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Archive: June, 2009

Lidge to DL

Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 1:57 PM
The Phillies have placed Brad Lidge on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee, retroactive to June 7, and recalled catcher Paul Bako from triple-A. Bako is expected to be in uniform tonight at Citi Field. The 32-year-old closer is 0-3 this season with 13 saves, six blown saves and a 7... Read more

How the Lidge decision went down, and what happens next

Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 6:51 PM
We now have more information on the Lidge move. Here’s how it went down: Ruben Amaro Jr. , Charlie Manuel, Rich Dubee, trainer Scott Sheridan, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock and Lidge met at the team hotel in Manhattan today, according to sources. There, management told... Read more

What causes popups?

Monday, June 8, 2009, 10:30 AM
Whether you're rooting for a team or playing for one, there might not be a more frustrating play in baseball than the popup. And, as you know, Jimmy Rollins has hit his share of them this season. I've always wondered about the popup, why they seem so difficult to avoid over and over and over when... Read more

Rollins batting sixth

Sunday, June 7, 2009, 6:24 PM
Jimmy Rollins, 4 for 27 on the road trip, is batting sixth today. Just had a long conversation with Rollins about his swing mechanics and he thinks he knows what’s wrong. I’ll keep you posted on that as I sit down to type stuff out. Also, Matt Stairs is not here. He is attending his... Read more

Hamels dominates L.A.

Friday, June 5, 2009, 1:44 PM
Here's a game story with quotes; the game ended too late to get this final version into the paper. By Robyn Norwood LOS ANGELES— Cole Hamels started the last game the Phillies played at Dodger Stadium. They left Chavez Ravine that October night headed for the World Series after clinching the... Read more

The Braves are serious

Friday, June 5, 2009, 3:32 PM
Hey, remember the ‘90s? When cardigan sweaters were cool for guys, Sean Combs called himself "Puff Daddy" and the Braves were serious? Well, it looks like they’re serious again about their chances this season. The other NL East rival has been active lately, trading for outfielder... Read more

San Diego sweep

Thursday, June 4, 2009, 2:13 AM
A couple of things for your consideration after the Phils swept San Diego and won their sixth straight: --J.A. Happ was excellent, pitching aggressively, mixing in more breaking balls than he had in the past, and lasting deep into the game. This guy does not have the nastiest raw stuff you ever saw... Read more

Escalona sent down

Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 2:06 AM
A couple of quick hits about the game, which the Phils won 10-5. The only blemish was Chan Ho Park’s four-run seventh. For a full game story, check the website. --The Phillies optioned Sergio Escalona to triple-A, making room for J.C. Romero. This came after Manuel said pre-game that he expected... Read more

Phillies beat Padres 5-3; Mayberry sent down

Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 2:09 AM
If my clock only says 11:00, why am I so tired? A little roster moveage from the Phils: John Mayberry Jr. was optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, to make room for tonight’s starter Antonio Bastardo. Expect another move soon, as the team will have to make room for J.C. Romero. Also... Read more

Phils send Kyle Drabek to Reading team

Monday, June 1, 2009, 11:14 AM
This blog post has been updated. The Phillies' most exciting pitching prospect since Cole Hamels is on his way to eastern Pennsylvania. Kyle Drabek, the team's top draft pick in 2006, has been promoted to Double-A Reading. He will pitch for the Reading Phillies Thursday night, when the club hosts... Read more
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