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Archive: April, 2012

Game 15: Ruiz sits again

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 5:07 PM
SAN DIEGO — Carlos Ruiz is out of the Phillies lineup for the second straight night because of a sore wrist. And after a four-run outburst Friday, Charlie Manuel will stick with the same lineup even with a lefty, Cory Luebke, on the mound. 1. Juan Pierre 7 2. Placido Polanco 5 3. Jimmy Rollins... Read more

Video: What's the ideal lineup for the Phillies?

Friday, April 20, 2012, 2:06 PM
Video: Should Jimmy Rollins be leading off for the Phillies? Can they get by with Placido Polanco at third base? The Inquirer's Marc Narducci discusses. Read more

A lost Mayberry

Friday, April 20, 2012, 2:01 PM
SAN DIEGO — Another day of failure complete, John Mayberry Jr. plopped down at a laptop and began scrolling through the footage. He saw the 87 m.p.h. fastball he popped to second base with the bases loaded in the first inning. Then there was another fastball he skied to right to begin the fourth... Read more

Ruiz out with sore wrist

Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:21 PM
SAN DIEGO — His left wrist hurt immediately when Carlos Ruiz withstood Will Venable crashing into him in the sixth inning Thursday. The Phillies catcher batted two more times and struck out in both chances. It was hard to grip a bat. "That's true, but I don't make excuses," Ruiz said. "But... Read more

Game 14: The prodigal son returns

Friday, April 20, 2012, 6:05 PM
SAN DIEGO — Invariably, there is a local reporter who will approach Cole Hamels upon his return to this city, the place where he was born and raised, and ask him about how great it is to pitch at home. Hamels will entertain them and answer with a bunch of cliches. But as his free agency quickly... Read more

Phillies belong in the basement right now

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:48 PM
Last place is the last place you want to be even in the middle of April. But that's where the Phillies stand in the National League East, a division they have dominated for the last five seasons. They begin a four-game series Thursday night in San Diego in last place and it is the exact place they... Read more

Resolution for Howard?

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 9:20 PM
SAN DIEGO — Ryan Howard will see a specialist again Friday and could finally receive the news he's been waiting for. "Hopefully," Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "he can start doing more baseball stuff." Howard has been limited in his rehab from Achilles surgery and a subsequent infection to strength... Read more

Game 13: It gets better, right?

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 6:38 PM
SAN DIEGO — Maybe all the Phillies need is a stop in this beautiful city. They have, after all, won 11 straight games at Petco Park. That is the longest active streak for any team at any ballpark in the majors. It also ties a franchise record set in 1954-55 when the Phillies won 11 straight... Read more

An appreciation for Lee

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 3:01 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — One ace watched another dazzle and Roy Halladay could relate. Sort of. He's twice pitched into the 10th inning, but both times he was victorious. Lee's performance Wednesday will long be remembered despite a Phillies loss. That's why Halladay allowed a small smile in a dejected... Read more

More frustration for Polanco

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 2:05 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — This was the place last August where Placido Polanco relented. His body could no longer sustain the abuse of a double sports hernia. He had already spent 25 days on the disabled list with a bad back. He needed more rest. After another listless Phillies defeat Tuesday, 4-2 at... Read more
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