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Mattingly: Jimmy Rollins Will Bat Leadoff

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has faith in new shortstop Jimmy Rollins and said Wednesday that he'll probably bat leadoff to start the year.

"That’s the one guy we are pretty sure about, Jimmy is that leadoff guy," Mattingly said. "We don’t truly have anyone else that fits in that role."

The 36-year-old veteran has started 1,456 major-league games as a leadoff hitter, which is the most among any active player.

Rollins came over to Los Angeles in a trade after spending 15 seasons with the Phillies.

"To be back there, as of now, you feel like you're that fire-starter again, like you'll be that spark-plug that gets things going," Rollins said Tuesday.

Rollins had a storied career in Philadelphia, winning the National League MVP in 2007 and helping the team win the World Series in 2008. He is the franchise's all-time leader in hits, at-bats and doubles.

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ESPN: Phillies Trade Rollins to Dodgers

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Switch-hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

The Dodgers acquire Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies, the team he's played with for all 15 of his major league seasons. It is not yet known what the Phillies received in return.

The 36-year-old Rollins replaces Hanley Ramirez, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent.

Rollins had a storied career in Philadelphia, winning the National League MVP in 2007 and helping the team win the World Series in 2008. He is the franchise's all-time leader in hits, at-bats and doubles.

Rollins is in the final year of his contract and will make $11 million this season.

Rollins played in 138 games for the Phillies last season, hitting .243 with 78 runs scored, 17 home runs, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

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Jimmy Rollins and Paul Konerko both Win the Roberto Clemente Award

Major League Baseball(SAN FRANCISCO) -- One of the biggest honors Major League Baseball gives out has nothing to do with their accomplishments on the field, but off it. This year, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and recently-retired Chicago White Sox first baseman/designated hitter Paul Konerko become the first two to share the Roberto Clemente Award.

The award is given to those who best represent the game off-the-field thorugh charitable work. It is named after the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

"Jennifer and I are truly humbled to receive an award named after such a special player and person," Konerko said in a statement released through Major League Baseball. "It's also a great honor to share this award with Jimmy Rollins, who is someone I have always respected for his approach to the game. This award caps off what has been a special final season for me."

"I did that for a number of years, and then Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania for two years before ultimately last year making a transition to something I can have or we can have a more direct effect with the community and the area," Rollins said. "Something that was larger than what we had been previously doing. I like to eat, personally. I like good food, and I tell my mom, `Don't hold back the good food. I don't care what it costs, let's go get it."

Konerko just wrapped an 18-year career, 16 with the White Sox. Rollins has spent his entire 15-year career with the Phillies.

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Utley's Homer Helps Phils Walk-Off in 14 Innings

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- An error by Jeff Baker in the bottom of the seventh allowed Philadelphia to tie things up before Chase Utley launched a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 14th giving the Philles a 5-3 win over Miami on Thursday night. 

Philadelphia (36-42) did not lead until Utley's blast as the Marlins (39-40) got home runs from three different players. Jerrod Saltalamacchia opened the scoring with a solo shot in the third before Giancarlo Stanton made it a 2-0 lead with a homer of his own in the fourth.

The Phillies slowly chipped away, scoring runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. It was an Utley single in the fifth that tied things up for Philadelphia. After Marcell Ozuna broke the tie with a homer in the top of the seventh, Baker's error allowed Dominic Brown to score the tying run again.

It remained 3-3 for the next six innings, but not without some chances. The Marlins put the go-ahead run on base in every inning except the 13th, loading the bases in the eighth. However, Philadelphia's bullpen held strong and were rewarded by Utley's heroics.

After Rollins reached on an infield single to open the bottom of the 14th, Utley hammered a pitch to right, sending the hometown fans home happy. It was the sixth homer of the year for Utley.

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Rollins Sets Phillies Hit Record

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-4 for the Phillies in a 7-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at home. His one hit, however, broke Mike Schmidt's franchise record for hits in a career of 2,234.

The game was briefly delayed in the fifth for a brief celebration that Schmidt participated in. A Hall of Famer, Schmidt retrieved the bat for Rollins before delivering it to him at first, along with a hug and a high-five.

"I told him, `Congrats, it couldn't happen to a better guy," Schmidt said later in the game. "I'm glad I was here. My heart is pounding."

Rollins received a standing ovation in each of his at-bats, but grounded out and lined out in his first two attempts at the record. The shortstop would later score in the fifth on Dominic Brown's three-run homer that put the game out of reach.

