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Archive: April, 2012

Cloyd a perfect replacement for Iron Pigs

Friday, April 6, 2012, 11:28 AM
PITTSBURGH -- The most interesting minor-league story on opening day was at Allentown's Coca-Cola Park, where righthander Tyler Cloyd made his seasonal debut by pitching six perfect innings in triple-A Lehigh Valley's 3-0 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Thursday night. That Cloyd, an... Read more

Contreras struggles at Clearwater

Friday, April 6, 2012, 11:09 AM
PITTSBURGH -- Jose Contreras' pitching line was a red flag, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said there is no reason for concern. Contreras, on the disabled list and rehabilitating from September elbow surgery, threw just 11 pitches in single-A Clearwater's opening-day game against Dunedin Thursday... Read more

Blanton to start next Thursday

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 12:03 PM
PITTSBURGH — It turns out the Phillies will not completely skip Joe Blanton in the rotation. Blanton will pitch in the team's sixth game, April 12 against Miami, pitching coach Rich Dubee said. Late in spring training, Dubee discussed the idea of skipping Blanton so he could keep the rest of... Read more

Galvis makes (dubious) history in debut

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 5:52 PM
PITTSBURGH — Freddy Galvis did what no Phillies player had done in 42 years: He made his major-league debut in the opening day starting lineup. Then he made more history: He was only the 11th player in modern baseball to hit into two double plays in his debut game. No Phillie had ever done that... Read more

Mayberry has eventful opening day — again

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 5:39 PM
PITTSBURGH — On Wednesday, Charlie Manuel told John Mayberry Jr. he would start in left field on opening day. "It was awesome," Mayberry said. "It was a great feeling to start my first opening day, and it was great to just kind of spin off of last year, I guess." Last year, Mayberry delivered... Read more

Three thoughts on roster

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:25 PM
PITTSBURGH — There were a dozen or so Pirates fans lined up outside the left field gate of PNC Park on Thursday afternoon to watch their team work out. It's the beauty of opening day; everyone is in first place. That's a spot the Phillies are accustomed to beyond April, but once again they are... Read more

Galvis Continues Impressive Spring

Monday, April 2, 2012, 10:55 PM
Freddy Galvis isn’t trying to do too much, is listening to the veterans and is just putting his head down and working hard. He’s playing a new position, and ready to learn it on the Major League level, yet Galvis is obviously enjoying his stay with the Phillies. He’s expected to... Read more

Blanton Encouraged By His Progress

Monday, April 2, 2012, 8:56 PM
After a frustrating season that was considerably shortened by right elbow injuries, Phillies righthander Joe Blanton is not only glad to be back on the mound, but feeling healthy once again. Blanton pitched 4 2/3 innings in Monday’s 4-3 exhibition win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens... Read more

Phils To Start Regulars Tonight

Monday, April 2, 2012, 5:32 PM
In the first of two exhibition game in at Citizens Bank Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies are going with their main starting lineup. Here is tonight’s lineup: Juan Pierre, LF; Placido Polanco, 3B; Jimmy Rollins, SS; Hunter Pence, RF; Shane Victorino, CF; Ty Wigginton, 1B; Carlos... Read more

Farewell, Florida

Sunday, April 1, 2012, 9:56 AM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Welcome to Disney, where dreams can come true. The Phillies have a simple one: Let nothing else go wrong this spring before the team's scheduled charter flight home this evening. It's getaway day in Florida, the end to this charmless Phillies spring. The five-time defending... Read more
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