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Archive: May, 2011

Brown will miss more time

Saturday, May 14, 2011, 11:01 AM
ATANTA -- Ben Francisco has three hits in 28 May at-bats. His last extra-base hit was 51 plate appearances ago, a double in the first inning of a game in Arizona on April 27. His season batting average is down to .230. (Yes, lower than Raul Ibanez.) But his on-base percenatge is still at .340. (Only... Read more

On Oswalt's fastball

Friday, May 13, 2011, 7:20 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Maybe the expectations were just a tad bit unreasonable. In 16 days, Roy Oswalt did not pitch. His last start in Arizona on April 26 ended after three innings. The next day, he caught a flight to Mississippi to be with his family after tornadoes caused damage to his hometown and... Read more

Oswalt still expected to start Tuesday

Friday, May 13, 2011, 6:59 PM
ATLANTA -- Despite a not-so-stellar minor-league outing Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., Rich Dubee said Roy Oswalt is still expected to start Tuesday in St. Louis. He will throw another bullpen in Clearwater on Sunday and then meet the team in St. Louis. Dubee said he was not concerned with the decreased... Read more

Rare production comes from 2B and C

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 8:10 AM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Charlie Manuel will often talk about his regulars needing to produce their career averages for the Phillies to succeed. Through 35 games, four players had done just that: Jimmy Rollins (.286 in 2011, .273 career), Shane Victorino (.289, .279), Placido Polanco (.354, .304) and... Read more

Brown sits with sprained right thumb

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 7:02 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Top prospect Domonic Brown left Wednesday's game and sat out Thursday with triple-A Lehigh Valley due to a sprained right thumb. The Phillies say the injury is "mild" and Brown will miss two to four days. Brown is closely watched in the minors because of the lack of production... Read more

Not your typical Florida State League game

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 3:27 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Dusty Wathan must feel like the most blessed manager in the history of the Florida State League. He'll field a Clearwater Threshers lineup tonight against the Palm Beach Cardinals that includes Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Oswalt. The game is so compelling (I guess?) that it... Read more

Blanton still not 100 percent

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:30 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- It's hard what to exactly make of the situation surrounding Joe Blanton. Blanton says his right elbow is still cranky, but it's not a big deal. Rich Dubee says his pitcher is not 100 percent. But Blanton felt good enough to complete a light bullpen session Wednesday and the... Read more

Game 36: Save Cliff

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 3:04 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Last year it was Cole Hamels. This year, the whipping boy of the Phillies offense is Cliff Lee. The Phillies have scored a grand total of one run in Lee's past three starts. One. They were shut out in Arizona, 4-0, on April 25. Lee allowed four runs in seven innings that night... Read more

Savery, Ramirez are top minor-leaguers for April

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 2:57 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Two high-profile minor leaguers were honored by the Phillies as their best farmhands for the month of April. First baseman Joe Savery was named player of the month after a scintillating beginning to his career as a full-time position player. Righthander J.C. Ramirez, one of... Read more

Utley to begin official rehab assignment

Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 12:47 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- No more batting each inning and playing the field whenever Chase Utley chooses to. The freedom of extended spring training games will be removed tonight, when Utley officially begins his rehab assignment with single-A Clearwater. The game is 7 p.m. at Bright House Field against... Read more
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