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  1. One Year Ago Today

    May 29, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Hey no pressure or anything, Vance Worley. Relive it here. (Photo: Steve Mitchell-US Presswire)

  2. Mets Bullpen Cracks Again, Hamels Wins in NY

    May 29, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels had never gotten a win against the Mets in New York, which is somewhat amazin’ when you think about it. His numbers overall just haven’t been that good against the team from Flushing, including his worst start of the 2011 season. Hamels was sharp last night though, striking out a season-high 10 batters…

  3. Phils-Mets: The Colbert Hamels Report vs. Big Pelf

    May 28, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Fresh off a dousing of the Mets’ momentary fire last night at Citi Field, the Phils will go for their fourth straight W tonight with Cole Hamels on the hill. There’s really no letting up with this team’s pitching staff. Valdez, Lee, Oswalt… and now Hamels? Mike Pelfrey will be on the hill for the…

  4. Beer, Oswalt, Rollins, and Brown Combine to Start the Weekend Off Right

    May 28, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    I don’t have much for you in terms of an insightful recap of last night’s 6-4 Phillies win over the Mets, unless you want to read the hung-over, half-remembered thoughts of a guy who watched the game on the TV over the bar at Victory Brewing Company. If so, here are those thoughts. Roy Oswalt…

  5. Holiday Viewing: Phillies Take On the Woebegone Mets in New York

    May 27, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Ahh, yes. Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. Hopefully you’re reading this on your iPhone while sitting beachside down the shore — worst case scenario you’re in some traffic on the Atlantic City Expressway. If you do happen to be sitting in an office, we’re sorry. It’ll get better. Memorial Day Weekend is a time…

  6. Caption This: Cliff Knows

    May 27, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    “Nah, Joey, I don’t mind giving you a bit of advice. You simply have to keep the bat head down and swing through the ball. Keep at it, watch my swing, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.” US Presswire photo from yesterday’s Phillies 10-4 victory over the Reds in which Cliff Lee notched…

  7. Cliff Gets It Done at the Dish, On the Mound, Phils Win Second In 15 Hours

    May 26, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Following in a long line of Phillies pitchers that can hit, Wilson Valdez’s name certainly comes to mind, Cliff Lee delivered at the dish on Thursday afternoon, ripping a bases-loaded ground-rule double to deep center before plating another RBI later in the game with a single. Lee was the first Phillies pitcher to notch three…

  8. Right Back: Phils-Reds Take the Field 12 Hours Later

    May 26, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    If you think you’re tired after last night’s 19-inning marathon, how about what the arms and legs must be feeling like for the Phillies and Reds, almost all of whom saw action less than a half-day ago? Get your Bloody Mary ingredients ready, because it’s time to get some hair of the dog in ya…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  21. 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.

  22. 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.”

  23. 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…

  24. 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…