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Archive: April, 2012

Brilliant Halladay enjoys 'cool' moment

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 11:27 PM
There is a difference between great moments and greatness. Roy Halladay witnessed the former from one of the best spots in Citizens Bank Park Wednesday night and displayed the latter on the mound during the Phillies' 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins. With the Phillies' offense finally showing some... Read more

Halladay vs. Johnson: A history

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 9:45 AM
Early in 2010, Josh Johnson asked Rich Dubee if he could watch one of Roy Halladay's bullpen sessions. The pitching coach deferred to Halladay, who said it was fine. The two National League East aces are forever linked in history because of a Saturday night in May, but they share a kinship beyond that... Read more

"Freddy, Freddy, Freddy!"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 8:38 PM
Phillies Zone Live: Game 5, the Florida Marlins and Josh Johnson vs. the Phillies and Roy Halladay Here we are at chilly Citizens Bank Park for another edition of in-game analysis with Phillies Zone Live, one of the two best in-game blogs in the entire Philadelphia region. Big break leads to big... Read more

Health updates on Utley, Contreras, Qualls

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 6:00 PM
Ryan Howard is still restricted by an unhealed wound, and that is the most important Phillies injury news of the day. The other injured star, Chase Utley, remains in Phoenix to work with physical therapist Brett Fischer to strengthen his bad knees. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. previously... Read more

Game 5: Solving Johnson

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 3:26 PM
Charlie Manuel had 24 hours to think about his lineup during Tuesday's off day. He settled at the same point he left Monday. The lineup remains identical to Monday's, marking the first time Manuel has duplicated a lineup in the early going. It looks like so: 1. Juan Pierre 7 2. Placido Polanco 5 3... Read more

Video: Can the Phillies cure their offensive woes?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 2:25 PM
Video: The returns of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are a long way off. Can the Phillies solve their offensive problems in the meantime? Bob Brookover of the Inquirer discusses the Phillies' struggles. Read more

Contreras sharp again

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 11:15 AM
The Phillies can activate Jose Contreras from the disabled list Tuesday, and while that is unlikely, the 40-year-old righthander is closer to a return. He pitched another scoreless inning Monday for single-A Clearwater. He struck out two Tampa Yankees. That marks two spotless outings in a row with... Read more

In-game offensive analysis and Thome's return

Monday, April 9, 2012, 1:41 PM
PHILLIES ZONE LIVE: THE HOME OPENER, A.K.A. GAME 4 Here we are back at Citizens Bank Park and it's time for another in-game blog from your friends at the Philadelphia Inquirer. What we've seen from the offense so far 000 000 More analysis after the game. Thome's return The first time Jim Thome... Read more

Why didn't Papelbon pitch?

Monday, April 9, 2012, 11:41 AM
In the wake of two walk-off defeats at the hands of Pittsburgh, more than a few people have wondered how the Phillies could lose without using their best reliever. Jonathan Papelbon is being paid more than any closer in baseball history and he never left the bullpen. The short answer: Charlie Manuel... Read more

Phillies have short bullpen

Monday, April 9, 2012, 11:22 AM
The Phillies will need Cole Hamels to pitch deep into Monday's home opener. Antonio Bastardo and Mike Stutes are unavailable for action, pitching coach Rich Dubee said. Kyle Kendrick has also pitched on consecutive days. And Chad Qualls said he hopes to be in the bullpen, but a mysterious heel injury... Read more
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