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Archive: April, 2012

Patience is only answer for Polanco and Mayberry

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12:55 PM
After a loss like Tuesday night's in San Francisco, there are really only two things to talk about: Placido Polanco and John Mayberry Jr. Polanco, after going 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Phillies' 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, is hitting .179 and showing no signs that he has the ability... Read more

Game 12: Another lineup

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 8:17 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies will play their 12th game of 2012 tonight. Charlie Manuel will use his 10th different lineup. 1. Juan Pierre 7 2. Shane Victorino 8 3. Jimmy Rollins 6 4. Hunter Pence 9 5. Ty Wigginton 5 6. Laynce Nix 3 7. Carlos Ruiz 2 8. Freddy Galvis 4 9. Cliff Lee 1 This version... Read more

Phillies have 4 picks in top 100

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11:54 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — For the first time since 2008, the Phillies will pick four times in Major League Baseball's top 100 draft picks. The official order for June's draft was released Tuesday. Changed compensation rules as dictated by the new collective bargaining agreement have changed how picks... Read more

Halladay's velocity is down, results are not

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11:46 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Roy Halladay never went looking Monday for that black stationary bike in the bowels of AT&T Park. He had not stepped foot on the mound here since Oct. 21, 2010. The only reason he could keep throwing off it in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series was because of... Read more

'It's a special deal'

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 9:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Last November, Frank Coppenbarger sent a text message to Pat Burrell. Coppenbarger, the Phillies' longtime director of travel and clubhouse services, floated the idea of Burrell returning to Philadelphia sometime during the 2012 season for a retirement ceremony. Burrell had witnessed... Read more

Game 11: Righty heavy

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 6:49 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — For the fourth time in 11 games, the Phillies face a lefthanded starter. And predictably, Charlie Manuel will employ a righthanded-heavy lineup against the Giants' Madison Bumgarner. That means John Mayberry Jr. is back in the lineup after two days on the bench. Mayberry pinch-hit... Read more

What a difference defense can make

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:52 PM
The focus through spring training and the embroyonic stages of the regular season has been the Phillies' offense. Too many singles, not enough clutch hits, etc., etc. I've been as guilty as anyone at harping on that part of the Phillies' game and it is a real problem. But what we saw Monday night... Read more

Runnin' Phillies

Monday, April 16, 2012, 1:47 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — It's hard to label something "a trend" after only nine baseball games. That the Phillies are tied for the major-league lead in stolen bases is likely a byproduct of a small sample size. They have attempted 11 steals and converted 10 of them successfully. Last season, in the Phillies'... Read more

Status quo for Howard

Monday, April 16, 2012, 9:03 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Howard saw an undisclosed wound specialist Monday in Philadelphia and the status quo remains. He cannot expand his activity until the wound on his right heel completely heals. That has yet to happen. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Howard continues to heal... Read more

Game 10: A pitching treat

Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:57 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Welcome to AT&T Park, where the Phillies and Giants have shared plenty of moments in the last two seasons. Ryan Madson kicked a chair in the clubhouse and broke his toe. There was Roy Oswalt pitching in relief, surrendering a sacrifice fly to Juan Uribe that won Game 4 of... Read more
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