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Archive: April, 2011

Game 11: Another crack at Lannan

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 3:28 PM
WASHINGTON -- In his four-year career, John Lannan has pitched against the Phillies 11 times. Eight of those times he has lost; the Nationals have lost 10 of the games, winning only the first one with a rally against Jose Mesa and Mike Zagurski in 2007. Once has Lannan pitched into the seventh inning... Read more

Owning the Nats

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 9:22 AM
ON A TRAIN -- It's the first trip of the season to Washington, and I'll venture to say some of you out there in cyberspace will be coming too. Some of you will cheer for Jayson Werth. Some of you will boo. Maybe more of you will boo after reading Werth's prediction in The Washington Post. In a story... Read more

Game 10: A streaking bullpen

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 3:33 PM
WASHINGTON -- The tarp is on the field here at Nationals Park and the forecast isn't rosy. But should they play baseball, the Phillies bullpen will probably be tested with Joe Blanton on the mound. The bullpen, a source of concern going into the season, has a 19 1/3 inning scoreless streak going.... Read more

Hello, old friend

Monday, April 11, 2011, 11:53 AM
Eventually, it will not be a novelty. Facing Jayson Werth as a Washington National for 18 times each of the next seven seasons will erode the memories of 543 games and 2,114 plate appearances spent in Philadelphia. But some of those moments will stick; the red Hulk hand at the championship parade... Read more

Phillies minor-league pitcher suspended by MLB

Monday, April 11, 2011, 4:44 PM
Phillies lefthanded pitcher Ryan Sasaki was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for an elevated Testosterone/Epitestosterone ratio. Sasaki, 20, did not appear in any games in 2010 but MLB says he remains on the roster of the Gulf Coast League Phillies. In 2009, Sasaki had a 3.78 ERA in 11... Read more

Game 9: Minor matters on a lazy Sunday

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 1:08 PM
ATLANTA -- It's Sunday and gorgeous here for the series finale. After the game against the Braves, the Phillies will board their charter plane and head to Washington for the off day Monday. Charlie Manuel will take his daughter out for dinner in The District and some of the coaches will go golfing... Read more

Game 8: When aces are ambushed

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 12:27 PM
ATLANTA -- So the Phillies vaunted starting rotation has a 6.19 ERA through the team's first seven games. And the four starters not named Roy Halladay have a 9.26 ERA. You think opposing teams are stoked for the challenge of facing the aces? Cliff Lee was ambushed, just as Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton... Read more

Atlanta's three-headed lefthanded monster

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 6:15 AM
ATLANTA -- Aside from Antonio Bastardo, who tied a team record for relievers with six consecutive strikeouts and is quite possibly the most intriguing revelation in the season's first seven games, the nastiest pitcher Friday was Jonny Venters. The 26-year-old Braves lefthander faced but one batter... Read more

On Brad Lidge

Friday, April 8, 2011, 3:32 PM
ATLANTA -- So there appears to be a hubbub about Brad Lidge being out until the All-Star Break because of two national outlets reporting the story Thursday. Huh? "Best case is between 3-6 weeks to not throw at all," Lidge said. "Then you've got to build up just as much on the other side, however... Read more

Game 6: Halladay takes on the NL East

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 1:37 PM
It's getaway day at Citizens Bank Park and the Phillies will board a charter flight for Atlanta following today's series finale against the Mets. Roy Halladay will miss the Braves because he's pitching against the Mets today. But any National League East team will suit Halladay fine. A season ago... Read more
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