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Archive: June, 2012

Checking on Florida Phillies

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 2:54 PM
TORONTO — Chase Utley (knees) played five innings at second base in a minor-league intrasquad game Saturday and went 2 for 3 with a walk. Utley made his first appearance in the field Friday with four innings of work. Ryan Howard (Achilles) played in the same game and went 2 for 4 with a home... Read more

Antonio Bastardo out with self-inflicted wound

Friday, June 15, 2012, 11:02 PM
TORONTO — The left side of Antonio Bastardo's face looks as if he entered a boxing ring, but he merely stepped foot in the weight room Wednesday. It was after he allowed a run to Minnesota and he was not pleased with his effort. He took his anger out on a squat machine, which returned the favor... Read more

The time Jim Thome hit a ball so hard it (almost) vanished

Friday, June 15, 2012, 10:52 AM
TORONTO — After an exhaustive search, Jim Thome's 607th home run ball was found. Thome's three-run homer Thursday landed in a flower bed in front of the right-field stands at Target Field and was feared lost. For a few innings, fans dug for the ball but could not find it. A postgame search... Read more

Domonic Brown sidelined yet again by injury

Friday, June 15, 2012, 5:58 PM
TORONTO — Just when Domonic Brown was reentering the collective consciousness of Philadelphia, the erstwhile top prospect suffered another knee injury Thursday. The Phillies have diagnosed Brown with right knee inflammation but that was before he underwent an MRI on Friday afternoon, assistant... Read more

Game 66: Oh, Canada

Friday, June 15, 2012, 3:42 PM
TORONTO — The Phillies arrived north of the border early Friday morning and will play two games in less than 24 hours against the Blue Jays. But they landed with good vibes after two wins in Minnesota and some positives to build upon. What will help is having Vance Worley no longer on a pitch... Read more

What's eating Cole Hamels?

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 11:42 AM
MINNEAPOLIS — The Phillies could celebrate victory Wednesday, that is, all of the Phillies except Cole Hamels. "I definitely won't enjoy the moment," Hamels said. "Maybe that's being selfish, but it's hard to when you're still in last place and you don't put good starts together. That's quite... Read more

Game 65: Tornadoes, hail and baseball

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 4:30 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — The forecast for baseball is not promising, especially when "large hail" and "funnel-like storms" are predicted. But the Phillies do not return here for the rest of the season, so it could be a long, wet night. Whatever the case, Jim Thome is positioned in his cleanup spot again... Read more

It's the pitching, stupid

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 12:01 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — A season ago, the Phillies were 30-47 when they scored three or fewer runs. That means they won 39 percent of the time when the offense was anemic. Only five teams in the last 30 years had a better winning percentage and it was a large reason why the Phillies won a franchise-record... Read more

Utley booed after fifth at-bat ends in third strikeout

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 7:00 PM
UPDATE FIVE CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The crowd is thinning here at Bright House Field as the game heads to extra innings, but a few of the fans that remained booed Chase Utley after Tampa Yankees lefty Rigaberto Arrebato struck him out to end the bottom of the ninth inning. Arrebato got Utley to swing... Read more

Game 63: Can Minnesota cure a sickness?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 4:51 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — The Phillies are 8.5 games out of first place, the furthest they've been since June 2, 2007. Following a day off, nearly the entire group of position players took to Target Field for early batting practice Tuesday. Perhaps a visit here is the cure for their recent malaise. To start... Read more
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