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Archive: April, 2012

Video: Bob Brookover on the Phillies' win over the Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 1:21 AM
Placido Polanco hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to carry the Phillies past the Chicago Cubs, 6-4, at Citizens Bank Park. Watch reactions from Phillies players after the game, plus analysis from The Inquirer's Bob Brookover. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more

Phillies chat with Bob Brookover

Monday, April 30, 2012, 4:35 AM
Join The Inquirer's Bob Brookover for a live chat about all things Phillies starting at noon Monday. If you're on a mobile device, click here to follow along and post comments. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more

Thome, Ruiz, Quick Updates

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 12:07 PM
Jim Thome said there’s not much new to report on his back. Thome was replaced in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs due to back tightness. “It’s no worse and about the same as yesterday,” Thome said before today’s game with the Cubs at... Read more

Game 22: Rollins Again At The Top

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 10:24 AM
Even with Juan Pierre back in the lineup, Jimmy Rollins will stay in the leadoff spot for the second game in a row in today’s game with the Chicago Cubs. Pierre returns to the lineup and will bat second. Rollins was 1 for 4 with a two-run double in his first game as leadoff man this season... Read more

Pierre Gives View On Offensive Struggles

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 8:25 PM
Juan Pierre is used to seeing the Phillies from an opposite dugout, and a much different perspective. Pierre has been one of the offensive standouts in a list that isn’t very long for the 10-12 Phillies. He leads the team with a .318 average, although we’d like to see a little better decision... Read more

Blanton In Command Against Cubs

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 11:55 PM
Joe Blanton won’t blow the ball by hitters, but when he has command of his fastball, he can be an effective pitcher. That was surely the case in Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs, when Blanton went 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing in nearly two years. He allowed two earned runs... Read more

Thome Leaves Game With Lower Back Tightness

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8:31 PM
Jim Thome, who got the start at first base for the Phillies, left Saturday's 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs with lower back tightness. He was replaced in the top of the fifth inning by Ty Wigginton, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the seventh. Thome is listed as day to... Read more

Howard Heading To Clearwater

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 5:14 PM
Ryan Howard had said on Friday night that he hoped to leave Sunday to resume baseball related activity in Clearwater. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed before tonight’s game with the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park that Howard will indeed head out Sunday for that exact purpose. Howard... Read more

Game 21: Rollins To Lead Off

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 3:54 PM
Charlie Manuel has put Jimmy Rollins in the leadoff spot for tonight’s game with the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. After scoring 15 runs in winning the final two games in Arizona, the Phillies reverted to form in Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. When the Phillies didn’t... Read more

Amid Scoring Drought, Halladay Maintains His Focus

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 12:00 AM
Roy Halladay said all the right things, refusing to throw his teammates under the bus, but deep down it has to be frustrating to see the offense sputter when he takes the mound. Actually the offense isn’t doing too well regardless of who is on the mound, but Halladay has seen his share of sinking... Read more
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