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Archive: July, 2009

Some perspective on Cliff Lee

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 12:33 PM
It is funny how our brains work. As a sports writer, a large chunk of my job involves typing names and typing them correctly, often in a short frame of time. A lot of us have certain names that give us trouble. Earlier this season, while filing a story involving Matt Lindstrom, the Marlins closer,... Read more

On Carrasco, Halladay and Lee

Monday, July 27, 2009, 11:40 PM
I've had several people ask me about Carlos Carrasco over the past couple of weeks, given all the attention that Kyle Drabek has been receiving. Just last year, Carrasco was the organization's top pitching prospect, the player whose name percolated in trade rumors. It is understandable how the viewing... Read more

Trade Deadline: What we know; What we don't know

Monday, July 27, 2009, 11:54 AM
Welcome to Arizona, where outside it feels like God left the oven door open. It is pretty amazing to me that Eagles training camp starts today, yet the talk of the town is the Phillies. And it is even more amazing to me that, despite the fact that the Phillies have won 16 of 19 games, the town could... Read more

Pedro's return brief

Sunday, July 26, 2009, 5:52 PM
From Paul Hagen ... Pedro Martinez's first action in a game since last September turned out to be brief thanks to rainy weather in Clearwater, Fla. Martinez, 37, faced six St. Lucie Mets today in a Class A Florida State League game before the game was called. Martinez throw four pitches in the second... Read more

How else might the Blue Jays help the Phillies?

Friday, July 24, 2009, 1:00 PM
Having not typed the name "Roy Halladay" at any point in the last 24 hours, I fear my fingers are losing the muscle memory I had built up in preparation for this final week before the trade deadline. As I Twitter-ed a couple nights ago, it is my opinion that the Phillies odds at landing Halladay... Read more

Romero, Durbin to disabled list

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 3:33 PM
UPDATED It’s not that Rich Dubee doesn’t understand why Chad Durbin wanted to keep pitching, it’s just that Dubee wishes Durbin trusted him more. When asked by Dubee how long his lat had been bothering him, Durbin admitted it had been weeks, not days. Durbin and J.C. Romero (strained... Read more

Congress could vote on Kalas resolution today

Thursday, July 23, 2009, 10:53 AM
A quick noted passed along from High Cheese's Washington Bureau. . . Congress may vote on a resolution honoring the life of former Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas today. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Joe Sestak, whose district include Delaware County, shortly after Kalas' death from heart... Read more

Ibanez out of lineup, but healthy

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 12:58 PM
Raul Ibanez is not hurt. “I’m not hurt,” said Raul Ibanez, testily. “He’s not hurt,” said manager Charlie Manuel, affably. He’s making sure Ibanez stays that way. When a recently injured, 36-year-old, lefthanded hitter who leads the team in homers and slugging... Read more

Martinez happy with outing

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 3:15 PM
I know the word "simulated game" sounds exciting, but let's keep in perspective what actually happened today. Pedro Martinez faced six very minor prospects, two of them left-handed hitters. There was no defense behind him. There were two kids in the outfield to shag balls. There was no umpire... Read more

Thoughts on Martinez and Lopez

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 10:45 AM
A few things before I check out of the Residence Inn and head down to the ballpark here in Clearwater. . . 1) The more I examine the situation, the more I believe the Martinez signing borders on a no-brainer. According to my calculations, the Phillies have guaranteed Martinez just over $885,000 for... Read more
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