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A big one-game hole

Sunday, November 1, 2009, 12:47 AM
The Phillies have played 26 postseason games over the last two season. In all 26, they entered with either a series lead or tie. Tonight, that changes. In a pivotal Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead but couldn't hold on, as Cole Hamels and the Phillies bullpen allowed... Read more

Was it broke?

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 11:28 PM
They were cruising. Cole Hamels, the Phillies -- everybody. Then came a close 3-2 fastball down and in that home plate umpire Brian Gorman called a ball, putting Mark Teixeira on base with a walk. Up to that point, Hamels had been lights out. He'd retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, allowed... Read more

Yanks tab Sabathia for Game 4 against Blanton

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 5:04 PM
The Yankees may have just ratcheted up the pressure on the Phillies tonight in Game 3. Manager Joe Girardi just told reporters that ace lefthander C.C. Sabathia will indeed start Game 4 on three days' rest. So instead of another Sabathia-Cliff Lee match-up, it will be Sabathia-Blanton. Meanwhile, A... Read more

Blanton to start Game 4

Friday, October 30, 2009, 3:02 PM
Cliff Lee will not come back to pitch Game 4 on three days' rest. Instead, Joe Blanton will get the call on Sunday night against the Yankees at Citizens Bank Park. Lee has never pitched on three days' rest in his career, but seemed confident he could. He threw 122 pitches in his masterful Game 1... Read more

Stairs DHing; Flu bug limited to Walker, Dobbs

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 4:46 PM
Seeking to avoid a team-wide outbreak of the flu, the Phillies have sent utlity player Greg Dobbs back to Philadelphia, although the team is optimistic that he will be available to play on Saturday. Dobbs is the second member of the Phillies' traveling team to be stricken with the flu -- reliever Tyler... Read more

A statistical breakdown of Cliff Lee's performance

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 12:34 PM
Change speeds, change locations, throw strikes. It sounds simple, and Cliff Lee made it look that way last night. Already, some in the media are calling it one of the best starting pitching performances in World Series history: Nine innings, six hits, no walks, 10 strikeouts, one unearned run. He struck... Read more

Manuel talks about Utley's home-run swings

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 11:56 PM
After the Phillies' 6-1 victory over the Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series tonight, manager Charlie Manuel talked about Chase Utley, who hit two home runs, and the second baseman's ability to hit with two strikes. "He takes a lot of pitches," Manuel said. "He has nice balance and... Read more

Game 1 Line-ups and match-ups

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 3:23 PM
The line-ups for Game 1 have been posted. For the Phillies, Raul Ibanez will DH with Ben Francisco in left field. Phillies - Jimmy Rollins SS - Shane Victorino CF - Chase Utley 2B - Ryan Howard 1B - Jayson Werth RF - Raul Ibanez DH - Ben Francisco LF - Pedro... Read more

Myers in, Cairo out for World Series

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 4:29 PM
After being left off the roster for the National League Championship Series, reliever Brett Myers is back on the roster for the World Series, the Phillies announced. Miguel Cairo has been left off the roster after being added for the NLCS. Myers, who missed a significant portion of the season following... Read more

Breaking down the Yankees line-up

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 3:01 PM
Johnny Damon is hitting .238 this postseason. Mark Teixeira is hitting .205. While we wait for the Phillies to meet with the media at 3:30, at which point we should have a better idea about their World Series roster, here's a look at how the Yankees line-up has broken down against left-handed and... Read more
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