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Archive: June, 2012

What's wrong with Cliff Lee? Don't ask the Phillies.

Saturday, June 30, 2012, 2:43 PM
MIAMI — Answers for how a $120 million pitcher has a 7.30 ERA in his last four starts are apparently non-existent or secrets if you ask the Phillies. "I really don't have an explanation," Cliff Lee said. "I don't know," Charlie Manuel said. "It's hard to explain." "I have things," Rich Dubee... Read more

A word on Jim Thome

Friday, June 29, 2012, 9:54 AM
MIAMI — Ten days ago, Ruben Amaro Jr. said he was fielding calls from American League teams regarding Jim Thome. The future Hall of Famer was recently removed from a terrific nine-game stretch as designated hitter. Now he was relegated to the bench. It's easy to see what will eventually happen... Read more

Roy Halladay throws first bullpen session

Friday, June 29, 2012, 6:56 PM
MIAMI — Bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer did not pay attention Friday to how the ball moved from Roy Halladay's right hand to home plate. He was watching something else as Halladay threw off a mound for the first time in almost five weeks. "His face looked good," Billmeyer said. That's as good... Read more

Qualls asks for trade after being designated for assignment

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:49 PM
Phillies reliever Chad Qualls asked to be traded Thursday after the team informed him that he was being desginated for assignment. Qualls, 33, signed a one-year, $1.15 million deal with the Phillies at the end of January and was being counted upon as a late-inning reliever. He leaves the team with... Read more

Video: Phillies split series with Pirates

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 10:03 PM
Video: The Phillies completed a 10-game homestand with a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover recaps the loss. Read more

Phillies shuffle bullpen

Thursday, June 28, 2012, 9:41 AM
Update: The Phillies have called up lefthander Jeremy Horst and designated Chad Qualls for assignment. Qualls was roughed up in Wednesday's 11-7 loss to the Pirates, allowing three runs on three hits in one inning of work. Overall, Qualls was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 35 appearances this year. Over the... Read more

Howard: Hitting not impacted by Achilles injury

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 6:52 PM
Ryan Howard said he was happy to be a witness to Chase Utley's first game of the season with the Phillies before Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first baseman who has missed the entire season after undergoing offseason Achilles surgery will be even happier when he rejoins... Read more

Game 76: Utley Eve

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 2:52 PM
May 13 was a beautiful Sunday. The temperature was 79 degrees at first pitch and the Phillies won a game against San Diego by outscoring them 3-2. That was 44 days ago, the last time the Phillies won a game when scoring three or fewer runs. It's not necessarily relevant to anything right now, other... Read more

Insert Carlos Ruiz flattery here

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 11:29 PM
Carlos Ruiz awoke Wednesday morning as the best hitter on the planet. He is batting .361, which leads the majors, and it is June 27. This is real. Someone asked the catcher if he had to pinch himself Tuesday night after another three-hit game, which included what proved to be the game-winning hit... Read more

Domonic Brown still sidelined

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:49 PM
ALLENTOWN — Domonic Brown's right knee was examined Tuesday, but his return to Triple-A Lehigh Valley is not imminent. Results of the evaluation weren't available Tuesday evening. If went well, Brown is expected to begin baseball related activities Thursday with no timetable set for a return... Read more
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