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  1. Doc for the Sweep: Phils-Nats, Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    It’s been a fun series of reminding the visiting Jayson Werth what he’d be missing when he chose not to re-sign with the Phillies this off-season, like the ace-level pitching of Vance Worley and the reliable power hitting of Raul Ibanez. The Phillies took the first two games of their first home series of the…

  2. Ibanez Continues Recent Surge as Phils Cruise Behind Worley’s Nice Outing

    May 5, 2011, 8:28 AM EDT

    As we flipped the TV from the end of the Flyers game over to check in to see how the local nine were doing, my dad — trying to be his typical positive self — said, “At least we can count on the Phillies.” It’s true. They seem pretty reliable these days and proved it…

  3. Vance Worley Takes On the Nationals

    May 4, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    The Phillies are in action at Citizens Bank Park this evening as Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00) will make his second start as Joe Blanton finds himself on the DL and Roy Oswalt is still not back with the team. The Phils will take on right-hander Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.62) as the Fightins look for the…

  4. A Milestone Meeting Between the Nationals and Phillies

    May 4, 2011, 7:54 AM EDT

    Last night, Phillies radio play-by-play man Scott Franzke shared an interesting game note on the series opener between the Phils and the Nationals. The Nats were playing in their 1,000th game since the franchise moved from Montreal to DC, and they were doing so in the same stadium in which they played game number 1,…

  5. Complete Game Cole Dominates Nats

    May 4, 2011, 1:39 AM EDT

    The Phillies beat the Nationals 4-1 on Tuesday night. Game was all about Cole Hamels. Pitching in Roy Oswalt’s spot, the ’08 World Series MVP didn’t do much except go the full nine. Hamels allowed five hits and one run–a solo shot–while striking out six, but the big number was 27 first pitch strikes. He…

  6. Since When Is Parking Lot Tailgate Line Dancing A Thing?

    May 3, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT

    Forget Jayson Werth’s return to Philly for a moment, and certainly forget what any of the people in this video have to say about it, because when in the hell did line dancing at a parking lot tailgate become a thing? Whatever happened to drinking beer and listening to some Grateful Dead while tossing a…

  7. Your Jayson Werth Memories?

    May 3, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    So while Jayson Werth is in town for the week, I just wanted to get away from the talk about whether or not he should or shouldn’t be booed, whether he should or shouldn’t have left, etc., and just focus on what you’ll always remember about Werth. Do you think he’ll he be a ballplayer…

  8. Quotable: Manuel On Utley’s Progress

    May 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Per Todd Zolecki and the rest of the Phillies beat writers, Charlie Manuel talked about Chase Utley’s progress and things sounded positive for once with regards to his knee. “It might be time to let him go somewhere, like Clearwater or something,” Manuel said. Utley has been seen running on the shallow outfield grass before…

  9. Jayson Werth Returns to Citizens Bank Park This Evening, J-Roll Leads Off

    May 3, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    The Phils are back in action after an off day on Monday following their frustrating loss on Sunday night to the New York Mets in extras where the action on the field was over shadowed by world events and the way fans at Citizens Bank Park reacted. Fan reactions will once again be a popular…

  10. Phillies Radio Broadcast Explains the U-S-A Chants at Ballpark

    May 2, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

    The way in which huge news is broken these days is fascinating. From the NYTimes breakdown of how the Osama Bin Laden news leaked out to watching the Phillies-Mets game on TV as you can literally watch as fans react live, it’s amazing to look back and see how it all unfolded. Another unique angle,…

  11. Quotable: David Wright Knows One Thing Mets and Phillies Fans Can Agree On

    May 2, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    Phillies fans cheered loudly in the ninth inning of Sunday night’s game, but not for the reasons you’d typically think. As news of Osama bin Laden’s death first  reached those inside Citizens Bank Park via cellphones, chants of U-S-A! U-S-A! broke out. It was a rare moment that brought Phillies and Mets fans together. Mets…

  12. U-S-A Chants at Citizens Bank Park as Phillies Fans Hear of Osama bin Laden’s Death

    May 2, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    With news spreading that Osama bin Laden has been killed, small U-S-A chants began to rise from the crowd watching the Phillies play the Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night. As the word spread throughout the crowd, the chants got louder and louder until just about the whole stadium was doing it, audible…

