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The National League wins the All-Star Game for the second straight year as they defeat the American League, 5-1.

For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.

The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.

Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.

The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.

Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth gives the Phils a hold on first place as the All-Star break approach as they defeat the Braves in extra–innings, 3-2.

A home run by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the tenth guarantee the Phils leading the NL East as the All-Star break approach, as the Phils defeat the Braves in walk-off fashion, in extra-innings, 3-2.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then go to second on a Brandon Beachy balk, before going to third on Ruiz’s single. The Braves retook the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI infield single to Vladez, allowing Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, then reached third on Jones’ double, to score, as Valdez is not able to throw home, while Uggla would beat his throw to first, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie it at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Ruiz would hit a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. They would then try to take the lead as the next two batters, Dom Brown and Valdez, would both get on base with singles, with Brown stopping at third, before Valdez would move up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. But Beachy would get out of the inning by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right. The Braves then threaten to take back the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Nate McLouth hits a triple on a ball that left fielder Ibanez was unable to catch and then went all the way to the fence. But, Halladay would end the threat by getting pinch hitter Eric Hinske to fly out to left. The game then became a battle between the bullpens, with neither offense being able to do much of anything, as the game goes into extra-innings. In the top of the tenth, Juan Pierre would come into the game in relief, and proceed to strike out, swinging, on nine pitches, Jason Heyward, McLouth and pinch hitter Wilkin Ramirez. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with one man out, Ibanez would hit a walk-off solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving Pierre his first career win, as the Phils win, 3-2.

Roy Halladay would receive a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Juan Pierre (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side on nine pitches, the 46th pitcher to do so in Major League History. Brandon Beachy would also receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Scott Linebrink and George Sherrill would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)) and two walks (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)), while striking out tw0 (O’Flaherty (1), Venters (1)), between them. Scott Proctor (1-3, 4.24) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (56-33, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (53-37, 2nd) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will be nationally televised on Fox Sports, starting at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on July 3, as he pitched 7 and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, while he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be going for his tenth win, while trying to recover from his last start. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 4, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going out to even the series. The Phils will be trying for the series win, putting a bit more distance between them and the Braves before the All-Star break.

Cole Hamels received his tenth win of the year as the offense went wild on the fish as the Phils crush the Marlins, 14-2.

Cole Hamels finally receive his tenth win of the season as the bats go wild on the Marlins as the Phils end up routing Florida, 14-2.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with the bases loaded via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, with Rollins stopping at third, and an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Rollins and Utley, and sending Howard on to second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as, after Carlos Ruiz had reloaded the bases with a single, moving Howard to third base and sending Ibanez up to second base, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wilson Valdez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Ibanez and Ruiz, while sending Brown on to second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out at second Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s ground out, 4-3. The Marlins would get onto the scoreboard in their half of the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring Mike Stanton, who had just tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI infield single, beating out second baseman Omar Infante’s throw to pitcher Jose Ceda, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Martinez’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils then proceeded to put the game out of reach in the ninth. Brown started the inning off with a single. After Valdez lined out to center for the inning’s first out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco put men on second and third with a pinch hit double, as Brown stopped at third. Rollins is then intentionally walked to load the bases. This move backfired as Martinez hits a three-run triple, knocking in Brown, Francisco and Rollins, giving the Phils an 11-2 lead. After John Mayberry, Jr. strikeouts, swinging, for the inning’s second out, Howard give the Phils a 12-2 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Martinez. Ibanez then ended the Phils’ scoring as he hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 14-2 lead. That would be the final score as Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless ninth, although loading the bases via singles to pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and Bryan Pattersen, sending Dobbs to third, and hitting Infante with a pitch, sending Patterson up to second base, and with two men out, by getting Gaby Sanches  to pop out to Rollins for the final out.

Cole Hamels (10-4, 2.40) gets the win by pitching eight strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning as he gave up two hits and hit a batter, while striking out two. Chris Volstad (4-8, 5.46) took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Jose Ceda pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Brian Sanches pitched three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out one.

