May 222011

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Lee dominates former club as Phils top Rangers

May 22 CSN Philly:

The best part of Cliff Lee’s night came when he received a hug from his 10-year-old son Jaxon in the clubhouse after the game.  The second-best part was the victory he earned on the pitcher’s mound. It was special for a couple of reasons. First, it had been a long time coming. And second, it came against the team he pitched for in the World Series last year, one of the teams he turned down in making his decision to sign a five-year, $120-million contract with the Phillies in December.

Madson earning full-time closer’s role

May 22 CSN Philly:

Jose Contreras is just a couple of minor-league rehab innings away from being activated by the Phillies, but it doesn’t look as if he will be the closer when he returns.  Manager Charlie Manuel likes what he’s seen of Ryan Madson in the role. Why wouldn’t he? Madson entered Saturday 8 for 8 in save chances. The lanky righthander has long had the stuff to close, but sometimes nerves have gotten the best of him in the ninth inning. That hasn’t happened this season. He is pitching with a confidence level that matches his power arm.

Signs point to Monday return for Chase Utley

May 22 CSN Philly:

Signs continue to point toward Chase Utley making his big-league season debut Monday night against Cincinnati.  “He’s getting close,” manager Charlie Manuel said Saturday.  Utley was in the lineup for a fourth straight game at Single-A Clearwater on Saturday. Playing four days in a row was said to be his final minor-league test. Indications were he would rest Sunday and be evaluated. If he checks out, he would likely be in the Phillies lineup Monday night against Reds’ righthander Bronson Arroyo.

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