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Archive: April, 2012

Game 4: Pierre on top

Monday, April 9, 2012, 9:56 AM
The wind is blowing hard to right field, so it's a good thing the Phillies have all those lefthanded power bats in their lineup. Oh, whoops. They will play meaningful baseball in South Philadelphia for the first time in 2012 this afternoon. Charlie Manuel will use his fourth different lineup combination... Read more

Bunts on bunts on bunts

Monday, April 9, 2012, 8:46 AM
PITTSBURGH — The manager kept pounding his desk with his right hand. It wasn't because he was angry, but Charlie Manuel spoke with conviction and he wanted emphasis to his ideas. Manuel tends to talk this way. He talks positively, as he should after three games, no matter what he's seen. That's... Read more

Pierre makes up for botched opportunities

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 2:32 PM
PHILLIES ZONE LIVE: GAME 3 FROM BEAUTIFUL PNC PARK Here we are for the final game of the Phillies' season-opening series with the Pittsburgh Pirates offering some in-game insight. Happy Easter. Hope you find more eggs on your hunt than the Phillies found runs in their first two games of the season... Read more

Game 3: The quest for runs

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 10:22 AM
PITTSBURGH — And on the third game, Charlie Manuel sacrificed his defense for offense. The manager will start Jim Thome and Juan Pierre for the first time Sunday as the Phillies attempt to win this series against the Pirates. He'll also put Ty Wigginton at third base. His lineup: 1. Juan Pierre... Read more

Doc on Vanimal

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 10:42 AM
PITTSBURGH -- Vance Worley will start his second big-league season -- those five appearances in 2010 don't count as a season -- as a member of the Phillies' starting rotation Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. As addressed last Sunday in an Inside the Phillies story about Worley, the... Read more

Qualls unavailable with heel injury

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 5:33 PM
PITTSBURGH — The Phillies signed Chad Qualls this winter because they valued his durability; no pitcher has appeared in more games since 2005 than the 33-year-old righthander. But three games into the season, Qualls is sidelined by a nebulous right heel injury he could barely describe. Qualls... Read more

Bunt work paying off for Rollins; Defense delivering

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 7:50 PM
LIVE ZONE: PHILLIES GAME 2 We have a new addition to Phillies Zone this season called the in-game blog and tonight, I am your in-game blogger. Read and enjoy. Defense matters After watching spring training and the first two games of the regular season, it's pretty obvious that fans of big offense... Read more

No Thome yet

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 5:23 PM
PITTSBURGH — There was only one change to Manuel's Saturday lineup from opening day; Laynce Nix started at first base. The manager said he wanted another lefthanded bat, but opted for Nix over Jim Thome. Manuel hopes to play Thome at least once a week. It's possible his first start comes Monday... Read more

Worley's changes ready for deployment

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 5:13 PM
PITTSBURGH — When his teammates finally headed north, Vance Worley was relegated to another day in Florida. Worley had to do his throwing, and it wasn't going to be in Philadelphia against the Pirates, a team he'd face six days later when it really counted. Thus, Worley pitched in a simulated... Read more

Game 2: Return of Clifton

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 3:04 PM
PITTSBURGH — Charlie Manuel said he expects to tinker with his lineup often in the early parts of the season. For Game 2 of 2012, he makes only one change. Laynce Nix is at first base with Ty Wigginton on the bench. Pittsburgh will start a righthander, Jeff Karstens, so the lefty Nix will have... Read more
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