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The Phils have made several changes towards the end of 2012, which they hope will lead them back into the payoffs in 2013.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.

First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.

On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.

After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.

The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.

As they continue to try bringing Jimmy Rollins back into the fold, the Phils announce their signing of free agent Laynce Nix.

As the Phils continue trying to resign Jimmy Rollins to a new contract, although presently disrupted by the Angels’ signing of Albert Pujols to a ten-year deal, the Phils announced their signing of Laynce Nix to a two-year deal.

Nix, formerly of the Nationals, a nine-year vet, is a corner outfielder who, last season, batted .250, while hitting 16 home runs and knocking in 44 RBIs in 324 at-bats in 124 games. Also a former Ranger, Brewer and Red, Nix has a .244 lifetime average, with 409 hits in 1673 at-bats, hitting 96 doubles, 11 triples and 64 home runs, as he knocked in 226 RBIs.

With this move, the Phils seems to have finished fixing up their bench, especially with them not going the Rule 5 route, while they still need a regular shortstop (which will hopefully be a resigned Jimmy Rollins) and shoring up their bullpen, which will likely come from within their farm system.

Anyway, welcome to the Phils, Laynce. I hope you and the others will soon be helping the Phils off of the bench during the upcoming season.

Sorry….

But I’m still getting over the Phils getting kicked out of the playoffs so early in the run. Hopefully I’ll have something to report either tomorrow or Wednesday.

Anyway, congrats to both the Cards and the Rangers for getting to the World Series. I hope the Rangers win it all.

See you guys in a day or two.

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.

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.

After a long night, the Phils’ offense decide to send the Reds packing as they beat Cincinnati, 10-4.

After spending over six hours before finally winning last night’s game, the bats decided to win within half that time as they defeat the Reds, 10-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled, and Howard, wh0 had just been intentionally walked. The Reds cut the Phils’ lead in half in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Miguel Cairo, a single by Jay Bruce, sending Cairo on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Hanigan, moving Bruce up to second base, and with two men out, Paul Janish hits a two-run single, knocking in Cairo and Bruce, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Hanigan up to second base. The Reds then tied the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Bruce hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Cairo, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to John Mayberry, Jr., a single by Wilson Valdez, sending Mayberry to third, and a walk to Dane Sardinha, sending Vladez up to second base, and with nobody out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause by hitting a two-run ground-rule double, scoring Mayberry and Valdez, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead, while sending Sardinha over to third base. The Phils then took a 7-4 lead as Martinez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Sardinha. The Phils then increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead, while sending Sardinha, who had just walked, over to third. The Phils then made it a 9-4 lead as Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Sardinha, while sending Lee up to second base. The Phils then took a 10-4 lead in the eighth as Utley hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, as he knocked in his first RBI of the season. That would be the final score as a returning Jose Contreras would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out eight. Jose Contreras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter, as he returned from the disabled list. Home Bailey received a no-decision as he pitched only four innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Daryl Thompson (0-1, 15.00) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and five walks. Jose Arredondo pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. After the bullpen got used up in the previous game, Lee gave it a rest by pitching eight innings before handing it over to Contreras, who was just activated.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Michael Martinez (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, Double), Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Cliff Lee (Single, Double, 3 RBIs), each led the team with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single), and Dane Sardinha (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense didn’t have a let down from last night’s extra-innings game.

The Phils (31-19, 1st) will now start a three city road trip, with their first stop being a three-game series at Citi Field with the Mets (23-26, 4th). The game will begin at 7:10 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77), who is coming off a lost against the Rangers on May 22, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost, his first lost as a starter at the Bank. He will be going for his fourth win, while trying to build on his previous two starts. The Mets will counter with Chris Capuano (3-5, 5.36), who is coming off a lost to the Yankees on May 21, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on six hits, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 7-3 lost. Capuano will be trying to stop the Phils suddenly potent offense. The Phils will be trying to continue the momentum that they have gained from their 6-3 home stand against the weak Mets.

Ryan Madson bad ninth inning leads to a Phils’ lost as they drop one to the Reds, 6-3.

