Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/4/12
Three days after the Philadelphia Phillies waved the white flag on the 2012 season, they climbed to the upper deck at Citizens Bank Park and sounded the trumpets to make that declaration all but official. Before their series-opening game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which resulted in a 4-2 loss, the Phillies sent right-hander Joe Blanton to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had claimed the veteran off waivers earlier in the day. If nothing else, the move of Blanton -- one of the few remaining pieces from the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship team -- confirmed what few in the front office or the clubhouse have said: The Phillies are focusing on 2013. That's why, in a one-run game, left-hander Jeremy Horst and right-hander B.J. Rosenberg got the ball for critical relief stints. That's why outfielders Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr., guys who weren't exactly lineup fixtures early in the season, were in the starting nine. That's why third baseman Kevin Frandsen and catc...
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