Game 118: Chase Utley is first in Philadelphia’s heart; Dodgers are first in NL West.

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Chase Utley hit two home runs for the Dodgers in his first game ever in Philadelphia as a visiting player. (Getty Images)

Chase Utley hit two home runs Tuesday, including a grand slam, in his first game as a visiting player in Philadelphia. The Dodgers beat the Phillies 15-5 and took over first place later in the day when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here.

Utley, 37, said he wants to play next year.

The latest adjustment to the Dodgers’ starting rotation will see Ross Stripling start Thursday in Philadelphia, followed by Bud Norris Friday in Cincinnati and Brett Anderson on Saturday.

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Game 50: Citi Field is Chase Utley’s World and the 1986 Mets are merely visiting.

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Noah Syndergaard was ejected for throwing a pitch behind Chase Utley in the Dodgers’ 9-1 win. (Getty Images)


NEW YORK — Chase Utley owned the Mets so bad on Saturday, a day the franchise set aside to honor its 1986 championship team, it became a part of his Wikipedia page. Utley hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and effectively got Noah Syndergaard thrown out of the game when a pitch whizzed behind him in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 9-1 win. The box score is here.

Julio Urias‘ first major league call-up did not last long.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:

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Watch: Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch behind Chase Utley, is ejected.

NEW YORK — In the third inning of the sixth game between the New York Mets and the Dodgers this season, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was ejected for throwing a pitch behind the back of Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley.

Here’s a closer look at the pitch in question, the first pitch Utley saw in his second plate appearance:

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Why Howie Kendrick playing left field for the Dodgers at Coors Field matters.

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Howie Kendrick hadn’t played left field in a game since 2013 before this month. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

DENVER — The left field foul pole at Coors Field sits 347 feet down the line. Only Wrigley Field’s is farther from home plate among National League parks.

The outfield wall then just out at a steep angle to a power alley that sits 390 feet from home. It’s much bigger than right field here and bigger than almost any other left field in baseball. Here’s a nifty page for making park-to-park comparisons. Take a few minutes to check it out. I’ll wait right here.

The man responsible for patrolling left field today is Howie Kendrick, a second baseman by trade. Manager Dave Roberts has professed confidence in Kendrick every step of the way since Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke went on the disabled list, and Friday was no different.

“There’s no panic,” Roberts said. “He’s going out there and preparing. He’s played left field before in the big leagues. I trust the player. I expect him to make plays and be good out there.”

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