Found June 13, 2012 on
Well, this wasn't much of a step-up from last night to say the least. In what was one of the most painful games to watch, the Twins crushed the Phils' bullpen last night, taking game one 11-7. The Phillies were looking to even the series tonight with Cole Hamels on the mound and Placido Polanco back in the lineup.
Four straight singles from Jimmy Rollins, Juan Pierre, Hunter Pence, and Jim Thome would result in the exit of Twins starting pitcher PJ Walters. Thome's single scored Rollins and Pierre, while Walters was replaced due to a sore shoulder. Jeff Manship would be the long man out of the bullpen for Minnesota.
With one out in the first, Carlos Ruiz sent a single of his own to right field, scoring Hunter Pence. Thome and Ruiz were on base for John Mayberry, Jr. who crushed a ball to left field, pushing the Phillies' lead to 6-0. That's your first inning.
Trevor Plouffe put up the first run of the night for his team with a solo homer to left field. Plouf...
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Laynce Nix has been on the disabled list since May.
While there has been news on Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, little has been said about Nix.
Nix has played in 22 games this season and was hitting .326 with two homers and 11 RBI. One site had Nix starting a rehab assigned in Clearwater. I certainly hope so.
I remember one game he played in Washington last season and he robbed the...
Cole Hamels- AP
Nothing comes east these days for the Phillies, as the National League East division’s last place club went down to the wire on Wednesday night to notch a victory over the Twins by a score of 9-8.
Behind a less-than-sharp Cole Hamels, the Phils were able to lock down a win in a month when such results aren’t very common. The game marked just the third time...
After allowing a minimum of 5 runs in each of his last 5 starts, no one expected a stand-out performance from Joe Blanton last night against the Twins. But the oddities this Phillies season seemingly never cease.
Going the whole 9 innings, Blanton allowed only 1 run on a solo homer, 7 hits and struck out 7. Blanton’s season has gone from great to awful and now, back to great again...
Jim Salisbury wrote yesterday for CSNPhilly.com that the Phillies’ interest in Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler — who signed with the Cubs on Monday — was a reflection of the Phils’ own outfield uncertainty.
That refers to impending free agent centerfielder Shane Victorino and rightfielder Hunter Pence, who is under team control for 2013 but becomes a free agent afterward....
MINNEAPOLIS — Philadelphia’s starting rotation has been stuck in a bit of a tailspin since ace Roy Halladay went down with a shoulder injury late last month.
With studs Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels still hurling, who would have thought Fat Joe Blanton would be the one to step up and deliver a sterling performance? Not Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, that’s for sure.
The Minnesota Twins were hoping Trevor Plouffe would finally find a role this season as what they called a "super utility" player, a guy who can play every infield position (he has) and both corner outfield spots (he has). They're getting so much more. "He's picking us up big time right now, which we needed," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We needed...
In case you weren't sure enough that this group of Phillies is on the verge of total "sucks" status, last night they lost an 11-7 decision to the Twins in Minnesota. It was quite typical of the season. The offense showed up and put up a good game, but the starting pitching, bullpen, and defense of this team was so totally bad that they still lost. The Phillies are...
Minnesota Twins right-hander P.J. Walters left his start after only 15 pitches with pain and stiffness in his throwing shoulder.
Walters gave up four straight singles and two runs to begin the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, before manager Ron Gardenhire came out to the mound.
Gardenhire appeared to give the glum-faced Walters a lecture, then assistant...
Phillies 7, Twins 11
WP: Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.68 ERA)
LP: Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 5.08 ERA)
A game that had many ups and downs, for both teams, ultimately fell in favor of the Minnesota Twins of the American League Central division.
Kyle Kendrick lasted just four innings, giving up six runs over eight hits. While the Phillies scored seven runs over 14 total hits, their offense...
Jim Thome drove in four runs against his former team, including a long homer to pad Philadelphia's lead, and the Phillies hung on for a 9-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
John Mayberry also had four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the first inning to give Cole Hamels (9-3) a six-run lead he barely held. Jonathan Papelbon got the last four outs for...
MINNEAPOLIS Two bad pitches was all it took for Twins left-hander Scott Diamond to pick up his second loss of the season.
Diamond allowed four runs on five hits Thursday as the Twins fell, 6-1, to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. For Minnesota, Thursday's loss meant it dropped the series to Philadelphia, snapping a streak of four consecutive series wins. It was just Diamond...
A Minnesota Twins fan snagged a foul ball with his glove while on his cell phone during Tuesday night's game at Target Field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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It happened in the top of the seventh inning on a foul ball hit by Phillies batter Michael Martinez. The Twins fan on the phone gave the ball to his girlfriend before wrapping...
The Minnesota Twins have put right-hander P.J. Walters on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Walters left Wednesday night's start against the Philadelphia Phillies after only 15 pitches with pain and stiffness. He gave up four straight singles and two runs to begin the game.
The Twins recalled right-hander Lester Oliveros from Triple-A Rochester...
The Minnesota Twins hold the lease on Target Field, but Jim Thome proved Wednesday he still owns it. Visiting with the Philadelphia Phillies, the former Twins slugger hit what proved to be the game-winning home run an estimated 466 feet over the batter's eye in center field, giving his team a 9-3 fourth-inning lead that barely stood up in a 9-8 victory. So revered is Thome...
It all sounds like the typical underdog story. Scott Diamond, a lefty, went undrafted out of college. He signed with the Braves and pitched in their system through the 2010 season, at which point Atlanta had to make a choice. Either the Braves could make a commitment to Diamond and place him on the 40-man roster, or they could leave him exposed to the Rule 5 draft and risk losing...