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Pinch Me …

Carlos Ruiz emerged from a back room in the Phillies clubhouse late tonight with a smile on his face.

He came to a stop and leaned against the red countertop in the middle of the room, where a reporter informed him that he is “leading the world” in hitting after going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in tonight’s 5-4 victory over the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Ruiz is hitting .361, which leads the big leagues.

“Come on,” Ruiz said in disbelief.

“Yeah, you’re leading the world.”

“Let me see,” Ruiz said, trying to sneak a glance at the reporter’s notebook.

“You are. Trust me.”

Ruiz chuckled.

The reporter repeated that Ruiz is leading the big leagues in batting. He asked Ruiz if he pinches himself. Ruiz thought about it, pinched his left arm and smiled.

“That’s me,” he joked.

Ruiz is a distant third in All-Star voting for National League catchers, but he should earn his first trip to the All-Star Game. He left the ballpark Tuesday first in the league in batting average (.361), second in OPS (1.006), third in on-base percentage (.427) and fifth in slugging percentage (.579).

He singled to score Hunter Pence from third in the first inning to hand the Phillies a 1-0 lead. He singled and scored on Ty Wigginton’s two-run homer in the third to take a 4-1 lead. He then homered in the eighth inning on a 0-2 pitch from Juan Cruz to make it 5-3.

It was Ruiz’s 10th homer of the season, which is a career high.

Chooooch.

“When you feel good at home plate you can find out the way they’re going to pitch to you,” Ruiz said. “I feel great and that’s a big thing.”

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From Elias Sports Bureau: Ruiz went 3-for-4 with two hits on 0-2 pitches, including a home run. Ruiz had been 1-for-19 on 0-2 pitches this season. He hadn’t had two 0-2 hits in one game since May 31, 2011 and he hadn’t hit an 0-2 homer since last April 9.

Wasted

Cliff Lee’s teammates expressed their frustrations and condolences tonight at AT&T Park.

He deserved better a fate.

He pitched 10 scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the Giants in 11 innings. Lee became the first pitcher to pitch 10 innings in a game since Aaron Harang and Roy Halladay in 2007, the first pitcher to pitch 10 scoreless innings since Mark Mulder in 2005 and the first Phillies pitcher to pitch 10 innings since Terry Mulholland in 1993.

But Lee also became the first pitcher to pitch 10 scoreless innings in a losing effort since Brett Saberhagen’s Mets lost to San Diego in 1994.

“He battled,” Jim Thome said about Lee. “He battled.”

Thome sighed deeply before finishing his thought.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t help him out,” he said.

A few things on the night:

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Wigginton Leads the Way

The Phillies mixed in three doubles and four walks and scored eight runs in yesterday’s victory over the Mets.

Can they keep it up against Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain this week in San Francisco?

Ty Wigginton hit a game-tying sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and a three-run double in the eighth inning yesterday. Elias Sports Bureau found that Wigginton, who made his big-league debut for the Mets in 2002, is the third ex-Met to record 4 or more RBIs in a Phillies uniform in a game against the Mets. Gregg Jefferies had four in 1995, and Ricky Otero had five in the last game of the 1996 season.

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Don’t Look at Galvis, Look Elsewhere

Freddy Galvis started his big-league career 0-for-12, but with one swing he picked up one quarter of his team’s RBIs.

That’s how anemic the Phillies offense has been.

He has one hit and has knocked in two of his team’s eight runs.

Galvis has been getting a lot of attention since the season started. First, he is replacing Chase Utley. Second, he could not get a hit until the fourth game of the season. Third, the entire offense is struggling. All of a sudden a rookie second baseman who is keeping the position warm until Utley returns (whenever that is: May? June? July?) became the focal point of the offense. What are they going to do with this guy? They can’t continue to play him there! Why don’t they start Pete Orr or Ty Wigginton at second base? Can they make a trade? When is Utley coming back?!?!

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Phillies Interested in Ramirez

The Phillies are preparing for life without Jimmy Rollins.

