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Phillies send Pence to Giants

Associated Press Modified: July 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm •  Published: July 31, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hunter Pence hopes this sequel has a better ending.

The Philadelphia Phillies traded the two-time All-Star right fielder to the San Francisco Giants for three players on Tuesday. It's the second time in two years Pence went from last place to first place right before the non-waiver trade deadline.

The Phillies got outfielder Nate Schierholtz, minor league catcher Tommy Joseph and minor league right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin.

"Thank you Philadelphia for all your support and passion. Excited to see what awaits me in San Francisco!" Pence wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, the cost-cutting Phillies sent two-time All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino to Los Angeles for two pitchers.

Pence is batting .271 with 17 homers and 59 RBIs this season. He fills a major need for the Giants, giving them a right-handed hitter with power.

"He's a dynamic player," Giants catcher Buster Posey said. "He's not only going to help us with his bat, but just with the energy he brings."

Philadelphia acquired Pence from Houston on July 29 last year for the same reason San Francisco wanted him. The Phillies were desperate for a right-handed power hitter to bat fifth behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Pence fit the description perfectly. He batted .324 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs in only 54 games for Philadelphia.

The Phillies won a franchise-record 102 games and captured their fifth straight NL East title, but lost to St. Louis in the NL division series.

Now they rebuild and Pence gets another chance at the postseason.

"I don't think anyone really anticipated the season that's gone on," Pence said in Washington after the trade. "It was the perfect storm of injuries and things didn't go right for us, so that's the way the business of the game is and you have to understand that.

"Everything is understood. The Phillies are going in a different direction. We had a great run at it. Now I'm going a different way."

Pence will help replace the injured Pablo Sandoval in the lineup and presumably bat fifth behind Melky Cabrera and Posey. Sandoval was placed on the disabled list last weekend with a hamstring strain.

"He gives us another bat in the heart of the order and something we need. It's always great to have a change and bring somebody like Hunter Pence's caliber in," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I got a chance to spend some time around him at the All-Star game last year. Great guy. Fun to watch. Fans are going to love him. He's around all the time.

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