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Phillies' Utley out 8 weeks after thumb surgery

Chase Utley will be out at least eight weeks after having surgery on his injured right thumb, a major setback for the two-time defending NL champion Phillies.

Utley isn't expected to return until the September stretch drive, or longer than the Phillies had hoped.

"Yeah, this hurts," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said Thursday.

Utley, 31, must wear a splint on the thumb for five weeks before he begins rehabilitation. Utley, leading the fan voting for a starting spot in the All-Star Game, will get a better idea exactly how long he will be out once the stitches are removed.

The Phillies also will be without third baseman Placido Polanco for about a month with an inflamed left elbow.

Right now the Phillies aren't the team that won the National League the previous two seasons, and they must be wondering when they will be again.

The visiting Phillies lost to the Pirates last night, 3-2. Daniel McCutchen became the second Pittsburgh rookie in as many days to win for the first time this season, pitching into the sixth inning.

Jose Tabata, who was involved in the trade that brought Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees, and Pedro Alvarez drove in a run each as the Pirates beat a team with a winning record for only the second time in 33 games since May 25.

Rays 5, Twins 4Willy Aybar's single gave visiting Tampa Bay a 10th-inning lead after Jon Rauch blew a save for the fourth time this season. Carl Crawford (four hits) singled and scored on Evan Longoria's double in the ninth.

D-backs fire Hinch, Byrnes

Arizona (31-48) fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Josh Byrnes. Bench coach Kirk Gibson will be interim manager and former major league pitcher Jerry DiPoto will be interim GM.

Rangers get Molina from Giants

Texas acquired catcher Bengie Molina and cash from the San Francisco Giants for reliever Chris Ray and a minor-league pitcher.

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