Found June 24, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
Chase Utley could return to the Phillies' lineup by Wednesday, according to The good news for the Phillies on Saturday was two-fold — they had their second walkoff win of the season on Jim Thome‘s ninth inning opposite field solo home run, and according to, Chase Utley is headed back to the Philadelphia area and could be back in the Phillies’ lineup by Wednesday. Jim Salisbury reports that Utley, who for the first time this weekend played second base on consecutive days, will likely play in one more rehab game with Lehigh Valley — perhaps Tuesday — before joining the Phils. That is big, big news, especially in the wake of the Phillies taking Game 1 of their final interleague series vs. the Rays in preparation for Sunday’s Cole Hamels-Cliff Lee doubleheader. This is suddenly a sweepable series, as the Phils hold pitching matchup advantages at 1:05 and 6:35 p.m. Sunday. I wrote at the outset of the 10-game homestand vs. the Rockies, Rays and Pirate...

Chase Utley To Continue His Rehab With Triple-A Lehigh Valley

Chase Utley is getting closer and closer to being back with the Phillies. The Phillies' second baseman, who has been working on a rehab stint with Class-A Clearwater for the past couple of weeks, is coming to Lehigh Valley to continue his rehab. Utley will play second base for the IronPigs on Tuesday night. In nine games with Class-A Clearwater, Utley went 5-for-32 (.156) with...

No excuses for Cliff Lee

Loading...     With Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee on the mound for Sunday’s doubleheader the Phillies had to take at least one game. Unfortunately, the Phillies shaky bullpen and struggling Cliff Lee continue to haunt the team as they dropped both games to the Tampa Bay Rays. This time last June Cliff Lee was finishing up three straight starts of complete game shutouts. He...

Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the NL East at game 74

Pitching deep into almost every game, Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is among the best.  How does Miami compare after their ace has worked?  The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage. TAL’S HANDY STATS   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the...

Jim Thome's Tremendous Numbers Likely Won't Be Enough to Get Him Into Hall of Fame on First Ballot

With his walk-off home run Saturday against Tampa Bay, Jim Thome tied Sammy Sosa on the all-time home run list at 609. One more, and Thome will stand alone with the seventh-greatest amount of career home runs hit in baseball history. The men who will be in front of him read like a Who's Who of the greatest hitters to ever play the game -- Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Willie...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Past the first obstacle

With one swing by Jim Thome, the Philadelphia Phillies leapfrogged out of the cellar into sole possession of 4th place.  Can they continue the climb up the standings? TAL’S HANDY CAPS CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT Penthouse Occupancy for the 7-6 triumph:  5                                                The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Thoms. Gentleman...

Thome Sets Another Record in Phillies Walk-Off Win

In their 1st visit back to Philadelphia since losing the 2008 World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays once again brought the rain with them. Friday night’s Phillies – Rays game was rained out and will be played as part of a doubleheader on Sunday. The originally scheduled 1:35pm game will start instead at 1:05pm and the make-up game will begin at 6:35pm. For today’s game, Kyle Kendrick...

Philadelphia Phillies storyline: The next ex-Phillies

Cole Hamels left the diamond with a slender lead for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Is he one of the players who will be traded for prospects? TAL’S HANDY CAPS CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT Penthouse Occupancy for the 3-2 & 7-3 outcomes:  2                                                The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to King Cole. Cole Prepares...

Rays give up walk-off home run to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Jim Thome hit a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 on Saturday after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in 18 chances this season. Juan Pierre and Jimmy Rollins also homered for the Phillies, helping manager Charlie Manuel earn his 900th career win. Thome connected...

Bright House Networks Field, home of the Clearwater Threshers, flooded

You’re looking at the home of Phillies Single-A affiliate the Clearwater Threshers in Clearwater, Florida.  Tropical Storm Debby sent its wrath up the west coast of Florida Sunday before moving east dumping buckets (and buckets and buckets and buckets and buckets and buckets) of rain across the state. Threshers pitcher  Justin De Fratus tweeted this picture Sunday. And wait...

Clearwater Facilities Flooded by Storm

Tropical Storm Debby swept through Florida this weekend and impacted the home of the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers, Brighthouse Field. In these images tweeted by rehabbing Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus, the flooding left by the heavy rains can be seen. With lingering effects of Debby expected to continue to drop moisture on Florida through Monday, it is unclear exactly...

Phillies host Bucs trying to salvage homestand

Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies host the Pirates to close out their 10-game homestand. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso) The make-or-break homestand that was to determine where this team stood as June came to a close has not been pretty so far. After winning two of three from the Rockies, the Phillies took the momentum from a magical walk-off off the bat of Jim Thome and crushed by...

My Two Cents Podcast 6-24-2012

Steve and Connie Mack discuss the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, and 76ers in the latest edition of My Two Cents on MTR Radio. Listen live every Friday at 10pm only on My_Two_Cents_6-24-12.mp3 Listen on Posterous

Phils Drop Game 2, Swept in Twinbill

Final: Rays 7, Phillies 3. WP: Brandon Gomes (2-2, 3.97 ERA) LP: Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72 ERA) Cliff Lee just hasn't been his usual self so far this season. Although he struck out nine batters in seven total innings pitched, he allowed three walks and five earned runs in the process. The bullpen hasn't been any better. B.J. Rosenberg walked four straight batters in the eighth...

Rays-Phillies game postponed due to rain

The Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies game has been postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.
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