The headline: The Phillies are the proud owners of a new right fielder. Hunter Pence is coming to Philly in exchange for Jonathan Singleton and Jarred Cosart, as well as a couple of players to be named later.
The buzz: Minor league pitcher Josh Zeid is one of the players to be named later that is heading to the Astros, according to Jim Salisbury. Zeid was a 10th-round pick in 2009. He is 2-3 with a 5.65 ERA in 21 games (11 starts) for Reading. Bob Brookover offers a quickie scouting report on the 24-year-old right-hander. Jayson Stark reports that Houston is sending Philly some cash in the deal as well, likely to help the Phils stay below the luxury tax threshold. Jon Heyman has sources that say the cash is $1 million. Heyman also says that the Phillies refused to include Cosart in a trade for Carlos Beltran. He notes that the Mets weren't particularly high on Cosart in the first place. Meanwhile, Randy Miller tweets - and I'm not sure if this is a joke - that Ed Wade actually preferred Zeid to Domonic Brown in the deal. He could have had Brown and turned him down in favor of a 24-year-old Double-A pitcher with a Baezian ERA.
The game: A mere footnote on this night, but the Phillies snapped their brief two-game skid with a 10-3 victory over the Pirates. Roy Halladay allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings to become the NL’s first 13-game winner. Chase Utley tripled, homered and singled in the first three innings but was unable to complete the Phillies’ first cycle since David Bell in 2004. Jimmy Rollins chipped in a two-run homer, while Shane Victorino singled, doubled and tripled in a winning effort.
Next up: Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05) takes on the Pirates on Saturday evening. He will be opposed by James McDonald (7-4, 3.95), who should expect to face Hunter Pence at some point in the first two innings.