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Archive: May, 2011

Pre-game notes: Blanton, Oswalt, Schneider, more. . .

Friday, May 13, 2011, 5:38 PM
Reports of the demises of Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton were overblown. At least that is the indication from Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, who said that Blanton will start as scheduled against the Braves tomorrow, and that Oswalt is still expected to pitch on Tuesday against the Cardinals. Oswalt... Read more

Questions about rotation, Ruiz

Friday, May 13, 2011, 4:03 PM
Welcome to Civil Rights Weekend, baseball's annual attempt to make up for a half century of racial exclusion. Actor Morgan Freeman and guitarist Carlos Santana will be among those honored here at Turner Field. 1) On the field, the Phillies welcome back Carlos Ruiz, who was activated from the disabled... Read more

Ruiz ready for next step

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 3:31 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. – When Carlos Ruiz returned to Bright House Field after playing in his second straight extended spring game, something had changed in the clubhouse. Two lockers to the right of the one the Phillies rehabbing catcher was using was a new nameplate – Oswalt – and a nice... Read more

What happened to the Late Show?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 1:36 PM
Forget about Josh Johnson. Let's talk about Mike Dunn and Leo Nunez. Last night, the Marlins' set-up/closer combo shut down the eighth and ninth inning to finish off the Phillies' 2-1 loss. On the surface, that shouldn't make you spit up your Cheerios. After all, Dunn and Nunez did what set-up men... Read more

Expect Utley back sooner rather than later

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 10:28 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Chase Utley won't be playing Wednesday for the Clearwater Threshers. That much the Phillies will say. It would be his third straight game and it starts at 10:30 a.m. They won't say much more about his timetable, but here’s the supposition, though: Utley, the Phillies All-Star... Read more

Utley to make rehab start; Ruiz update

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 12:28 PM
Breaking news from the Clearwater Bureau of the Daily News, also known as Paul Hagen. . . Chase Utley will step up his rehab tonight, making his first official rehab start for Class A Clearwater. This is significant first, because it is his first affiliated game. Second, it will be his first action... Read more

Free Domonic Brown?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 12:16 PM
There are two points of view, and I'm glad it is not my job to pick one to adhere to. We are, as usual, talking about Domonic Brown, who continues to torch Triple-A pitching and seems intent on making it incredibly difficult for the Phillies to keep him in the minor leagues. In seven games since he... Read more

Oswalt targeting Tuesday return, plus other pre-game fodder

Monday, May 9, 2011, 5:23 PM
Greetings from Sun Life Stadium, where there is usually far more Sun than Life. Lots of notes to cover. A more expansive version will be in tomorrow's paper: 1) The Phillies have tentatively penciled in Roy Oswalt as the Tuesday starter next week in St. Louis. The veteran righthander threw a bullpen... Read more

Tougher time for Utley in Game 2

Monday, May 9, 2011, 3:31 PM
TAMPA -- Chase Utley’s second game in extended spring training was a little bit more difficult than the first. Utley went 1-for-7 today against the Yankees, with his only hit coming on an infield single. Five of his at-bats came against right-handers and two against left-handers. Utley hit... Read more

Greg Dobbs gets three hits, raises average to .359. . .

Monday, May 9, 2011, 3:20 PM
. . .that was the headline staring back at me as I looked at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel today. It looks like Greg Dobbs is back in 2008 form. In 73 plate appearances for the Marlins this season, the third baseman is hitting .359/.411/.500 with 17 starts. His 12 RBI are more than three Phillies... Read more
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