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Archive: March, 2012

Polanco out of today's line-up against Max Scherzer

Monday, March 19, 2012, 8:49 AM
As expected, Placido Polanco is not in the line-up for today's game against the Tigers and righthander Max Scherzer. The veteran third baseman sprained his finger on Saturday and is expected to miss a few days. Otherwise, the line-up looks a lot like one you might see once the regular season begins... Read more

Madson still believes Phillies made offer

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 1:11 PM
We'll probably never know for sure what, exactly, went down between the Phillies and Scott Boras this offseason. As you probably remember, long-time set-up man Ryan Madson had been under the impression that Boras and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. were closing in on a deal worth $44 million over four... Read more

Should we read anything into today's lineup against the Braves?

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 10:43 AM
Listed below is today's lineup for the Phillies home game against the Braves. You can look at this one of two ways: 1) Just another list of players who will provide background for a whole lot of beer-drinking. 2) A good indication of the Phillies' thought-process with regards to their Opening Day... Read more

Four words you never want to read in a headline: 'Roy Halladay' and 'velocity down'

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 9:15 PM
Got a paper bag handy? You might need it after reading Ken Rosenthal's latest over on FoxSports.com. The well-respected MLB insider for Fox and the MLB Network talked to a couple of scouts who noted two things about Roy Halladay's performance against the Twins today: one, he changed his arm slot, and... Read more

Jimmy Rollins sounds bearish on Ryan Howard's return

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 1:28 PM
Jayson Stark, the venerable ESPN.com scribe and former Inquirer beat writer, has an interesting piece on the web site right now. It's always interesting to get the national perspective on things, and Stark's perspective sounds a lot like the local perspective. But the thing that really jumped out... Read more

A quick look at the infield trade market. . .

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 11:14 AM
According to CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies are exploring the trade market for infielders. The news makes sense, because the infield play here at camp has been a whole lot of ugly. The Phillies knew they were parting with their most reliable defender when they traded Wilson Valdez away to the Reds this... Read more

Lidge: Nationals are 'probably' most talented team I've been on

Monday, March 12, 2012, 4:38 PM
Remember the days when the bold words would come from the New York Mets? Well, the confidence is brewing among the Washington Nationals in spring training. Over the weekend, manager Davey Johnson said his starting rotation "stuff-wise" is as good as the Phillies’ rotation. In a video posted... Read more

Pierre/Podsednik plot-line may be thickening...

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 6:14 PM
Today is one of my favorite days of the spring. That's right, it is Charlie Manuel Gets Pissed Off At The Offense Day. It is an annual tradition here in Clearwater, and the fun part about it is you never know it has arrived until it happens. Manuel takes a lot of heat for the perception of his offensive... Read more

Fact-checking Davey Johnson

Sunday, March 11, 2012, 8:42 AM
Forget for a second about how transparent the Nationals' attempts at legitimizing their existence have been: It's still fun to have something to talk about, isn't it? While conventional wisdom suggests that perceived underdog should do everything in its power to maintain its status, Washington realizes... Read more

Hamels sharp again; talks contract, Opening Day

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 2:50 PM
Cole Hamels could become the rare pitcher who signs his first $20-million-per-year contract before he makes his first Opening Day start. Brett Myers started Opening Day in 2007, 2008 and 2009, while Roy Halladay got the nod in 2010 and 2011. Halladay will probably be the guy again this year. Whether... Read more
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