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Archive: October, 2010

Polanco to have surgery Friday

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 6:48 PM
I'm here in San Francisco preparing for Game 1 of the World Series, but Phillies news never ends, right? An update on Placido Polanco... It was the middle of August, between his third and fourth cortisone injections, when Placido Polanco first acknowledged he'd probably need surgery on his left elbow... Read more

Lee on Phillies: 'You kind of like seeing them lose a little bit'

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6:45 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Ah yes, baseball is not over. They will play the World Series without the Phillies for the first time in three years. That doesn't mean this series between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants fails to offer intrigue for those back in Philadelphia. You know, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named... Read more

Phillies decline Romero's option

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 4:24 PM
As expected, the Phillies declined reliever J.C. Romero's $4.5 million option for 2011. The left-hander will receive a $250,000 buyout and become a free agent. It's unlikely the Phillies will bring back Romero, who went 1-0 with three saves and a 3.68 ERA this season. Romero spent part of 2007 and... Read more

Amaro acknowledges concerns about team's age

Monday, October 25, 2010, 12:45 PM
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke for a half hour Monday at Citizens Bank Park to issue his state of the team address as the Phillies head into the off-season without a pennant for the first time in three years. He had plenty of interesting things to say. "I think there are three elements... Read more

Game 6 lineups: Rollins leads off

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 3:56 PM
Apparently Jimmy Rollins' two stolen bases in Game 5 were enough proof for Charlie Manuel that his leadoff hitter is healthy enough to bat at the top of the lineup. Rollins returns to the leadoff spot for the second time this postseason in Game 6. Rollins batted leadoff in five games at the end of... Read more

Rewind: Two key situations from Game 4

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 2:33 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- A lot going on out there. Rightfully so. There was so much that happened in Game 4 that it's hard to begin, in no particular order...Jimmy Rollins, Joe Blanton, Sam Perlozzo, Chad Durbin, Roy Oswalt, Brad Lidge, Ben Francisco, Jeremy Affeldt...take your pick. (OK, many have chosen... Read more

Game 5 lineups

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 4:57 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies will play an elimination game with a familiar lineup. Raul Ibanez is back in the lineup after sitting in Game 4. And Charlie Manuel has moved Placido Polanco back up to the two spot. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are not split up. 1. Shane Victorino CF 2. Placido Polanco... Read more

That other guy

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 2:40 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- So it's come to this. Joe Blanton, the fourth member of a pitching rotation that features a Big Three, is pitching in the season's most important game. I'm assuming much of the debate back home today as been about starting Blanton over Roy Halladay. As I wrote for Tuesday's paper... Read more

Francisco in LF as Ibanez sits

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 5:12 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Following Game 3, I asked Charlie Manuel if he thought it was time to start Ben Francisco in leftfield as Raul Ibanez extended his hitless streak to 15 at-bats. "I'll think about all that," Manuel said. "But at the same time it's getting kind of late to be trying to... Read more

One last look at Game 1

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 5:45 PM
Any time a baseball team loses a close game, there are moves that can be questioned. Such was the case Saturday night after the Phillies dropped a 4-3 decision to the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. One popular question: Why didn't Charlie Manuel order a... Read more
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