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The Phils get infielder Jayson Nix from the Rays for cash.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThis past Friday, to fill in the hole left by backup shortstop Freddy Galvis  being placed on the 15-Day Disabled List as he recovers from MRSA, the Phils made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, receiving infielder Jayson Nix in exchange for cash. Jayson joined the team before yesterday’s opening day game with the Texas Rangers.

Nix, a six year veteran infielder, who had played for the Rockies, the White Sox, the Indians, the Blue Jays and the Yankees since 2008, has appeared in 425 games, with a batting average of .218 (267 for 1222), as he has hit 55 doubles, 2 triples and 37 home runs, and knocked in 126 RBIs, while scoring 141 times. He has also walked 105 times. Until Galvis has recovered from MRSA, he will act as the team’s backup shortstop.

Welcome to the team Jayson. Hope you’ll fill Freddy’s shoes admirably while he’s on the disabled list.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

As Cliff Lee throw eight strong innings, the offense scores enough runs for the Phils to leave Boston with a series split, as they defeat the BoSox, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee throws eight strong innings as the Phils leave Fenway Park with a split as they defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Michael Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as he snaps an 0-21 hitless streak, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits an RBI single, knocking in Jacoby Ellsbury, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay tied until the top of the seventh as the Phils played some much-needed small ball as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then got an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, adding to his lead as the team’s home run leader, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and collect his tenth save of the season, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34) got the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just one run on four scattered hits, as he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Craig Breslow pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Junichi Tazawa pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, as he also struck out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Erik Kratz (Singles, RBI) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Michael Young (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Freddy Galvis, Kratz) and a stolen base (Revere, 9) in the ballgame.

The Phils (25-27, 3rd NL East) will start the home portion of their Interleague Play series with the Red Sox (32-21, 1st AL East), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at  7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 3.29), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on May 24, as he went just five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out just one Nat, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Kyle will be trying to end his present two-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a chance to win the game against the BoSox. The Red Sox will counter with John Lackey (3-4, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Indians on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Red Sox’s 8-1 win. He will be going for his third win in a row. The Phils will once again be trying get back to being one game below .500.

Back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth leads to a dramatic come from behind win, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA pair of unexpected back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth leads to the Phils coming from behind to defeat the Reds, 3-2.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the second as Jay Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Reds added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Todd Frazier hits an RBI double, knocking in Joey Votto, who had started the inning off with a single, then reached second base after Dom Brown, who had made a sliding catch of Bruce’s fly ball to left field for the inning’s second out, attempted to double him off first base to end the inning, but instead committed a throwing error as the ball hit Votto and then rolled away from first baseman Michael Young, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. Meantime, the Phils were frustrated for seven innings by Reds’ starter Homer Bailey, who only gave up five hits and a walk, while striking out three, as the Phils’ scoreless streak, which had started the previous night, increased to sixteen innings. The Phils would finally score in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single to left, scoring Ben Revere, who had earlier got on base with an infield single, sliding head first across the first base bag beating pitcher Jonathan Broxton to the bag, then stole second base, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead, while sending M. Young, who had just walked, up to second base. Then in bottom of the ninth, the Phils started a rally as pinch-hitter Delmon Young started the inning off with a walk, before he was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Cliff Lee. But, it would look like the Phils’ rally would be killed by another base running blunder, as Lee would be caught leaning too much off of first base by Reds’ reliever Aroldis Chapman, and then caught in a rundown before he is finally tagged out, 1-4-6-1, for the inning’s first out. After an upset at himself Lee goes back into the dugout and sits down, the batter, Erik Kratz, who was in the game because the original starting catcher, Carlos Ruiz, had been hurt while running the bases earlier in the game, crushed a three-two fastball into left field for a home run, his third home run of the season, tying the game up at two-all, making Lee even more upset as that would have led to a walk-off win. But, Lee would then be taken fully off the hook as the next batter, Freddy Galvis, followed with a solo home run of his own to left, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and three hits, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 2.51) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Jonathan Broxton collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Sean Marshall collected his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Aroldis Chapman blew his second save attempt of the year before taking the lost (3-2, 3.32) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, RBI) following with two hits apiece. Lanyce Nix (Single) and Eric Kratz (Home Run, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Michael Young, Utley, pinch-hitter Delmon Young) in the game.

The Phils (21-23, 3rd) begin a three-game series with the Marlins (12-32, 5th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is supposed to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61), who is coming off a lose to the Indians on May 15, as he went five innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-4 lost. He will once again be looking for his second win of the season, while trying to regain command of his pitches, while hoping that the bats will give him some badly needed runs support. The Marlins will counter with Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00), who is coming off a loss against the Reds on May 15, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 4-0 lost. He’ll be looking to for his third win of the season. The Phils hope to once again take advantage of the weak Marlins, while trying to get themselves over .500.

