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Archive: April, 2013

Durbin and Bastardo Must Have Been Unavailable ...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 11:55 AM
Remember when Cliff Lee went 10 innings in a 1-0 loss to the Giants in San Francisco last April, and some people looked back at that as one of the causes of what seemed to be a less-than-stellar season from the lefthander? Well, those people would have had a field day with Joe Oeschger. Ninety-four... Read more

The All-Andy Reid Drafted Team

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 1:06 AM
In 14 years as Eagles' head coach, Andy Reid and whatever passed for the Eagles' front office drafted 125 football players ... 124 if you don't count place-kicker Alex Henery. We went through all those picks — painstakingly in many instances — and came up with what we feel would be the... Read more

Roy Halladay: The Complete

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:18 AM
Roy Halladay takes the Citizens Bank Park mound Wednesday night coming off his first complete game since Sept. 14, 2011. Despite that span of 30 consecutive regular season starts between CGs, Halladay still has just one fewer (67) than the next two active leaders combined (68). ACTIVE LEADERS... Read more

Jimmy Rollins ... Mr. Clutch!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 2:11 AM
First ... Full disclosure: I have been one of those that felt that Jimmy Rollins did not adhere enough to his obvious talents, cringed every time he swung at the first pitch and huffed whenever he would pop up when a walk would have sufficed ... But we have always thought he was headed for the Hall... Read more

Chase Utley's E Pace

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12:03 AM
If it seems Chase Utley is racking up the errors faster than the Flyers are going through defensemen, you are correct. Only once in his career has he reached 1, 2, 3 and 4 errors at second base quicker than he has this season ... and the end result of that was a World Championship in 2008. Below... Read more

Philly's Days of Bore

Monday, April 22, 2013, 3:00 AM
The human body can go 21 days or so without food, but only three days without sleep or water ... The Carpenters sang "I Won't Last a Day Without You." ... But how long can Philly sports fans last without a playoff game? Well, we may be on the verge of finding out. Since the Flyers were eliminated... Read more

Pinch Utley

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:32 AM
Chase Utley's clutch pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning Monday night was the fifth of his career, but his first since 2005. His career numbers as a PH are stupendous, although most of the damage was done in 2004, when he was platooning at second base with Placido Polanco. UTLEY'S CAREER... Read more

Roy's Rising

Monday, April 15, 2013, 1:58 AM
Sunday's victory enabled Roy Halladay to become the 109th major league pitcher to reach 200 wins. It was also his 52nd in just over three full seasons with the Phillies, which ties him for 33rd on the club's list of most wins since 1901 (see below). And check out this cool year-by-year interactive... Read more
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