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  1. The 19 Inning Unsung Heroes

    May 26, 2011, 4:28 AM EDT

    While Wilson Valdez’s pitching performance stole the headlines and quickly jumped into the hearts of fans in attendance as the most memorable takeaway from the wild 19 inning victory on Thursday morning at Citizens Bank Park, so many guys contributed to the victory. Raul Ibanez may have gotten the game-winner, but this was a team…

  2. Valdez Caps Wild, Memorable 19 Inning Night

    May 26, 2011, 4:18 AM EDT

    Ben Francisco drilled a home run into the left field seats in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday night to put the Phillies up 2-0 on Cincinnati. With Roy Halladay on the mound facing a Reds team he had dominated for 18-consecutive scoreless innings coming into the game, you figured we’d be in…

  3. Wilson Valdez and Babe Ruth

    May 26, 2011, 4:04 AM EDT

    How about this stat from ESPN’s Steve Berthiaume, “Wilson Valdez is the first player to start game in the field and earn the win as a pitcher, since Babe Ruth on October 1, 1921.” Not bad company, Wilson. Valdez also threw more strikes (5) than Phillies reliever J.C. Romero last night (4). Fun fact via…

  4. Ryan Howard On Wilson Valdez Shaking Off Dane Sardinha

    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…

  5. The Legend of Wilson Valdez is Born, Phils Win in Wacky 19th Inning Walkoff

    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…

  6. Phils Attempt to Start the Halladay Weekend a Few Days Early

    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…

  7. Chase Utley Gets a Day Off

    May 25, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    After two starts in a row, Charlie Manuel gives Chase Utley an off day this evening.

  8. Worley’s Effort Highlights Fans’ Tunnel Vision

    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…

  9. Reds Finally Take One Off Phillies

    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…

  10. Utley Day 2: Worley vs. Cueto on Oswalt Bobblehead Night

    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…

  11. Lenny Dykstra Tried to Break Doc Gooden Out of Celebrity Rehab

    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.

  12. Chase Utley Goes 0-5, Is Awesome In Debut

    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…

  13. Chooch Will End the Inning, Save Your Life

    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.

  14. Chase Utley’s Return Should Make Everyone Better, Including Charlie Manuel

    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.”

  15. Chase’s Return: Utley Bats Second as Mayberry and Brown Get Starts

    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…

  16. Mets Owner Takes Jabs At His Players

    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…

  17. Manuel: Chase Utley Will Be in the Lineup on Monday

    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…

  18. Oswalt Gets No Help, Loses First Citizens Bank Park Start

    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…

  19. Hey, I Pitched in Texas Too: Oswalt for the Sweep

    May 22, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Roy O goes for the three-fer against the Rangers this afternoon.

  20. Cliff Lee Steals Win for Phils Against Former Club

    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…

  21. You Again: Cliff Lee Meets His Old Texas Buddies

    May 21, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee squares off against the Rangers for the first time this year.

  22. Charlie On Managing Benny-Dom-Mayberry-Raul

    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…

  23. Raul and Benny Provide the Long-Lost Pop, Halladay and Madson Deliver

    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…

  24. Higher Resolution Roy Halladay CYborg Photoshop

    May 20, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Rangers’ starter C.J. Wilson called Roy Halladay “the CYborg.” See original post here.