Phillies Vs. Pirates Final Score: Philadelphia Loses 11-7 In Chase Utley's Season Debut

Chase Utley's first at bat homer wasn't enough as the Pirates spoiled his season debut

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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Moves: Chad Qualls Designated For Assignment, Jeremy Horst Called Up

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated relief pitcher Chad Qualls for assignment and called up left-handed pitcher Jeremy Horst from Triple-A, the team announced on Thursday.

Qualls had nine consecutive scoreless appearances before surrendering three runs over one inning to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. He has pitched 31.1 innings this season for the Phillies with a 4.60 ERA and 19 strikeouts. Over his nine-year career, Qualls has appeared in 572 games with a 3.82 ERA. He bounced back from a horrendous 2010 season (7.32 ERA combined with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays) to post a 3.51 ERA with the San Diego Padres last year.

Horst is a 26-year old reliever whose only prior MLB experience came with the Cincinnati Reds last season, when he amassed a 2.93 ERA over 12 appearances. Horst has a 2.11 ERA through 26 appearances with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season.

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Phillies (36-41) Vs. Pirates (39-35): Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The news keeps getting better for the Philadelphia Phillies. On Wednesday night, Chase Utley made his season debut, smacking a home run in his first plate appearance of the year. Ryan Howard starts a rehab assignment on Thursday, and they expect him to rejoin the lineup in a matter of weeks. A win on Thursday afternoon, would give them three games out of four against the Pirates and only their second series win of the month.

Standing in their way is Pirates starter A.J. Burnett, who is having a rebound season himself. He threw six shutout innings against the Tigers in his last start, and owns a 3.24 ERA this season. If things hold, it will be the first time since 2007 Burnett has had an ERA lower than 4.00.

Kyle Kendrick gets the ball for Philadelphia. In 11 starts and 16 total appearances this season, Kendrick is 2-7 with a 5.24 ERA. He has allowed 18 runs in his last four starts and an 0-3 record through that same stretch.

The game starts at 1:05 p.m. Eastern. Fans can watch it on CSN in Philadelphia.

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Phillies Vs. Pirates Final Score: Philadelphia Loses 11-7 In Chase Utley's Season Debut

Philadelphia Phillies fans got a sight for sore eyes on Wednesday night as second baseman Chase Utley made his 2012 season debut. Utley punctuated his return to action with a solo home run in the first inning, his first at-bat of the year. Unfortunately, Utley's home run was not enough as the Phillies lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates by a final score of 11-7.

Utley finished the game with three hits in five plate appearances, adding a pair of singles to go with his homer. He helped his team jump out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Pirates got on top and stayed there with a three-run second inning. Pittsburgh added five more before Philadelphia got within one run in the seventh inning.

Reliever Chad Qualls came in to work the eighth inning, and with one out allowed a one-run double. Andrew McCutchen, the very next batter, took him deep for a two-run shot to extend the Pirates' lead.

The Phillies did manage to get to starter James McDonald for four runs, who had not allowed more than three earned runs in any start this season. Philadelphia starter Raul Valdes and reliever Joe Savery gave up a total of eight runs through five innings.

This was the first loss in the Phillies' current series with the Pirates; they won the first two games of the series on Monday and Tuesday. The two teams play one more at 1:05 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.

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Phillies Vs. Pirates: Chase Utley Hits Homer In First At-Bat Of 2012

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley wasted no time in making an impact in his debut for the 2012 season.

In his first at-bat of the season, Utley smashed a solo home run to right center at Citizens Bank Park on Pittsburgh pitcher James McDonald in the bottom of first inning. The homer gave the Phillies a 1-0 in the game.

Utley had missed the entire season up to Wednesday night's game with with a knee problem (bilateral chondromalacia). Last season, Utley hit .259 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. The home run against the Pirates gave Utley 189 for his career. The RBI was his 695th of his MLB career.

Utley was activated for the game against the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. The Phils optioned infielder Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Utley in the lineup.

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Chase Utley Status: Philadelphia Phillies Activate 2B From 15-Day DL To Play Vs. Pirates

The Philadelphia Phillies will finally have second baseman Chase Utley back in the lineup on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team activated Utley from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday afternoon. In order to add Utley back into the lineup (he will bat third), the Phils optioned infielder Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley (via MLB).

Utley has missed the entire 2012 season so far with a knee problem (bilateral chondromalacia). In rehab stints, Utley played nine games for Class-A Clearwater and one game Lehigh Valley.

Last season, Utley hit .259 with 11 homers, 44 RBI and 39 walks in 103 games. Martinez struggled at the MLB level and only hit .133 with a home run and 4 RBI in 16 games for Philadelphia this season.

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Phillies (36-40) Vs. Pirates (38-35): Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Philadelphia Phillies are looking to make it three in a row against their interstate rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Wednesday evening. The Phillies have already assured themselves a split of this four game series, but will try to move closer towards a sweep with another victory.

