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One of the best and most enduring lines ever uttered during a telecast of any baseball game came from the lips of -- well, we'll get to that. When it was said and where it was said for the first time is lost forever. And how many times it has been repeated also is unknown. The line lives on because it was a piece of genius -- clever and appropriate.
Perhaps the third time will be a charm for Cliff Lee. Philadelphia will send its veteran southpaw to the mound on Thursday to open a four-game series with Washington at Nationals Park, as Lee tries to put his command issues behind him. Lee, who struggled again in his second start back from the disabled list, will face Gio Gonzalez, who has thrived since his return from the DL.
The Phillies lost an opportunity to win consecutive series for the first time since late April with an 11-2 loss to the Mets. Jimmy Rollins hit a pinch-hit homer, but the bullpen allowed a five-run seventh inning.
There have been numerous reports recently about Cole Hamels' availability, but sources told MLB.com that the Phillies have had no substantive talks with any team about their ace.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Phillies had a scout at Triple-A Memphis, which is the Cardinals' top affiliate, and St. Louis may be interested in right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Outfielder Roman Quinn, the Phillies' No. 5 prospect, collected four hits and two stolen bases Tuesday night, as Class A Advanced Clearwater defeated Fort Myers, 5-3. Quinn went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Phillies No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford added a hit and two runs.
As Marlon Byrd, Antonio Bastardo and A.J. Burnett among others take part in what could be their final game with the Phillies on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, Philadelphia hurler Kyle Kendrick takes the mound hoping to turn his season around. Mets starter Zack Wheeler looks to continue his strong run of pitching over the past month.
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is exactly the type of pitcher a contending team wants in a postseason race. The Phillies know that better than anybody. Hamels, who led the Phillies to the 2008 World Series championship, dominated Tuesday night in a 6-0 victory over the Mets at Citi Field. He allowed six hits, no walks and struck out eight in eight innings to improve to 6-5 with a 2.55 ERA.
It raised a few eyebrows Tuesday afternoon when the Phillies posted a lineup without Marlon Byrd against the Mets at Citi Field. Manager Ryne Sandberg said it had nothing to do with an impending trade and that Byrd was a little sore after fouling a ball off his left foot Monday.
The Phillies have a host of players available to trade, but many of those players are owed big-time money. The money has been an issue for teams. But Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday morning on Sportsradio 94WIP that things have picked up before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The Phillies held a private workout Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla., for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he had watched some older video of the prospect and liked what he saw.
Before he was paving a path to Cooperstown in the Majors, Steve Carlton played there as a Minor Leaguer in the Cardinals' organization.
Mets starter Dillon Gee has struggled to find his early-season form since being activated from the 15-day disabled list on July 9. Gee will head back to the mound on Tuesday against the Phillies, who counter with left-hander Cole Hamels.
Maikel Franco, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect, homered and collected four hits Monday, but it wasn't enough to lead Triple-A Lehigh Valley to victory. Buffalo defeated the visitors, 4-2.
Maybe the Phillies' front office had a better Monday than its players. Time is ticking toward Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, which is the most important thing happening for the organization this week. The backdrop of change created a somewhat strange scene in Monday night's 7-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field, where the Phillies and Mets opened a three-game series.
The Phillies' front office has been frustrated lately with its lack of success on the trade market, but it is still trying to complete at least one deal before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
It is no secret the Phillies are desperate for outfield help, so it is no surprise they are taking a closer look at Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports the Phillies will hold a private workout for Castillo on Tuesday. The Phillies were one of 28 teams that watched Castillo work out Saturday in Miami. Castillo, who is 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, is known for his speed and considered a line-drive hitter with power.
The Phillies have released outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., the team announced on Monday.
The Phillies have plenty of inventory, but will anybody actually buy it? As Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, perhaps no team has more players available than the Phillies, who are motivated to sell.
With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, MLBPipeline.com has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.