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Archive: April, 2011

Pedro Martinez doesn't want to go into the Hall of Fame as a Phillie

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 11:08 AM
There's a decent interview with Pedro Martinez in today's New York Times. You can get the whole thing here, but to sum it up: He doesn't consider himself retired, he could sign a contract today and pitch in a month, and he is open to pitching this season. Obviously, the Phillies have no need for him... Read more

Game 9 (6-2): Martinez in line-up, Hamels vs. Lowe

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 10:46 AM
The forecast today in Atlanta calls for a high of 87 degrees. The last time Cole Hamels pitched, the game-time temp was 49 degrees, with a steady wind that made it feel far more frigid. The Phillies enter today 6-2, tied with the Reds for the best record in the National League. Here are the line-ups: Phillies... Read more

Bastardo ties Phillies record with six consecutive strikeouts

Friday, April 8, 2011, 10:27 PM
Well, the pitching news wasn't all bad. . . Although Cliff Lee allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Braves Friday night, Antonio Bastardo gave Phillies fans a reason to be excited about the future of the club's bullpen. The 25-year-old lefty turned in a dynamite performance in the sixth and... Read more

Game 7: Phillies (5-1) at Braves (3-4)

Friday, April 8, 2011, 4:04 PM
Atlanta isn't my favorite city in the world, but it is in the 70's so I'll take it. The Braves enter tonight having lost three straight games to fall 2.5 games behind the Phillies in the early NL East standings. Of course, that could change in a hurry this weekend. The good news for the Phillies:... Read more

Game 6 (4-1): Can this line-up solve Jon Niese?

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 11:56 AM
Ben Francisco has been locked in since the start of spring training, and through five games that right fielder is 7-for-21 with two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored. Today, though, is the type of day where the Phillies could really need their new No. 5 hitter. Mets lefty Jon Niese, who starts... Read more

The offense: A five-game comparison

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 9:35 AM
In the wake of last night's 10-7 victory over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park, here is a look at how the Phillies' offensive production compares to one year ago: Phillies offense through first 5 games: 2010 vs. 2011 Category 2011 2010 Record 4-1 4-1 Runs 32 41 Batting Average .337 .337 On... Read more

Blanton's night ends with big inning

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 9:49 PM
One of the reasons Joe Blanton finished last season with a 4.82 ERA was his propensity for giving up a big inning. Blanton allowed at least three runs in an inning in 13 of his 28 starts. The fifth inning was where things unravelled against the Mets on Wednesday night. After Blanton struck out Daniel... Read more

Game 5: Orr, Schneider in line-up

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 4:59 PM
One of my beat-writing resolutions this season: Do a better job at posting the line-up and some pre-game notes each night. I'll also try to do a little bit of live-blogging in the comments section, where hopefully you folks can chime in with your observations. The biggest headline tonight, other than... Read more

Howard's Stance: 2010 vs. 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 3:22 PM
Among the truisms when it comes to covering baseball: 1) Talk about the brisk pace of play in the seventh inning and the game is guaranteed to go 12. 2) Book night-time flight for seven hours after the scheduled start of a day game and it is guaranteed to rain. 3) Write a pre-game story about... Read more

Video: Hamels, Blanton and Victorino

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 1:02 PM
Video: David Murphy of the Daily News discusses Cole Hamels' rough start against the Mets, Joe Blanton's first start, and Victorino's slow start. Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus app-exclusive videos and analysis. Get it here. Read more
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