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Archive: April, 2008

Charlie Manuel: Mr. April

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 10:23 AM
The question has been raised in recent days: how, in this year of all years, have the Phillies managed to escape April with a winning record? They are 15-12 meaning the worst they can finish this month is 15-13. It's the first time since 2003 they'll be above .500 heading into may. Is it Chase Utley?... Read more

VIctorino not in line-up

Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 6:49 PM
It's a breezy day at the ballpark. Between the Sixers game on TV and the rather chilly forecasted night time temperatures, it'll be interesting to see how many people turn out. It doesn't get much better than Greg Maddux-Cole Hamels, but we'll see. As the subject of this post informed you, Shane... Read more

Decision '08: What will Manuel do with his line-up tonight?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008, 10:17 AM
Pressed a couple of days ago on how he would handle Shane Victorino's return to the line-up, Charlie Manuel said he would wait until the morning of the game to decide. The manager said it goes like this: he wakes up, he thinks, he goes to the ballpark, and he decides on a line-up. He's probably still... Read more

Lieberthal is coming home

Monday, April 28, 2008, 6:40 PM
Mike Lieberthal spent 13 seasons in Philadelphia. He'll get at least one more day. The Phillies announced yesterday the veteran catcher will retire as a member of the organization on June 1. Lieberthal spent last season as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers before announcing his retirement, but was... Read more

Phillies concerned about Myers

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 10:24 PM
Heading out of Pittsburgh early tomorrow morning. . . Quick preview of what's in the paper tomorrow. . . The Phillies are concerned about Brett Myers' performance through six starts. So is the pitcher. Myers' velocity has been down significantly from where it usually is. It has been that way all... Read more

Phillies still looking for left-handed relief help

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 2:03 PM
Apparently there are better things to do on a beautiful spring day in Pittsburgh than go to a baseball game. I'd say the place is about a third full here. Which is a shame, because it really is a beautiful set up here. PNC Park over looks a couple of bridges and the Monogahela River, and is a stone's... Read more

Tom Gorzelanny tells you exactly where you can stick your bobble head

Sunday, April 27, 2008, 1:50 PM
So, they gave out Tom Gorzelanny bobbleheads last night at the game here in Pittsburgh. Which is good, beacuse, as my fellow beat writer Scott Lauber pointed out, we now know what Tom Gorzelanny looks like. But I'm going to post a picture of the figurine below, and I want you to tell me if you can... Read more

Howard's back

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 7:20 PM
It didn't take long for Ryan Howard to justify Charlie Manuel's decision to re-insert him into the line-up tonight. Howard hit a two-run home run to center field in his first game back from a two-game stint on the bench. Howard had struck out in three pinch-hit appearances over the past two days. But... Read more

Victorino will rehab with Iron Pigs tonight and tomorrow

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 1:08 PM
Shane Victorino will continue his rehab progression this weekend playing for the IronPigs in Lehigh Valley. It looks like Victorino should be ready to re-join the team when he is eligible to come off the disabled list. He is actually eligible on Monday, but the Phillies are off, so his first return... Read more

Another day, another line-up, another win

Friday, April 25, 2008, 11:04 PM
I'm sure a lot of you watching at home were pretty surprised when you saw Charlie Manuel walk out of the dugout and remove Adam Eaton from the game with two outs in the fourth inning. Eaton had allowed three runs and was getting hit hard but had only opposing pitcher Zach Duke standing in the way of... Read more
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