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Archive: September, 2010

Oswalt in Game 2?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 3:43 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Without saying it, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee made it clear Tuesday that Roy Halladay will pitch Game 1 in the postseason against an opponent still to be determined. Conventional wisdom has been that the Phillies will follow Halladay with Cole Hamels in Game 2 and Roy Oswalt... Read more

Polanco will have fourth cortisone shot

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 6:51 PM
CORRECTION: This will be Polanco's fourth cortisone shot of the season, not his third, as incorrectly stated before. Story is updated. WASHINGTON -- The early clinch has offered this benefit: Placido Polanco will be able to have a fourth cortisone injection in his left arm before the postseason begins... Read more

Meaningless baseball

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 5:26 PM
WASHINGTON -- And so the slog to the postseason begins. The primary task before Tuesday's game was finding the bullpen bag, which contains rosin bags, exercise balls and other assorted necessities for the relievers. Bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer remembered telling Antonio Bastardo to grab it as the... Read more

Taking a stab at the postseason roster

Monday, September 27, 2010, 10:35 AM
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PHILADELPHIA AND WASHINGTON -- I'm on a train, probably not as nice as the one as the Phillies rode last night when they learned they had qualified for the postseason. As far as clinching moments go, well, it wasn't exactly dramatic. But the Phillies are hoping for a celebration... Read more

Watching the rain

Monday, September 27, 2010, 5:42 PM
WASHINGTON -- The tarp is not covering the infield. It was removed by Nationals grounds crew members a few hours ago. But it was not rolled up. Instead, it sits ominously in right field. The Phillies pitchers are in left field, warming up for the game a few hours beforehand as they normally would... Read more

Rollins targeted for Sunday return

Friday, September 24, 2010, 4:42 PM
Impressed with what he saw during a simulated game Thursday, Charlie Manuel said he hopes to start Jimmy Rollins at shortstop on Sunday. Rollins has missed the last 12 games with a strained right hamstring. The shortstop took some swings against live pitching for the first time Thursday and also ran... Read more

Best record is kind of a big deal

Friday, September 24, 2010, 3:01 PM
The Phillies' magic number stands at four as the Mets come to Citizens Bank Park and the Braves travel down I-95 for a weekend series against the Nationals. So yes, the division could be clinched as soon as Saturday. But remember: The Phillies are throwing Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick the next two... Read more

A rotation shuffle

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 5:54 PM
In a clear sign the Phillies are at least mildly concerned about Roy Halladay's workload, they have bumped their ace back a day during the next turn through the rotation. It also shows they have an eye toward resting as many regulars as possible should the team clinch early. Kyle Kendrick, who was... Read more

Lineups plus some notes

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 3:25 PM
In the last seven games, no opposing starter has pitched beyond five innings against the Phillies. So that tall task belongs to Braves rookie lefthander Mike Minor tonight. He goes against Roy Halladay, who is seeking to become the Phillies' first 20-game winner since 1982. Here are the lineups: Braves 1... Read more

Werth hires Boras. What's the bigger picture?

Monday, September 20, 2010, 1:23 PM
Hours after hitting a walk-off home run to cap an incredible comeback by the Phillies, Jayson Werth hired Scott Boras as his new agent, a source confirmed. CSNPhilly.com was the first to report the move late Sunday night. Boras has not returned messages for comment. Werth has yet to file paperwork... Read more
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