Found July 28, 2013 on Phillies Nation:
Philadelphia Phillies  at Detroit Tigers  Jonathan Pettibone (5-4, 3.97) vs. Rick Porcello (7-6, 4.49) Time: 1:08 PM EST, Comerica Park Weather:  Chance of rain, 70 TV: PHL 17 Media: Twitter and Facebook Tickets: Philadelphia Phillies tickets The Phillies play one more in Detroit before heading home to f ace the San Francisco Giants.  The Phillies hope to end this road trip on a positive note. Rick Porcello had a pretty solid rookie year in 2009.  He still is a decent end of the rotation starter, but hasn’t been as strong as he was during that rookie season.  This year, he averages a hit per inning, but does not walk many batters. Since 2009, Porcello has really improved in the strikeout department.  He had a very slight decrease in strikeouts from 2009 to 2010, but since 2010 his strikeout totals have increased.  During is rookie season, he averaged 4.7 strikeouts per nine. This season, Porcello is up to 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Lineup: Your gameday beer: For today’s drink...

Phillies' assistant GM says team weighing options

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Papelbon likely going no where

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Brad Lidge to sign one-day contract to retire in Phillies uniform

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Torii Hunter Leaves Game in Eighth Inning, Blames Achilles Injury On Tight Dress Shoes

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If Raul Valdes Is Starting, Ruben Amaro Needs To Be Departing

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Tigers acquire Astros closer Jose Veras

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Veras to Detroit: More significant over the long-term

Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the Detroit Tigers, found a good reliever in terms of value in Jose Veras, who they acquired from the Astros today for outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.   Veras, a right-handed set-up man, will fit nicely into the Tigers back-end of the bullpen as a compliment to the left-handed Drew Smyly in front of closer...
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