Phillies give Chase Utley night off

Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks
Kevin Frandsen got the start Tuesday night as Chase Utley rested.

No Phillie has played in more games than Chase Utley this season. The veteran second baseman, who missed massive portions of 2011 and 2012 with bad knees, has looked just fine in 2013.

Utley, who had played in 39 games, leads the Phils in homers (seven) and and RBIs (24), while sporting a .289 average. Utley didn’t start Tuesday night against Cleveland.

“I think it’ll be good for Ut,” Charlie Manuel said. “I’ll try to monitor him and keep him off his feet at times.”

The Indians started lefty Scott Kazmir, the pitcher Utley homered off in Game 1 of the 2008 World Series, but starting Kevin Frandsen at second made sense. He’s hitting .405 with a .582 slugging percentage against left-handers. It’s a small sample set for Frandsen (29 at-bats). Still, he needs to get out there.

“I would like to play as much as possible,” Frandsen said. “Charlie said he’ll get me in when he can. But I knew what I signed on for when I came back with the Phillies for this season. You have to play Chase Utley at second base. He has to be there. We all know what kind of player he is.”

And then there is Freddy Galvis. The young utility player is hitting .280 with five extra base hits in 50 at-bats. Manuel has made no secret how much he wants to get Galvis in the lineup.

“It’s just not Chase,” Frandsen said. “Freddy is a good young player. Everybody needs to play. I want to get at-bats, but it’s more about the team. I just want to help us win. That’s the bottom line. I’ll do whatever I can for the team. That’s what it’s all about.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Muslim leaders welcome NYPD surveillance changes with degree…

Leaders and advocates praise the NYPD's move to shut down a unit tied to its Muslim surveillance program but say there's more left to do.

Local

PHOTOS: More than $12 million in heroin, crystal…

Authorities seized more than 44 pounds of heroin and 17 pounds of crystal meth from two stash houses this week during a Manhattan drug bust.

Local

How to donate during the blood drive at…

The Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at Grand Central Terminal Thursday.

Local

Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

Books

Becoming friends with New York City's oldest known…

"The Life and Times of Richard Musto" tells the story, through a poem, of the oldest known homeless man in New York City.

Movies

Interview: Johnny Depp says he looks like himself,…

Johnny Depp talks about his new sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," not wearing gaudy makeup and wigs for a change and how he's a bit of a Luddite.

Movies

Review: 'Heaven is for Real' tries to be…

The mega-bestseller "Heaven is for Real" becomes a movie that tries to portray wrestling with faith — or at least it tries to try.

NHL

Flyers, Rangers meet in playoffs for 11th time

The Flyers and Rangers will start a new chapter in a historic rivalry.

MLB

Masahiro Tanaka dominates Cubs over eight shutout innings

Masahiro Tanaka certainly had no-hit caliber stuff Wednesday as he allowed just two bunt singles.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers…

MLB Power Rankings: A's are baseball's best, Brewers and Braves right behind

NFL

Jets make Chris Johnson signing official

The Jets got their big-play threat as running back Chris Johnson signed a multi-year contract with the team on Wednesday.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Parenting

The 'smartest' summer camps across the country

See a list of summer camps across the country that emphasis learning, while still being fun.