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Archive: June, 2013

Ruben Amaro Jr. doesn't "do" five-year plans, but the Phillies need a good one

Monday, June 17, 2013, 7:28 PM
Any professional who talks to the media about his area of expertise is succeptible to a certain level of contrarianism. Legend has it that even God the Creator once answered a question with the words, "I don't know if 'rest' is the word I'd use to describe that seventh day, but. . ." So when the man... Read more

Cliff Lee would like to play on a winning team, please

Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:48 AM
Credit Cliff Lee for this: with the dropping bodies and declining veterans around him, he hasn't changed a heck of a lot since winning the hearts of Phillies fans in the summer of 2009, when he arrived and became the ace that Cole Hamels wasn't and dominated all comers from the regular season to the... Read more

Following fifth straight loss, Phils make three moves

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 4:10 PM
Cesar Hernandez, out; Michael Martinez, in. Tyler Cloyd, out; John Lannan, in. Jake Diekman up. The Phillies won their fifth straight game a week ago at Miller Park. They enter play today at Target Field losers of five straight. And, thus, a small roster shakeup. Lannan, who made his second (and... Read more

Utley: a mid-June return is "realistic."

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6:06 PM
It was 22 days ago in Miami when it was announced that Chase Utley was a last-minute scratch in the Phillies lineup with an injury to his right side. A few days later he was placed on the DL with an oblique strain and the Phils estimated a 2-4 week timetable in his return. Utley, however, said he... Read more

In defense of Cole Hamels

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 1:56 PM
When things start to go bad, the first instinct for a lot of folks is to yell at the media. And that's fine. Lord knows we deserve a lot of the doo-doo that gets thrown at us. Besides, displacing one's aggression via email or Twitter or blog comment is healthier than displacing it on our nation's roadways... Read more

Don't call it a blow-up, but it is officially time for the Phillies to start acting

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 8:18 AM
On Opening Day, I laid out the blueprint the Phillies would need to follow in order to secure one of the five playoff spots in the National League. There were five requirements: 1) Roy Halladay makes 32 starts. 2) Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels stay off the disabled list 3) Domonic Brown and Michael... Read more

Meltdown in MKE: If you are surprised, you haven't been paying attention

Monday, June 10, 2013, 7:56 AM
I know, it stings. You wrapped up your work week with a feeling that you had not entertained since the latter stages of 2011. The Phillies were a game over .500, good enough for second place in the NL East, and you couldn't help but turn the margins of every piece of paper that landed in front of you... Read more

Kratz placed on DL

Sunday, June 9, 2013, 12:54 PM
Three years ago this month, the Phils came to Milwaukee following a series in Denver that included a game snowed out, accusations of using binoculars to steal signs, and an injury to a catcher for the second time in the month. Carlos Ruiz was injured in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Coors Field; when... Read more

Mike Adams has biceps soreness

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 12:33 AM
Jeremy Horst vs. Ryan Braun. It didn't look like a fair matchup from the seat of your couch, did it? Well, you're not alone. "When I looked at it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I figured Horst might have a hard time.” But as Manuel continued, "it's what it was." Justin De Fratus... Read more

Ruiz nearing return from DL

Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 5:15 PM
Carlos Ruiz had three large boxes resting next to his locker stall inside the Phillies clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon. Inside the boxes? Dozens of the bobblehead bearing his likeness, which will be given away to fans at Citizens Bank Park tonight. So what will Ruiz do with three boxes of bobbleheads? "I’ll... Read more
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