Worth noting

Worth noting

• Utley did not start on Saturday against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, as Sandberg wanted to get as many right-handed bats in the lineup as possible.

• Sandberg, on the first two calls he made when he became a manager: "Jim Frey, my former manager, and Don Zimmer. Both of them immediately said, 'That's great, you know the game of baseball. Be yourself and get after it.' That was huge. I can be myself, but over the past seven years, I'll say I've grown for the position [by] going through the process."

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