ROLLINS AND UTLEY ON PHILLIES: SHORT TO SECOND TO NONE!

By Mary Cunningham

For Chase Utley, his trade to the Dodgers represents a chance for him to contribute to a contending team — as he did at second base for many years with the Phillies — and also:

A reunion with former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

Rollins, who joined the Dodgers last December 19 after 15 years in Philly, is also 36, and they are both batting below .230 and were too old and costly for the rebuilding Phillies.

The question will be how much they can help the Dodgers, whose 5-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday dropped them to 25-33 on the road.

Rollins was batting .204 as recently as July 23 but has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games and drove in L.A.’s only runs Wednesday with a third-inning home run.

Utley batted .179 in the first three months of the season and lost his starting job, but has 15 hits in 31 at-bats since returning from a six-week stay on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle.

“He can add a lot,’’ Rollins said. “The way he’s swung the bat since he’s been playing, anyone could use that and we can definitely use it. He does have experience. He’s a tough guy. He brings that with him. More than anything, there will be some new excitement in the clubhouse.’’

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