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Archive: April, 2013

Jim Thome is lonely

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6:09 PM
CLEVELAND — Charlie Manuel is big in this city. He was fired as Indians manager in 2002, but Cleveland featured prolific offenses under Manuel's guidance as hitting coach and manager, and that has made him a folk hero. Another such figure is Jim Thome. A statue of him is being erected at Progressive... Read more

Phillies keep Erik Kratz, hope Humberto Quintero clears waivers

Sunday, April 28, 2013, 1:24 PM
NEW YORK — In the grand scheme of things, a backup catcher is not paramount to a team's success. The Phillies possessed two backup catchers during the season's first month and one had to go Sunday when Carlos Ruiz returned from his suspension. Humberto Quintero's locker was cleared early in... Read more

Humberto Quintero catches on eve of Carlos Ruiz's return

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 11:16 AM
NEW YORK — It's a day game after a night game, so the lone change in Charlie Manuel's lineup Saturday is at catcher. Humberto Quintero replaces Erik Kratz and it is reasonable to wonder if this is Quintero's final appearance in a Phillies uniform. The team must make a roster move Sunday to accommodate... Read more

Why Phillies attendance numbers matter

Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:11 PM
On Thursday, 33,443 people paid to watch the Phillies lose again. It was the largest attendance at Citizens Bank Park in three days, and another discouraging sign for the organization. The Phillies drew 513,147 fans for their first 14 home games in 2013. That is 117,031 fewer fans than in the first... Read more

Mental, physical break extends for Ben Revere

Friday, April 26, 2013, 6:05 PM
NEW YORK — Ask Charlie Manuel and he will say the timing of Ben Revere's injury — soreness in his left quad — was not the worst. "I hope it helps him, yes," Manuel said. "I think this is not hurting him as far as mental. I think he definitely needed a blow." Revere had a .472 OPS... Read more

Could Delmon DH next week? Probably not

Friday, April 26, 2013, 5:45 PM
NEW YORK — The Phillies will need a designated hitter for two days beginning Tuesday. They play their first of 10 interleague games at an American League ballpark with a brief trip to Cleveland. By then, Delmon Young will have a week's worth of minor-league action under his belt. "We talk about... Read more

Game 23: Looking for a series split

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 10:27 AM
Michael Young, who had his 14-game hitting streak snapped in Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh, isn’t in the Phillies starting lineup for this afternoon’s series finale with the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Kevin Frandsen is the starter at third bases and will bat second. The... Read more

Frustration, losses mounting for Phillies

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 8:24 PM
Charlie Manuel seems like a man who is running out of answers. The Phillies manager is trying everything to get the team jumpstarted and nothing has worked to date. The Phillies are 9-14 and Manuel keeps saying the same thing. “We have to score runs,” he said. If only it were that simple... Read more

Video: Charlie Manuel at a loss for words after Phillies' latest collapse

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:31 PM
The Phillies fell to the Pirates 6-4 on Thursday. As the Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports, it was the Phillies' first-ever series loss to Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park, reports The Inquirer's Marc Narducci. Read more

Jonathan Pettibone will start again; early attendance woes

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7:02 PM
Immediately following Jonathan Pettibone's solid debut, Charlie Manuel was unwilling to label the 22-year-old righty a member of his rotation. The Phillies never formally announced plans for Pettibone, but he threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will indeed start Saturday in New York. "It looks that... Read more
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