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Archive: August, 2012

Laynce Nix, center fielder

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 4:26 PM
MILWAUKEE — Laynce Nix has started 199 career games in center field, but only four since 2007. He is the newest player to play center for the Phillies as he finds himself there Thursday. Nix played 8 1/3 innings in center last season for Washington. Without Shane Victorino, the Phillies have... Read more

Game 117: An obscure lineup goes for sweep

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 10:41 AM
MIAMI — It was pointed out to Charlie Manuel that, yes, the Phillies stand a mere 10 games back of the second wild card berth in the National League. "We're still breathing," Manuel said. Then again, take a gander at his Wednesday lineup, and reality hits you like a cold shower: 1. Jimmy Rollins... Read more

Polanco to begin rehab Wednesday

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 5:43 PM
MIAMI — Placido Polanco will begin an official rehab assignment Wednesday with single-A Clearwater. The Phillies expect to activate him Monday, if all goes well in the minor-league games. Polanco, disabled since July 23 with back inflammation, is scheduled to play five or six innings at third... Read more

Broken toe will cost Schierholtz important audition time

Monday, August 13, 2012, 1:47 PM
MIAMI — That Nate Schierholtz suffered a broken toe Sunday does not have any immediate bearing on the fourth-place Phillies. They will have to shuffle an already-thin infield for the season's remaining six weeks. It just means playing time for others. However, it certainly hurts Schierholtz's... Read more

Placido Polanco aiming for weekend return, but how much will he play?

Monday, August 13, 2012, 6:11 PM
MIAMI — Later this week, Placido Polanco will travel across the state of Florida to resume playing baseball with the single-A Clearwater Threshers. He plans to rejoin the Phillies on Saturday in Milwaukee after missing nearly a month of action with back inflammation. He will not be the everyday... Read more

Pierre Lifts Phillies Over Cardinals

Sunday, August 12, 2012, 9:40 PM
Juan Pierre drove in the game-winning run as the Phillies topped the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-7 in 11 innings, on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover breaks down the action. Read more

Halladay Longing To Go The Distance

Saturday, August 11, 2012, 12:20 AM
One could see that it is really killing Roy Halladay to exude patience. If it were up to him, he would have finished Friday’s 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals instead of pitching eight innings. Yet Halladay understands that after missing 42 games with his shoulder injury that his bulldog... Read more

Game 112: A New Look In Center

Friday, August 10, 2012, 3:40 PM
The Phillies open a weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals, showing a new outfield look. Nate Schierholtz, a right fielder since being acquired by the San Francisco Giants, is starting in center field. Dominic Brown, normally in left field, is in right, with Juan Pierre earning a start in left... Read more

Halladay, Kratz and Brown

Monday, August 6, 2012, 5:18 PM
Some pregame tidbits before Game 109: NO REST FOR HALLADAY. Charlie Manuel had floated the idea of shutting down Roy Halladay almost two weeks ago. Halladay bristled at the notion after seven shutout innings Saturday. The manager delievered an unequivocal statement Monday in support of Halladay. "I... Read more

Game 108: Rollins Out Of Starting Lineup

Sunday, August 5, 2012, 10:37 AM
Jimmy Rollins was written in the original lineup for the Phillies in today’s series finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but now Michael Martinez is playing shortstop. Nate Schierholtz moves into Rollins accustomed leadoff spot. Rollins said he was simply getting the day off. The Phillies... Read more
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