Veteran right-hander Tim Redding was knocked around early, but settled in late in a six-inning, three-run, nine-hit no-decision in Lehigh Valley's 4-3 victory over Indianapolis.
Redding's Monday included a passed physical, signed contract and a starting assignment. According to beat writer Jeff Schuler, IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg barely had enough time to meet his new right-hander before the 33-year-old took the mound. Redding finalized his deal just hours before pitching. The IronPigs' rallied in the eighth inning on a big hit by Delwyn Young to edge Indianapolis 4-3.
Polly maintains sizable lead: Placido Polanco, despite fading in recent weeks to pull his season production down to good, not great, 2010 levels, leads in All-Star voting at third base, approximately 1 million more votes than second-place vote-getter Chipper Jones. Meanwhile, Chase Utley gained at second base and is third in voting, less than 200,000 behind Rickie Weeks, who's in second. Shane Victorino, who is making a good case for mid-summer classic, is stuck at seventh in a crowded outfield picture.
Clearwater at the break: All-Star pitchers Jared Cosart, Julio Rodriguez and Jonathan Pettibone, along with catcher Sebastian Valle, represent the highlights in an interesting season for the 39-29 Class-A Clearwater Threshers. While the best pitching prospects in the system reside here and have, for the most part, met expectations, the Phillies are monitoring a couple of rocky seasons from Jonathan Singleton (.244/.326/.364, 60 strikeouts) and Jiwan James (.261/.303/.381, 67 strikeouts). Singleton, still 19, has plenty of time to figure it out, but James, a 21-year-old switch-hitter who relies on speed and doesn't hit for power, needs to shave some of his strikeouts in order to stay relevant.
Iguchi, Taguchi updates: Tadahito Iguchi is hitting .337/.452/.497 with five homers in 217 PA for Chiba Lotte. He ranks second in AVG, first in OBP in Japanese Pacific League. Meanwhile, So Taguchi is hitting a nifty .345/.424/.425 in 109 plate appearances for Orix. He would rate second in hitting ahead of Iguchi if he had enough at bats to qualify. [Link: Iguchi's simple approach paying dividends]