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MLB notebook — July 15

Associated Press A simple foul ball halted Ben Revere’s hot streak. Revere will have surgery today on his broken right foot and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, leaving the Philadelphia Phillies looking for another center fielder. “I think it’s going to be something that’s going to take a while,” General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “If that’s the case, we’ll probably be looking for a center fielder if there’s one available.” Revere broke his foot on a foul ball before hitting into a double play to end Philadelphia’s 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday. Before going down, Revere had been one of the top hitters in baseball over the past two months. He was hitting .347 since May 1 to raise his average from .200 to .305. Since June 12, Revere was hitting .407 (48-for-118). “It’s one of those deals,” Revere said Sunday. “It’s part of the game. I’ve probably hit a couple balls on the same spot a couple times and really nothing happened, except a bruise. But this was finally the one that cracked it.” Acquired from Minnesota last offseason, Revere started slow with his new team. But he had solidified the leadoff role, allowing manager Charlie Manuel to move Jimmy Rollins around and have more lineup flexibility. Revere leads the Phillies with 22 stolen bases and his .338 on-base percentage is second to Michael Young’s .344. John Mayberry Jr. started the last two games in Revere’s place and hit a game-tying, solo homer in a 2-1 win Saturday night, and had a game-winning RBI single in extra innings Sunday. Still, the Phillies will be looking for an upgrade. “John is a good center fielder, he’s solid,” Amaro said. “He’s not a plus defender, so if we can get a better one, that would be good.”

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