Jun 052011

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Halladay’s clone stifles Phils in fourth straight loss

June 5 CSN Philly:

The Phillies can only hope that Roy Halladay pitches as well on Sunday afternoon as his clone did on Saturday night.  After going 2-12 with a 7.52 ERA in 17 starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, righthander Charlie Morton spent the off-season remaking his delivery in the image of Halladay. Morton adopted the same setup and footwork on the rubber as Halladay. He dropped his arm angle and added that little shoulder tuck that helps Halladay hide the ball from hitters.

Slumping Phils lose 4th straight

June 5 Camden Courier-Post:

About two hours before Saturday’s game, Raul Ibanez reclined in a chair in front of his locker with an iPad propped on his lap, watching video of Pirates starter Charlie Morton. The resemblance, of course, was uncanny.  The presence on the mound, the mechanics during his wind-up, the smooth release and follow through — Morton had modeled every motion after Phillies’ ace Roy Halladay.

Jimmy Rollins to sit with swollen knee, no DL for now

June 5 CSN Philly:

Jimmy Rollins will not be in the starting lineup when the Phillies play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the finale of a three-game series Sunday at PNC Park.  Rollins fouled a ball off his right knee in the first inning of Saturday night’s game. He limped for a couple of innings before leaving the game.

Mayberry’s Triple-A stay very short

June 5 Camden Courier-Post:

The exile lasted less than 24 hours.  Friday morning, John Mayberry Jr. met with Charlie Manuel and was told he’d be heading to the minors. Saturday morning, he got a call from his Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg letting him know he’d be heading right back to the big leagues.  “I’ve got a few miles under my belt,” Mayberry joked after setting up shop at his locker in Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon.

Draft’s depth should help Phils

June 5 Camden Courier-Post:

The Phillies get started a bit later than usual, but Monday’s Major League Baseball draft should still provide a bit of intrigue and, ideally, add some legitimate talent to the organization.  Because the team inked Cliff Lee during the offseason, the Phillies lost their first-round pick this year, so their first selection won’t come until pick No. 39, but scouting director Marti Wolever said he’s confident the team will have plenty of options once it’s on the clock.

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