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No drama-free wins for Phillies

June 11 Camden Courier-Post:

On most nights, Roy Halladay would have pleaded his case to stay in the game, but Friday, he didn’t put up a fight.  He’d thrown 106 pitches without allowing a run, and in a rare twist, the Phillies had a substantial lead.  “I think there’s times where you fight for it and other times where you understand the circumstances,” Halladay said after Friday’s 7-5 win over Chicago.

Manuel , Dubee still confident in Madson

June 11 Allentown Morning Call:

There will be no perfect season for Ryan Madson.  That’s not really surprising. You had to think that at some point the Phillies substitute closer turned full-time closer would blow a save.  “There’s only been one perfect year, and that was [Brad] Lidge [in 2008],” pitching coach Rich Dubee said.

Phillies’ Ryan Madson not blowing up over blown save

June 11 Wilmington News Journal:

Last season, Ryan Madson did not react well to blowing a save. That frustration landed him on the disabled list for two months.  More than a year after breaking a toe by kicking a chair after a blown save in San Francisco, the Phillies’ closer has a different mentality.

Young bullpen arms help Phillies edge Cubs

June 11 CSN Philly:

As difficult as it was to watch Phillies relievers Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero nearly blow a seven-run lead in the eighth inning on Friday night, you were left wondering if their struggles might ultimately help the team down the road.  How a bullpen responds to pressure can help determine a team’s fate over the long haul.

After fast start, Contreras now in freefall

June 11 Camden Courier-Post:

It took more than two months before Jose Contreras allowed his first run of the season, but since then the floodgates have opened.  The veteran right-hander opened the year as the Phillies’ closer, but a month-long stint on the disabled list cost him the role and, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee, some arm strength.

Being drafted by Phils ‘surreal’ for Penn grad Cusick

June 11 CSN Philly:

Paul Cusick was watching the Phillies game Tuesday when he received a phone call. It was from the Phillies. They were calling to tell the former University of Pennsylvania pitcher that they had selected him in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.  Not a bad day watching the ballgame.

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