Ryan Madson allows three Reds’ runs to score in the top of the ninth of a tied game as the Phils lose to the Reds, 6-3.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Scott Rolen hits an RBI single, knocking in Joey Votto, who had just doubled, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled. Two batters later, with a runner on third, as Carlos Ruiz moved Ibanez to third on a 3-unassisted ground out, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoing Ibanez, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils tried to make it a 3-1 lead in the third as, with Jimmy Rollins on second base, after hitting a double, and with one man out, he tried to score on a single to center by Chase Utley, Utley’s first hit of the season, but he was gunned down down at the plate by center fielder Drew Stubbs, 8-2, for the second out of the inning, while Utley moved up to second base on the throw. The Phils then finally made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier singled. The Reds then tied the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brandon Phillips hits a two-run bloop single, scoring Jonny Cueto, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third on Stubbs’ ground-rule double, and Stubbs, who had just hit a ground-rule double. The Reds then took the lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a bunt single by Stubbs, who then reached second on Ryan Madson’s throwing error to first, an intentional walk to Votto and then an infield single by Rolen, as he beat Placido Polanco’s throw to first, while Stubbs moved up to third base, and Votto reached second, and with two man out, Jay Bruce hits a bases clearing double, scoring Stubbs, Votto and Rolen, giving the Reds a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Francisco Cordero recorded his ninth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. David Herndon, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes), while striking out three (one batter each) between them. Ryan Madson (2-1, 1.80) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Johnny Cueto also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out one. Bill Bray pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Logan Ondrusek (3-2, 2.08) gets the win as he pitched one-third of an inning, walking a batter. Francisco Cordero received his ninth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .252. Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits, a single and a double, as he knocked in a run, lifting his average to .256. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Ryan Howard (Double) and Chase Utley (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Dom Brown knocked in the third Phils’ run with a sac fly. The offense, after starting out fine, and missing an opportunity to score a fourth run because of Rollins being thrown out at the plate, seems to have stopped hitting after the fourth inning, thus allowing the Reds to win it in the ninth.

The Phils (29-19, 1st East) will continue their series with the Reds (26-23, T-2 Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21), who is coming of a win against the Rangers on May 20, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his seventh win of the season. The Reds will try to counter with Travis Wood (3-3, 5.17) as he is coming off a no-decision against the Indians on May 20, as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Reds’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be going out to give their ace some runs support to give him his seventh win of the season.

The Phils once again waste a good pitching effort as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils waste another good effort by Roy Oswalt as they lose to the Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils and Rangers were involved in a pitchers’ duel during most of the game between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt and Rangers’ starter Matt Harrison. The Rangers finally took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mitch Moreland hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Adrian Beltre’s ground out, 2-3, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Rangers then took a 2-0 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Craig Gentry knocked in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Beltre, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Moreland’s ground out, 4-3, while sending up to second base Mike Napoli, who had earleir been hit by the pitch. That would be the final score as Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Ross Gload to fly out to left for the final out.

Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched one and two-thirds innings, as he struck out a batter. Matt Harrison (4-4, 3.62) got the win as he pitched eight and one-third shut out innings, giving up five scattered hits and three walks, while striking out three. Neftali Feliz recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, by Wilson Valdez, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha, as the Phils’ offense once again went into neutral. They were once again unable to get the key hit against an opponent’s pitcher, as they hope that a returning Chase Utley will help jump start the offense.

The Phils (28-18, 1st NL East) will begin a four-games series with the Reds (25-22, 2nd Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 18, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Reds will counter by sending to the mound Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, being hit for five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to start off the long series with a win.

Cliff Lee throws a six-hitter against his old team as the Phils shut out the Rangers, 2-0.

Behind a Cliff Lee six-hitter, the Phils win the series by shutting out the American League Champions Rangers, 2-0.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as Ryan Howard breaks out of his 0-for-23 slump by hitting a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Phils then added a run in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-o lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just walked, up to second base, before he is caught in a run down between second and third and is then tagged out, 7-6-4-5, for the inning’s third out. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Ryan Madson received his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.69) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. Arthur Rhodes and Brett Tomko combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Tomko), while striking out one batter (Rhodes) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. Cliff Lee also stole a base, the first stolen base of his career.

The Phils (28-17, 1st NL East) will conclude their Interleague Play preview with the Rangers (23-23, T-1st AL West) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 PM EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.09), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 17, as he pitched five innings, giving up just one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a sweep over the American League Champs. The Rangers will counter with Matt Harrison (3-4, 4.27), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the White Sox on May 17, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Rangers’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to help the Rangers avoid being swept. The Phils will be trying to complete the sweep.

Two home runs support a strong pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils defeat the Rangers, 3-2.

Two home runs by the Phils supported a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay as the Phils start off interleague play with a victory over the Rangers, 3-2.

The Rangers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, the Rangers perform a double steal as Ian Kinsler strikes out for the inning’s first out, as Mitch Moreland, who had just singled, stole second base, before Elvis Andrus, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Moreland’s single, stole home, beating the throw, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Rangers cut the Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Moreland hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Endy Chavez, who had earlier hit a pinch hit double, then went to third on Andrus’ ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the season as, with one man on base, and with two men out, David Murphy was caught stealing, 2-4, by a good throw to second by Carlos Ruiz.

Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. C.J. Wilson (4-3. 3.42) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten Phils. Dave Bush pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only four hits last night, a single by Placido Polanco, a single by Carlos Ruiz, a two-run home run by Ben Francisco, knocking in two runs and a solo home run by Raul Ibanez. The offense continues to make a lot of bad outs, although getting two home runs to win the ballgame for the Doc.

The Phils (27-17, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the Rangers (23-22, 1st AL West) later today, which will be televised nationally by Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on May 16, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. Lee will be trying to end his own third-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a series win. The Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a complete game win against the White Sox on May 16, as he gave up just five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rangers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series in over a week, while also trying to give Lee his third win of the season.

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