and the tunnel to the dugout, sitting at a table filled with video monitors. Alone, he watched himself hit, clip after clip after clip, an hour before the Phillies took batting practice.
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August 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A reporter asked Jimmy Rollins on Wednesday afternoon if the shortstop had ever talked with Chase Utley about reuniting their double-play partnership in Los Angeles. Rollins lowered his shoulder and shimmied his head as he answered, adding a little more slyness to his words. "Maybe," Rollins said with a laugh after his Dodgers fell to Oakland, 5-2. "We may have had a conversation about it. Those things remain between us. " Rollins and Utley - the longest double-play combination in Phillies history - will be back together again.
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August 21, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Knowing how to say goodbye to Chase Utley would be a lot easier if he ever really said hello. In that case, there would be stories to tell from his 13 seasons, and insights from across the years that would help put his place in franchise history into perspective. There would be emotions and feeling and the poignant sense that someone we knew so well was moving on. That wasn't the deal Utley made with Philadelphia, however, and, hometown or not, it's not the one he will make with Los Angeles, either.
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August 21, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FOUR-RUN Phillies lead had just been cut in half as Andres Blanco dug a foot into the left side of the batter's box to begin the home half of the fifth inning last night. A single voice rose above the din of the crowd, militant at first but increasingly sad as his plea repeated. "We want Utley," he bellowed. "We . . . want . . . Utley. " Six pitches later, Blanco planted a 3-2 pitch from Toronto reliever Bo Schultz into the rightfield seats, extending the Phillies' lead to 5-2. The crowd roared.
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August 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY emerged from the hallway that links the home clubhouse to the field at Citizens Bank Park, shot a quick look at the herd of reporters camped out in the dugout, and set his glove aside to join his teammates for pre-batting practice stretch. Minutes later, he was in the batting cage, taking his daily cuts with the rest of the reserves held out of last night's starting lineup. And then he was at second base, getting his pregame defense work in, too. Utley did all of these things in a Phillies uniform, the only uniform he's known since being drafted by the team 15 years ago. But less than an hour before Utley took the field, the Phillies had already agreed to send the franchise icon to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a trade first reported by cbssports.com.
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August 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Led Zeppelin blared over the Citizens Bank Park speaker system Tuesday night, and the fans cheered. Eleven days after returning from the disabled list, following days of speculation and reports regarding a potential trade, there was Chase Utley, still in a Phillies uniform, still the team's second baseman. A trade of Utley before the end of the month is still not out of the question, but as the days wear on it appears less and less probable. Speaking before his team's 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. deemed it "very likely" that Utley remains with his longtime club through the season's final seven weeks.
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August 19, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The essential parts of the Phillies' demolition will be complete soon. All that is left is for Chase Utley to make up his mind about where he wants to finish this season. It would be both mind-boggling and debilitating for the Phillies if he did not soon select one of the attractive options that reportedly are in front of him. You want to go back to your childhood home in Southern California? That can be done. You want to go to your current winter home in San Francisco? Also possible.
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August 18, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - The Phillies' lineup was missing its two best hitters on Sunday afternoon. It seemed to be without much of a pulse, too. The team's offense was lifeless in a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Chase Utley was given the day off as trade rumors continued to swirl. Maikel Franco missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist. Both players should return to the lineup Tuesday, unless Utley is traded. The Phillies struck out 11 times. Their lone run came on a ninth-inning homer by Andres Blanco.
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August 18, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - When the Phillies shipped Jonathan Papelbon to Washington for pitching prospect Nick Pivetta, they lost a little more than the salary they shed. They lost a veteran bullpen presence. "He really helped our younger pitchers in the bullpen," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "[Pitching coach] Bob McClure and [bullpen coach Rod] Nichols told me that he really helped out all the guys in the bullpen with the way they prepare and the way they went about things, and what to look for and how to do certain things.
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