Phillies, Dodgers announce Chase Utley trade

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Word had already come down before Wednesday’s game between the Phillies and Blue Jays that Chase Utley was being traded to the Dodgers, but Utley elected to hang around with his Phillies teammates for the night. Now, after a 7-4 win in which Utley did not appear, the full details of the trade are out …

Los Angeles will cover around $2 million of the $6 million Utley was still owed by the Phillies. The 36-year-old can handle second base until Howie Kendrick returns from a hamstring injury and then operate as a veteran bench bat for the stretch run. Utley has slashed just .217/.284/.333 in 73 total games this season, but he’s been showing strong signs of life since returning 11 days ago from an ankle injury.

Darnell Sweeney, a 13th-round pick in 2012, is hitting .271/.332/.409 in 116 games this year at the Triple-A level. He is 24 years old. John Richy, a third-round pick in 2013, has a 4.20 ERA over 124 1/3 innings this season in High-A ball. He just turned 23. These aren’t really intriguing prospects.

Read more on Utley’s lasting legacy in Philadelphia at CSNPhilly.com.

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.