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Archive: August, 2011

A lefty is pitching and Mayberry is starting

Saturday, August 20, 2011, 3:32 PM
WASHINGTON — No, it's not a platoon, says Charlie Manuel. But evidence suggests otherwise. Yet again, John Mayberry Jr. starts with a lefthander on the mound. This instance is particularly interesting because of the pitcher. Raul Ibanez has fantastic career numbers (12 for 25 with five extra-base... Read more

Game 123: Howard, Ruiz return to lineup

Friday, August 19, 2011, 3:23 PM
WASHINGTON — Both Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are back in Charlie Manuel's lineup after each missed a brief time with minor injuries. Howard sat Thursday with what was described as a sore right hand suffered during Wednesday's game. He was examined by a doctor Thursday and both team and player... Read more

Herndon's night

Friday, August 19, 2011, 12:38 AM
Among the bags waiting to be loaded on the train carrying the Phillies to Washington early Friday morning was David Herndon's guitar. "Gotta have something to do on the train," Herndon said. The 90-minute train ride would be a happy one for the 25-year-old righthander. He is one of the few anonymous... Read more

Solving the lefty bench bat riddle

Thursday, August 18, 2011, 11:13 AM
As far as problems go, this should be considered a victory in that a lefthanded bench bat is the last missing piece for these Phillies. They hold an 8.5-game lead with 41 to play. Their current roster is certainly good enough on paper to win the World Series. Now we're just being nit picky. But as... Read more

Pence's bacon and sliding

Thursday, August 18, 2011, 6:25 AM
In the span of 12 hours Wednesday, Hunter Pence tweeted about bacon and unnecessarily slid into third base only to score on the same play. It's not hard to see why he's become a fan favorite in fewer than three weeks as a Phillie. He also provided the comedy for one night in the Phillies dugout. Pence... Read more

Victorino begins 2-game suspension tonight

Thursday, August 18, 2011, 6:18 PM
Shane Victorino's appeal was heard by Major League Baseball and his suspension was reduced from three games to two. That hiatus will begin tonight in the finale against Arizona. Victorino was the only player suspended from the benches-clearing brawl Aug. 5 in San Francisco. He was plunked by Giants... Read more

Schwimer called up

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 2:49 PM
The Phillies placed Joe Blanton on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for righthander Michael Schwimer, who takes Placido Polanco's spot on the roster. Polanco (sports hernia) was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Tuesday's game. The move is retroactive to Aug. 7... Read more

Howard's hand injury not serious

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 10:54 PM
A minor hullabaloo stirred during Wednesday's game when TV cameras showed Ryan Howard shaking his right hand and grimacing in pain following a sixth-inning swing. No worries, Howard said later. "I don't think it's that serious," he said. Evidence suggests that. Howard did not stick around long after... Read more

A rare feat

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 10:14 AM
For the first time in his career, Roy Halladay lost a complete game in which he carried a lead into the ninth at home. He finished the 65th game of his career, but that was of little consolation. In fact, Halladay's total night — a complete-game loss with 14 strikeouts is quite the rare feat... Read more

Ruiz out of lineup

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 5:55 PM
Charlie Manuel's lineup was not posted on the clubhouse board until about an hour before game time. That's because the Phillies manager was waiting to hear the status of his catcher, Carlos Ruiz, who took a foul ball in a not-so-happy spot during Tuesday's sixth inning. Ruiz had his groin area --... Read more
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