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Did Manuel fix Lidge?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 2:39 PM
Charlie Manuel said it many times this summer and fall, no matter how dark and confusing Brad Lidge’s season became. The manager believed that Lidge was his most talented reliever, and should be the one to close important games. Now, after the closer finished two one-run saves in... Read more

Sources: Myers, Kendrick off the NLCS roster; Bruntlett, Park on; Pedro definite for Game 2

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 10:33 PM
Pedro Martinez will start Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, according to team sources. Martinez, who has not pitched since Sept. 30 and has not lasted more than three innings since Sept. 13, threw a simulated game Tuesday. “He’s did enough work that I’m... Read more

OK, seriously, how did they do that?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 3:33 PM
The moment would have demoralized nearly any other team. In the eighth inning of Monday’s division series clincher in Denver, Dexter Fowler’s acrobatic baserunning clouded a key moment for Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, whose baseball instincts are typically flawless. The Phillies... Read more

Emotional scenes from the clincher

Monday, October 12, 2009, 11:27 PM
This was a wilder celebration than when the Phillies clinched their division a few weeks ago. How could it not have been, given this wild series, and the way they won tonight? I don’t have to tell you anything about how intense and beautiful those past two ballgames were; whether you are a Phils... Read more

Everyone says Eyre is OK, other pregame stuff

Monday, October 12, 2009, 5:44 PM
Pregame greetings from a possible clincher. Last night’s game will be hard to top; hope you were able to stay up for what I thought was the most entertaining game of the season. Some news and notes to chew on as you settle in for Game 5: --When Scott Eyre collapsed on the field while fielding... Read more

Charlie's bullpen clues

Sunday, October 11, 2009, 8:57 PM
With Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton and Pedro Martinez pitching in relief, the Phillies bullpen is dramatically different than during the regular season. This afternoon, Charlie Manuel offered clues about how he would use the pitchers. Though still a bit vague, this answer gave us a better idea what he... Read more

Game times set

Sunday, October 11, 2009, 5:11 PM
The game times for this series have been a joke; if you're a 9-to-5er or schoolkid, you haven't been able to watch any of these comfortable. It'll be better going forward. According to MLB, tomorrow's Game 4 will be played at 4:07pm ET if the Yankees/Twins series concludes today (the Yanks lead... Read more

Happ tomorrow

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 2:41 PM
J.A. Happ will start for the Phillies tomorrow, the team announced. No reaction yet from Pedro Martinez, who said before the news came down, "I would prefer you talk to Charlie." Martinez, smiley as ever, added that he was glad the game today was cancelled. "This was horrible weather... Read more

Lee in Game 4, Hamels or Blanton in a possible Game 5

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 3:27 PM
Update: According to Charlie Manuel, Cliff Lee will start Game 4 Monday, and Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels are in the mix for a potential Game 5. Hamels appears a more likely option, because he is a lefty. "That’s on Hamels’ regular day, but it depends on how much we use (Joe) Blanton... Read more

Moyer hospitalized with blood infection

Friday, October 9, 2009, 5:52 PM
Jamie Moyer is in Thomas Jefferson University hospital with a blood infection, according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Moyer had surgery last Friday to repair three torn tendons in his groin and lower abdomen. “He is doing fine,” Amaro said. “He has Some type of blood... Read more
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