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Archive: July, 2012

Pence didn't see deal to Giants coming

Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 2:57 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Hunter Pence said his goodbyes inside the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park exactly 367 days after saying hello at Citizens Bank Park. The circumstances of the departure and arrival could not have been any more different. When Pence arrived in Philadelphia from Houston last... Read more

Impediments to a Cliff Lee trade

Monday, July 30, 2012, 1:54 PM
It's Monday, and the last-place Phillies are officially open for business. There are some 26 hours until the trade deadline and just about every rumor you can imagine will be floated in that time. In all likelihood, the Phillies will trade Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton and Juan Pierre. They are free... Read more

O's prospect Schoop could be target of Phillies interest

Monday, July 30, 2012, 7:31 PM
There is a report from's Roch Kubatko that the Baltimore Orioles have asked the Phillies to fax righthander Joe Blanton's medical records, a sign that the two sides could be near completing a trade. A baseball source indicated that the player the Phillies want in return for Blanton... Read more

Game 102: Hunter Pence sits

Sunday, July 29, 2012, 11:22 AM
ATLANTA — No, Hunter Pence was not traded. He is not in Charlie Manuel's lineup for only the second time this season and first time since April 23. The manager wants Pence to rest for a day, and it just so happens to come with the trade deadline 48 hours away. Pence arrived early to Turner Field... Read more

Minors stuff: Pettibone, Colvin, Brown

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 11:28 AM
ATLANTA — As the focus slowly shifts toward 2013, we will attempt to do the same here at The Phillies Zone. So on a lazy Saturday, here are some minor-league notes... PETTIBONE MOVES UP: Benny Looper always thought Jonathan Pettibone could move the quickest of the heralded starters that spent... Read more

Carlos Ruiz bothered by foot injury

Saturday, July 28, 2012, 5:13 PM
ATLANTA — This was bound to happen. Carlos Ruiz is tied for most games played by a catcher and only three others have squatted behind home plate for more innings. He raced through the first half of the season with a .350 batting average and largely avoided the hazards of everyday catching. Then... Read more

Amaro's goal: Take 2 of 3 in Atlanta

Friday, July 27, 2012, 6:44 PM
ATLANTA — The Phillies arrived here late Thursday night for a series that could decide their 2012 fate. It is difficult to parse a 162-game season into a three-game stretch in late July, but the Phillies occupy a tenuous position between contending and irrelevancy. "The numbers don't lie," Ruben... Read more

Back injury sends Polanco to DL

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 2:31 PM
Third baseman Placido Polanco was placed on the disabled list Thursday with lower back inflammation. The team said his roster replacement will be announced before the start of the team's three-game series in Atlanta Friday. Polanco had missed the Phillies' last three games because of the ailment.... Read more

Game 99: Hamels Signed, Looking For Sweep

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 10:53 AM
With Cole Hamels signed to a six-year, $144 million contract extension, the Phillies will attend to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers in this afternoon’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have won three in a row. Milwaukee is 0-5 on its current road trip. Here is today’s lineup... Read more

Video: Phillies sign Hamels, sweep Brewers

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 8:57 PM
Video: The Phillies locked up Cole Hamels to a long-term deal and then rallied to sweep the Brewers in 10 innings, 7-6. The Inquirer's Bob Brookover reports on the exciting day. Read more
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