The Phils increased their winning streak to three games as they defeat the Indians, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils yesterday won their third straight game as they defeat the Indians, 6-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Indians took the lead in the top of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Michael Brantley hits a two-run single, scoring Nick Swisher, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Carlos Santana’s double, and Santana, who had earlier doubled, giving the Indians a 2-1 lead. The Phils regain the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, and Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the sixth as Brown hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Mayberry hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Bryan Shaw’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Phils then took a 6-2 lead three batters later as, with two men on, after Mayberry had stolen second base and Jimmy Rollins was intentionally walked, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, while sending Rollins over to third base, before he is thrown out at second base, 7-5, trying to stretch his single into a double, for the inning’s final out. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning.

Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.41) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up just two runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo collected his six hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Jeremy Horst collected his first hold of the season as he struck out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.33) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus one batter, as he gave up four runs on six hits, two walks and two hit batters, while striking out three. Cody Allen pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Bryan Shaw pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Rich Hill pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Dom Brown (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Home Run, RBI), Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Michael Young, Howard and Ruiz), two hit batters (Frandsen (2)) and a stolen base (Mayberry (2)) in the game.

The Phils go to Cleveland to begin their second Interleague Series of the year as they prepare to face the Indians.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils (12-14, 3rd NL East) start a brand new two-games series as they begin their second Interleague Series as they face the Indians (10-13, 4th AL Central) in Cleveland.

The Phils start the series tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Progressive Field and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08) who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 24, as he went six innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. Halladay will be looking for his fourth straight quality start and his third straight win, after having been crushed for 13 runs in his first two starts of 2013. The Indians will send to the mound Zach McAllister (1-3, 3.52), who is coming off a lost against the White Sox on April 24, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out four, in the Indians’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to cool off the presently red-hot Phils’ offense. The Phils will be out to increase their present winning streak to four games, while trying to win the opener in their second series against an American League team.

The Phils, two days after the return of Carlos Ruiz, who on Sunday went one for four (.250) with a double, actually reaching base twice as he was safe at first on a fielding error, have just activated Delmon Young, who have just finished his rehabbing assignment with the Iron Pigs, after having hit .367 (11 for 30) with two doubles and two RBIs in seven starts with both Class A Clearwater and the Iron Pigs. The Phils, to make room on their roster for D. Young, have designated for assignment outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, who, in 13 games, have batted just .077 (1 for 13), with a walk and two runs scored.

The Phils make a quick roster move as they claim outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of waivers from Cleveland, then placed Ender Inciarte on waivers.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils made their first roster change for 2013 as they claim off of the waiver wire outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from the Indians, the placed Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte onto the waiver wire.

Yesterday the Phils announced that they had picked up outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of the waiver wire, after he had been placed there by the Cleveland Indians. Carrera, who last year appeared in 48 games with the Indians, batted .272 (40 for 147), as he had six doubles, three triples and two home runs, knocking in 11 RBIs, while scoring 20 runs. He also had 8 stolen bases. In 116 total MLB games with the Indians in 2011-12, he had a batting average of .255 (89 for 349), with 14 doubles, six triples and two home run, as he knocked in 25 RBIs, while crossing the plate 47 times. Carrera also had 18 stolens bases. He should join the team in Atlanta for tonight’s game, as the Phils’ fifth outfielder.

To make room for him on the roster, the Phils have placed Ender Inciarte on waivers. Inciarte, whom the Phils had picked up from the Diamondbacks during last season’s Rule 5 Draft, made the opening day roster as their fifth outfielder, after a spring training in which he hit .273 (9 for 33), as he appeared in 27 games, hiting a double, and knocking in one run, while scoring 5. The news is that if he is not claimed off of the wire, the Diamondbacks might take him back, although it would cost them $25,000, which would be half of what the Phils had paid for drafting him.

Welcome to the club, Carrera. Hopefully you’ll have a future here.

The Phils increase their winning streak to five games as they stop a ninth inning rally to defeat the Cubs, 8-7.

