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Archive: June, 2011

Game 73: Hamels goes for 10

Sunday, June 19, 2011, 1:51 PM
SEATTLE -- Cole Hamels can become the majors' leader in wins with 10 if he beats the Mariners Sunday. If the Phillies are to win, it will be using an unconventional lineup. Charlie Manuel will rest Placido Polanco and Domonic Brown against lefthander Jason Vargas. So Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez... Read more

Will Worley start again?

Sunday, June 19, 2011, 2:39 AM
SEATTLE -- When the Phillies infielders, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and pitching coach Rich Dubee all converged on Vance Worley after he was struck by an Ichiro line drive in the fifth inning, the conversation soon turned to laughter. After the Phillies' 5-1 win over the Mariners, Worley... Read more

Game 72: Gload's first start in 30 days

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 6:44 PM
SEATTLE -- Ross Gload and his fraying hip live. Gload will start a game for the first time in 30 days. He's Charlie Manuel's designated hitter against reigning American League Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez. The 35-year-old pinch-hitter has been limited by a torn muscle in his hip. He is hitting... Read more

Three winners in Romero's departure

Friday, June 17, 2011, 11:58 AM
SEATTLE -- Just about everyone around the Phillies knew a decision on J.C. Romero would be forced sometime this season. Charlie Manuel had long lost faith in a pitcher who won two games in the 2008 World Series, and whether you think he was misused or not, the fact remains he was not effective. The... Read more

Game 71: Francisco DHing with Ibanez in left

Friday, June 17, 2011, 6:44 PM
SEATTLE -- Charlie Manuel's first designated hitter of the season is Ben Francisco against the righty rookie Michael Pineda. Instead of using Raul Ibanez, who is rated the worst defensive outfielder in baseball by numerous metrics, or lefty Ross Gload, Manuel will turn to Francisco. The full Phillies... Read more

Hamels fends off back questions

Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 12:21 PM
Cole Hamels was not exactly happy to see a reporter in the Phillies clubhouse this morning. The question, of course, was about his back stiffness that forced him from Tuesday's game in the eighth inning. Sometimes back injuries will worsen after a night of sleep. Hamels scoffed and brushed off the... Read more

Let's play two

Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 11:00 AM
Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where it promises to be a long day of baseball. But the weather is gorgeous and there should be no threat of rain like Tuesday night's opener. The Phillies are hoping Kyle Kendrick can give them some innings in Game 1. Obviously, the bullpen may not be needed... Read more

Four games in 48 hours

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 3:17 PM
After a day off (which was mostly spent raising money for ALS), the Phillies embark on a busy stretch, one of the quirks a 162-game schedule can create. They will play four games in 48 hours against Florida, beginning tonight, then hop on a charter plane for their longest flight of the season to Seattle... Read more

Second-round pick Martinez, 12 others have signed

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 2:19 PM
The Phillies have signed 13 of their first-year player draft picks, including third baseman Harold Martinez, a third baseman from the University of Miami, and 29th-rounder Paul Cusick, a righthanded pitcher from the University of Pennyslvania and Salesianum High School in Wilmington. Martinez was... Read more

Phillies will stay on rotation

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 12:13 PM
With the third-place Florida Marlins coming to town for a three-day, four-game series, the Phillies will not alter their rotation. An off day on Monday allows them to do that. So Cole Hamels will pitch Tuesday with Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay pitching in the doubleheader. Halladay will pitch on... Read more
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