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Despite Questionable Managing Choices, Phillies Beat Mets 9-4

Sometimes, things are too good to be true.  Take the lottery as an example, though you may "win" hundreds of millions of dollars, the chance of you winning the lottery are slim to none, and even if you manage to win, more than half the winnings will be taken in taxes.  Though Tuesday's Phillies game wasn't nearly as drastic as winning the lottery, the 9-4 win...
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August 24, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Dominate Mets in 10-0 Win

When the New York Mets come to town, you can usually expect a fierce, intense rivalry, with Mets fans coming into Citizens Bank Park looking to steal a few wins.  However, with Cliff Lee on the mound against a rookie in the Mets Dillon Gee, this game was anything but usual, and by the 3rd inning it was evident the Mets would have no chance tonight.  The Phillies would go on to...
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August 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins Put on the DL, While Placido Polanco is Activated

Earlier today, Jimmy Rollins announced via twitter that the mild day-to-day groin strain that he suffered yesterday was actually a "mild grade 2 strain" and that he would be "gone till September".  The Phillies confirmed this today, placing Rollins on the 15 day disabled list.  Rollins injured the groin yesterday while making a throw on the move.  No other...
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August 22, 2011  |  Discuss

Left to Scratch Their Heads in D.C, Phillies Head Home to Face the Mets

By: Greg FrankOverview: The Phillies rolled into Nationals Park with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games and a 7-4 record against the Nationals for the season and had no reason to believe that they wouldn’t be able to continue in their winning ways.  A couple of blown saves later, one by Ryan Madson and another by Antoino Bastardo with a win sandwiched in between,  left the...
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August 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Lose to Nationals in Extras, Spoil Michael Schwimer's Major League Debut

There are some moments in life that you never forget, and for a Major League baseball player, one of those moments is your MLB debut.  Today, four days after being called up to the big club, Phillies rookie Michael Schwimer was able to make his highly anticipated major league debut today, after Roy Halladay was forced out by yet another rain delay, this one coming during the 5th...
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August 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Roy Oswalt Avenges Last Night's Walk-Off, Shuts Down Nationals in Win

Just a day after Roy Oswalt got the start offensively for the Phillies, he was back on the mound to start as the Phillies pitcher.  Oswalt was forced out of the game before he was able to even take the field last night due to a rain delay lasting over two hours.  However, Oswalt came back tonight after last night's embarrassing loss looking to get the Phillies back to their...
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August 21, 2011  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence to Auction Off His Old Spray-Painted Cleats

Hunter Pence seems like the nearly perfect baseball player.  He can bat for average (.311), power (14 home runs, 73 RBIs), and he has been flawless in the outfield since coming to Philly (1.000 fielding percentage since the trade).  The All-Star is also an entertainer, owning one of the more interesting twitters in the Phillies organization, and now, Pence seems to be as good...
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August 20, 2011  |  Discuss

Today in the Minors: Reading Routs, 'Crabs and Threshers Play Extras

The name of the game tonight was pitching. With baby ace Julio Rodriguez (15-7, 3.14 ERA) and top R-Phillie Austin Hyatt (11-6, 4.12 ERA) getting the starts for Clearwater and Reading respectively, great outings were expected from the beginning. Both delivered, as Rodriguez went seven scoreless innings allowing six hits and striking out nine and Hyatt went six innings allowing an...
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August 20, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Get Delayed Again, But This Time They Fall in the 9th to the Nationals

There are some things that rain can be great for.  Take watering plants as an example.  When it rains, there is no need to go out and water plants, making your life that much easier.  Baseball, however, is not something that goes well with rain, as games are easily delayed or even cancelled due to precipitation.  However, the weather has not been cooperative lately, and for the...
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August 20, 2011  |  Discuss

After Reaching 80 Wins, Phillies Look to Add to Total in Washington D.C

By: Greg FrankOverview: The Phillies came home from a 10-game road trip, took two out of three from the NL West leading Arizona Diamondbacks, and with Thursday night’s win became the first team in Major League Baseball to reach 80 wins.  Now, before heading back home for a 6-game home stand, the Phillies will play their first three games of a nine game stretch against the NL...
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August 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Down Diamondbacks Despite Two Hour Rain Delay

Starting pitching is never an issue for the Phillies, with three of the team's starters already reaching 13 wins.  Their collective 2.99 ERA is the best of any rotation in the majors by .25, and they also average the third most strikeouts per starting rotation in the majors.  The Phillies bullpen however, is not as good, (though they still are not bad) with the seventh best...
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August 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Domingo Santana Sent to Houston As PTBNL From Pence Deal

It may have started over two weeks ago, but the Hunter Pence trade was completed today, as the PTBNL (player to be named later) was identified as Domingo Santana and was sent to Houston (the Class A Lexington Legends to be exact). Santana, who was ranked by Baseball America as the Phillies' 9th Best Prospect at the beginning of this season, hit .269 in 96 games for the Lakewood...
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August 17, 2011  |  Discuss

Welcome to the Bigs Michael Schwimer

A couple of moves within the Phillies' organization today, as third baseman Placido Polanco was moved to the 15-day DL, and Joe Blanton was moved from the 15 to the 60 day DL. The Polanco move, retroactive to August 7 (meaning Polanco can come back as early as Monday), opened up a spot on the active roster, which was filled by Lehigh Valley hurler and PhightingOn July AAA Pitcher...
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August 17, 2011  |  Discuss

