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Archive: April, 2012

Rotation report: Coming up aces first time through

Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:24 AM
One week into the season, the rotation has performed as advertised. Perhaps even better. Tonight, Cliff Lee makes his second start of the season against Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Tomorrow, it is righthander Vance Worley against tricky lefty Jon Niese. And on Sunday, Cole Hamels will face Mike... Read more

Amaro talks offense, Galvis, Hamels and more

Friday, April 13, 2012, 8:42 AM
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was a guest on WIP this morning to talk about the Home Runs for Heart event that benefits the American Heart Association. Amaro has been the honorary chair for a dozen years. The event is May 1-2 at Citizens Bank Park. “It’s an important cause and... Read more

Blanton, Wigginton, bullpen spark win over Marlins that lifts Phillies to .500

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7:14 PM
Power at the plate and power at the bullpen was a combination that won the Phillies a lot of games in 2008. On Thursday night, it won them a 3-1 decision over the Marlins, who leave town having dropped the last two games of the first of six series between these two division rivals. Solo homers by... Read more

Tonight's starter: Mark Buehrle

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 5:55 PM
A quick look at Mark Buehrle, who takes the mound against Joe Blanton tonight. The 33-year-old Buehrle signed a four-year, $58 million contract with the Marlins this offseason, ending a 12-year career with the White Sox. The veteran lefty is very much a throwback, having logged at least 200 innings... Read more

Wigginton at first, Mayberry in left tonight vs. Buehrle

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:40 PM
Veteran lefthander Mark Buehrle is on the hill, meaning Ty Wigginton gets a start at first base, with John Mayberry Jr. moving to left field. Juan Pierre is on the bench. The line-ups: - Shane Victorino CF - Placido Polanco 3B - Jimmy Rollins SS - Hunter Pence RF - John... Read more

Phillies lineup vs. Buehrle

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:21 PM
Coming off a season-high seven runs in a win over the Marlins last night, the Phillies face lefthander Mark Buehrle tonight. Buehrle allowed two runs in six innings and took the loss to Cincinnati on Opening Day last Thursday. That was his National League debut after spending his entire career in... Read more

Leftover Cheese: In Freddy Galvis, a piece of all of us is on display

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 10:51 AM
First, we need to admit that Freddy Galvis' parents provided him with a first-name that is eminently chantable. Things probably would not have played out as they did if the rookie hitting eighth was named Ezekiel or Sam or, hell, Domonic. Somebody asked Roy Halladay last night if he had ever heard... Read more

Live Cheese, Game 5: Phillies (1-3) vs. Marlins (2-3)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 6:58 PM
We're back with another edition of Live Cheese, where every game we offer you friendly neighborhood running commentary, analysis and notes. Check back throughout tonight's game against Marlins righthander Josh Johnson and feel free to post your own thoughts. It's like a color commentator who you don't... Read more

Guillen meets Marlins; plus Phillies lineup

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 3:30 PM
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen returned to Philadelphia to meet with his players before he begins serving his five-game suspension. Guillen and general manager Michael Hill entered the clubhouse and Guillen apologized to his players for the remarks saying he admired Fidel Castro. Joey Cora, the Marlins'... Read more

Who Ya Got, Part II: Thome at first, Rollins at lead-off, Ruiz at No. 6 tonight?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12:07 PM
Earlier today, we took a look at how players like Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and Chris Coghlan might be Roy Halladay's biggest concern tonight as he matches up against Marlins ace Josh Johnson. Well, let's have some more fun with small sample sizes. The Phillies hitter with the most success against... Read more
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