May 26, 2011, 3:49 AM EDT
It wasn’t good enough for Wilson Valdez to simply go out to the mound and throw his heater pitch after pitch. Nope, Valdez wanted to keep the Reds on their toes, so he shook off some of the pitch calls from backup catcher Dane Sardinha. Ryan Howard got quite a kick out of this, and…
May 26, 2011, 1:56 AM EDT
Wow. The hero of the night was Wilson Valdez, who came in to pitch for the Phillies in the top of the 19th inning and was throwing some heat. Yes, Wilson Valdez pitched for the Phillies, you read that correctly. Not only did he pitch, but he earned the victory by getting the heart of…
May 25, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT
The good news following last night’s tough late loss to the Reds is that the Phils will attempt to bounce back tonight with Roy Halladay on the mound. Even better news is that Halladay (6-3, 2.21) has great career numbers against the Reds, 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA in five stars including the postseason. He’s…
May 25, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT
After two starts in a row, Charlie Manuel gives Chase Utley an off day this evening.
May 25, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT
When Vance Worley was optioned to Lehigh Valley on May 16th to make room for Roy Oswalt to return from the DL, plenty of fans were outraged at the decision. But last night’s outing, including Worley’s admission that he was tired in the fifth inning, demonstrates the need to keep a guy like Worley “stretched…
May 24, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT
Just when you thought maybe the Fightins might be getting into their heads a little bit, the Reds proved they can indeed defeat the class of the National League. Cincinnati had the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth of a tie ball game, when Jay Bruce busted the game open with a bases…
May 24, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT
Monday night’s win was the Phillies 47th game played this season, but it was the first for a certain second baseman who was asked after the game if it felt like an opening day. “For me, it was, without a doubt,” Utley said. So now that Utley’s got the faux-opening day jitters out of the…
May 24, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT
The Dude’s magical Twizzler-induced life trip continues to entertain. The latest episode in the adventures of Lenny Dykstra brings the former Phillie to the Celebrity Rehab house in an attempt to break out his old pal Doc Gooden.
May 23, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT
Chase Utley’s return to Citizens Bank Park on Monday night brought 45,841 fans out to South Philadelphia, the most ever for a regular season game at the new park. No. 26 was greeted to a raucous standing ovation as he walked to the plate in the first inning, with fans on their feet for half…
May 23, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT
Carlos Ruiz makes a great catch on a foul ball to end the sixth inning and probably save this lady’s life. She’s appropriately gleeful. Chooch then led off the seventh with his third hit of the night.
May 23, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT
As happy as Phillies fans are to see Chase Utley’s name on the lineup card this evening, Charlie Manuel was just as happy to write it there.
“Felt good to put Chase’s name in there,” Manuel said. “I’ve been looking forward to the day he comes back and plays.”
May 23, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT
It’s finally official. Chase Utley’s name appears on the Phillies lineup card this evening, penciled in behind Jimmy Rollins and ahead of Placido Polanco. They’ll face Reds’ right-hander Bronson Arroyo, a guy Utley has been relatively successful off of over his career (5-12 with 4 RBIs and a HR). If you’re not convinced Utley’s mere…
May 23, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT
May 23, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT
Plenty of people rip on the Mets. It’s a regular old pastime in Philadelphia, a tradition handed down from generation to generation. But one person you’d probably not expect to rip into the Mets players is their owner, Fred Wilpon. In a recent story for the New Yorker, Wilpon comments negatively about a handful of…
May 22, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT
Chase Utley appears poised to enter the Phillies lineup, having rejoined the big club this weekend and declared ready by his manager. In his postgame presser following the Phils’ 2-0 Sunday loss, Charlie Manuel said Utley would be in the lineup tomorrow against Cincinnati. The team is expected to be careful and judicious in its…
May 22, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT
We’ll take a series win any way it comes, but Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers to prevent the sweep sure did end the Phillies weekend with a thud. The offense kept its slumber streak intact, failing to register a single run against Rangers starter Matt Harrison, who pitched into the ninth inning. Roy…
May 22, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT
Roy O goes for the three-fer against the Rangers this afternoon.
May 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT
The Phillies offense is still a little quiet, but a Ryan Howard solo home run was all Cliff Lee needed to beat his former team. John Mayberry Jr would add an insurance run, and Clifton and Ryan Madson combined for a 2-0 shutout of the Rangers. Lee was phenomenal, notching 10 Ks against 5 hits…
May 21, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT
Cliff Lee squares off against the Rangers for the first time this year.
May 20, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT
Charlie Manuel was asked following Friday night’s 3-2 victory about how he plans to manage his outfield now that Dom Brown has arrived. He said before the game that he plans to ease Brown into the outfield rotation, starting No. 9 predominantly against right-handers initially. So how do the right-handed options of Ben Francisco and…
May 20, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT
The big story on Friday afternoon was Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies about-face on whether or not to bring up Dom Brown from Lehigh Valley as Shane Victorino headed to the DL. Part of the reason the team finally decided to make the move to bring Brown up to the big club was the…
May 20, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT
Rangers’ starter C.J. Wilson called Roy Halladay “the CYborg.” See original post here.
May 20, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT
A double dose of awesome this evening for Phillies fans as not only is Roy Halladay getting the start but beloved phenom Dom Brown has rejoined the big league club. Unfortunately, the lanky left-hander will not get the start this evening as Charlie Manuel said before the game that Brown likely won’t start against lefties,…
May 20, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT
It’s a strange, sticky hotness at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon after what seems like a week’s worth of rain. But the sun is trying to peak through prior to this evening’s game.
May 20, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT
After saying as recently as yesterday that Dom Brown needed more at-bats, the Phillies have changed their minds and have called up Dom Brown while Shane Victorino spends some time on the DL. Other moves made today include recalling David Herndon and optioning Scott Mathieson. Joe Blanton will not hit the DL pile just yet…
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