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Back in the Win Column: Phillies snap 8-game losing streak against Giants


Michael Young went 2-for-4 including his eight home run of the season in the Phillies' 7-3 win over the Giants. (Kevin Durso/Philliedelphia)

The Phillies did something on Tuesday night that they haven't done in over a week. It's a verb that starts with 'w' and consists of three letters.

Thanks to Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies belted two home runs and took care of the struggling Giants.

Three two-run innings led the Phillies past the Giants, marking the first win for the team after an eight-game losing streak in a 7-3 win on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

A leadoff double for the Giants led to a run as Pablo Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to left to plate the first run of the game.

The Phillies countered quickly in the first. After Michael Young and Chase Utley singled to put runners at the corners with one out, Delmon Young managed a two-out RBI single to tie the game. After Kevin Frandsen was hit by a pitch, John Mayberry Jr. walked with the bases loaded to plate the second run.

The Giants would tie the game in the third on a single by Sandoval, plating Andres Torres. 

The Phillies grabbed the lead for good in the fourth. After Mayberry singled to open the inning, Carlos Ruiz hit his first home run of the season to left, a two-run shot.

Another two-run home run put the Phillies in front further in the sixth. This time, it was Michael Young belted one to left for his eighth home run of the season.

The Giants scored another run in the seventh on an RBI groundout which the Phillies answered in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double by Mayberry.

John Lannan pitched seven innings for the Phillies en route to his third win of the season. He allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless eighth and Justin De Fratus finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

In the eighth, Cody Asche made his major-league debut as a pinch hitter. He popped out to second to end the inning.

The Phillies improved to 50-56 with the win and will take on the Giants, who lost their fifth straight game, on Wednesday. Kyle Kendrick gets the start against Chad Gaudin. 

Kevin Durso is a contributor for Philliedelphia. You can follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.

Red Sox Trade For Jake Peavy, Out Of Cliff Lee Pursuit

So, the Phillies blew an opportunity. The Boston Red Sox, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, gave acquired starting pitcher Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox. Heyman says that shortstop Jose Iglesias is included in the deal.

This could mean highly touted prospect Xander Bogaerts will be called up to the Red Sox. That also means that Lee's chances of being dealt have largely been diminished. The Cardinals or Dodgers have been linked to Lee in the past, but it seemed that the Red Sox were the Phillies' best chance to upgrade their young talent.

Peavy has frequently been subject to injury over the last years, but the Red Sox seem to be willing to take a chance on him than a chance trading prospects for the more reliable be.

Red Sox Trade For Jake Peavy, Out Of Cliff Lee Pursuit

Michael Young: "I Don't Think We're Anywhere Right Now Where Anything Is Imminent"

Whether you like it or not, Michael Young is the most likely Phillie to be traded before tomorrow's 4 PM ET. deadline. Young, who has been rumored to be involved in a trade that could potentially send himself and teammate Cliff Lee to the Boston Red Sox in return for prospects.

Although Ruben Amaro Jr. noted that he feels there is a "very little chance" that Cliff Lee will be moved, the other was said regarding Young. Young has a no-trade clause in his contract and it has been noted that he would only waive it in a trade back to the Texas Rangers - the team he spent the first 13 seasons of his career with. 

Michael Young spoke with reporters before tonight's game with the Giants regarding the rumors surrounding his status on the market.

When asked about only accepting trades to the Rangers, Young responded "Those things are between me and the Phillies. Young continued to answer questions on his knowledge of any deal involving himself.

(All quotes courtesy of @ToddZolecki)

"I don't think we're anywhere right now where anything is imminent," Young said. 

"It's difficult to say," Young answered on whether he thinks he'll be here in 24 hours. "I really don't know. I don't know."

Well if Michael Young is going to be traded, he is definitely going to know because only he can control where he wants to go.

Stay tuned, folks.

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter.

