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    Phillies SS Andres Blanco returns to team after birth of child

    Phillies shortstop Andres Blanco celebrated the birth of his child with a pinch-hit double in his only at-bat Wednesday. His team celebrated with a win over the Mets.Blanco missed the game Tuesday for the personal event, but returned in time to get the hit Wednesday.

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    Phillies INF Andres Blanco scratched from Tuesday's lineup

    Phillies infielder Andres Blanco was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.Blanco was terrific Monday, recording three hits --- one of which was a home run ---- in six at-bats against the Nationals, but he will get the night off Tuesday in favor of Darnell Sweeney, who will take over at second base and hit sixth in the lineup.

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    Phillies' Andres Blanco to start at shortstop in Saturday's lineup

    Phillies infielder Andres Blanco will play shortstop and serve as the Phillies' leadoff hitter in Saturday's game against the Braves, Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Cesar Hernandez's season-ending thumb injury has paved the way for Blanco to see regular at-bats, as he'll pick up his fourth straight start Saturday. While it remains to be seen if he'll stick at the top of the order, Blanco's excellent .294 average and .360 on-base percentage this season suggest he can be a serviceable option in that role.

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    Phillies' Andres Blanco gets three RBI for second straight day

    Phillies third baseman Andres Blanco doubled, tripled and drove in three runs in Tuesday's win over the Yankees. Blanco went 2 for 4 with a walk. He had his second straight three-RBI day. He now has seven doubles, one triple and nine RBI.

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    Andres Blanco hits pinch-hit home run for Phillies

    Andres Blanco hit a pinch-hit home run for the Phillies in the seventh inning of Sunday's win over St. Louis. Blanco has two home runs this year, both as a pinch hitter. His last pinch-hit homer was June 6. Two of his six career home runs are as a pinch hitter. Blanco hit an 0-2 pitch to right center for a three-run homer.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Phillies' Chase Utley, Ryan Howard out of lineup Sunday

    Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard are not in the lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Diamondbacks. Utley is 3 for 6 with a walk, two doubles and two RBI in two games since being moved from third to sixth in the lineup, but he'll get a break Sunday, with Andres Blanco filling in at second base and batting second. Howard had started seven straight games coming into Sunday's contest, hitting .259/.310/.444 with one home run and three RBI in 27 at-bats during that stretch. Darin Ruf is drawing the start at first base. The Phillies are home underdogs (+115) against the Diamondbacks Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Chase Utley, Cody Asche out of Phillies' lineup

    Two infield regulars are out of the Phillies' lineup for Saturday's game. Slumping second baseman Chase Utley will sit out for the third time in the last four games. Cesar Hernandez takes his place. Third baseman Cody Asche also goes to the bench, replaced by Andres Blanco.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Howard, Utley, Galvis, Ruiz absent from Phillies lineup Thursday

    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg chose to rest four of his starters for Thursday's day game against the Marlins. First baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Freddy Galvis and catcher Carlos Ruiz were all held out of the starting lineup. Darin Ruf started at first base, Cesar Hernandez started at second base, Andres Blanco started at shortstop and Cameron Rupp started at catcher. Ruiz (.184), Howard (.196) and Utley (.120) are all batting below the Mendoza Line (.200). Galvis is batting .300 (15 for 50) with one double, one triple, one home run and eight RBI through 14 games.

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    Andres Blanco, Jeff Francoeur make Phillies Opening Day roster

    The Phillies selected the contracts of infielder Andres Blanco and outfielder Jeff Francoeur Sunday. Blanco will serve as a reserve after hitting .212/.255/.346 in 52 spring at-bats. Francoeur hit .227/.227/.295 in 44 at-bats and could see a significant amount of playing time in right field with Domonic Brown sidelined.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Phillies' Andres Blanco hits two-run triple in win vs. Tigers

    Phillies shortstop Andres Blanco hit a two-run triple in the fifth inning of Philadelphia's 6-5 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. Blanco, who scored on Cameron Rupp's groundout to short, played a huge role in a big fifth inning that saw the Phillies score all of six of their runs. Blanco went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and is now batting .294 this spring.