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Archive: April, 2011

Romero could be headed to DL

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 12:18 AM
UPDATE: The Phillies have placed reliever J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list and recalled lefty Mike Zagurski from Lehigh Valley. FROM EARLIER: It was not a banner night for the offense, but the bullpen wasn't much better. Ryan Madson and Kyle Kendrick each allowed tied games to become Milwaukee... Read more

Manuel misses his team's power

Monday, April 18, 2011, 6:31 PM
If Charlie Manuel had his way, he'd have the 1927 New York Yankees lineup and the 1990 Cincinnati Reds bullpen to go along with his 2011 starting rotation. That's why the manager is able to list the Phillies' power numbers as a concern even though his team took a major-league best .296 batting average... Read more

Oswalt on track to make Thursday start

Sunday, April 17, 2011, 1:46 PM
The Phillies won't know for sure until Roy Oswalt throws his bullpen session Monday, but pitcher and team are confident he can make his next start Thursday in San Diego as scheduled. Oswalt left Friday's game with mid-back spasms. "I'm feeling good," Oswalt said Sunday morning. "I've made improvement... Read more

Phils-Marlins postponed

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 2:55 PM
You may have noticed it's raining and the weather reports say it's supposed to continue raining through the rest of the night. The Phillies noticed and acted accordingly, postponing Saturday's game against the Florida Marlins. The game will be made up as part of one of those lovely day-night doubleheaders... Read more

Lee's curveball and completing games

Friday, April 15, 2011, 7:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- The 60th pitch Cliff Lee threw Thursday night was a curveball. It was his first curveball he threw. Ian Desmond swung through the 77 m.p.h. hook after seeing a 93 m.p.h. fastball on the pitch before. That must have given Lee a bright idea. He threw Desmond a curve on the next pitch... Read more

Phillies' first draft selection is No. 39

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 1:54 PM
WASHINGTON -- The cost of signing Cliff Lee was $120 million, and a first-round draft pick. So instead of selecting 33d, the Phillies will not have a first-round pick in this year's June entry draft. Texas will make that pick. The Phillies' first choice will come at pick No. 39 -- one reward for losing... Read more

Game 12: Positive injury news on Utley, Howard

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6:22 PM
WASHINGTON -- Five hours before Thursday's series finale here, Scott Sheridan watched Chase Utley do some light running around the infield and some shuttle drills. Two hours later, Sheridan took a seat directly behind the batting cage in the dugout tunnel to watch Ryan Howard swing a bat. Utley,... Read more

X-Ray on Howard's wrist negative

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 11:23 PM
WASHINGTON -- Ryan Howard had his right wrist wrapped following the Phillies' 3-2 victory over the Nationals. He also had an X-Ray performed that returned negative, according to a team official, after he was plunked on the wrist by Washington lefthander John Lannan. His status for Thursday's series... Read more

Why Mayberry over Gload?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6:15 AM
WASHINGTON -- The story of Tuesday's game in The Inquirer focuses on Joe Blanton and his struggles with runners on base. That is what caused the hole the Phillies faced in the seventh inning when the bases were loaded in a four-run game and Blanton's spot in the order due up. Charlie Manuel turned... Read more

Dubee skeptical of Blanton's 'mechanical' problem

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 5:36 PM
WASHINGTON -- Following Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Nationals, Joe Blanton was convinced he had figured out the main cause of his 10.45 ERA to begin 2011. Pitching coach Rich Dubee isn't so sure Blanton is right. In the clubhouse after the game, Blanton referenced an issue he had pitching from the... Read more
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