As Trade Talks Stir, There Is Still Baseball To Play: Lannan, Zito Open Up Series At CBP

As rumors spread and deals become on the verge of completing, there is still a game to play. The Phillies, who have lost eight straight games, will open up a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants. With talk of Cliff Lee and Michael Young being close to having tickets out of Philly become more and more talked about the Giants (46-58), who appear to be sellers this July, may have some players of their own on the move. At 49-56 the Phillies sit 11 1/2 games back in the NL East and 9 games back in the Wild Card. Tonight they will look to pull out their first win in over a week as the Giants come to town.

John Lannan (2-4, 4.13 ERA) will get the start for the Phillies and will oppose Barry Zito (4-7, 4.92 ERA).

Lannan had allowed an earned run over 16 innings before allowing four earned in four innings last time out. On Wednesday against the Cardinals, Lannan was knocked around for eight hits while striking out three and walking two. Lannan, who has a 1-1 record and a 2.25 ERA in his last three starts, will look to bounce back as he takes on the Giants in an effort to give his team a must-need win. In three career starts against San Francisco, Lannan is 0-1 with a 1.74 ERA.

Barry Zito is coming off of a no-decision against the Reds last time out. On Tuesday the lefty allowed three earned runs on six hits through 4 2/3 innings of work. Striking out four and walking three, Zito continued to struggle. With a 4-1 record and a 2.66 ERA at home, Zito's numbers on the road are far from pretty. Zito has yet to notch a win on the road all season and if he does not get one tonight in Philly, he will go into August having lost 6 (or 7 depending on tonight) games on the road. In his career against the Phillies, Zito is 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA.

Game Notes: 

  • Trades, trades, trades - be on the lookout for any news regarding Cliff Lee and Michael Young.
  • The Giants' Hunter Pence may be on the move as well, the Red Sox have inquired about him to the Giants.
  • In five home starts this season, John Lannan is 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA.

Phillies lineup (subject to change):

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Michael Young 3B
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Darin Ruf LF
  5. Delmon Young RF
  6. Kevin Frandsen 1B
  7. John Mayberry Jr. CF
  8. Carlos Ruiz C
  9. John Lannan P.

Giants lineup (subject to change):

  1. Andres Torres CF
  2. Marco Scutaro 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  4. Guillermo Quiroz C
  5. Hunter Pence RF
  6. Jeff Francouer LF
  7. Brett Pill 1B
  8. Brandon Crawford SS
  9. Barry Zito P.

First Pitch Forecast: Sunny - 80° - 0% PoP

Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter. 

Ruben Amaro: "Very Little Chance" Cliff Lee Gets Traded; Michael Young Looking "Pretty Remote"

24 hours remain for teams to sell, buy and trade their players in an effort to either clear house or improve their roster for a play off run. The Phillies are definite sellers this July 31st, but so far have not made a fire sale. Unlike last year when the Phillies traded Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino to the Giants and Dodgers, respectively, they have yet to make any transactions yet.

With Cliff Lee the hot ticket item for all buying teams this hour, few teams have caught on, but only one has come close to sealing a deal. This afternoon it was reported that Lee was most likely headed to Boston if the Red Sox would give up their best prospect, Xander Bogaerts and then some. Lee, who the Phillies have traded before, has made it known that he wants to win - and clearly the Phillies are not in any shape to contend for a title. 

With three years left on his contract after this season, almost amounting to $78 million, Lee's price tag has scared away some teams. 

This afternoon, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke on MLB Network discussing how he intends to improve his team for the time being or for the time to come.

Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Ruben Amaro Jr. said that he believes that there is "a very little chance" of Cliff Lee being moved. Now we all know Ruben Amaro can bluff - remember how he pulled off Cliff Lee (2009), Roy Oswalt (2010), and Hunter Pence (2011)? Yeah. With 24 hours left before anything is official I wouldn't take his word for anything.

The only thing we can probably agree with Ruben is the issue of Michael Young. Amaro noted that the Phillies moving Young is "pretty remote". Young has a full no-trade clause in his contract, but it has been said that he is willing to waive it for the Texas Rangers - the team he left to come to Philly. 

