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Archive: May, 2012

Papelbon by The Book

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 1:08 AM
WASHINGTON — In five of the Phillies' 14 losses, they have watched their opponent dance on the field in celebration. Friday night's 4-3 defeat to the Nationals was just the latest way the Phillies have walked off losers. And in all five games, the highest-paid reliever in baseball history has... Read more

A May litmus test

Friday, May 4, 2012, 10:05 AM
ON A TRAIN — Ignore the hype, the concocted PR scams for attention, and the indignant fans who think they are taking it to The Man by spending money at an opponent's ballpark. Enjoy this weekend for what it is. When was the last time the Phillies had a true in-season division rivalry? Hasn't... Read more

Another closer's pain

Friday, May 4, 2012, 6:42 PM
WASHINGTON — When Jonathan Papelbon arrived at his first spring training with the Phillies in February, he referred to Mariano Rivera as "the Godfather of closers." He considers Rivera a mentor after their years of competition in the American League East. Not surprisingly, Papelbon was distraught... Read more

Halladay returns; Lee scheduled for bullpen

Friday, May 4, 2012, 6:21 PM
WASHINGTON — Two brief updates on a few $20 million arms: Hours before Friday's first pitch, Roy Halladay walked to left field at Nationals Park. He was absent Thursday, one day after a disastrous eight-run outing, to tend to a personal matter. He was back at work Friday and threw a bullpen... Read more

Game 27: Natitude

Friday, May 4, 2012, 5:17 PM
WASHINGTON — They have renamed this ballpark on the banks of the Anacostia River for the weekend. It's now known as "Natitude Park" and there is new signage all across the stadium. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he can't spell it. "I can hardly pronounce the damn word," he said. Welcome... Read more

Who would have pitched after Sanches?

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 12:08 PM
ATLANTA — Had Brian Sanches not allowed a game-winning home run to Chipper Jones and held the Braves scoreless in the 11th inning, he probably would have thrown more than 50 pitches to do it. Sanches said he was fatigued when the inning began. "He had to go," Charlie Manuel said. "He was there... Read more

Ruiz in rare company

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 11:43 AM
ATLANTA — Carlos Ruiz's seven RBIs in Wednesday's 15-13 loss to the Braves were the most ever for a Phillies catcher. When a team employee informed Ruiz of that early Thursday morning, his eyes widened. "Wow," he said. "But we lost, so it doesn't matter." It didn't take away from the individual... Read more

Dissecting craziness

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 12:49 AM
ATLANTA — Begin with this: The Phillies scored 13 runs Wednesday. Sure enough, they lost, for the first time since 1969 when scoring that many. (Or 1993 if we're counting the postseason.) But they hadn't scored at least 13 since July 10, 2011 and only twice total in the last two seasons. That... Read more

Manuel likes Rollins' energy

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 9:10 AM
ATLANTA — During the first weeks of baseball, they grasped at silver linings with the knowledge it was early. One of them was, "Jimmy Rollins is not this bad." The 33-year-old had signed a four-year, $38 million deal in the winter to secure his legacy with the Phillies. Then Charlie Manuel inserted... Read more

Injury updates on Herndon, Brown, Biddle

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 4:52 PM
ATLANTA — A few injury tidbits on this Wednesday: - David Herndon has a right flexor pronator strain and will not throw for at least three weeks. The Phillies do not believe he is a candidate for surgery, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. Herndon is in Clearwater, Fla. - Domonic... Read more
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