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Archive: October, 2009

Phils flu bug subsiding; Lidge was among the afflicted

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 5:05 PM
The flu-like illness that afflicted several Phillies over the past few days appears to be subsiding, and the team was fortunate that Friday was a scheduled day off. That allowed closer Brad Lidge and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs to recover in time for Game 3. General manger Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday... Read more

They shared a house, now they share a World Series

Friday, October 30, 2009, 7:26 PM
Sitting in rocking chairs on the back porch, sipping beers, the three friends would talk about it: What if we could all play in the World Series someday? In the Oakland home they rented together as young teammates on the Athletics, Joe Blanton, Nick Swisher and Chad Gaudin allowed their late-night... Read more

Blanton will start Game 4

Friday, October 30, 2009, 3:20 PM
Hello from another workout day, where Charlie Manuel announced minutes ago that Joe Blanton will start Game 4 for the Phils. He said that since Cliff Lee had never pitched on short rest, he did nto feel comfortable asking him to do so during the World Series. More to come, gotta head down the field... Read more

Dobbs sent home, undergoing tests

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 5:50 PM
Greg Dobbs might have earned a starting assignment as the designated hitter in Game 2 of the World Series, but an illness prevented him from even joining his teammates at the ballpark. Dobbs has “the flu,” according to manager Charlie Manuel. Any mention of the flu this year conjures... Read more

Francisco's big moment, Phillies hand cramps

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 7:01 PM
Good evening from Game 1, staged in an overpriced, taxpayer-thieving, Bronx parkland-destroying, Disney-fied facsimile of the real Yankee Stadium. The rain stopped several hours ago, and it's not a bad night for postseason baseball. A few pregame notes: Ben Francisco watched the Phillies celebrate... Read more

The rich get richer, the poor get...Carlos Carrasco?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 10:37 AM
Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia will make for a nice subplot when they face one another on Wednesday night to open the World Series at Yankee Stadium. But the two lefthanders also represent the persistent problem of competitive imbalance in MLB, a problem worth pointing out as these two well-heeled teams... Read more

For Myers, it was all about the heel

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 4:53 PM
Brett Myers moved his left heel a few inches, and ended up on the World Series roster. The veteran righthander, who pitched one ineffective inning in the division series and was excluded from the National League Championship Series roster, was added to the team once again. He replaced utilityman... Read more

What the Yankees are saying about the Phillies

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 3:00 PM
UPDATE: Brett Myers in on the World Series roster, replacing Miguel Cairo. The team's rationale was that Myers looked much improved throwing two simualted games and two bullpen sessions this week, and there were too few off days in the series to go without 12 pitchers. Also, the DH in the AL park... Read more

Phils pumped to face Yankees; rotation and roster notes

Monday, October 26, 2009, 2:51 PM
As promised, here are more detailed notes. Charlie Manuel is still ducking a lot of concrete questions about the roster and rotation. That’s probably because few decisions have been made, as team brass continues to meet and discuss. As you know, Cliff Lee will face the Yankees’ CC Sabathia... Read more

Early notes from workout day

Monday, October 26, 2009, 1:05 PM
Couple of quick notes before I head down to the field for the workout. More detailed stuff to come. --Very little hard news this morning, and the rotation remains a mystery beyond Cliff Lee Wednesday. Still, no one would be surprised to see Pedro Martinez starting Game 2 in da Bronx. What would... Read more
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