Rumor has it that the Phillies are planning to deal Michael Young. The club called up infielder Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh this afternoon and it seems pretty likely that Michael Young will be headed out the door. The only problem is his no-trade clause. If the Phillies do end up trading him back to Texas, who in return could they get? He's batting .277/.342/.402 with seven homers and 32 RBI in 98 games and he has been pretty healthy all season long. 

As of tonight, Michael Young is still a Philadelphia Phillie. He is hitting second in the lineup against the Giants tonight. Don't be surprised if he gets pulled out before the 27th out.

As for Cliff Lee - don't hold your breath. The Red Sox will have to give up their best prospect and some change for him and that's a risk they know they will have to take.

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter.


Steve Susdorf Designated For Assignment

We will always have the dropped fly ball. The Phillies will make room for third baseman Cody Asche by designating for assignment outfielder Steve Susdorf. Susdorf was 1 for 7 and started one game for the Phillies.

Plenty of parts are on the move, but for now it appears Michael Young will play first base and Darin Ruf left field tonight.

Steve Susdorf Designated For Assignment

Welcome to Philly, Cody

Cody Asche is on his way to Philly according to reports, probably meaning a Michael Young deal (at least) is going to happen today. I'd guess that Young ends up in either New York, Boston, or Baltimore.

Asche is a solid hitter who really burst into view last year by dominating Clearwater, hitting .349 with an .825 OPS in 255 AB's. His play there got him sent to Reading at the mid-season point, and he started out really slow there. A hot finish got him to a .300 even average, and an .873 OPS. He finished 2012 with an impressive 51 XBH's, then lead the Arizona Fall League in doubles. This year he started out mediocre but got hot with the weather, and is now at .295, with an .837 OPS. He also has seen an uptick in power, hitting a career high 15 homers and 43 XBH's in 446 plate appearances. His glove has improved as he's climbed the ladder, and now projects as about average.

Stay tuned for more.

Xander Bogaerts Or Bust: Phillies Cliff Lee Trade With Red Sox Hinges On Prospect

Xander Bogaerts

The Phillies very well could trade Cliff Lee to the Boston Red Sox.  The deal sounds like it hinges on whether or not the Red Sox are willing to trade their top prospect, Xander Bogaerts .  John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that it's Bogarts or no deal:

The odds of Cliff Lee joining the Red Sox remain remote, but the viability of any potential deal has come down to this – whether the Phillies or Red Sox will blink over Xander Bogaerts.

Industry sources familiar with the thinking of both teams make it clear that even if it’s a longshot, there’s theoretically a deal to be made that will bring the All-Star left-hander to Boston, but it will require concessions on both sides that are currently proving too much of an impediment.

Red Sox fans are really afraid of losing him:

Why is this Sox fan calling him an idiot?  Well, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports thinks that the Red Sox SHOULD pull the trigger, but does not believe that they will:

Sox manager John Farrell knows Lee well – he was the Indians’ farm director when the pitcher was rising through the Cleveland farm system. Oh, and keep this in mind: There will be no better option than Lee in the upcoming free-agent market.

Of course such a trade would be painful for Boston; Bogaerts, 20, indeed looks like the real thing. The Sox, in fact, regard him perhaps even more highly than they did Ramirez in Nov. 2005. Ramirez, even in his youth, sparked makeup questions. Bogaerts, a native of Aruba, speaks four languages, “lights up a room,” according to Farrell.

The kid is wonderful. The kids are always wonderful. But winning a World Series is wonderful, too – yes, even more wonderful than rising to the top of Baseball America’s organizational talent rankings.

The Sox won’t do it. They should.

Maybe they will change their minds.  He would be fantastic in Philly.  My only question is: where do you play him if you are clogging up the infield with three players from 2008?


Cody Asche Is Philadelphia Bound As Phillies Call Up Infielder; Michael Young Out?


According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Phillies' infield is going to change.  It appears Cody Asche is in, Michael Young is out.



Of course, Young could simply play first base and Darin Ruf play left field, but with the trade deadline approaching, a trade of Young of course makes sense.

Asche hit two home runs last night for AAA Lehigh Valley, and has demonstrated in recent weeks that there is nothing left for him to do in AAA.