Sources confirmed Monday they are seriously pursuing free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Ruben Amaro Jr. has said the “shortstop situation” is his top remaining priority this offseason, but Rollins is seeking a five-year contract, while the Phillies want him on a three-year deal. Talks between the parties have not progressed and Amaro does not want to be caught flatfooted should they reach a stalemate and Rollins signs elsewhere. That would be especially problematic if the uncertainty surrounding Rollins lingers a couple more weeks and suitable alternatives fall off the board.

The Phillies have a history of not waiting forever in free agency, so they might reach a point where they feel they must move on from Rollins. They signed Jonathan Papelbon before they could reach an agreement with Ryan Madson and have moved quickly with others in the past. But it certainly would be interesting to see what would happen if they reach an agreement with Ramirez before Rollins, who is the face of the Phillies franchise.

It does not seem like an easy decision to make.

Ramirez would play third base, which is why the Phillies have been shopping Placido Polanco, according to FOXSports.com. Ramirez would replace Rollins’ bat in the lineup. Rollins offers more speed, but Ramirez offers more power. He hit .306 with 26 home runs, 93 RBIs and an .871 on-base-plus-slugging percentage last season with the Chicago Cubs. He also has a career .342 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. <p>

So who would play shortstop for the Phillies, if Rollins is not back? It could be Freddy Galvis, who was the organization’s Minor League player of the year.  He is hitting .238 with 14 RBIs in 122 at-bats in Venezuelan Winter Ball. Another possibility would be free agent shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who hit .241 with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs last season with the Atlanta Braves.

They would be clear downgrades from Rollins, who hit .268 with 16 homers and 63 RBIs last season and plays Gold Glove-caliber shortstop. But Ramirez’s bat would make up for the lost offense. The Phillies also believe Galvis is ready to play shortstop in the big leagues, although his bat likely would be a liability.

But this is a case of one or the other: the Phillies will sign one of them, not both.

Of course, everything can change quickly. The deals for Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in recent offseasons each died on several occasions before becoming official. The same could happen with Rollins. They might seem far apart Monday, but things could close quickly with a productive phone call later in the week.

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Utley Has Surgery, Out Eight Weeks

Chase Utley had surgery today in New York to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.

The Phillies said he will miss approximately eight weeks. Hand specialist Andrew Weiland will perform the surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

(Read the full story here.)

Utley injured his thumb Monday, sliding head first into second base in the fourth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Utley remained in the game until he could not grip his bat in the ninth-inning.

Utley had hit .367 with one home run and 11 RBIs in his last 13 games. It’s obviously a major blow for the Phillies, but it is not unexpected. Teammates had said over the past couple days they expected him to miss a significant period of time.

Utley has done a good job in the past coming back from injuries. He broke his hand in 2007. He had surgery July 27, 2007, with the timetable to return three to four weeks. He returned Aug. 28. Utley had hip surgery following the 2008 season, with the timetable to return four to six months. He had the surgery Nov. 24, which meant he might not have been back until late May 2009. Utley was ready by Opening Day.

The Phillies traded for second baseman Tadahito Iguchi in 2007, when Utley missed a month. It would seem they need a second baseman or third baseman – Placido Polanco is on the disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow, and his timetable to return is unknown – but Proefrock downplayed the urgency to get help.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily a situation where we have to go get somebody,” Proefrock said.

But he said they are talking about it. Names that have been mentioned include Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada and Kelly Johnson.

“We’re always looking to improve the club,” Proefrock said. “It’s a continual process. That hasn’t changed. We talk about those kinds of things every day, so maybe the focus is a little different than it was.”

Polanco got a second opinion today from orthopedist David Altchek in New York. The Phillies said he will miss three to four weeks. 

“We’re not the only team that has injuries,” Proefrock said. “We’ve got a tremendous amount of talent still out on the field, and they need to step it up and do their jobs. (Wilson) Valdez has filled in very well when Jimmy (Rollins) was out at shortstop. He’s already done very well the first couple times he’s been at second base. Dobber (Greg Dobbs) has proven that when he gets to play regularly he can be a productive offensive player. He’s going to get that opportunity again. We just need everybody to do their jobs.”

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