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It seems as if millions of prayers have been answered.
Chad Qualls has been designated for assignment. In a corresponding move, Jeremy Horst has been called up.
The Phillies signed Qualls to a one-year $1.15 MM contract in the offseason with hopes that he could continue his success as a relief pitcher as he did last season with Arizona. In 2011, Qualls went 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 77 games. Things were not as the Phillies or Qualls hoped this season as Qualls is currently 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 35 games.
Jeremy Horst, who the Phillies acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for Wilson Valdez, is 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA and two saves in 26 games for Triple-A Lehigh.
Charlie will no longer have to put Qualls in during a lead-threatening situation anymore. Maybe the Phillies' bullpen can start holding games now.
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Kendrick buried them early (AP)
The Phillies keep finding new ways to piss the fans off. In Thursday’s 5-4, finale loss to the Pirates, Kyle Kendrick did them in before their first at bat.
KENDRICK KILLS THEM EARLY
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Chase Utley with shades of Joe Dimaggio in 1949, homering in his first at-bat of the season following an injury. (AP)
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CHASE RETURNS IN STYLE
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With Ruiz’s bomb of...
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Yesterday, ESPN's Jayson Stark reported that the Phillies may trade Jim Thome to an American League team, who can use him more appropriately as a designated hitter:
The Philadelphia Phillies are quietly making Jim Thome available to American League teams looking for a designated hitter, executives of two AL clubs said Thursday."
We all knew when the Phillies signed...
Let’s face it. This homestand was disappointing. There is no way around it.
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What a lift the Philadelphia Phillies got today with the return of Chase Utley. You could feel the excitement in the stadium before the game, when Utley took the field, when he was announced for his first at bat, then when he hit a monster home run to right field.
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Tom Van Leer leads off with a lot to say:
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Where do I start. It is hard to believe this team. Just when our Offence is starting to get in motion our bullpen continues to be mediocre. Last night the team, the fans, and the city was the happiest its been since Opening Day. Chase is back, we hear Ryan Howard is starting rehab, and Chooch is the...
A Philadelphia Phillies fan attended Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates wearing full catcher's gear, in honor of Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Well, at least the mask will keep people from recognizing him.
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In a statement released in conjunction with the Eastern League, the Double-A Reading Phillies announced that six of the club’s players have been named mid-season All-Stars.
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The Phillies were unable to win this series last night as they fell to the Pirates, 11-7. Although they won the first two games of the series, they are still looking for a series win. In this afternoon's matinée, Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.24 ERA) and A.J. Burnett (8-2, 3.24 ERA) will go head to head. Burnett will look to continue his dominance on the mound for a series split while...
Final: Pirates 5, Phillies 4.
WP: A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31 ERA)
LP: Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (20)
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Cloyd, who was an 18th round draft...