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Archive: April, 2011

Loose ends: Ibanez, Contreras and Bastardo

Sunday, April 24, 2011, 9:35 AM
SAN DIEGO -- A lot to dissect from a wild 11-inning win Saturday night. We discussed the intentional walk ahead of Ryan Howard earlier, so a few notes here... There's a very, very good chance Raul Ibanez does not play today. He is 0 for his last 18 and the Padres will start a lefty, Wade LeBlanc.... Read more

Contreras placed on DL; Stutes coming up

Sunday, April 24, 2011, 7:17 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Jose Contreras has a strained flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, meaning the Phillies are down two closers just 21 games into the season. With Brad Lidge already out for probably two more months, Ryan Madson takes over as closer. To... Read more

Motivation for Howard

Sunday, April 24, 2011, 12:31 AM
SAN DIEGO -- Let this be a lesson in the perils of small sample sizes. Padres manager Bud Black was faced with two options in the 11th inning of Saturday's 4-2 Phillies win. He had Chad Qualls against Jimmy Rollins or Corey Luebke against Ryan Howard. Rollins had faced Qualls six times before. He... Read more

Game 20: A chance to make history

Saturday, April 23, 2011, 5:16 PM
SAN DIEGO -- The 1969 Phillies were a dysfunctional group. Not only did they lose 99 games, but star Dick Allen was suspended for a month in his final season as a Phillie, with a manager resigning in the decision's aftermath. But those 1969 Phillies did something that has not been accomplished by... Read more

Evaluating a half season of Oswalt

Friday, April 22, 2011, 12:07 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Roy Oswalt started his 16th regular-season game as a Phillie on Thursday night. There is no milestone about it. We just have approximately a half-season's worth of data on Oswalt, making some reflection possible. The numbers are impressive. The Phillies have won 13 of those games started... Read more

Game 19: Riding Ibanez and more Oswalt praise

Friday, April 22, 2011, 8:51 PM
SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies' lineup in Game 19 looks the same as it has eight previous times. That means Raul Ibanez, who carries a 4 for 29 and a .577 OPS into the game will play against a lefthander. Clayton Richard starts for the Padres and Charlie Manuel said he contemplated putting John Mayberry... Read more

Game 18: Two teams made for Petco Park

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 8:53 PM
SAN DIEGO -- The Phillies have not lost a game in this city since 2008, carrying a seven-game winning streak at Petco Park into tonight's series opener. All time, the Phillies are 18-4 in this stadium. It's a bit counter-intuitive considering the Phillies of previous years were built for the long... Read more

Video: Phillies beat Brewers, avoid sweep

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 7:20 PM
Video: The Inquirer's Bob Brookover and CineSport's Noah Coslov discuss the Phillies' comeback win over the Brewers with Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus app-exclusive videos and analysis.... Read more

Blanton was better

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 11:14 AM
Lost in the shuffle of a cold offense, two tie games blown by a shaky bullpen and 12 innings of baseball was Joe Blanton's rebound. The Phillies' fifth starter was more effective than his first two outings. In seven innings, he pitched in and out of trouble and allowed only two earned runs on seven... Read more

Game 16: Mayberry gets first start

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 3:24 PM
Finally, John Mayberry Jr. will start. In the season's first 15 games, Mayberry has 10 plate appearances with four pinch-hits. Charlie Manuel has said he wants to get his bench players some at-bats and Mayberry is the last one to earn a start. He'll play in right field and bat sixth, giving Ben Francisco... Read more
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