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Archive: August, 2010

Utley cleared to swing bat

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 7:41 PM
Chase Utley visited hand specialist Dr. Andrew Weiland in New York City and was cleared to begin a hitting progression, although not much has changed regarding his return date. The star second baseman, who underwent surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb on July 1, is expected to return sometime... Read more

A quick look at the stretch run

Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 3:19 PM
It is shaping up to be one of the more interesting stretch runs in recent years, mostly because the Phillies and Braves appear to be on a collision course for the final two weeks of the season, when the two teams face each other in 6 of their final 12 games. But there will be plenty of action until... Read more

Ransom clears waivers

Monday, August 9, 2010, 2:26 PM
Infielder Cody Ransom cleared waivers and has accepted his outright assignment to Triple A Lehigh Valley. Ransom hit .190 with two homers and five RBI in 22 games with the Phillies before being designated for assignment last week. Read more

Live chat with Paul Hagen

Monday, August 9, 2010, 4:20 AM
Daily News baseball columnist Paul Hagen takes your questions in a live chat today at noon on the Hot Button. Read more

Flash Forward: A Victorino/Brown Platoon?

Thursday, August 5, 2010, 6:22 PM
In our chat session today, there were a lot of questions about the Phillies' outfield situation once Shane Victorino returns. After all, Raul Ibanez is the Phillies' hottest hitter, Jayson Werth leads the team with a .901 OPS, and rookie Domonic Brown has hardly looked over his head since debuting... Read more

Pedro Martinez: The Best a Man Can Get

Thursday, August 5, 2010, 1:45 PM
Pedro Martinez is in New York City doing a promotional tour for Gillette, the men's shaving line. It's probably the closest he'll get to Yankee Stadium for awhile. Martinez re-iterated his plan to remain on the sidelines this season, which has been well known for at least the past month. The 38-year-old... Read more

Phillies promote first baseman

Thursday, August 5, 2010, 9:52 AM
The Phillies have promoted slugging first baseman Matt Rizzotti from Double A Reading to Triple A Lehigh Valley. Rizzotti, 24, leads the Eastern League in hitting at .362, on-base percentage at .451 and slugging at .638. He hit 16 home runs and drove in 61 runs during his two months with Reading. In... Read more

Phillies acquire Mike Sweeney

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 4:37 PM
With Ryan Howard on the disabled list, the Phillies have acquired first baseman Mike Sweeney from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Sweeney, 37, was batting .263 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 30 games for the Mariners this season. With runners in scoring... Read more

Mailbag: Adam Dunn, A clean-up replacement, and Prospects

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 3:39 PM
I'm not always the best at keeping in touch with people. Actually, let's be honest: the only person worse at responding to e-mail is Ted Kaczynski. But I get a lot of good letters each week, some of which don't even compare my writing ability to a third-grader. So today, I thought I'd comb through... Read more

Hot Button: Chat Phillies with David Murphy

Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 4:10 AM
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