Chase Utley also homered as Philly won their fourth game in five tries. Schmidt's record had stood since 1989 before Rollins took it over.

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Jimmy Rollins 200th Home Run Helps Phillies Rip Rangers

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Jimmy Rollins hit the 200th home run of his career, a grand slam, to help the Philadelphia Phillies top the Texas Rangers 14-10 Monday.

Rollins also tied Cal Ripken's Major League record for most consecutive Opening Day starts at shortstop for the same franchise at 14.

The Phillies offense pounded out 17 hits. Rollins' slam in the second inning put the Philadelphia up 6-0.

"J-Roll, with the big pop early, just really set the tone and got things going," Phillies manager Ryan Sandberg said. "I think it was contagious after that."

It was but not before the Rangers bats did some damage. They scored seven runs in the next two innings of Phillies starter Cliff Lee to take the lead. But Chase Utley's RBI single in the fourth tied the game and John Mayberry Jr.'s two-run double in the fifth gave the Phils the lead for good.

Lee (1-0) earned the win but his stat line wasn't good allowing 11 hits and eight runs in five innings of work.

"I don't like being on the pitching side of that, but fortunately we outscored them and got the win, the main thing," Lee said. "Jimmy hitting that grand slam busted it open. And we kept adding it on and we needed it, as it turned out."

Ben Revere had three hits, three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base to help the Phillies (1-0) score their most runs in a season opener since 1900.

Alex Rios went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs for the Rangers (0-1) in the loss.

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Phillies' Jimmy Rollins Won't Waive His No-Trade-Clause

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to be sellers as the trade deadline approaches. But shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not willing to waive his no-trade-clause if he is part of any deal.

"There are still a couple things I would like to be number one on the lists of in this organization, so until those things are done, I'm not going anywhere," he said in published reports.

This season has not gone how Rollins and the Phillies would have liked. The team is 49-56 and are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak. With their playoff hopes fading, the team is expected to start selling off players in return for prospects.

The 34-year-old Rollins has been with the Phillies his entire Major League career. He made his debut back in 2000, and has been the team's everyday shortstop since 2001. Rollins is signed through 2014 for $11 million, and also has a 2015 option that vests for $11 million if he stays healthy and plays nearly everyday.

Rollins is second all-time in games played, at-bats, stolen bases, and plate appearances in Phillies history. He is third all-time in runs scored and fourth in hits. He also ranks in the top-10 in doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in and walks.

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Phillies Win Seventh Straight

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Phillies are starting to make some noise in the National League Wild Card race. The Phillies (72-71) won their seventh straight by defeating the Miami Marlins (63-81) 3-1, on Wednesday night, raising their record above .500 for the first time since June 3.

Cliff Lee (5-7) pitched seven-innings allowing one unearned run, and Jimmy Rollins blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th to give the Phillies the lead for good.

After it looked like this would be a forgotten season, the Phillies are now in the thick of the playoff chase. The win puts Philadelphia only three games behind the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot.

"We're in it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'd say we're dead in it, yeah."

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Sources: Jimmy Rollins Reaches 3-Year Deal with Phillies

(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Phillies and free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins have reached a three-year deal worth $33 million, according to a baseball source.

The contract also contains a vesting option for a fourth year according to the source.

On his personal twitter account, Rollins confirmed the deal by writing, "I see you all know by now. Gotta deal with me for 3 (4) more years!"

Rollins has been in the organization since 1996 when the Phillies selected him in the second round of the amateur draft.

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Resigning Jimmy Rollins Is the Phillies' Top Priority

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Despite reports the team had focused its attention to third baseman Aramis Ramirez, the Philadelphia Phillies top priority for the rest of the offseason is resigning longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

The problem though, is that the 33-year old Rollins reportedly wants a 5-year deal, while the Phillies are reluctant to even go past three years. There have been reports that the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers have also shown interest in Rollins. Rollins' agent, Dan Lozano, has twice met with the Phillies at the winter meetings. The first meeting reportedly didn't go well, but the second was more positive.

"The theme remains the same: Jimmy wants to remain a Phillie, I think," Phillies general Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "The Phillies want Jimmy Rollins to be their shortstop. I think it's just like everything else, we're just working to get there."

Rollins has spent his entire 11 year career with the Phillies, and won the National League MVP trophy during his 2007 season.

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