Found August 06, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Atlanta Braves (62-46) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (49-59) Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) vs. Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63) Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park TV: CSN Weather: Sunny, 82 Media: Twitter and Facebook Raul Valdes was recalled from Lehigh Valley after a stint on the DL, Hector Luna was shipped back north. Domonic Brown makes an appearance in the 2-hole this evening as Charlie Manuel tries to find the perfect lineup. Before the game, I asked Manuel where he envisions Brown hitting, and he said fifth or sixth in a perfect world. I like him or Schierholtz batting second. Both seem to have good plate discipline and a steady eye. Brown CAN provide some more speed, which Charlie likes in that spot. Another note, the Phillies sellout streak could end tonight. A source close to the team tells me that they’re expecting around 41,000, but could get to around 43K depending on today’s sales. Very interesting! Keep an eye out. Lineup: Rollins SS, Brown LF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, S...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Revenge or contrast?

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Howard Turns Boos to Cheers in Walk-Off Win

Since returning after spending half the season on the DL, Ryan Howard has not had much luck getting his bat going. He struck out 3 times in today’s Phillies - Diamondbacks game and each time, the boos got louder. But in the 9th, Howard would redeem himself with a walk-off single to hand the Phillies a 5-4 victory and the series win. Prior to that, Howard was not the only one hearing...

His Phillies Return is Only Eight Games, but Domonic Brown is Impressive

Domonic Brown was the untouchable.  The Phillies would not trade him.  Not for Cliff Lee.  Not for Roy Halladay.  He debuted to a standing ovation in 2010 as the Phillies entered an offensive funk down the stretch.  But soon the magic died. Brown hit just .210 in his late season call-up in 2010, and Spring Training 2011 before there ever was a Hunter Pence Brown broke his...

Tyler Cloyd? Not Yet as Phillies Name Kyle Kendrick Wednesday's Starter

Phillies prospect Tyler Cloyd went 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA at AA Reading this season.  So, the Phillies promoted him to AAA Lehigh Valley.  At AAA he is 11-1 with a 1.93 ERA.  So, in all that makes him 14-1 with a 1.93 ERA. I thought it was a foregone conclusion that when Joe Blanton was traded to the Dodgers on Friday that Cloyd would get a chance.  He will not. When Kyle Kendrick...

Phillies release Mike Fontenot

The Philadelphia Phillies announced that they have released veteran infielder Mike Fontenot. He was designated for assignment earlier this week. Fontenot, 32, hit .289/.343/.340 with 1 HR, 5 RBI's and a 85 OPS+ in 105 plate appearances with the Phillies in 2012. Image by SD Dirk under the Creative Commons License Agreement.

Sellout Streak Ends as Phillies Lose to the Braves Again

It was fun while it lasted, but we all knew it would come to an end sometime. The Phillies home sellout streak came to a close yesterday with a total of 257 consecutive games and 273 including the postseason. That means if you were at Sunday’s game like I was, you are now part of history: Game #257. It was the last day of a great era in Phillies baseball. Jimmy Rollins told the...

Braves' Uggla slowly rebounding from slump

Dan Uggla is showing signs of life. He had a two-RBI game on July 30. There was another one on Aug. 4. And then there was his two-hit game on Monday. Uggla, to borrow an unflattering nickname from online commentators, is still Struggla, but he has a pulse. For Braves fans, there is hope that he is emerging from another one of his funks and will add another potent bat for the...

Braves blanked by Hamels, Howard

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cole Hamels threw a five-hitter for his fifth career shutout, Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta 3-0 Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Braves. Hamels (12-6) struck out six and didn't walk a batter to record his 11th career complete game and his first win in three tries since signing a 144...

Phillies Sellout Streaks Comes to An End After 257 Games

Looks a little empty, doesn't it? The park is currently holding 41,665 fans. The Phillies had sold out 257 consecutive games, the second longest in the majors (Fenway Park has been sold out for 773 straight games) before it all came to a halt tonight. Counting the postseason, the streak went to 273 games. Sellouts count for tickets sold, not fans who show up. It may have looked...

Chipper Jones Stays Firm on Impending Retirement

Chipper Jones announced during Spring Training that 2012 would be his final year, and he is sticking to his story, even though he is providing not only offensive production but the heart and soul of the Atlanta Braves. He may be 40, but Chipper leads the team with a .320 average, .396 on-base percentage and .516 slugging percentage, all the while cranking 10 homers and 48 RBIs in...

2012 Fantasy Baseball, Week 18 Waiver Wire: Replacing Carlos Ruiz and Emilio Bonifacio

Carlos Ruiz Welcome to the week 18 waiver wire. This is your fancy introduction. All statistics compiled prior to Monday’s games. Ownership percentages are in parenthesis. Many fantasy baseball owners took a hit this weekend when Phillies’ catcher Carlos Ruiz was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. “Chooch” will likely miss 4-to-6 weeks, or, the remainder of the head-to...

Sheets, Heyward lift Braves over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ben Sheets pitched into the eighth inning and Jason Heyward homered to lead the streaking Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Sheets (4-1) had his longest outing since joining Atlanta's rotation on July 15 after missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He allowed one run on seven...

Charlie Manuel – Chase Utley Face Mosh

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Braves-Phillies Preview

The Atlanta Braves' inability to beat the Philadelphia Phillies contributed to their late collapse last year. The Braves appear poised for a different ending to this campaign and look to extend their recent dominance over the Phillies on Monday night with help from right-hander Ben Sheets. Atlanta failed to capture a second straight playoff berth in 2011 because of an 8-18...
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