  13. Beat the Mets, Beat the Mets, Step Right Up and Sweep the Mets

    May 2, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    The Phils look to finish off their listless rivals in front of a national television audience tonight, and it’s Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18) on the hill to euthanize the fallen franchise. The Mets may be hiding an ace up their sleeve though in Chris Young (1-0, 2.65), the righthander who beat the home team a…

  14. Halladay Looks to Continue Dominance Over NL East, Shut Up Mets Fans at CBP

    May 2, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41) takes on Jonathon Niese (1-3, 5.10) in day baseball at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon. If you’re looking for an encouraging trend for today’s game, the Doc has won his last six starts against the Mets, good for 6-0 with a 2.54 ERA dating all the way back to 2006. If…

  15. Howard, Phillies Destroy Mets, Rack Up Some April Records

    May 2, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Not a bad start to the homestand… The Phillies opened up the Mets’ pitching and bled it for 10 runs while Vance Worley threw six shutout innings on their way to a 10-3 win. The Phils have now scored double-digit runs against the Mets in three straight contests and lead the season series, 3-1. Ryan…

  16. Phillies Welcome Mets to Vance Party USA Homestand

    May 2, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    A western swing that began with a promising 4-0 start came to a 5-2 end, with a pair of Phillies arms landing on the DL and the Phillies briefly sliding to second place in the East before edging ahead of the Marlins again. The road trip is over, with the Phils back in town to…

  17. And Now Joe Blanton’s on the DL

    May 2, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Another Phillies injury to report… Joe Blanton has been placed on the DL with a medial impingement of his right elbow. Vance “Refrigeration” Worley will start on Friday against the Mets. Adjust your deep NL-only fantasy lineups accordingly.

  18. Jimmy Says It’s a Good Time to Get ‘HOT’

    May 2, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    The Phillies bats woke up a bit on Wednesday afternoon and lifted 3 balls into the stands, including one off the bat of Jimmy Rollins that was his first of the season. Following the game, J-Roll spoke with Sarge about Cole Hamels victory and how it’s a good time for the Phillies bats to get…

  19. Quotable: What’s Up With Oswalt?

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    When we first hopped in the car in the Wells Fargo Center parking lot after leaving the Flyers game on cloud nine, we turned on the radio and the Phils had already given up 5 runs. Ugh. As we learned, Roy Oswalt was not sharp, didn’t have good velocity, and gave up 5 earned in…

  20. Oswalt In the Desert, Phils Search for Offense

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    In the other game involving a Philly sports team this evening, Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88) and the Phillies will take on Daniel Hudson (0-4, 5.92) and the Diamondbacks out in Arizona. We’d write more on the matchup, likely on the Phils complete lack of offense as of late, but we’re going to go drink beer…

  21. Of Course Charlie Sheen Helped Bail Dykstra Out of Jail

    Apr 26, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    So Nails spent some time in jail recently and old Charlie Sheen helped him pay that bail tab, naturally. Charlie tells TMZ, “The rendition guilty trolls that kidnapped my dear friend Nails clearly forgot that he’s a fellow Vatican assassin and his best pal is a warlock.”

  22. The Phillies Tossed A Lot Of Equipment Last Night in Arizona

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee had one of those strange nights where he was pretty sharp but not real good. Or something. Lee notched 12 strikeouts in 7 innings but also allowed 4 runs. With the Phillies managing only three hits on the night against Ian Kennedy, their five-game wining streak came to an end. But hey, Mike…

  23. Cliff Lee, Like Charlie Manuel, Will Try To Do His Job Tonight in Arizona

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    The Phillies look to continue their winning streak out west this evening when Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91) takes the hill in Arizona to face Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64) and the Diamondbacks in the first of a three game set before the Phils return home later this week. The newsy item out of Arizona tonight is…

  24. Oh Yeah, Roy Dealt Yesterday Too, and Shane Put a New Face on ‘Jack in the Box’

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    With the Philly sports calendar so packed yesterday on top of Easter Sunday family schedules for some, it was hard to catch each of the three games that ended so well for the local teams. If you were glued to the Flyers’ possible elimination game, it stings to have not seen every pitch of yet…

  25. Don’t Forget Doc: Halladay Goes for San Diego Sweep

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    When Roy Halladay pitches, he’s typically the biggest game in town. That’s not exactly the case today as the Flyers and Sixers face huge potential elimination games. Remember that fateful day when Roy went up against a Flyers playoff game last season? Mike DiMuro, that same home plate ump from the perfect game in Florida,…