Jul 242011
Phillies 1B Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard smacks a pinch-hit blast

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Howard comes off bench to help Phillies top Padres

July 24 CSN Philly

Ryan Howard had been swinging too fast during a 2-for-25 skid, so he started Saturday’s game against San Diego on Charlie Manuel’s bench.  “Not giving myself a chance to see the ball,” Howard said.  Yet, after the Phillies saw a 3-0 lead turn into a 4-3 deficit and in Saturday’s heat, here was their manager, suddenly in an awful hurry to get his once-and-future RBI behemoth to the plate.  Told to grab a bat, Howard first thought he would hit for the second man in the Phillies’ seventh, pitcher Michael Stutes.

If Mets trade Carlos Beltran, they will look for Phillies, Braves, Red Sox or Giants top prospects

July 24 New York Daily News

You are surely wondering who the Mets will receive in a trade for Carlos Beltran this week.  Here’s where it’s at right now: The Mets want top prospects. Teams do not want to sacrifice top prospects. Someone, whether it be Sandy Alderson or his eventual trading partner will compromise.  But here is a chance to become acquainted with some prospects the Mets might want, and have scouted and discussed. We chose at least one from each of the four current leaders in the Beltran sweepstakes, based on our reporting.

Steroids overshadowing Thome’s upcoming milestone

July 24 Wilmington News Journal columnist Brad Myers

Anybody remember what happened in Philadelphia sports history on Dec. 6, 2002?  That was the day the Phillies signed Jim Thome. It was huge news at the time. He was, without a doubt, the most coveted free agent at the time. The Phillies gave him a six-year, $85 million contract, the largest free agent deal of that offseason.  But now, among Phillies fans, Jim Thome is an afterthought. He is on the verge of hitting his 600th career home run, but few will see it as a big deal.

Even at Hall induction, Gillick active in baseball

July 24 CSN Philly

To be sure, Pat Gillick cannot address a group of reporters without making at least a little bit of news. It kind of goes with the territory of being an old general manager of a ballclub, who often seems to be linked to a handful of jobs in the major leagues.  For instance, there had been some pretty hot rumors that Gillick was prepared to become the new president of the moribund Chicago Cubs. But get this … Gillick and Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts haven’t just not discussed a job, they don’t even know each other.

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