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Archive: April, 2012

De Fratus makes season debut

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 5:33 PM
Reliever Justin De Fratus began his rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Clearwater, pitching a scoreless inning in his season debut. DeFratus, rehabbing from a sprained right elbow, faced four batters and allowed a double to rightfield. He recorded two flyouts and a groundout in the Threshers’... Read more

Comparing the corners through 15 games

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:27 PM
A couple of interesting numbers on this dreary Sunday afternoon, which sees the 7-8 Phillies sitting at fourth place in the NL East, having failed to score more than two runs in 9 of 15 games (the first-place Nationals had their game against the Marlins rained out today). 1) The Phillies have benefited... Read more

Worth noting: Disagree with Manuel's decisions, but don't ignore his options

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:59 AM
The situation: 0-0 game on the road, Carlos Ruiza on third base, one out Due up: Pitcher, LHB/LF Juan Pierre And after that:SHB/CF Shane Victorino, SHB/SS Jimmy Rollins, RHB/RF Hunter Pence, RHB/3B Ty Wigginton, LHB/1B Laynce Nix, RHB/C Carlos Ruiz, SHB/2B Freddy Galvis On the bench: RHB Placido... Read more

LETTERS: The Phillies' draft-day performance; future options at third base

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 4:58 PM
Confession: I'm not very good at answering email. I would like to get better. For starters, I am going to try to get into the routine of digging into my inbox and publishing the letters I get that might be of interest to the fan base as a whole. Let today be the start of that routine. If you have... Read more

Worth noting: Waiting for Placido Polanco and John Mayberry Jr.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 8:25 AM
The early part of the baseball season presents a challenge when it comes to evaluating the performance of a veteran who is on the downslope of his career. When a player is in his prime, an early-season slump is usually just that: a slump, a dryspell, a random dip in production that is destined to even... Read more

Come, watch the trainwreck unfold. . .

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:02 PM
The Marlins' quest to provide you with an endless number of reasons to hate them continues on April 21, when Showtime will offer a half-hour preview of this year's reality series, The Franchise. Ozzie Guillen, Jose Reyes and open mics. Here's the trailer: Read more

Video: Phillies looking for consistency

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:53 PM
Video: After a rough start, which players are the best options for the Phillies line-up? Is Roy Halladay losing his edge? CineSport's Noah Coslov and the Daily News' David Murphy discuss. Read more

A look at Pat Burrell's on-field legacy

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 1:30 PM
In today's Daily News, Marcus Hayes offers an interesting perspective on the legacy of Pat Burrell through the eyes of some of the players who teamed with him at various points in his career. In many ways, Burrell's performance on the field fell victim to the massive expectations he set when he hit... Read more

Worth noting: Polanco's power, Halladay's velo, Papelbon's workload

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:47 AM
Full disclosure: I'm not traveling with the team on this 10-game road trip. Feels a little weird. It's the first West Coast trip I've missed since I started covering the Phillies in 2008. But the times, they are a-changin', and given the new cooperative here at 400 N. Broad, Matt Gelb is flying solo... Read more

A history of silence: Phillies offense looks to finally solve Lincecum

Monday, April 16, 2012, 2:11 PM
My first year on the Phillies beat I was standing in the clubhouse before a game. Not far away from me was Adam Eaton, the righthander who spent most of the 2008 season in the rotation but was left off the playoff roster. Eaton was staring up at a TV screen. "Unhittable," he said. I looked up. On... Read more
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