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Archive: July, 2011

Is it Pence day?

Friday, July 29, 2011, 9:32 AM
The Astros flew from St. Louis to Milwaukee late Thursday night and Hunter Pence was still a member of their traveling party. That could change Friday. There are strong indications a Pence trade will happen Friday, with Houston enamored by the increased bidding war for their 28-year-old outfielder... Read more

Source: Phillies acquire Pence

Friday, July 29, 2011, 8:55 PM
Ruben Amaro Jr. struck at the deadline again. Charlie Manuel finally has the righthanded bat he has craved since spring training. And the best team in baseball just added the final piece to its World Series-or-bust hopes. The Phillies, permanently in a win-now mode, acquired outfielder Hunter Pence... Read more

Charlie evaluates Brown

Friday, July 29, 2011, 4:49 PM
Twenty-four hours before Domonic Brown was promoted to the majors in late May, Ruben Amaro Jr. said his top prospect wasn't ready. The next day, after a meeting with Charlie Manuel, Amaro had called Brown to the Phillies and he has been here ever since. Manuel was a supporter of Brown because he believed... Read more

Brown still here; batting second

Friday, July 29, 2011, 3:16 PM
Yes, everyone's least favorite baseball player ever is still here. And not only is Domonic Brown here, he is batting second for the Phillies as they open a three-game series against Pittsburgh. Brown is the subject of rampant trade rumors from numerous media outlets, some of which may be true, and... Read more

Polanco plays six pain-free innings

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 2:17 PM
Placido Polanco played without pain Wednesday morning. Nothing else the Phillies All-Star third baseman did during his six-inning rehab stint with triple-A Lehigh Valley was more significant than that. “Maybe a month and a half ago,” Polanco said when asked the last time he did not feel... Read more

On Domonic Brown

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 10:46 AM
The most fascinating thing about the public referendum on Domonic Brown is that we have no idea if this same debate is taking place within the walls that matter, the room where Ruben Amaro Jr. and his lieutenants are assessing the Phillies needs in the current trade market. There are indications the... Read more

Source: Pence remains top target

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 6:11 PM
The stare down continues between possible trade partners three days before Sunday's non-waiver deadline and Ruben Amaro Jr. remains very much involved. A baseball source said Hunter Pence is still the Phillies' top target. That source, familiar with the Phillies' thought-process, said talks are ongoing... Read more

Game 104: Finally, it's Lincecum

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 3:08 PM
It's overcast at Citizens Bank Park, but as far as the Giants are concerned, the future is bright. Tim Lincecum has finally overcome whatever illness befell him and will start in the series finale. And Carlos Beltran, acquired officially in a trade Wednesday, is here and will bat third for San Francisco... Read more

No Beltran or Pence? Now what?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 1:43 PM
The rumor mill is a-churning on this Wednesday afternoon, four days before Sunday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline. And there actually appears to be some substance to these tidbits; no more "Team X remains aggressive" type stuff. Multiple outlets, the first being Yahoo! Sports (as far as I can tell)... Read more

Game 103: A pitching treat

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 3:27 PM
The last time Cole Hamels faced Matt Cain, it was Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Cody Ross was well on his way to achieving hero status and Phillies fans have mostly blocked October 19, 2010 out of their minds. But it was a great pitching duel, just as Wednesday at Citizens Bank... Read more
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