Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/6/12
The Philadelphia Phillies' 2012 season sank to a new low on Thursday at Citi Field. All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon, who had reeled off 17 straight saves to begin his Phillies career, blew his second save opportunity in his last three chances in a 6-5 loss to the Mets. The defeat put the Phils a season-high 13 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East standings. They have lost seven of their last eight games and are 8 1/2 games back in the race for the National League wild card, behind eight other teams. But for the second time in a week, general manager Ruben Amaro is sending a jolt through his fading team. Following Thursday's win, Amaro said first baseman Ryan Howard was "likely to play in Philadelphia" on Friday night. Howard has missed the first three months of the season while recovering from left Achilles' surgery. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI on Thursday at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the seventh game of his minor league rehab assignment. Howard ...
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