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Archive: August, 2011

Polanco out until at least Friday, possibly much longer

Monday, August 8, 2011, 9:10 PM
The official diagnosis is the all-too-familiar sports hernia, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Placido Polanco's injury is not as severe as the one that Raul Ibanez battled through during the second half of the 2009 season. Polanco had an MRI today in Philadelphia and tomorrow will... Read more

Victorino suspended three games; Giants fined

Monday, August 8, 2011, 6:07 PM
Shane Victorino was the only player suspended by Major League Baseball as a result of the bench-clearing scrum between the two-teams on Friday night. Victorino was suspended three games, but will appeal. It is possible that suspension can be reduced. Third baseman Placido Polanco and catcher Eli... Read more

The scrum

Saturday, August 6, 2011, 2:50 AM
The adrenaline had subsided by the end of the night, replaced instead by chuckling explanations of what went on in the pile. Brian Schneider was at the bottom of it, along with fellow catcher Carlos Ruiz. Ryan Howard was late because he was in the batting cage. Only the swell in crowd noise alerted... Read more

Victorino signs picture for bat boy

Friday, August 5, 2011, 9:22 PM
By now you have probably seen poor Cameron Hansen take an epic spill while running up the first base line to retrieve Shane Victorino's bat after a first-inning walk. Hansen's fall made it onto Sports Center as well as the front page of Yahoo Sports, catpulting him into mini-celbritydom. Hansen, an... Read more

Mayberry gets another start, this time for Howard

Friday, August 5, 2011, 7:04 PM
Charlie Manuel is going to ride the hot hand. John Mayberry Jr. is back in the line-up for a second straight night, this time against Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez. Last night, he hit a home run off of young lefty Madison Bumgarner while starting in left field for Raul Ibanez. Tonight, he'll give... Read more

The curious case of John Mayberry Jr.

Friday, August 5, 2011, 2:10 AM
John Mayberry Jr. wanted nothing more than to be here last October, to feel the energy that the postseason produces, to be that guy whose name gets called when the stakes can't get bigger. The dream ended in Atlanta, on the last day of the regular season, as the Phillies prepared for their second... Read more

Waiting for the Vogelsong to end

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 3:38 PM
I said it a couple months ago, and I will say it again now: the curious case of Ryan Vogelsong is the reason every culture since the inception of human civilization has held Sport in a regard that is entirely disproportionate to its actual contributions to the betterment of society. The Phillies will... Read more

Phils' rookie league team escapes scary accident

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 3:10 PM
Ruben Amaro Jr. briefly experienced one of a general manager's many nightmares last night when he received a text in Colorado. The Phillies' rookie league team, the Williamsport Crosscutters, had been involved in a bus accident that occurred on the Staten Island Expressway after their win over the... Read more

Giving Kyle Kendrick his due

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12:41 AM
Kyle Kendrick thinks exactly like you would expect a starting pitcher to think, like you want a starting pitcher to think. He wants the ball, and he wants it for as long as you will give it to him, and if it was up to him there would be no chance in hell of him leaving this starting rotation with two... Read more

Farm subsidies

Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 5:23 PM
It could be difficult for the Phillies to add complementary pieces via waivers this August, given their low waiver position and their apparent inability to add much payroll. But there are some names to watch down at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, particularly those of Phillippe Aumont and Michael Schwimer... Read more
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