The Phils exploded for eighteen hits, the most hits for the season, so far, with Jimmy Rollins (3 Singles, Double) and Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with four hits each. Raul Ibanez (2 Singles, Home Run, 4 RBIs) followed with three hits, while Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) had two hits. Michael Martinez (Triple, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense produced 12 singles, three doubles, a triple and two home runs against Marlins’ pitching.

The Phils (55-32, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (38-48, 5th) with a night game tonight at Sun Life Stadium. The game will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on July 1, as he went seven innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 7-6 come from behind win. He will be trying to pitch the Phils to a series sweep against the fish. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (6-2, 3.30), who is coming off a lost to the Rangers on July 1, as he pitched only three and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 15-5 lost. He will be trying to help the fish avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Marlins before heading back to Philadelphia.

Three eighth inning home runs do in Cliff Lee as the Phils drop one to the Blue Jays, 7-4.

Three home runs in the bottom of the eight inning ruins Cliff Lee’s day as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorin0, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as, with two men on, Dom Brown got on base with a single, sending Francisco on to second base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Francisco, while sending Brown, who had just singled, on to third. Two batters later, with men still on second and third, and now with two men out, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring both Brown and Ruiz. It would then go down hill for the Phils. The Blue Jays got on the scoreboard in the  third, ending Phils’ starter Cliff Lee’s scoreless innings streak at 34 innings as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, John McDonald hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Rajai Davis, who had earlier tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Blue Jays then made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Aaron Hill hits an RBI single, knocking in Davis, who had earlier singled, then proceeded to steal first second, and then third base. The Blue Jays then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Rivera hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jose Bautista, who had earlier singled, went to third on Adam Lind’s pop fly single, that was then bobbled by Francisco for a fielding error, allowing Lind to reach second base, as Victorino’s feet got caught in the outfield turf as he was deciding whether to throw either to home or to second base, as Lind was almost to third in a base running blunder that was avoided because of what had happened to Victorino when he finally decided to throw the ball and fell down as he was getting ready to throw it. The Phils then tried to add to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Victorino got on base as he hits a ground-rule double, his second of the ballgame. But, with pinch hitter Raul Ibanez batting, he would get picked off heading for third, before being tagged out at second base, 1-6-5-4, for the inning’s second out. That would be costly as Ibanez would then hit a double that would’d easily scored Victorino. The Blue Jays would then pound on Lee in their half of the eighth. Eric Thames would lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his third home run of the season, tying the game up at four-all. The Blue Jays would then take the lead as Bautista followed with a solo home run of his own, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, giving the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on base, and with one man out, the Blue Jays took a 7-4 lead as Eric Encarnacion hits a two-run bomb, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Lind, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score as Octavio Dotel picked up the win by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92) took the lost as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits, as he struck out nine. Michael Stutes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jo-Jo Reyes received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks. Marc Rzepczynski pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Octavio Dotel (2-1, 3.86) got the win as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Doubles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single) and pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Double), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (53-32, 1st), after ending interleague play with a successful 9-6 record, will start a three-game series with the Marlins (38-46, 5th), with an early night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, and will start at 6:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-1, 2.57), who is coming off a stunning win over the Red Sox on June 29, as he gave up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a chance against the Marlins. The Marlins will try to counter with Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 4.08), who is coming off a win against the Athletics on June 29 as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from falling any further behind the Phils. The Phils will be out to make sure that the Marlins stay at the bottom of the NL East, while keeping the Braves from getting any closer before the weekend series and the All-Star break.

Roy Halladay pitches a complete game win as he returns to Toronto, as the Phils come from behind again to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-3.

Roy Halladay pitches a complete game in his return to Toronto, getting his eleventh win of the year as the Phils come from behind again to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole second, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Placido Polanco, who had also earlier walked, up to second base. The Blue Jays would tie the game up at one-all in the fourth as Jose Bautista hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year. The Phils retook the lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Ross Gload, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Ruiz, who had just singled, would stop at third. The Blue Jays would tied the game again, this time at two-all, in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, John McDonald hits an RBI single, knocking in Corey Patterson, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s throwing error as the ball hit one of Patterson’s legs. The Blue Jays then took the lead two batters later as, with a man on second, and with two men out, as McDonald had reached second base on Aaron Hill’s ground out, 5-3, Eric Thames hits an RBI single, scoring McDonald, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.  The Phils regain the lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Utley redeemed himself by hitting a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rollins’ fly out to center, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 1-6, forcing out Rollins, who had earlier singled, at second base, while he beat out the throw to first, then went to second on Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, while moving Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. That would be the final score, as Halladay would end the game by getting Patterson to hit into a 6-3 doubleplay, as Edwin Encarnacion, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base.

Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.44) got the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Carlos Villanueva received a no-decision as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out three. Luis Perez received his first blown save of the year, before taking the loss (1-1, 3.71), as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while he struck out one. Octavio Dotel pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jon Rauch pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, before being thrown out of the game because he was still mad over the home plate umpire not calling Ryan Howard out earlier in the ninth inning. Shawn Camp pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, RBI), Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single) and Ross Gload (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (53-31, 1st NL East) will conclude their interleague series with the Blue Jays (40-44, 3rd AL East) tomorrow with an afternoon at the Rogers Centre. The game will start at 1:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-5, 2.66), who is coming off a complete game shutout win against the Red Sox on June 28, as he gave up two hits and two walks, while striking out five. He will be going for his fourth straight complete game shutout, while trying to give the Phils a sweep of the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays will try to counter with Jo-Jo Reyes (3-7, 4.77), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on June 28, as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Blue Jays’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to keep the Blue Jays from being swept. The Phils will be going for the sweep, while hoping to end interleague play winning seven of their last nine games against American League teams.

The Phils come from behind to win a back and forth battle with the Blue Jays as they win, 7-6.

The Phils fought with the Blue Jays before finally coming from behind to win the game, 7-6.

The Blue Jay took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a two-run double, scoring Aaron Hill, who had earlier replaced Yunel Escobar, who had been injured as he had been hit by the pitch, then went to third on Jose Bautista’s ground-rule double, and Bautista, who had just hit a ground-rule double, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had just singled, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils then tied it up at two-all in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then reached second on Hill’s force out attempt fielding error of Ryan Howard’s grounder, while Howard, who had reached first base on the error, would stop at second base. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Eric Thames hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Hill, who had just singled, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead. The Phils would cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 4-3 as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz would hit an RBI single, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then tied the game up as four-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Howard, who had just singled. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino from third, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Blue Jays retook the lead in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Bautista hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, scoring Hill, who had earlier singled, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead. The Phils took back the lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo would record his fourth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kndrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Danys Baez (2-3, 5.35) picked up the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fourth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ricky Romero also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, as he gave up four runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while he struck out four. Jason Frasor recorded his second blown save of the year as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jon Rauch received his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Frank Francisco blew his fourth save opportunity before taking the lost (1-4, 5.01) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. March Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a triple, knocking in two runs, as he lifted his batting average to .296. Chase Utley (Single, Double), Ryan Howard (Singles, 2 RBIs), and Ben Francisco (Doubles, 2 RBIs) all followed with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, as the bats decided to come out this afternoon.

The Phils (52-31, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the Blue Jays (40-43, 3rd AL East) with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon at the Rogers Centre. The game will start at 1:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.40), who is coming off a complete game win over the A’s on June 26, giving up a run on eight hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be out to give the Phils another series win in interleague play, while doing so in front of the still supportive fans of his former team. The Blue Jays will try to counter with Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 3.15), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on June 26, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Blue Jays’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to see if he can out pitch Halladay. The Phils be going out to win their fourth interleague play series.

The Phils lose the final game of the three-game series with the BoSox, 5-2.

The Phils, thanks to losing their starter Cole Hamels, lose the final game of their three-game series with the BoSox, 5-2.

