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Archive: March, 2008

Victorino Takes The Challenge

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 10:52 AM
Charlie Manuel called Shane Victorino into his office a few days ago for a little talk. He didn't look happy walking in. He smiled walking out. Somewhere in between, Manuel issued Victorino a challenge. Message delivered. “I love challenges,” Victorino said. “I’ve always... Read more

Benson's Setback: Serious or Not?

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 8:18 AM
The soreness is in the biceps, not the shoulder. That could be a good thing. Phillies righthander Kris Benson had been scheduled to pitch today in a minor-league game at the Carpenter Complex, but he won't because the Phillies said he has biceps tendinitis. Benson said he's not concerned about the... Read more

The 33-Year-Old Rookie

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 3:40 PM
Chris Coste said he had a few nice moments throughout the process of writing and publishing The 33-Year-Old Rookie: 1) Finishing the first draft. 2) Finishing the final draft. 3) Receiving the first official copy in the mail. 4) Getting to see the book in bookstores. That last experience happens... Read more

Phillies Top Dogs Are Struggling

Monday, March 17, 2008, 10:04 AM
There is no reason for alarm. Not yet. But so far this spring: - Jimmy Rollins is hitting .158 with two RBIs. - Shane Victorino is hitting .231 with one RBI. - Chase Utley is hitting .194 with one homer and six RBIs. - Pat Burrell is hitting .235 with two homers and five... Read more

Benson Feels Soreness, Won't Pitch Tomorrow

Monday, March 17, 2008, 4:09 PM
Phillies righthander Kris Benson won't pitch tomorrow in a minor-league game as scheduled because he feels soreness in his right arm. Benson said it's nothing serious. The Phillies said the same, but pitching coach Rich Dubee said he's not sure when Benson will throw next. "It's just some soreness... Read more

Questions Still Need Answering

Sunday, March 16, 2008, 8:45 AM
Two weeks from tomorrow the Phillies open the 2008 season. Are they ready? Charlie Manuel doesn't think so. He's upset at the way his team has played this spring. The Phillies are 5-12-1, which ties them with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the worst record in the Grapefruit League. But besides his team's... Read more

You Asked, Coste Answered

Saturday, March 15, 2008, 9:37 AM
Chris Coste. Catcher. Author. Coste, the popular Phillies catcher who spent 11 years in the minor leagues before he made his big-league debut with the Phillies in 2006 at 33, answered 10 questions from The Phillies Zone readers on Thursday. His answers appear in today's Inquirer. Here's one of... Read more

Braves 9, Phillies 1

Saturday, March 15, 2008, 9:01 AM
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Lidge Takes Another Step

Friday, March 14, 2008, 10:58 AM
Brad Lidge's fastball sizzled toward home plate this morning at the Carpenter Complex. Pete LaForest took a hack. He made contact, but the ball jammed him so badly that the bat snapped in half. The barrel came to rest on the infield dirt between first and second base. Only the handle remained. Lidge... Read more

Manuel Getting A Little Peeved

Friday, March 14, 2008, 5:51 PM
The games are meaningless. Seriously, they are. But there also comes a time when a manager wants to see some positive results. Charlie Manuel has reached that point after he watched the Braves thump the Phillies today at Bright House Field, 9-1. The Phillies dropped to 5-11-1 in Grapefruit League... Read more
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