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August 14, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
ENJOY THESE resurgent Phillies. Enjoy Odubel Herrera's athletic antics in the outfield. Enjoy Maikel Franco's flashes of brilliance with the glove and the bat. Enjoy Ken Giles' simple cockiness, no doubt sharpened at the feet of an even simpler, cockier mentor. But know this; write it in stone: Promising centerfielders, cornerstone third basemen, and lock-down closers mean nothing without three or four viable starting pitchers. In that area, the Phillies are three or four short.
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August 14, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COULD CHASE UTLEY be gone before the Phillies return from their 10-day, three-city road trip on Sunday night? Has he already played in his last game at Citizens Bank Park in red pinstripes? The San Francisco Giants have made a trade offer to acquire Utley, according to reports from the San Francisco Chronicle and MLB.com. Both reported that Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed that an offer had been made to the Phillies. Utley cleared waivers on Tuesday and can be traded to any team - with his approval - and be eligible for that team's postseason roster if a deal is consummated before Sept.
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August 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Maikel Franco's promising rookie season hit a snag Tuesday night at Chase Field. The 22-year-old third baseman was forced from the Phillies' 13-1 loss in the first inning when he was hit on the left wrist by a fastball from Arizona Diamondbacks righthander Jeremy Hellickson. Franco was diagnosed with a contusion. X-rays on his wrist were negative, the Phillies said. It looked as if it could have been worse. After he was hit, Franco retreated to the grass behind the batter's box and fell to the ground, writhing in pain.
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August 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The only thing that can block the Phillies from trading Chase Utley now is if the veteran second baseman invokes his no-trade rights. Utley reportedly cleared revocable waivers Tuesday, meaning the Phillies, if given the player's permission, could trade him to any team this month. The six-time all-star has the ability to veto any trade because he has spent 10 years in the major leagues and at least five with the same team. Utley has long maintained his desire to play for the Phillies as long as possible, but since spring training he has said he would listen to trade proposals from the front office out of respect for his longtime club.
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August 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Major League Baseball's trade deadline arrived more than 10 days ago, but it doesn't mean major league teams are finished shopping for roster upgrades. The Phillies traded for a vital piece of their 2008 championship run in August: home-run hero Matt Stairs. Teams can still trade for players this month - and have them eligible for postseason play - if they consummate a deal before Sept. 1. The catch is those players must be moved through waivers - either in getting claimed off waivers, claimed and traded for, or passing through waivers and then traded.
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August 11, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - With Jerome Williams fashioning his best start of the season and an opportunity to break the game open, manager Pete Mackanin decided to stick with the team's longtime cleanup hitter, Ryan Howard, with two on, two out and his team up two runs in the seventh inning of yesterday's game against the Padres at Petco Park. Maikel Franco had just been walked intentionally and Howard was matched up against San Diego lefty specialist Marc Rzepczynski. Howard, who is hitting .192 with 142 strikeouts in 328 at-bats against lefthanders since the beginning of 2013, struck out to end the rally.
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August 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - A smiling Freddy Galvis stepped to the top step of the visitors' dugout late in the Phillies' 5-3 win Sunday, emphatically motioning to second base, where Chase Utley stood after lacing a game-breaking, pinch-hit double. Galvis prodded Utley to make the bull horns gesture many of the Phillies have taken to this season. Rookie Odubel Herrera, whose "El Torito" nickname translates to "the little bull," brought it to the team in spring training. The typically stoic and undemonstrative Utley obliged, if only raising his hands halfway to his head, and flashed a seldom-seen smile.
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August 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Chase Utley doubled only seven times over his first 254 plate appearances of this struggle-filled season. He smacked three two-baggers in his last five plate appearances of the Phillies' weekend sweep of the Padres, the veteran second baseman's first series back from the disabled list. Utley, a potential trade chip for the Phillies on this month's waiver trade market, had four hits in 10 at-bats in his first series since June. Throughout the weekend he flashed more bat speed than he displayed for much of April, May and June, when he hit a dismal .179 before his ankle injury landed him on the shelf.
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August 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro garnered much attention as the key position players the Phillies received from the Texas Rangers for Cole Hamels. Both players are intriguing prospects and important building blocks for the rebuilding franchise. It might be easy to forget, however, that one of their 2014 teammates in double-A Frisco is already playing for the Phillies, and doing so quite effectively. Odubel Herrera, the Phillies' Rule 5 draft pick-turned-everyday centerfielder, continues to produce regardless of where interim manager Pete Mackanin pencils him into the lineup.
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August 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The first 29 days of July were full of speculation about which team Cole Hamels would pitch for in August, September, October, and beyond. Much of this month should prove compelling in regard to another Phillies icon. Several obstacles stand in the way of a waiver trade of Chase Utley, but a real possibility exists that this is the beloved second baseman's final month in red pinstripes. Utley's return from the disabled list on Friday officially commenced what figures to be an interesting few weeks that will perhaps dictate the immediate future of a Philadelphia fixture.
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