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Archive: February, 2008

Smith stars as Phillies improve to 2-1 in Grapefruit League play

Friday, February 29, 2008, 5:45 PM
Its a little after 5:30 p.m. here in Bradenton, and I'm guessing we're going to get kicked out of the press box here any time soon (note to aspiring baseball writers - don't mess with the snowbirds who serve as ushers at these spring training venues. They may look kind and grandfatherly, but they'll... Read more

Arggggggghhhh. . .Good afternoon from Pirate City

Friday, February 29, 2008, 12:26 PM
So, I rolled into Bradenton about 10 a.m., fresh off a night in which I somehow managed to drop they keys to my hotel room down an elevator shaft. Don't ask. Anyway, Brett Myers pitched three innings this morning in a B-Game at the Pirates' spring training complex. He gave up one run on five hits and... Read more

The 33-Year-Old Rookie - The Chris Coste Story

Thursday, February 28, 2008, 12:41 PM
Chris Coste's book hits stores March 18. The Phillies catcher wrote the manuscript entirely by himself. Here's an excerpt of the book jacket from the Random House Web Site: For eleven seasons, Coste hustled, fought, and gritted his way to his breakthrough–and never lost faith in his abilities... Read more

Good Morning:

Thursday, February 28, 2008, 8:17 AM
Lots of stuff to get to this morning. 1) It's still cold down here. About 41 degrees. Then again, I just checked the current conditions in Philly. 19 degrees. Yikes. 2) Some thoughts from yesterday's 8-1 win over the Reds. Yeah, it was only the first spring training game. And anybody in baseball... Read more

Hamels: It's alllll goood

Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 10:09 AM
Count Cole Hamels among those who don't assess too much value to who gets the nod on opening day. The 24-year-old lefty might have been in a position to be a tad annoyed with the Phillies' decision to go with Brett Myers in the season opener against the Nationals, given the fact that he went 15-5 last... Read more

Phillies vs. Reds (Game 1): Line-up

Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 9:37 AM
It's 9:31 a.m., and its chilly in Clearwater. The wind is blowing hard from left field to right field. Could be a low-scoring one today. The Phillies take on the Reds less than 24 hours after their scheduled exhibition against Florida State was rained out. Jamie Moyer will start the game, followed... Read more

More on Myers

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 10:11 PM
For about an hour and a half, I had no earthly idea why the Phillies chose now to announce the fact that Brett Myers would be their opening starter. Or, for that matter, why Myers was the opening day starter. Charlie Manuel hemmed and hawed when asked about it, failing to pin-point any specific reason... Read more

Your new opening day starter? Same as the old opening day starter

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 6:08 PM
Charlie Manuel pulled a mild shocker today announcing that his opening day starter will not be left-hander Cole Hamels. Instead, he's putting the ball in the hands of righty Brett Myers for the second straight year. More on this to come in a few minutes. . . Read more

Game Time: Skies are ominous, Florida State is fired up

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 5:26 PM
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. . .for now. The skies are gray, and we're getting high winds and bursts of rain. There's a band of strong thunderstorms moving through the area. I just checked out the Weather Channel, and though I do not have a degree in meterology, it looks as if the rain should... Read more

Could Savery be ready by opening day, 2009?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 10:31 AM
In today's paper, we take a look at 22-year-old pitcher Joe Savery, who will get the start tonight in the Phils' exhibition game against Florida State. He's a left-handed, fastball/change-up type of guy who was a star hitter and pitcher for four seasons at Rice. The Phillies drafted him 19th overall... Read more
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