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Utley's hitting streak ended at 35 straight games Friday in the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-3 win over the New York Mets. The Phillies second baseman went 0-for-5 against the Mets, closing a hitting streak that tied him for 10th longest in the history of the majors. Utley had nine home runs, two triples, 14 doubles and 30 RBIs during the run.
Utley doubled in the fourth inning of the Phillies' game against Florida on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 30 games, the longest in the major leagues this season. It's the third-longest streak in team history.
Utley was selected to his first All-Star team Sunday and will start at second base for the National League. He is hitting .300 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs this season.
Utley went 4-for-4 on Friday, tying a career high, with a home run and four runs. The Phillies second baseman is batting .327 (69-for-211) with 10 homers and 32 RBIs.
Utley drove in five runs with two doubles and a homer in the Phillies' 8-5 win at Colorado Thursday. He is now hitting .318 for the season, with 15 dingers and 59 RBI.
Utley had been splitting time at second base with Placido Polanco this season, but he will take over the everyday duties going forward, as the Phillies dealt Polanco to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Utley was expected to claim the job eventually, but due to Polanco's solid play this season, the team chose to platoon the two infielders. In 45 games this season, Utley is batting .315 with nine home runs, 29 RBI and five stolen bases.
Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning of Wednesday's matchup with the San Francisco Giants, Utley belted a LaTroy Hawkins' pitch over the right-field fence to notch the second grand slam of his major league career. The Phillies' infielder is now batting .307 with nine home runs, 25 RBI and five stolen bases in 39 games this season.
If Utley can continue his hot hitting, he should be in the Phillies' lineup on a more consistent basis going forward. The infielder, who has been splitting time at second base with Placido Polanco, is 6-for-14 with two doubles, two home runs, two RBI and three walks over his last four games.
Utley has done nothing to hurt his cause this season, batting .322 with four home runs, 10 RBI and a stolen base.
Utley batted .329 with five home runs, nine RBI and a stolen base in 24 exhibition games this spring, but it wasn't enough to earn him the Opening Day nod. Phillies manager has announced that veteran Placido Polanco will get the start at second in Monday's meeting with the Washington Nationals.
Even though Polanco will man the position on Monday, Manuel indicated that the two players will split time at second fairly evenly this season. Utley appeared in 94 games with Philadelphia in 2004, batting .266 with 13 home runs, 57 RBI and four stolen bases in 267 at-bats.