Wilson Valdez Sparks 7th Inning Attack, Helps Phillies Defeat Diamondbacks

When many people think of Wilson Valdez they think of the 19 inning epic the Phillies played back in May, where the back-up infielder pitched the 19th inning, earning the win for the night.  However, rarely do the talk about his batting ability, and for good reason, as his .239 career batting average is unimpressive.  However, sometimes even Valdez can come through with a big hit...
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August 17, 2011  |  Discuss

Roy Hallday Falters in the 9th, as Phillies Fall to Diamondbacks

Roy Halladay is an eight time All-Star, a two-time Cy Young award winner, and arguably the best pitcher in the MLB.  However, one thing that Halladay is not is a god.  The Phillies are a stunning 20-5 with the ace on the mound but sometimes, even Halladay can fail, subjecting the Phillies to a loss, something that they haven't seen much of lately.  Tonight was one of those...
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August 16, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Trample Nationals, as Ryan Howard Continues to Heat Up

In the past few years, the Philadelphia Phillies have been a team that has blossomed in the second half, going on incredible win streaks while blowing their opposition out of the water.  They proved it last year, coming back from seven games out of first place in the NL East in late July, to having the best record in all of baseball.  This year, the Phillies are an incredible 20...
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August 13, 2011  |  Discuss

Home Sweet Home: Phillies Back From Road Trip to Face Nationals

By: Greg FrankOverview: The Phillies ended their 10-game road trip with a thrilling come from behind victory in LA 9-8, closing the trip with an 8-2 record. After a day off Thursday, the Phillies welcome the Washington Nationals to Citizens Bank Park, a place where the home team has yet to play a game this month.  Washington is coming off a series loss at the hands of the Chicago...
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August 12, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Sweep Dodgers With the Help of Their Offense

A win is a win.  What the score is, how long it took, or how a team wins a game, is totally irrelevant as long as that team has more runs than their opponent at the end of the game.  The Phillies have certainly learned that this year, winning with their pitching staff of aces against weak-hitting teams, and picking up their bats and overpowering teams when necessary.  The latter...
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August 10, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Hitting Backs Up Roy Halladay's Pitching, as Phillies Beat Dodgers

It's not often that a pitcher like Roy Halladay comes around, a perfect combination of smart, hard-working, and dominant.  With a pitcher like Halladay, wins are a second thought and the real question is whether or not the opposing team will be able to score.  Even when a Halladay-type pitcher has an off day, it's still a notable performance usually keeping the team in...
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August 09, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Travel to Los Angeles Looking to Start a New Win Streak

By: Greg Frank Overview: The Phillies winning streak came to an end Sunday in San Francisco in a 3-1 loss as Tim Lincecum proved to be too good yet again.  Nevertheless through seven games on the 10-game trip so far the Phillies sit at 6-1, and playing a sub-par Dodgers team for the next three games look to end on a high note heading back to Philadelphia.  While the Dodgers are...
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August 08, 2011  |  Discuss

Roy Oswalt Stumbles in His First Start Since Injury, Allows Giants to Avoid Sweep

The road to recovery is never easy, especially when what you're recovering a bulging disc in your back, exactly what Phillies fourth ace Roy Oswalt sustained in June.  When it came time for Oswalt to begin his rehab starts, Oswalt said he felt good enough that he only needed one rehab appearance before returning to the majors.  However, Oswalt needed two starts before he...
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August 07, 2011  |  Discuss

The Baby Aces: Julio Rodriguez Gains Minors' Best 15th Win

When the Phillies' aces are talked about, usually the names Halladay, Lee and Hamels are brought up, but in Clearwater, a new batch of aces have popped up. The 'Baby Aces', a nickname given to the best pitching prospects in the system, have proven that they are nothing to overlook. The group consists of righthanders Brody Colvin (20) and Trevor May (21), and lefthanders...
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August 07, 2011  |  Discuss

Week in Review Clearwater: May Sets Strikeout Record, Homeruns Galore

This past week certainly has been interesting for the Clearwater Threshers, with both players leaving and joining, records being set and a back-to-back-to-back homerun performance. The week included great pitching performances as well as nights where the bats light up, all combining for a record of 4-2 since last Friday.Last Friday, July 29, was of course the day that the Phillies...
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August 05, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Defeat Rockies Despite a Poor Outing From Roy Halladay

It's no surprise that the reason the Phillies have been winning games is their superb pitching staff, consisting of three of the best starters in baseball.  Their rotation is the only in the MLB who can say that their ERA is below three (2.99), and the next closest team has an ERA of 3.32.  Needless to say, any team with a rotation like that could easily be playoff contenders...
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August 04, 2011  |  Discuss

Phillies Go to San Fransisco Looking for Redemption

By: Greg Frank Overview: The Phillies kept their winning streak going out in Colorado as they left Philadelphia having won three straight and now head to San Francisco with a 6-game streak.  While the Phillies have been clicking on all cylinders as of late, if there’s a team to slow them down, it’s the Giants.  Dating back to last regular season, and including the playoffs...
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August 03, 2011  |  Discuss
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