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Archive: October, 2009

Martinez to start Game 2: Breaking down the decision

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 8:59 AM
Say this for Charlie Manuel: The World Series hasn't even started yet, and he is already making the type of brazen moves that have marked the first couple of rounds of the playoffs. In starting Pedro Martinez in Game 2 -- a move he announced earlier this morning on his weekly radio appearance in Philadelphia... Read more

Manuel tight-lipped on roster, rotation

Monday, October 26, 2009, 1:53 PM
Even the most concrete answer that Charlie Manuel provided today isn't entirely clear. When asked about rookie lefthander Antonio Bastardo and his chances of making the World Series roster, Manuel started by saying, "He's on our roster." But it isn't clear if he meant that he is on the roster... Read more

The Breakdown: Three Days and a Cloud of Rest

Monday, October 26, 2009, 10:37 AM
As first reported by MLB.com early Sunday morning, the Yankees have defeated the Angels for the right to face the Phillies in the World Series. There is no cheering in the press box, but there was plenty of it in my living room, where mental preparations were being made for a cross-country flight to... Read more

Live World Series chat with DN Sports Editor Josh Barnett

Monday, October 26, 2009, 12:05 AM
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Decisions, Decisions: Lee in Game 1, then what?

Sunday, October 25, 2009, 1:54 PM
It's a picturesque autumn day here at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies have just begun their workout. They'll play a simulated game, during which Pedro Martinez is expected to be among the pitchers throwing. When he will throw in an actual World Series game, however, remains to be seen. Charlie... Read more

Decisions, Decisions: Antonio Bastardo

Saturday, October 24, 2009, 8:14 AM
Right now, the Phillies are in evaluation mode. Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted the obvious yesterday, that he and the rest of the decision-makers in the front office and on the coaching staff will not be able to make any final roster or rotation decisions until the conclusion of the American League Championship... Read more

In Appreciation of Chad Durbin

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 6:41 PM
Quick, which Phillies pitcher is tied with Cliff Lee for the team lead in victories this postseason? It isn't Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ, Pedro Martinez or Joe Blanton, who represented the other 4/5ths of the Phillies rotation for the last two months of the regular season. Here's a hint: The same guy... Read more

One more step

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 12:53 AM
Is it just me, or did this feel almost anti-climactic? Not in a bad way, for sure. But with the way the Phillies pounded the Dodgers into submission to advance to the World Series for the second straight year, and fresh off a dramatic walk-off win in Game 4, Wednesday night's clincher felt, well, different... Read more

Charlie Manuel called Jimmy Rollins' shot

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 1:52 PM
Were you surprised by Jimmy Rollins' walk-off two-run double with two out in the bottom of the ninth last night? Charlie Manuel wasn't. In fact, the Phillies manager said today that he called Rollins' shot, pointing to right field moments before the short stop unleashed his laser of a double, which... Read more

A different breed

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 12:09 PM
The fascinating thing about the Phillies team isn't just the victories they have racked up over the last three seasons, it is the way they have established themselves as perhaps the most un-Philadelphian team in Philadelphia sports history. For one of the few times in this city's less-than-illustrious... Read more
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