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July 23 Allentown Morning Call
Neither one of the hottest days in Philadelphia history nor the San Diego Padres bothered Cole Hamels on Friday night. Cole kept things cool with eight masterful innings of three-hit ball and the Phillies opened a 10-game home stand with a 3-1 win over their favorite whipping boys from the West Coast. It was Philly’s fifth win in as many games against San Diego this season and eighth straight dating back to last season.
July 22 SI.com
The Astros’ asking price on Hunter Pence has been so prohibitive that competing teams believe he will stay in Houston. Supposedly Houston wants at least three good pieces, probably young, major-league-ready talent. Rivals are questioning whether they’re serious about trading him based on the requests they’ve heard. A lot of teams need outfielders and Pence is a player who could help the Phillies, Braves, Giants, Astros, Pirates and Indians. Current Astros management views him as the “favorite of the franchise,” however, and just the right type of player to set an example for a young team.
July 22 CSN Philly
Brad Lidge is back. The 34-year-old reliever has been activated by the Phillies and the team has designated Danys Baez for assignment. Lidge hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season because of a slight tear in his right rotator cuff. He was originally placed on the disabled list on March 25. In eight rehabilitation games, with Single A Lakewood and Double A Reading, Lidge had a 3.52 ERA, walked two and struck out 10 in 7 2/3 innings. In his career with the Phils, he has 99 saves and a 3.99 ERA. ”
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