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Archive: July, 2012

Placido Polanco is battling a sore back; Utley and Howard seeing increased workload

Monday, July 23, 2012, 4:26 PM
Placido Polanco has been battling a sore back for at least the last week, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel revealed prior to Monday's series opener against the Brewers. The veteran third baseman was not in the starting lineup, and was scheduled to be examined by team doctor Michael Ciiccotti. Polanco... Read more

Wigginton starting at third base as Phillies open Brewers series against Randy Wolf

Monday, July 23, 2012, 3:23 PM
The Phillies are 5-4 since the All-Star Break, still 10.5 games back in the Wild Card race. The trade deadline is eight days away. Here's tonight's lineup: Read more

Nix activated from the disabled list

Sunday, July 22, 2012, 10:50 AM
The last time Laynce Nix was active for a game, the Phillies were 14-18 and a mere five games out of first place in the National League East. Who knew that those would be the glory days of the 2012 season? Anyway, Nix has been activated from the disabled list, where he has spent nearly three months... Read more

Reading outfielder Tyson Gillies suspended

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 6:38 PM
The hits keep on coming for Tyson Gillies, the centerfield prospect acquired as part of the ill-fated Cliff Lee trade of December, 2009. Gillies has been suspended from Double-A Reading for what the club says is a violation of team rules. No further information is available at this point in time... Read more

RIP Momentum. We hardly knew ye

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 12:18 AM
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Roy Halladay reflects on the possibility of giving up on 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 2:11 AM
Want to know why I've been so adamant about my belief that the Phillies will not end up trading Cole Hamels? Because I keep trying to picture Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel calling Roy Halladay into an office to inform him of the news, and I just can't do it. I realize that you cannot govern an... Read more

Tough decision on Utley availability for Wednesday against Kershaw

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 9:36 PM
In some ways, the Phillies' horrendous play in the month before the All-Star Break protected Charlie Manuel from having to make some difficult decisions with regard to his deployment of Chase Utley. For an example, see the scenario that could confront him before Wednesday's series finale at Dodger... Read more

What is so wrong about the Rollins contract?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 12:05 PM
Among the litany of complaints that I have heard about this Phillies team, the one that confuses me most involves the four-year, $38 million deal that Jimmy Rollins signed this offseason. I expounded on that confusion in today's Daily News, which you can read here. Now is an interesting time to have... Read more

Phillies will need to keep getting starting pitching like the last three games

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 1:56 AM
It's 10:41 p.m. here at Dodger Stadium, 1:41 a.m. back east, and four days into the second half of the season, the Phillies have yet to flatline. In fact, they've won three straight games, buyoued in large part by starting pitching. Vance Worley, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton have combined to hold their... Read more

Billingsley injury impacts Phillies-Dodgers pitching match-ups

Sunday, July 15, 2012, 2:46 PM
The Phillies will no longer face lefthander Chris Capuano on Monday in Los Angeles as the veteran was forced into duty today when scheduled starter Chad Billingsley was scratched with tenderness in his arm. Capuano, 9-4 with a 2.91 ERA this season, was scheduled to square off against Joe Blanton on... Read more
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