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Archive: May, 2012

Video: David Murphy on the Phillies' 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox

Monday, May 21, 2012, 12:27 AM
Cliff Lee gave up five runs and remained winless as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Boston Red Sox, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The Daily News Dave Murphy and the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo discuss the game. Read more

The bright side of a slow start

Friday, May 18, 2012, 9:12 AM
I talked to John Smoltz the other day for an upcoming story that should run in next week's SportsWeek. I asked him what he thought about the way managers use their closers, opting to save their best bullpen weapon for a save situation even if it means keeping them sidelined for the most pivotal moment... Read more

Checking in with Wilson Valdez

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 3:39 PM
Currently aboard the Keystone regional on my way back from New York City, where I was catching up with former Archbishop Carroll star Mike Costanzo, who saw his long and winding road through the minors finally pay off over the weekend when the Reds called him up to the majors at the age of 28 years... Read more

Qualls to the wall: Veteran's struggles leave Bastardo, Diekman as set-up options

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 3:42 PM
When the Phillies signed Chad Qualls late in the game for $1.5 million, I assumed they were bringing him in as a guy who could come in and face a righty or two or three at a time, only getting a full inning in low-leverage situations. That might have been the plan, but that would have worked only with... Read more

Choochaganda: All-Star? MVP? Presidente?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:12 AM
All-Star? MVP? Presidente? OK, you can probably rule out the last two, although Carlos Ruiz is playing so well that comparing him to other catchers no longer does him justice. Heading into today, Senor Octubre ranks in the Top 10 among all National League hitters with a .965 OPS (9th), .340 batting... Read more

Would Kevin Youkilis make sense in Philly?

Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:37 AM
We are approaching the point of the season where the trade speculation will begin its gradual increase to full-blown insanity as general managers begin to make phone calls and dispatch talent evaluators and media members begin to report things that an NL scout told them. For Phillies fans, the trade... Read more

Video: Hamels sharp as Phillies drop Padres

Monday, May 14, 2012, 4:02 AM
Video: Cole Hamels picked up the win after returning from his five-game suspension in the Phillies' 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. The Daily News' Dave Murphy reports. Read more

Pick an ace, any ace

Sunday, May 13, 2012, 6:02 PM
Every time a bell rings, Cole Hamels gets another $10 million added on the contract he'll sign at some point before next Opening Day. Really, Philadelphia is one of the few places on Earth where Cole Hamels wouldn't be the ace of his staff. In fact, you can make an argument that he is the ace of this... Read more

Former Phils draft pick, Bishop Carroll star Mike Costanzo reaches The Show

Sunday, May 13, 2012, 1:27 PM
Here's a name you might recognize. . . On Saturday, the Reds purchased the contract of Mike Costanzo, the former Phillies second round pick, adding him to the active roster after sending Scott Rolen to the 15-day disabled list. The Phillies did not have a first round selection in 2005, meaning Costanzo... Read more
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