PHILADELPHIA -- Before a 10-game stretch against National League East division foes closes out the season, the Philadelphia Phillies first have to deal with their two final interleague games.The Chicago White Sox visit to end a nine-game home stand for the Phillies (67-83). Philadelphia is 4-3 during the stretch at Citizens Bank Park after a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.The White Sox (72-78) come into the City of Brotherly Love off an 8-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday, the third consecutive defeat in a four-game series that was the opening part of a nine-game road trip.With both teams all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the remaining two weeks of the 2016 season become about evaluating some young talent in the system as well as seeing who is worth keeping around for 2017.Though the made his first All-Star Game appearance this year, Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera had been in a slump most of the second half, batting just .240 with three home runs and nine RBI in 52 games from July 15-Sept. 11.However, in the past six games heading into the White Sox series, he was on a tear, batting .500 (12-for-24) with four doubles and a home run, putting together a 1.312 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.Phillies manager Pete Mackanin noticed an uptick in Herreras production with the arrival of rookie outfielder Roman Quinn, who is hitting .219 (7-for-32) in eight games since his call-up earlier in the month.I think the minute Quinn got here, (Herrera) started turning it on, Mackanin said. He saw Quinn and said, Wait a minute, Im better than this guy. I better get back on track.Everyone needs a little boost now and then, and I think that might have something to do with it. Nevertheless, he looks much better than he did the for the past five weeks.Another player the Phillies front office is still evaluating is the Tuesday night starter, rookie Jake Thompson, who has had an uneven first eight starts at the major league level.After putting together an 11-5 record with a 2.50 ERA in 21 starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before his August call-up, the right-hander is 2-5 with a 5.64 ERA since donning the Phillies uniform for the first time.His past four starts have been much more impressive, though. In that span, he owns a 2.49 ERA (25 1/3 innings, seven earned runs) despite a 1/3 record, though his strikeout-to-walk ratio (17-to-9) needs some work.Chicago manager Robin Ventura counters with a veteran making his 350th career appearance (349th start), right-hander James Shields.Shields (5-17, 5.84 ERA) posted double-digit wins in every season from 2007-15 but has struggled mightily since a June trade that brought him from the San Diego Padres to the White Sox. He is 3-10 with a 6.94 ERA for his new team.His last time out, he held the Cleveland Indians to one run on three hits in a no-decision Thursday.His curveball was the best Ive seen it since hes been here, Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. It had something to it. There was some depth to it. It was sharp, he was able to use it a couple times to get out of some binds.Indians manager Terry Francona added, He did well enough with his off-speed to kind of keep us off balance. 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New Zealand extend to 15 Tests their winning run since they lost to Australia in August 2015, posting six tries in coasting to a routine victory against South Africa at AMI Stadium.The rampant world champions notched a fourth-successive bonus-point win and consigned the Springboks to a third-straight loss to maintain the respective fortunes of the two historic great rivals.The All Blacks led 15-10 at half-time following some robust early work from the visitors, and they steamed clear against a fraying defence after the break to post the most points they have scored in 10 years against the Springboks..As they did last week against Argentina, the All Blacks pressure broke the Springboks, who had attacked the rucks to disruptive effect throughout the first 40 minutes.The result effectively hands New Zealand the Rugby Championship title with two rounds to spare, while heaping more pressure on Springboks coach Allister Coetzee ahead of home Tests against Australia and New Zealand.The Boks failed to curtail All Blacks half-back Aaron Smith, who unfurled an influenttial display a week after being subbed off early against Argentina when his form dipped.ddddddddddddHis passes set up the first four All Blacks tries, to the back three of Israel Dagg, Julian Savea and Ben Smith, and flanker Ardie Savea.The No.9s kicking game was also a class above that of the Springboks, with five-eighth Elton Jantjes enduring another troubled night.An early penalty to New Zealand five-eighth Beauden Barrett was followed by South Africas only try, when 120-Test winger Bryan Habana ran a beguiling angle.Jantjes then opened the door for the hosts when he dropped the subsequent kickoff cold.It sparked two near-identical tries to wingers Dagg and Savea, the latter notching his first points in seven Tests against the Springboks.Owen Franks finished the Test with an unwanted world record. 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