Found May 31, 2012 on Philly Sports Live:
Game-tying blast opens floodgates; Phils three games out of first NEW YORK — The calendar turns to June on Friday with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the disabled list, Cliff Lee without a win, Carlos Ruiz the team’s most dangerous hitter and the Phillies just three games out of first place in the National League East. Who could have predicted that? Well, the moment Howard suffered a setback from left Achilles surgery in February and Utley stopped taking ground balls because of a chronic left knee condition around the same time, many predicted they would not return to the Phillies’ lineup until June at the earliest (Howard is not expected back until July). But would anybody have thought Lee would be winless through his first eight starts, especially when he is carrying a respectable 3.00 ERA? And would anybody have thought Ruiz not only would be the team’s hottest hitter, but one of the hottest in baseball? Ruiz, whose 1.010 OPS entering the game ranked sixth in baseball, helped sav...

Howard to begin rehab stint Thursday

Ryan Howard acknowledges this: He won't be stealing bases the way he used to. In other words, the Philadelphia Phillies' burly slugger thinks he's the same player he was before tearing his left Achilles' tendon. Howard will begin a rehab stint Thursday night, a day after Chase Utley returned to the Phillies' lineup. The 2006 NL MVP hasn't played since getting...

Carlos Ruiz may make All-Star team, but he has big road block in Atlanta

Philadelphians are making a big push to get Carlos Riuiz on the All-Star team this year. And it is worthy. He is hitting a lusty .371 with eight home runs and 31 RBI. But in Atlanta, and rightly so until this year, Brian McCann, Atlanta’s catcher has made the All-Star team. He was the MVP of the All-Star game in 2010, even. So what about this year? This year, according to

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Wrinkles on the diamond

Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies healed for a few days before being penciled into the cleanup spot tonight. Nobody expected his March madness to continue, but he has been stopped occasionally by a banged-up body. How long will he thrive? Who else is still riding high? TAL'S HANDY CAPS CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT Penthouse Occupancy for the 6-3 outcome:  1 The Chrystal Champagne...

Phillies Odds and Ends – Howard’s Return, Doc’s Second Opinion, Chooch’s MVP and J-Roll’s Hitting Streak

Ruben Amaro Jr., Phillies General Manager, said in March that he was hopeful that Ryan Howard, the hulking 1st baseman recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon would be back with the Phillies sometime in May. As the calendar prepares to flip to June, Amaro revised his timeframe. When CSN’s Jim Salisbury asked Amaro if Ryan Howard would return in June, Amaro said that he doubted...

Chase Utley: What Would the 2012 Phillies Record Be?

Bill James, who is considered the father of modern baseball statistics and coined the term “sabermetrics” once said, “Do we need to have 280 brands of breakfast cereal? No, probably not. But we have them for a reason - because some people like them. It's the same with baseball statistics.” I have recently taken a keen interest in Bill James and the art of statistical...

Carlos Ruiz Returns from the Dead to Homer for Phillies, Take Down Mets

The Phillies had one more game in Flushing (like "flushing a toilet"), New York at Citi Field and the series was at stake.  Dillon Gee went up against Cliff Lee who can't buy a win for the Phillies. Well, Cliff Lee did not win again.  The 1st inning was a little rocky for Lee, giving up a run to the Mets, but former Met Ty Wigginton answered with a home run in...

On Doc, Oswalt, Howard, Injuries, and the Phillies

Are you honestly shocked? Let me preface all of this: Howard and Utley haven't played an inning, Worley, Lee, and Halladay have done DL stints, Thome and Nix are watching baseball and not playing it, Rollins and Qualls have stunk, Victorino and Pence have had their negatives, Joe Blanton is slumping, and they've used about 15 relievers (figuratively, I think...

Carlos Ruiz Available for Phillies; Roy Halladay Appears DL-Bound

Well isn't this just freakin' swell? It is being reported that Roy Halladay could be placed on the DL later on today and Erik Kratz has taken his roster spot. Carlos Ruiz is available for tonight so it seems likely that Doc will be headed to the DL with right shoulder soreness.  Sounds like we were on the right track with this one.  Halladay left Sunday's game after...

Mets Bullpen Finds a Bed, Then Craps It

There’s no two ways about it, tonight’s loss falls on the shoulders of the bullpen.  Dillon Gee pitched well enough to win tonight, and the Mets offense did enough against Cliff Lee to take home a victory tonight, but that’s not the way the story would end for the Mets. Every single reliever the Mets used out of the ‘pen tonight gave up a run, and that was a recipe for...

Torres Back At Leadoff, Baxter Sits, Gee vs Lee, Strap Your Seatbelts

Starting Lineup 1. Andres Torres CF 2. Daniel Murphy 2B 3. David Wright 3B 4. Scott Hairston LF 5. Vinny Rottino 1B 6. Lucas Duda RF 7. Rob Johnson C 8. Omar Quintanilla SS 9. Dillon Gee RHP The Mets and Phillies play the rubber game tonight as the Mets look to take a series from their division rival. Last night the Mets beat the Phillies 6-3 as the Mets showed fight throughout...

Phillies 10, Mets 6

Pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz came through with a tying homer in the seventh inning, Jimmy Rollins added a three-run shot and the Philadelphia Phillies busted loose late to beat the New York Mets 10-6 Wednesday night. Shane Victorino drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Philadelphia bailed out winless Cliff Lee to take two of three in the series. Ty Wigginton...

Phillies steal game from Mets, 10-6

Mets manager Terry Collins brought in Bobby Parnell to replace Mets’ starter Dillon Gee to face pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz with the Mets ahead 3-1 with two outs. Boom. Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run home run to tie the game, 3-3. Cliff Lee, who worked a nice double play in the 2nd, did not get the win, again, but did not get the loss. That happened because the inning before, Mets’ Lucas...
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