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Archive: August, 2008

Six runs in three games

Monday, August 18, 2008, 9:02 AM
My sports editor dropped me an email yesterday while I was sitting in the press box at Petco Park. Attached was an image of the NL East standings clipped from the paper a week ago. It showed the Phillies two games ahead of the Mets in the division. They were coming off two wins in three games against... Read more

Feliz expected back Wednesday

Sunday, August 17, 2008, 8:30 PM
The struggling Phillies offense will receive a little bit of help Wednesday when Pedro Feliz is expected to return to the lineup. Charlie Manuel said today the veteran third baseman will make two more rehab starts -- he was 0-for-3 with a walk today for Class A Clearwater -- before rejoining the team... Read more

Pitching or hitting?

Sunday, August 17, 2008, 2:45 PM
Last night was one of those nights that served as a microcosm for this helter-skelter season. After the game was over, it was tough to tell which element of the loss was more concerning. Kyle Kendrick allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings, walking five in the process. In his last two starts, he hasn't... Read more

Moyer outduels Maddux: skid ends at four

Saturday, August 16, 2008, 1:34 AM
You might think this was a boring 1-0 game in which neither team could hit. But it was fascinating to watch. Jamie Moyer and Greg Maddux were drafted the same year by the Chicago Cubs. They were teammates for three seasons. But they'd only faced each other once before - last year, when the Padres crushed... Read more

Manuel: "A Good Test"

Friday, August 15, 2008, 1:15 AM
Well, I don't know if anybody thought in a million years the Phillies would still be winless on their current West Coast road trip. But they are, and a faltering offense was once again the chief culprit. Ryan Howard said something interesting tonight. "I've never been a part of anything like this... Read more

Rollins' booing philosophy

Thursday, August 14, 2008, 6:53 PM
Well, myself and a couple other reporters just got through with a 12-minute conversation with Jimmy Rollins in which the MVP shortstop expanded on the now infamous remarks he made on the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" on Fox Sports Net. Essentially, his point boils down to this: Athletes... Read more

Rollins To Speak (Again)

Thursday, August 14, 2008, 4:03 PM
It's amazing how fast a story becomes a story. Jimmy Rollins will be back on the Best Damn Sports Show tonight to address the reaction to his comments on yesterday's show that labelled Philadelphia fans "front-runners." Hopefully, I'll have something from Rollins himself in a few hours when... Read more

Rollins to clarify comments on TV tonight

Thursday, August 14, 2008, 2:57 PM
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will try again on the "Best Damn Sports Show. Period." Fox Sports Net announced that Rollins will return to the show tonight in an effort to follow up on the remarks he made yesterday about Philadelphia fans. You might have heard that asked whether Philadelphia... Read more

That's Baseball. . .

Thursday, August 14, 2008, 2:11 AM
Baseball is sometimes a hard sport with which to figure out the "why." What is easy. There are a billion different statistics that break down and quantify the "what." But why? "That's baseball," is what they say, and "that's baseball" is what they've been saying... Read more

Cleaning out my mail bag: Taguchi, Ibanez and more

Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 5:35 PM
You guys are probably tired of hearing me talk about how nice Los Angeles is, so I'll spare you the details (cough, cough, 80degreesnohumidityandlightbreeze, cough, cough. I arrived at Chavez Ravine ahead of schedule today, so I figured I'd comb through my inbox and share some reader email. (Note... Read more
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