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Archive: June, 2011

Manuel downplays concern about Hamels injury

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 10:51 PM
UPDATE: 11:20 p.m. Charlie Manuel just wrapped up his press conference, and the Phillies manager does not seem to be too concerned about Hamels, who left the team's 9-1 win over the Marlins with a back injury. The official word from the club is "tightness in the middle back." Manuel described it... Read more

Vance Worley on Saturday. . .And Beyond?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 6:59 PM
Neither Charlie Manuel nor Rich Dubee was ready to name Vance Worley the team's starter against Seattle on Saturday. The Phillies could theoretically start somebody on short rest. Or they could go with the guy who has logged three straight quality starts since being sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley... Read more

Has Charlie Manuel mishandled J.C. Romero?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 12:25 PM
The conventional wisdom suggests that Charlie Manuel is as much to blame for J.C. Romero's struggles this season as Romero himself. Manuel, the thinking goes, has used Romero far too often against right-handed hitters instead of using him exclusively against lefties. Of the 72 batters Romero has faced... Read more

The economics of victory

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 10:47 PM
In the game story you will find in Monday's Daily News, we focus on the production of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. The two players combined to score or drive in all four of the Phillies runs in their 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. Of the 12 times the Phillies reached base, seven came via Howard... Read more

Halladay, Kendrick poised to start doubleheader

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 11:51 AM
The Phillies will go with Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay in their doubleheader against the Marlins on Wednesday, the Phillies confirmed this morning. The Phillies exact rotation for next week has not been announced, by lefty Cole Hamels will start on Tuesday. Barring a marathon game in which Kendrick... Read more

Brown gets day off, Francisco hitting fifth vs. lefty Davis

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 10:51 AM
Rookie right fielder Domonic Brown, who enters today with two hits in his last 25 at-bats, will get the day off against Cubs lefty Doug Davis. Ben Francisco is batting fifth. Placido Polanco, who has hit fifth the last two nights, also gets the day off. Here is the line-up: - Jimmy Rollins... Read more

Who's No. 2? Amaro on Hamels, and his contract

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 7:24 PM
Two pertinent questions involving Cole Hamels: 1) If the Phillies started a playoff series tomorrow, would he start Game 2? 2) What will happen when his contract expires at the end of this season? I posed versions of both questions to Ruben Amaro Jr. today. First, his contract. Hamels is in the... Read more

Rollins back in line-up to face Cubs

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 3:42 PM
As Charlie Manuel indicated yesterday, shortstop Jimmy Rollins is back in the line-up, his first start since fouling a ball off of his knee against the Pirates on Saturday. Rollins fielded groundballs yesterday and apparently felt fine. He has pinch-hit once since the injury. Here is the line-up... Read more

Hamels: The right stuff

Thursday, June 9, 2011, 12:02 AM
An hour after Cole Hamels put the finishing touches on his latest masterpiece, weathering stifling heat to pitch eight dominant innings in a 2-0 victory over his latest victim, somebody reminded him of the last time he had faced the Dodgers. “Yeah,” Hamels said in a sarcastic tone. “I... Read more

Manuel says Utley throwing woes no cause for concern

Tuesday, June 7, 2011, 6:46 PM
Chase Utley has the most famous wounded knee outside of South Dakota. And that knee just happens to be attached to the leg on which he usually plants to throw to first base. But Charlie Manuel said today he does not think the condition that sidelined Utley for the first three months of the season has... Read more
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