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Archive: August, 2011

Fight night

Saturday, August 6, 2011, 2:29 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — In the middle of the visitors clubhouse, Shane Victorino adjusted his cufflinks and prepared to speak. He was calm now, but agitated. His teammates had already rushed inside to watch replays of the brawl between the Giants. They laughed, yelled and smiled. A 9-2 victory over San... Read more

Is Ben Francisco in danger of losing a roster spot?

Friday, August 5, 2011, 8:10 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — The signs must be painfully clear for Ben Francisco. He has been a Phillie since July 29, 2009, a toss-in on the first Cliff Lee trade who established himself as a productive bench player. And remember when he entered this season as the starting right fielder, the heir apparent... Read more

Game 112: Return of Sanchez

Friday, August 5, 2011, 6:53 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- No loss in the National League Championship Series last October was more frustrating than Game 6, and not just because it ended the season. What's remembered is Juan Uribe's opposite-field home run and Ryan Howard taking a called strike three to end it. But the benches cleared in... Read more

Phillies to unveil Harry Kalas statue

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 2:13 PM
A group of Phillies fans long lobbied for a statue of Harry Kalas to grace Citizens Bank Park, and that dream becomes reality on Aug. 14. The Phillies will unveil the statue, sculpted by Lawrence J. Nowlan, in a ceremony before that day's Phillies-Nationals game. The team says members of the Kalas... Read more

Lee at his best

Friday, August 5, 2011, 1:14 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Cliff Lee laughed at the simplicity of it all. But he was happy, so happy that he bounced around the visiting clubhouse wearing flip-flops with his full uniform still on. When his shutout was over, he pumped his left fist. "Basically everything was working," Lee said. "It was one... Read more

Ryan Howard, fastballs, and the fallacy of protection

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:17 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Of the 17 pitches Ryan Howard saw from three Colorado Rockies pitchers Wednesday, eight were fastballs. He hit a two-run double on a Jason Hammel slider and a two-run homer off a Rex Brothers fastball. Since Hunter Pence has joined the Phillies lineup, slotted directly behind Howard... Read more

Madson placed on paternity leave list

Thursday, August 4, 2011, 6:38 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies placed righthander Ryan Madson on the paternity leave list Thursday, meaning they will be without their closer for at least one game against the Giants. Scott Mathieson was recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Madson's spot. Madson can be on the list, created... Read more

Oswalt's return set for Sunday in San Francisco

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 3:21 PM
DENVER -- The Four Aces' storyline that dominated spring training in Clearwater never really carried into the regular season for the Phillies. Once Roy Oswalt's back started barking in April, the veteran righthander just could not match the pristine work being provided by Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels... Read more

Oswalt's return will force some decisions

Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 8:06 PM
DENVER -- Roy Oswalt's expected return to the rotation this weekend in San Francisco is going to force the Phillies to make some decisions. Pitching coach Rich Dubee, for example, must decide whether to reinsert Oswalt Saturday or Sunday against the Giants. "I have a pretty good idea what I'm going... Read more

Put another one in the Phillies' unlikely wins column

Tuesday, August 2, 2011, 1:40 AM
DENVER -- By the end of the long, hot evening, Shane Victorino was pointing at his mother and father as they celebrated his game-winning home run from the seats behind home plate at Coors Field. On the list of unlikely things that have happened during the Phillies' stunning run of success that started... Read more
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