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Phillies 2B Chase Utley

Phillies 2B Chase Utley (photo: phillymads63 via wikicommons)

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Phils fall to Rangers, struggles at the plate continue

May 23 CSN Philly:

In 1968, major league teams averaged just 3.4 runs per game while pitcher Denny McLain won 31 games and Bob Gibson posted an ERA of 1.12. Carl Yastrzemski won the batting title in the American League by hitting .301 and was just one of six men (four not named Alou), to post an average better than .300.  So with runs so tough to come by, Major League Baseball decided to lower the pitching mound and make the strike zone smaller.

Oswalt solid, but suffers loss

May 23 Camden Courier-Post:

Roy Oswalt’s first loss at Citizens Bank Park left him with few regrets, other than the outcome, on Sunday afternoon.  Oswalt’s seven-inning outing was his longest of the year. After his recent stint on the disabled list with lower back inflammation and a five-inning return Tuesday in St. Louis, Sunday’s effort was vintage Oswalt.

Utley to play Monday; Blanton to DL, Worley recalled

May 23 CSN Philly:

Chase Utley turned up at the ballpark Sunday, and will return to the Phillies lineup on Monday night. Utley has missed the entire season with knee tendonitis, but had played nine rehab games for Single A Clearwater, where he went 9 for 32 with a homer, two doubles and six strikeouts.  Utley, as usual, chose against discussing baseball with the local media, but manager Charlie Manuel says he will have a spot for Utley in the lineup.

Phillies sign Podsednik to minor-league deal

May 23

In what seems to be an attempt to bolster a struggling outfield, the Phillies have signed outfielder Scott Podsednik to a minor-league contract, Ken Rosenthal of tweets.  The 35-year-old signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays in the offseason, but was released earlier this month after hitting just .254/.365/.352 in 85 plate appearances.

It’s time Brown got his chance

May 23 Camden Courier-Post:

Really, some very weird things always seem to happen the day after the world is supposed to end.  Like the most offense the Phillies generated in a 2-0 loss to Texas was when manager Charlie Manuel left the dugout to argue with the second base umpire on a stolen base in the fifth inning.

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