Found September 02, 2012 on Philly Sports World:
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Cliff Lee won back to back starts for the first time this season by allowing no runs over 7 innings yesterday as the Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-1. The win gets the Phillies to within 5 games of .500 and Cliff Lee to 4-7 on the year.

News trickled out before yesterday’s game that Catcher Carlos Ruiz, hands down the team’s MVP this season, is not a lock to rejoin the team before the season ends. Ruiz has not played since August 3 because of a tissue tear in his left foot. Ruiz and general manager Ruben Amaro spoke yesterday and agreed that they would not rush Ruiz back.

The Phillies recalled relief pitcher Justin DeF ratus from Triple A Lehigh Valley to join the team. De Fratus was expected to be a contributor to the Phillies bullpen this year but was sidelined by a flexor pronator elbow strain. He is expected to join the team today in Atlanta.

Joining De Fratus as a September call up will be Jake Diekman. Diekman turned heads earlier this year when he was first called up, providing hope for the future of the bullpen, however he seemed to lose his way and his effectiveness along the way and was eventually demoted. Jake Diekman is 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA in 23 games with the Phillies this year.

The Phillies were able to add players to their team as rosters expanded from 25 to 40 for the final month of the season. Fans have been hoping to get a peek at Eastern League MVP Darin Ruf. Ruf has broken Ryan Howard’s single season HR record and has been an offensive powerhouse at Double A. Reading is still playing, and their season ends tomorrow.

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