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Archive: May, 2013

Five observations: Turning over the rotation with help from the offense

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 11:13 AM
Five observations after a second straight win over the Giants. . . 1) Riding the most impressive back-to-back wins over the season -- on the road, against a playoff-caliber team, facing Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum -- the Phillies now turn their winning streak over to. . .Jonathan Pettibone... Read more

Regrets? Hunter Pence has a few

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:11 PM
Cliff Lee retired each of the four hitters he faced on Monday night in San Francisco before the beach-blond, lanky kid with the funny swing stepped into the batter's box. Hunter Pence, who was wearing a Phillies uniform this time last year, ripped a line-drive, solo home run over the left field fence... Read more

Five observations: Big money production, external pitching options, Dom bombs

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 10:14 AM
Five observations after last night's 6-2 win over the Giants. . . 1) It is going to be awfully tough for the Phillies to put together the kind of stretch they need over the next few weeks if they do not get more production out of their big money hitters. That means Jimmy Rollins (8-for-46 with five... Read more

Cliff Lee: "Tonight was more of a depiction of what we are"

Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 2:09 AM
Five nights earlier, the Phils had just suffered their second straight deflating loss to the Cleveland Indians and Cliff Lee was frustrated. "We have to have a little more pride than that," Lee said, "and figure out a way to at least get back into games and make it somewhat competitive.” Lee's... Read more

Manuel respects Halladay for trying to pitch through injury

Monday, May 6, 2013, 8:32 PM
Roy Halladay and the Phillies arrived in San Francisco late Sunday night. On Monday, Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list and he boarded a plane for Los Angeles. Halladay, on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, will have his arm checked out by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday. Sometime this... Read more

Joe Savery recalled -- decision on starter will wait

Monday, May 6, 2013, 3:10 PM
The Phillies officially placed Roy Halladay on the disabled list today with what they described as right shoulder inflammation. To take his place on the roster they recalled lefty reliever Joe Savery, who will bolster a bullpen that logged 6 2/3 innings yesterday. The Phillies need to recall a starter... Read more

Roy Halladay reset: 'Injured' versus 'aging'

Monday, May 6, 2013, 11:32 AM
Everything I wrote back in February still stands today. You can't fault an elite athlete for trying to convince himself that his body is capable of completing the task at hand. It's the mindset that is required at this level of competition. The reason why organizations have a general manager and three... Read more

More questions than answers as Phillies prepare to send Halladay to disabled list

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 6:23 PM
All of the important questions are ones that cannot yet be answered. We do not know how long the Phillies might be without Roy Halladay. We do not know who will replace him in the rotation. We do not know anything about the pain in his shoulder except that it is there, and that the veteran righthander... Read more

It isn't easy, but the time for drastic action on Roy Halladay has arrived

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 4:36 PM
The first instinct was to react as fans. It was the bottom of first inning and the Phillies were down 3-0 and Roy Halladay had just issued his third walk of the frame. The crowd at Citizens Bank Park had already watched a 22-year-old right fielder smack a bases loaded double off the top of the left... Read more

Doc defends Dubee, calls Wild Thing "off base"

Friday, May 3, 2013, 5:35 PM
Earlier today, former Phillies pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams basically called for the firing of Philllies pitching coach Rich Dubee. Among other things, Williams said several pitchers had mechanical issues that any other pitching coach would be able to see and address. Prior... Read more
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