Utley Signs 85 Million Deal Leaving Phillies Fans Elated

Utley Signs 85 Million Deal Leaving Phillies Fans Elated

Chase Utley will be wearing a Phillies uniform for many years to come.  Philadelphia fans couldn't be more excited.

The deal is for 7 years making Utley a Phillie through 2013.  This was step one in locking up one of the best infields this city may ever see.  Jimmy Rollins and Chase got their long term deals, now all eyes will surely turn to the potential payday The Big Man at first will receive.

I liked Ruben Amaro Jr.'s take.

"We view Chase as not only a great second baseman but also one of the
top 10-15 players in the game," Phillies assistant general manager
Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "He's a hard-nosed, full-throttle player who
exemplifies the spirit of Philadelphia. He is tailor-made for this city
and we couldn't be happier to lock him up for years to come."

The Phillies got this one right.

>>Utley agrees to 7 year, $85 million extension [ESPN]

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.