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Archive: July, 2008

Utley Drops Bombs and F-Bombs

Tuesday, July 15, 2008, 9:14 AM
New York Mets fans booed Chase Utley last night at Yankee Stadium, where he competed in the Home Run Derby. His response? "Boo? (Bleep) you." I'm sure we're shocked -- shocked! -- that a baseball player uttered such words. I mean, I know I've never heard or used such language in my life... Read more

Finishing Half on a High Note

Monday, July 14, 2008, 9:01 AM
Pat Burrell didn't try to send a message with his three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday in a 6-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. It sure would be more fun if he did. Burrell has the numbers to be at the All-Star Game tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium. Most people know by now... Read more

What A Tool

Monday, July 14, 2008, 4:45 PM
I hope this guy doesn't believe in karma. A guy dressed in full Phillies uniform -- complete with Phillies wristbands! -- showed up at the All-Star Fan Fest in New York and got people to actually hand him memorabilia to sign. This supposedly went on for 15 to 20 minutes before police escorted him... Read more

Eaton's Struggles Mean What?

Sunday, July 13, 2008, 10:50 AM
Adam Eaton has pitched terribly the last two times he has stepped onto the mound, and that is a growing concern for the Phillies. He allowed 10 hits and eight runs (six earned runs) in just 2 2/3 innings July 7 in a 10-9 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed seven hits and eight... Read more

Looking to Finish Strong

Saturday, July 12, 2008, 11:14 AM
The Phillies need to finish strong before they scatter across the country for the all-star break. Last night helped. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and the bullpen came up big in a 6-5 victory in 12 innings over the Diamondbacks. The Phillies have won three consecutive games, which has maintained... Read more

That's Not Wright

Friday, July 11, 2008, 1:47 PM
Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle has named a replacement for injured Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano on the National League all-star roster: Mets third baseman David Wright. So for the first time since 1948, a player who leads his league in home runs and RBIs will not make the all-star team... Read more

Is Howard All-Star Worthy?

Friday, July 11, 2008, 10:05 AM
Ryan Howard won't be making history, but he could be the first player in 60 years to lead his league in home runs and RBIs at the all-star break and not make the all-star team. Elias Sports Bureau's Santo Labombarda said that hasn't happened since Cincinnati Reds leftfielder Hank Sauer in 1948. Sauer... Read more

Happ Optioned, Cervenak Up

Thursday, July 10, 2008, 11:14 AM
The Phillies optioned lefthander J.A. Happ to triple-A Lehigh Valley and have purchased the contract of infielder Mike Cervenak. The Phillies don't need a fifth starter until the July 22-24 series against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. Rather than have Happ sit and not pitch for 15 days, they... Read more

Howard's Power

Thursday, July 10, 2008, 9:06 AM
Ryan Howard certainly has felt the heat this year for his average and strikeouts. Nobody seemed to notice the home runs and RBIs as they tore their hair out. Howard hit a go-ahead solo home run in last night's 4-2 victory over the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. He has 25 home runs, which is tied... Read more

Burrell Takes Third in Vote

Thursday, July 10, 2008, 5:32 PM
Pat Burrell finished third in voting for the final roster spot on the National League all-star team. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart won. He finished ahead of New York Mets third baseman David Wright. San Francisco Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand and Houston Astros outfielder Carlos... Read more
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