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Archive: May, 2011

Hamels in control -- again

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 7:05 AM
The story in today's Inquirer of Tuesday's 4-1 Phillies win centers around Raul Ibanez ending his hitless streak because, well, how many times will we see something like that again? (I have a feeling I know what the first comment on this entry will be.) Charlie Manuel made the first drastic changes... Read more

Romero activated, Herndon optioned

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 3:24 PM
The Phillies have activated J.C. Romero from the 15-day disabled list and optioned righthander David Herndon in the process, clearing a roster spot. Needing a third catcher for at least the next two days, the Phillies must stick with 11 pitchers for now. Herndon was the odd man out. That should come... Read more

Game 29: Another Vance party

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 3:10 PM
No surprise here: Charlie Manuel will stick with his revamped lineup for a second day in a row against Washington. Yes, the Phillies did score four runs with the new lineup. But they had 12 hits, seven walks and left 12 on base. "At least we had guys on," Manuel said afterward. True. They will face... Read more

Manuel: Utley could be headed for Florida

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 4:28 PM
The results of Chase Utley's simulated game Sunday were positive, enough so that Utley took the field early this afternoon for another simulated situation. Manager Charlie Manuel watched it and decided Utley appears close to expanding his rehab from patellar tendinitis and whatever else ails his right... Read more

Game 28: Rollins back to leadoff spot

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 3:17 PM
Drastic changes in the Phillies lineup as a three-game series with Washington begins. Jimmy Rollins is back in his customary leadoff spot for the first time this season. Rollins had batted third in each of the Phillies' first 27 games. It's not that he's done terrible from there -- but a .346 slugging... Read more

Putting 0 for 34 in context

Monday, May 2, 2011, 10:15 AM
Sunday night ended early for Raul Ibanez, who has now gone 14 days and 34 at-bats without a hit. He was double-switched out of the game in the ninth inning after at-bat No. 34 yielded a weak grounder to second with the bases loaded and two outs in a tie game. Ibanez is down to .154 for the season... Read more

USA chants confused Phillies

Monday, May 2, 2011, 2:09 AM
The reaction in the Phillies' clubhouse to the news of Osama bin Laden's death was more subdued than the reaction from the sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park in the middle of Sunday night's game with the New York Mets. It could have had something to do with the fact that the game dragged on for nearly... Read more

Utley plays in simulated game

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 5:45 PM
The progressions of Chase Utley have been measured in accomplishing simple baseball tasks made difficult by a bad right knee. Sunday brought another: Utley played in a "semi-simulated type of thing" as described by Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. What does that mean? Utley saw breaking balls... Read more

Game 27: The return of Ibanez

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 4:08 PM
With an 0 for 30 hitless streak hovering over his very existence (Wait, you mean it's not that dramatic?) Raul Ibanez returns to the Phillies lineup. This is no surprise, even with John Mayberry Jr.'s success as left fielder recently. Ibanez remains Charlie Manuel's starting left fielder and why not?... Read more
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