The Phils hold off a Cubs’ rally in the ninth to win their fifth straight game, and their sixth in seven games, as they defeat the Cubs, 8-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s slow ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Cubs would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring David DeJesus, who had started off the inning with a double, then moved up to third on Tony Campana’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils retook the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Roy Halladay, a walk by Rollins, moving Halladay up to second base, and a single by Pierre, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI ground out on a soft grounder to first, three-unassisted, scoring Halladay, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Rollins up to third base, and Pierre on to second base. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Pierre. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Pence, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Cubs’ pitcher Casey Coleman’s wild pitch. The Cubs got a run back in the seventh as Castro hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Halladay, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Rollins’ walk, then move over to third base on Cubs’ catcher Wellington Castillo’s passed ball, and Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved to second base on Castillo’s passed ball, would both score on Cubs’ pitcher Blake Parker’s throwing error of Pence’s grounder back to the mound, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead, while Pence would end up on second base on the costly error. The Phils then took an 8-2 lead as Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Pence. The Cubs would get a run back in their half of the eighth as Castillo would hit a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 8-3. The Cubs then made it an 8-6 Phils’ lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to lead-off man Campana, Campana moving up to second base on defensive indifference, a walk to pinch hitter Jeff Baker, and Ian Stewart being hit by a pitch, moving both men up a base, and with two men out, Castillo hits a three-run double, knocking in Campana, Baker and Stewart. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-7 as Darwin Barney hits an RBI single, scoring Castillo. That would end up being the final score as Johnathan Papelbon recorded his eleventh save of the season by getting Reed Johnson to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out four. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on a hit, two walks, and a hit batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eleventh save of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Chris Volsatd (0-6, 7.46) took the loss as he pitched just two innings, as he gave up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out just two batters. Casey Coleman pitched four innings, giving up a run on four hits, a wild pitch and a walk, while striking out two. Blake Parker pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three unearned runs on two hits and a passed ball, along with a very costly throwing error, while he struck out two. Michael Bowden pitched an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (3 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, as he raised his average to .363. Juan Pierre (Singles), Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Singles) followed with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins, Hector Luna, Freddy Galvis and pinch hitter Mike Fontenot had the other four Phils’ hit, all singles. Shane Victorino knocked in the final Phil RBI with a ground out, while the last two Phils’ runs came in on a two-base throwing error. The Phils also collected five walks in the game, along with two stolen bases as part of a double steal in the first inning by Victorino (12) and Ruiz (1).

The Phils (20-19, 5th National League East) will begin their first Interleague Play series with a night game tonight against the Red Sox (18-20, 5th American League East). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 13, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going out to win his sixth start while trying to continue his early season dominance. The BoSox will counter with Daniel Bard (3-4, 4.30), who is coming off a win against the Indians on May 13, as he threw six strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Red Sox’s 12-1 rout. He will be trying to start off the series for the Red Sox with a win. The Phils will be looking for their sixth straight victory since their fiasco series with the Mets.

The Phils have signed two more players to minor league deals, offering non-roster spring training invites to both.

Yesterday, the Phils sent out a press release announcing that they have signed two more players to minor league deals, offering spring training non-roster invitations to both players.

The players that the Phils have signed are infielder Hector Luna and outfielder Luis Montanez. Luna, who spent the 2011 season playing on the Red Sox Triple-A Pawtucket team, had played 311 games on the major league level between 2004-2010, playing for the Cardinals, Indians, Blue Jays and Marlins, compiling a .265 career batting average (194 hits in 732 at-bats). During his time in the majors, he had played at least one game at all four infield positions and all three outfield positions. Last year, for Pawtucket, he played in 113 games, batting .283, hitting 14 home runs and 58 RBIs. The other signed player, Montanez, spent part of the just finished 2011 season playing for Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs minor league system, appearing in 92 games, batting .321, hitting 7 home runs, and knocking in 69 RBIs. He had also appeared in 36 games with the Cubs, batting .222 (13 for 54). In his major league career, 2008-2011, in which he spent the first three seasons playing for the Orioles, he has a career batting average of .223 (68 for 305).

In the same press release, the Phils announced that they had lost minor league infielder Carlos Rivero to the Nationals via the waiver wire. Rivero was earlier taken off of the Phils 40-man roster to make room for the just resigned Jimmy Rollins.

My guess is that both signed players will likely end up playing for the Iron Pigs when the regular season starts.

The Phils have just announced that they have traded Ben Francisco to the Blue Jays for a minor league relief pitcher.

Earlier today, the Phils have traded outfielder Ben Francisco to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league reliever Frank Gailey.

Francisco, who was part of the deal with the Indians that originally brought Cliff Lee to the Phils in late July 2009, appeared in 225 games for the Phils from 2009-2011, mainly as their fourth outfielder, although for the first couple of months of 2011 he was the team’s starting right fielder, until he was put back on the bench before the Phils eventually traded with the Astros for Hunter Pence. In those games, he batted .259, having 136 hits including 32 doubles,1 triple and 17 home runs, while knocking in 75 RBIs. He also appeared in 17 post-season games, including the 2009 World Series, where he had an overall batting average of .105, with 2 hits in 19 at-bats, which includes his dramatic three-run home run in the third game of the 2011 National League Divisional Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, which gave the Phils a temporary 2-1 series lead, before finally falling to the eventual World Series champs in five games.

Gailey, a native Philadelphian, had pitched a combine 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 45 appearances for Class-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays’ farm system. In his minor league career, overall, Gailey is 23-15 with a 2.45 ERA in 175 appearances.

Wish you luck with the Blue Jays, Ben, and thanks for what you did while you was here. Welcome to the organization, Frank. Hope you’ll be able to work your way to the main club.

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