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12 hrs ago | The News Journal
Papelbon melts down in Phillies' loss Jonathan Papelbon had one of his worst meltdowns of the season as the Phillies lost 5-4. Check out this story on delawareonline.com: http://delonline.us/1s2rxSn The Phillies' Ben Revere steals second base as the ball sails past the Marlins' Enrique Hernandez allowing Revere to advance to third on the throwing error during the eighth inning Sunday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
14 hrs ago | Philadelphia Phillies
Enrique Hernandez believed he beat the throw, and instant replay confirmed his instincts in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins successfully overturned what would have been a called double play on Hernandez's grounder to third base.
CHASE UTLEY'S name was missing from the lineup yesterday, the fourth time in 15 games that had been the case. At 35, the six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger award winner is still among the most productive players at his position.
Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco steals second base as the Phillies' Freddy Galvis fields the late throw during the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco steals second base as the Phillies' Freddy Galvis fields the late throw during the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park.
Chase Utley burst out of the starting gates in 2014, his red-hot play paving the way to his sixth All-Star Game selection. But Utley has seen a steady digression in his performance as the team has tread deeper into the year, potentially a result of the grind associated with a 162-game season.
With two on, two out and a one-run lead, former Phillies pitcher Vance Worley played it safe. He wasn't going to let Freddy Galvis be the hero again, so he pitched around the eight-hole hitter to take his chances with the opposing pitcher.
The Phillies got a run in the first on a Maikel Franco double and a Chase Utley single, but the Pirates answered in the second when Gregory Polanco walked and then raced all the way around from first on Jordy Mercer's double. In the bottom of the inning, Freddy Galvis -- and get ready for lots of the ordinarily light-hitting Galvis tonight -- doubled and then came home when pitcher David Buchanan singled up the middle.
It's that time of year. Crunch time. When summer's swansong and meaningful September moments meet.
With a surplus of players on his roster following September call-ups and his best starting pitcher on the mound, Ryne Sandberg opted to rest a few of his regulars and put his best defense on the field Sunday. Darin Ruf started for Ryan Howard at first.
While the Phillies plot their offseason strategy, one question will be how far into the future Chase Utley can be counted on to be a valuable contributor. It's a difficult question to answer, made more complicated by Utley's surprising durability this season at the age of 35. While his knee problems have been well documented, Utley made one trip to the disabled list last year, and that was for an oblique injury.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Washington.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 03:07 pm
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