Getting you started with the latest hot stove buzz and thoughts on Monday's gutsy win over Milwaukee.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com says in his latest update that the Phillies "continue to signal to clubs that they are eager to move right fielder Hunter Pence," who is on the books through 2013. Rosenthal notes that Pence's value was given a boost recently when the Padres signed Carlos Quentin to an extension. Pence is hitting .268/.336/.453 with 17 homers, but has struggled in July, hitting .185/.264/.231 with only one extra-base hit and only five hits, total, since the All-Star break.
Meanwhile, in a separate report from the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have inquired about Placido Polanco as they seek help at third base. Polanco, like Pence, has had a dismal month and was scratched from Monday's 7-6 win with back stiffness. He's hitting .255/.300/.328 with two homers, which makes him perhaps the most feeble-hitting third baseman in all of baseball.
Phillies 7, Brewers 6: The Phils may classify as extreme longshots for the postseason, but at least they're making for entertaining baseball again. In another sign they still have some old spark left in them, they finally snapped their 0-for-42 when trailing after eight innings with a four-run rally in the ninth inning Monday against Milwaukee. It was their second walk-off win in as many days, with Ryan Howard (.961 OPS) and Chase Utley (.772) going back-to-back off a left hander for the first time in their careers. Also lost in the celebration: Joe Savery's first career win.