Of course, the big news today is the season debut of Chase Utley. After missing the first 76 games with tendinitis in his right knee, Utley is coming back carrying the hopes of Philadelphia fans everywhere for an improved offense.

Due to the rainout last Friday, Raul Valdes is making his first start of the season for the Phillies after having plenty of success in the bullpen. Valdes is 2-0 on the year with a sterling ERA of 1.84.

Opposing him with be James McDonald for the Pirates. McDonald has quietly been one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2012. He's coming into Wednesday's tilt with a 6-3 record but an incredible 2.19 ERA. In his last start, McDonald was brilliant, scattering six hits over a complete game victory against the Minnesota Twins.

Philadelphia will have to find a way to get the bats going against such a quality pitcher. Having Mr. Utley in the lineup certainly won't hurt.

TV: CSN

Time: 7:05 p.m. ET

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Phillies Vs. Pirates Final Score: Carlos Ruiz Powers Philadelphia To 5-4 Win Tuesday

The Philadelphia Phillies took Game 2 of their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-4 at the plate, including an eighth inning home run to put the Phillies up 5-3. Vance Worley (4-4) was given the win after giving up three earned runs off six hits and two walks, while striking out five.

Ruiz put the Phillies on the board in first inning with a single to score Hunter Pence, who had reached third base on a triple. Ruiz ran in another run in the third off a Ty Wigginton two-run home run to left field that put the Phillies up 4-1. The Pirates' Erik Bedard (4-8) left the mound after six innings having given up four earned runs off eight hits and two walks. He struck out three.

The Pirates got on the board in the second inning on a Michael McKenry sac fly scoring Pedro Alvarez. Worley gave up the Pirates third run with no outs in the seventh off a Drew Sutton double before being relieved by Michael Schwimer.

Ruiz' 10th home run of the season would prove to be a clincher. Jonathan Papelbon earned his 18th save of the season in the ninth, but not before giving up a solo home run to McKenry. The Pirates catcher finished 3-for-3 on the night.


Final - 6.26.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4
Philadelphia Phillies 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 X 5

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Phillies Vs. Pirates, Game 2: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Philadelphia Phillies have never lost a series to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizen Bank Park, and the trend could continue Tuesday night (7:05 p.m. ET on Comcast Sports Network) if the Phils' are able to collect a victory in Game 2 of the four-game series.

A night after downing its visitors, 8-3, the Phillies (35-40) turn to Vance Worley to keep things moving in the right direction. Worley (3-4, 2.78 ERA) is looking to snap his own two-game losing streak, which has featured him actually pitching well -- just three earned runs allowed.

The match-up against the Pirates' starting pitcher Erik Bedard could be the answer to Worley's run-support problems. Bedard (4-7) has struggled recently away from home allowing 16 runs and 19 hits in his last three road starts.


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Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Erik Bedard vs Vance Worley

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Phillies Vs. Pirates Final Score: Philadelphia Takes Series Opener, 8-3, Monday Night

The Philadelphia Phillies won 8-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the series opener of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night. Joe Blanton (7-6) had a nice night on the mound, giving up three runs, two earned, off seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in seven innings.

He fared much better than Pirate starter Jeff Karstens (0-2), who allowed seven runs off 11 hits in his five innings on the mound. The Phillies took a 4-0 lead in the first, as Hunter Pence, Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back RBI singles.

Polanco picked up his second RBI of the night in the third inning, scoring Ruiz. Ruiz ran in three runs during the game, thanks to his 3-for-5 performance at the plate. Jimmy Rollins tagged Karstens with his sixth and seventh allowed runs, fifth and sixth earned, with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth. The blast to right field was Rollins' eighth homer on the season.

Jose Tabata put the Pirates on the board in the third inning with a solo home run. They added one run in the fourth on a Clint Barmes single. Andrew McCutchen capped Pittsburgh's scoring with a single in the fifth.

Doug Slaten walked Ty Wigginton with the bases loaded in the seventh to give the Phillies an 8-3 lead.

Game 2 is set for 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78 ERA) will face Pittsburgh's Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13) at the mound.


Final - 6.25.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 8 4
Philadelphia Phillies 4 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 X 8 12 2
WP: Joe Blanton (7 - 6)
LP: Jeff Karstens (0 - 2)

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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Moves 2012: Brian Schneider (Ankle) Placed On 15-Day DL, Erik Kratz Recalled

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed catcher Brian Schneider on the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the team announced on Monday prior to opening a four-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Schneider started the second leg of Sunday's doubleheader with the Tampa Bay Rays, but left in the sixth inning with a sprained ankle. The 35-year old is batting .232 with two home runs and five RBI over 26 appearances this season with the Phillies.

Kratz, 32, has made five appearances with the Phillies this season, with one hit in four at-bats. He has spent considerably more time this season with Lehigh Valley, batting .266 with eight home runs and 30 RBI over 37 games with the IronPigs.

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Phillies Vs. Pirates: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Phillies look to get back on the right track against Jeff Karstens and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

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