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NEWS
August 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
One last time, Chase Utley emerged on the field and walked through the handshake line with his teammates after a 7-4 victory over Toronto. When it ended and he approached the steps leading to the tunnel, the Phillies icon offered a casual tip of the cap to the fans gathered behind the dugout at Citizens Bank Park. This was the final act of a storied Phillies career. Late Wednesday, the rebuilding team finalized a trade to send Utley, one of the city's most beloved athletes, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and minor-league righthander John Richy.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
August 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The San Francisco Giants have made an offer for Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Columnist Bruce Jenkins posted the news on Twitter Thursday night, quoting Giants general manager Bobby Evans as saying he was "just waiting to hear" from the Phillies. "He doubts a deal goes down tonight," Jenkins said. Several teams have made offers for Utley, sources told MLB.com, but no deal is imminent. The Giants expect all-star Joe Panik to return in the coming weeks from a back injury.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
August 7, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
IT WAS only a matter of time before the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers brought the surging, last-place Phillies back to earth. Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco delayed that on Tuesday with a game-winning grand slam, but the rookie slugger couldn't manage to lead his team to a series victory in Game 2 of the series last night. Franco extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI double in the third inning, but the Phils weren't able to compete with the Dodgers' offensive production as Jimmy Rollins and company tied the series with a 4-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park.
SPORTS
August 7, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
YOU DIDN'T really figure the Phillies would get through the second half of the season without losing back-to-back games or dropping a series. Well, did you? Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, they were trying to take a series here against the Dodgers for the first time since June 2011. And after spotting the visitors three runs in the first, they scored five of their own in their half against Zack Greinke. Before they made an out. That's the same Greinke who'd given up five first-inning runs all year.
SPORTS
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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