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Archive: April, 2013

Roy Halladay and the pathology of greatness

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:34 PM
One of the reasons we gravitate toward competitive sports is the illusion of control that it offers us. The world is a scary freaking place. Think about the moment when the first of our ancestors developed consciousness, when he or she looked up and down and left and right and experienced a trickle... Read more

Roy Halladay does not look like Roy Halladay

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 8:59 PM
In 2011, when Roy Halladay last looked like Roy Halladay, the veteran right-hander faced 933 batters and went to a three-ball count against 138 of them, an average of one every 6.76 batters. On Wednesday night against the Braves, he faced 19 batters and went to three balls against eight of them. That... Read more

Manuel sticking with Young's glove

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:11 PM
Michael Young cleanly fielded a ground ball hit his way during batting practice on Wednesday afternoon. But then he sailed a throw toward the right field line. Young, a former Gold Glove shortstop, is playing third base for the first time in a full-tme basis in three years. In his first major league... Read more

Pre-game notes: Roy Halladay and the lineup

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 5:33 PM
Roy Halladay was sitting in front of his locker wearing sweatpants and staring at an iPad. We are about two hours away from his first action of the 2013 season, and everybody is curious what they will see out of the veteran righthander. Halladay had a rough spring training as he battled to find his... Read more

Roy Halladay's Opening Day

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 5:31 PM
Roy Halladay trotted out to the third base line and stood alongside third base coach Ryne Sandberg for the pregame festivities on Opening Day. Right before the national anthem played at Turner Field, with the gigantic American flag sprawled out over the outfield grass, Halladay stood along side his... Read more

Morning rundown: Is a lineup change in order against Paul Maholm?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 10:21 AM
While the majority of attention will be paid toward Roy Halladay tonight, another important story line will begin to unfold when the Phillies have the bats in their hands. Last season, the Phillies went 23-30 in games where they faced a left-handed starter. That's what they will be up against tonight... Read more

Who is Ezequiel Carrera, the newest Phillies outfielder?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 3:06 PM
The Phillies have claimed 25-year-old outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of waivers from the Indians. In doing so, they have designated Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte for assignment. The Phillies could try to work out a trade with the Diamondbacks in order to keep Inciarte in their system. Otherwise, Arizona... Read more

Phillies add fifth outfielder

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 3:00 PM
Ender Inciarte said it was "like a dream come true" to make it to the big leagues on Opening Day. Less than 24 hours, his dream came to an end, at least in Philadelphia. The Phils claimed fellow Venezuelan outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday afternoon.... Read more

Morning rundown: Hamels, Utley and a loss in the season opener

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 9:19 AM
It came down to command, or a lack thereof, for Cole Hamels. It was obviously early that he was struggling to locate his pitches, particularly his cutter and curveball. That's not a good thing against a Braves team that is built to destroy fastballs. It also isn't a huge surprise. Hamels has had some... Read more

The positive? Chase Utley's bat is awake

Monday, April 1, 2013, 11:17 PM
There was a lot not to like if you were a Phillies fan tuned in to one of the most highly anticipated games of any season -- Opening Day. Cole Hamels continued his odd trend of starting the season with a thud. Although he's pitched brilliantly in postseason openers, Hamels, for whatever reason, tend... Read more
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