--2B Chase Utley made his 2011 debut on after missing the first 46 games because of right knee tendinitis. Utley went 0-for-5 but watched every other starter in the lineup get at least one hit as the Phillies broke out of a team-wide offensive slump in a 10-3 thumping of the Cincinnati Reds.
"It felt great to be back out there with the guys," Utley said. "The crowd was outstanding, as usual, which I think gives us a big boost. Cole (Hamels) pitched well, like he has been. And we scored some runs tonight, which was pretty cool."
--LF Raul Ibanez was in the midst of a career-worst 0-for-35 slump a month ago. He hasn't stopped hitting since he broke out of it.
Ibanez hit a solo home run and went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Phillies' 10-3 win over Cincinnati on Monday. Ibanez is hitting .333 with four home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 extra base hits in 20 games in May.
He helped the Phils break out of a team-wide offensive funk. Entering Monday, they had scored three runs or less in nine straight games.
"You hope that'd happen," Ibanez said of the Phillies being due for a breakout game. "But the better way to think is this is a long-term investment. You hope to string this together for a long period of time."
--LHP Cole Hamels improved to 7-0 with a 1.43 ERA in eight regular-season starts against the Reds after the Phillies beat Cincinnati 10-3 on Monday. The Phils are 8-0 in Hamels' eight career starts vs. Cincinnati.
Hamels made one mistake Monday -- serving up a three-run home run to Jay Bruce. If you include his division series-clinching victory against the Reds last season, Hamels is 8-0 with a 1.23 ERA in nine career starts vs. Cincinnati.
--RHP Joe Blanton is scheduled to meet with renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday. Blanton, on the disabled list with elbow inflammation for the second time in a month on Monday, isn't worried as much as he wants to a second opinion on the injury.
"I'm not concerned, like, (shoot) I might need Tommy John (surgery)," Blanton said. "It's just a second opinion. I went through (the injury) once, so I just want to get a second opinion and make sure everything is on the same page, matches up. It never hurts to have more than just one set of eyes looking at something when (an injury) has reoccurred."
--RHP Vance Worley will make his third start of the season on Tuesday night opposite Johnny Cueto in the second game of a four-game Phillies-Reds series. Worley was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday to take the roster and rotation spots of Joe Blanton, who was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow injury.
Worley was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA (one earned run in 12 innings) in two starts earlier this season.
"I'm confident with him. I like him. Why shouldn't I like him?" manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's been good every time out. I know he can pitch. I like everything about him."
BY THE NUMBERS
46 -- Games the Phillies played without five-time All-Star second baseman Chase Utley before he made his debut on Monday night. Without Utley, who was sidelined with right knee tendinitis, the Phillies were 28-18.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We scored 10 runs -- I don't know if it was his presence or not but somebody did something right, so I'll give him credit, all right? -- Manager Charlie Manuel on his team banging out 14 hits and scoring 10 runs on the day Chase Utley (0-for-5) returned to the lineup. The Phils had scored three or fewer runs in nine straight games entering the day.
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