The Red Sox broked up a 0-0 tie in the fifth, after Cole Hamels is taken out of the ballgame to have his right (non-pitching) hand x-rayed to see if it might have been broken when he used it to stop a line drive hit by Adrian Gonzalez with one man out in the fourth (which showed that it had a contusion), as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Drew Sutton hits an RBI single, scoring Josh Reddick, who had earlier tripled on a ball badly played by Ben Francisco, giving the BoSox a 1-0 lead. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, as Sutton reached third base on a Marco Scutaro single, and now with two men out, Jacoby Ellsbury hits an RBI single, scoring Sutton, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead, while sending Scutaro, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Red Sox made it a 3-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Jason Varitek hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The BoSox added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year. The Red Sox then made it a 5-0 lead as the next batter, Varitek, hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame. The Phils finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, cutting the BoSox’s lead to 5-2. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifteenth save of the season by striking out Raul Ibanez, looking, for the final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he is taken out of the game because of an injury after having pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out two. David Herndon (0-2, 4.61) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while he struck out one. Andrew Carpenter pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out four. Scott Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Jon Lester (10-4, 3.43) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Daniel Bard pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Bobby Jenks pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his fifteenth save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in both Phils’ run. Placido Polanco and Chase Utley had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as Jon Lester controlled the offense during his seven innings of work, before handing the ball to the bullpen.

The Phils (51-31, 1st NL East) will begin a three-game interleague play series with the Blue Jays (45-36, 3rd AL East) tomorrow night at the Rogers Centre. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.23), who is coming off a relief appearance against the Cardinals on June 23, when he went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 12-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils the opening win in their final interleague series. The Blue Jays will counter with Ricky Romero (7-7, 2.74), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on June 26, as he pitched a complete game, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Blue Jays’ 5-0 win. He will be out to give the Phils trouble. The Phils will be out to win the first game of their final interleague play series, to guarantee that they have a second straight year with a winning record in interleague play.

The Phils turn back a ninth inning rally to defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4.

The Phils stop a ninth inning rally to hang on and defeat the Blue Jays, 5-4.

The Phils jump to a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, and Howard, who had just singled. The Blue Jays got a run back in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Yunel Escobar hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Rajai Davis, who had earlier tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-1. The Phils got the run back in the second as, with a man on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Josh Barfield, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, before stopping at second base on Travis Snider’s throwing error. The Blue Jays made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead in the third as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would be the score until the bottom of the ninth, when the Blue Jays tried to rally to tie up the game. With runners on the corners, via singles by Mike McCoy and Eric Thames, with McCoy stopping at third base, and with nobody out, Adam Loewen hits an RBI single, scoring McCoy, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Thames on to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Corey Patterson made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Thames, while sending Loewen on to second base. But that would be the final score as Danys Baez would record his first save of the spring as he got Jonathan Diaz to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Patterson at second base.

Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.74) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Kyle Kendrick received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero recorded his second hold of the spring as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Danys Baez recorded his first spring save as he pitched an inning, giving up two run on four hits, while striking out a batter. Ricky Romero (1-2, 7.71) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out four. Chad Codero, Casey Janssen, Marc Rzepczynski, Carlos Villanueva and Sean Henn then pitched five scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Codero (2), Janssen (1), Rzepczynski (1)), while striking out four Phils (Janssen (1), Rzepczynski (2), Villanueva (1)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by Raul Ibanez, who had two hits, a single and a three-run home run. Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Josh Barfield (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils have raised their Grapefruit League record to 17-9 with the win.

While I was taking a short break…

It seems that several things had occurred as far as the Phils are concerned.

First, on December 2, the Phils tendered contracts to outfielder Ben Francisco and pitcher Kyle Kendrick to keep them from becoming free agents. Kyle Kendrick will likely be fighting with Vance Worley for the fifth starter’s spot during spring training, while Francisco will be involved in a platoon situation with Dom Brown, as…

on the following Sunday, December 5, it was announced that Jayson Werth had signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals. Although he was expected to leave, Jayson’s signing with another team within the NL East came as a complete surprise to everyone, including Phils manager Charlie Manuel, as everyone had expected him to sign with an AL team, like the Red Sox or the Tigers. Well, Jayson, congrats on the money, but be prepared for a lot of boos, after being given some respectful cheers the first time you come to town in a Nat uniform. (The Nats? I hope you know what you’re doing Jayson.) As for the Phils’ compensation in draft picks, they will get a player in the draft between the first and second rounds, and then a player from the second round, as the Nats’ first round pick did not fall among the first 15 players of the draft.

