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08/04/11 9:40 PM ET

Madson on paternity leave; Mathieson recalled

SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies closer Ryan Madson's wife had a son Thursday. Madson is expected to rejoin the team Saturday.

Madson has been placed on paternity leave, which allows him to be away for 72 hours.

The Phillies recalled right-hander Scott Mathieson from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his place on the 25-man roster.

Manuel emphasizes respect for Giants, starters

SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is pretty good at saying the right thing at the right time to inspire his team.

He tried last week after a couple losses to the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. He said Giants pitchers Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are "good, not great." That did not sit well in San Francisco, so Manuel cleared the air before Thursday's series opener against the Giants at AT&T Park.

"I have all the respect in the world for the Giants," he said. "We played them last year in the playoffs, and they beat us. Not only did they beat us, but they beat Texas. ... Their starting pitching -- they have a very, very, very, very good staff. If someone wants to say they're great pitchers, that's fine. That's fine with me. I did not mean anything bad at all against their staff. I have the most respect for them.

"I just meant our team is good and we should feel like -- and we'd better think -- that we can beat them. That's how I look at it. But as far as something about their team, no way would I ever say anything derogatory or mean. If I said that or something, I'll apologize. Because I'm bigger than that. At the same time, I look at it as I think we can beat them and if we're going to win, we'd be better beat them."

Manuel also said a couple weeks ago the Giants aren't in the Phillies' heads, although that remains to be seen. The Giants beat the Phillies in last year's National League Championship Series, despite the Phillies having the best regular-season record in baseball. They also took two of three from the Phillies in Philadelphia, which is the only series the Phillies have lost since mid-June.

A bad weekend for the Phillies in San Francisco could make things especially interesting should they meet again in October.

Phillies squeeze in day of rest for Utley

SAN FRANCISCO -- The moment Chase Utley rejoined the Phillies in May, there had been some thought he might need a couple days off every week.

It hasn't turned out that way. Utley, who opened the season on the disabled list because of tendinitis in his right knee, did not start in Thursday's series opener against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. It was his first game off since June 26.

"He's doing good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Everything is fine. I just thought today was a good day to give him a blow. He can pinch-hit if we need him. ... But just because he feels real good it doesn't mean rest won't help him."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.