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Archive: June, 2012

Carlos Ruiz won't be starting in All-Star Game

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 3:04 PM
With two days left in online balloting for baseball's All-Stars, Carlos Ruiz trails Buster Posey by 887,040 votes. He will not be starting in the game. It's not a surprise; Ruiz has spent much of the voting process stranded in third place behind Posey and Yadier Molina. But he ranks third in batting... Read more

Game 75: Facing Pennsylvania's finest

Monday, June 25, 2012, 2:52 PM
If the postseason were to begin Monday, one team from Pennsylvania would qualify. Yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a slim lead on the second wild card spot. They are 38-33 on the strength of decent pitching and timely hitting. They have won six of their last eight. Charlie Manuel has made one Phillies... Read more

No obvious option for Wednesday start

Monday, June 25, 2012, 11:06 PM
The Phillies need a starting pitcher for Wednesday's game, and as Charlie Manuel sauntered to the batting cage before Monday's win, he offered no hints. "We don't know yet," Manuel said. "Seriously, we don't." Pitching coach Rich Dubee and Manuel later discussed their options, and there is no obvious... Read more

Cliff Lee continues to search for answers - and wins

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 11:21 PM
Cliff Lee really had no answers, vowing he would continue to battle, but the frustration was apparent. Lee is now 0-4 and of all the scenarios for the Phillies season, nobody forecast this one. At times he is dominant and then he goes through rough stretches. He struck out nine, but walked three... Read more

Game 73: Victorino Returns To The Starting Lineup

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 11:20 AM
After not starting in Saturday’s 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Shane Victorino is back in the lineup and batting second in today’s first game of a split doubleheader. Victorino did come in Saturday as a defensive replacement. Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) opposes David Price (9-4, 3.08)... Read more

Thome Looks Back At His Classic At-Bat

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 10:28 AM
Jim Thome has hit 609 career home runs, but the walk-off blast to win Saturday’s 7-6 triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays will provide the future Hall of Famer a lasting memory. What was so impressive is that Rays pitcher Jake McGee was simply throwing gas and early in the count, Thome was just hanging... Read more

Game 74: Looking To Bounce Back

Sunday, June 24, 2012, 5:26 PM
After the Phillies 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the split doubleheader, the team announced that Chase Utley would play Tuesday for Lehigh Valley. The team wouldn’t comment past that. The Phillies are looking to earn a series win in Game 2 against left-hander Cesar Ramos. Here is the... Read more

Game 72: Kendrick Looking to End Skid

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 12:53 PM
Kyle Kendrick goes to the mound for the Phillies in today’s 4:05 p.m. matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park. Kendrick (2-7, 5.29) has lost his last three games, allowing 16 earned runs in 16 innings. He will be opposed by James Shields (7-4, 3.72). Shane Victorino, who was to... Read more

Pierre Packs Power

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 10:51 PM
Juan Pierre has big goals. “Twenty home runs,” he said. That is for his career. Pierre will get a lot of attention for his 17th career homer, a three-run blast off James Shields in Saturday’s 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. While Jim Thome was deservedly in the spotlight with... Read more

Phillies Set Sunday Pitching Matchup While Rays Are Still Deciding

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 4:07 PM
The pitching matchups for the Phillies are set for Sunday’s split doubleheader with the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon says the ace David Price will start the first game, but he wasn’t sure who would start the second. Cole Hamels will face Price in the... Read more
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