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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 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 14, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Like most closers, Ken Giles is an admitted adrenaline junkie. He spent his half inning away from the mound during yesterday afternoon's four-out save attempt pacing in the dugout like a hungry, wild cat. He couldn't sit down. It was difficult to blame him after recording what might have been the most pivotal out in his development as a major league closer. Giles, 24, entered the matinee with the Phillies clinging to a one-run lead with two outs and runners on the corners in the eighth, against an Arizona Diamondbacks team that had hit lasers all over Chase Field the entire series, to the tune of 32 runs on 47 hits.
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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 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 RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - When the Cole Hamels blockbuster trade was agreed upon two weeks ago today, it was easy to sit back and label Jorge Alfaro the Phillies' catcher of the future. And that still might very well be true, since the athletic, 22-year-old prospect acquired in the deal has real raw power and what one scout recently labeled a "90 arm" on the 20-80 grading scale. But Alfaro has played only 70 games above Class A ball, including only 49 this season after suffering an ankle injury in early June.
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August 12, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FEW FRIENDS were speaking excitedly about the Phillies over the weekend and my non-sports-fan wife asked this: "So, can they still make the playoffs?" Not exactly, she was told. But they're not in last place anymore! She was not impressed. "When do the Eagles start?" she asked. And therein lies our collective civic dilemma. What, exactly, are the Phillies playing for? What, exactly, are we watching? The birth of a new, young, exciting team? Or the kind of fool's gold that those good Phillies teams of the last decade often ran into at this time of the year?
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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 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TRENTON - Chase Utley looks ready to return to a big-league lineup. Utley, playing in his third rehab game in four days, went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk in Double A Reading's 11-1 win over the Trenton Thunder last night. Utley could return to the Phillies' lineup as soon as this afternoon, or perhaps more likely, when they begin a 10-day West Coast road trip tomorrow night in San Diego. The Phils could choose to give the 36-year-old a day of rest rather than putting him on the field in a day game today against the Dodgers after a night game.
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August 7, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
WITH JIMMY ROLLINS in town again and Cole Hamels finally out of it, it seems a good time to reflect upon something the shortstop said shortly after he was traded to the Dodgers last December. The topic was John S. Middleton, the man who owns 48 percent of the Phillies, someone Rollins had gotten to know but who was months away from assuming a more public profile. "He wants to be in control, don't get it wrong . . . " Rollins said in a sitdown with CSN's Jim Salisbury. "He wants to put a winner out there very badly.
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