The next day, December 6, the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee announced that it had elected ex-Phil General Manager Pat Gillick (2005-2008) to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gillick, who was also the GM for the Blue Jays, who won World Series Championships in 1992-1993, to go along with the Phils’ 2008 World Series Championship, as well as being the GM for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners, in 27 years as a GM, had 11 teams enter the post-season.

The next day, December 7, it was announced that journalist Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News (also formerly on the Philadelphia Bulletin) will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the BBWAA, for 50 years of meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be given the award during the induction ceremonies at Cooperstown, NY, on July 25, 2011.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had signed former Cardinal relief pitcher Dennys Reyes to a one year deal for $1.1 million, with a $1.35 million option for 2012. Reyes, who has pitched in the major leagues for fourteen seasons out of the bullpen, will be joining his eleventh team when he joins the Phils, as he finished 2010 with a 3-1 record with an ERA of  3.55, as he pitched in 59 games, with a save, as he struck out 25 batters, while walking 21. The Phils will likely be using him as their left handed specialist out of the bullpen, to compliment Antonio Bastardo.

On the 9th, the Phils took three players in the Rule 5 Draft, with the first one, Michael Martinez, an infielder, coming from the Nats organization, via their Syracuse Triple-A affiliate. Phils’ GM Ruben Amaro Jr. jokingly commented that picking him up was the Phils way of getting back at the Nats for taking Jayson. (I just hope the last laugh ain’t on the Phils with this one.) The Phils would also pick up Chris Frey from the Rockies organization and Justin Friend from the A’s in the minor league part of the Rule 5 Draft. I guess it’ll be a while before we see if any of these guys pan out with the Phils.

Also during the week, the Phils brought Dom Brown back from the Dominican League, as they did not think that he was getting the seasoning that they thought he would need to be ready for spring training. Instead, they plan to do it during spring training itself, to get him ready for the regular season.

Lastly, the Phils had announced on Saturday that shortstop Jimmy Rollins had on Thursday  undergone minor surgery on his left wrist. They also announced that he should be able to participate in spring training next year.

The Phils have just announced that ex-Phil Mickey Morandini will manage their Class-A team.

Ex-Phil Morandini to manage Class A affiliate

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

Looks like the team has gotten their man again. Welcome back to the red pinstripes, Mick. Hope you’ll do well running the team in Williamsport.

PHILADELPHIA — Mickey Morandini is back with the Phillies.

He told The Northwest Indiana Times on Thursday he will be the Class A Williamsport manager next season. Morandini had talked during Spring  Training in Clearwater, Fla., about coaching professionally in the near future.

Morandini — fans still can hear Harry Kalas drawing out the second baseman’s name during broadcasts — had been the baseball coach at Valparaiso High School in Indiana.

“I’m gonna miss it. I had fun. I really enjoyed working with the kids,” Morandini told the newspaper. “But this is an opportunity to do some good things at the professional level, and it’s something I couldn’t pass up. I’m excited about it. I know the owner and GM very well. It’s a great family-owned organization that’s always taken care of its past players. Its Minor League system is very well-run. I’m excited to be a part of it again.”

Morandini said the Phillies had contacted him about coaching every year since he retired from playing in 2000. “I love to manage,” Morandini said. “I love all the little things that go into teaching kids. Hopefully, I can work my way up through the system kind of like ‘Ryno’ [Ryne Sandberg] and get back to the big leagues some day.”

Morandini played 11 seasons in the big leagues, including nine seasons (1990-97 and 2000) with Philadelphia. He made the National League All-Star team in 1995, and hit .268 in his career with the Phillies, Cubs and Blue Jays.

H/T Phillies.com

Samuel? Check! Sandberg? Check! Morandini? Check! Three fan favorites back in the fold. Here’s to wishing them well in their new positions in the organization, and hoping that the Phils’ management (I’m looking at you, junior) will be doing something this late fall/winter that will help the main ball club.

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