May 202011
Phillies RF Shane Victorino

Phillies RF Shane Victorino (photo: dbking)

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Giambi, Rockies pummel struggling Phillies

May 20 CSN Philly:

“It was almost like turn-the-clock-back night at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night. Kyle Kendrick was back in the Phillies’ rotation and Jason Giambi swung the bat like the juiced-up behemoth he used to be.  Kendrick, relegated to the bullpen after the Phillies signed Cliff Lee and were unable to trade Joe Blanton in the off-season, found out he would be replacing the injured Blanton about 25 minutes before game time.

Blanton, Victorino headed to DL as injuries mount

May 20 CSN Philly:

“The Phillies outscored themselves on Thursday night. They scored one run and sent two players to the disabled list.  Technically, Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino weren’t placed on the DL. Those transactions will happen Friday, when the dust settles on another ugly Phillies‘ loss – 7-1 to Colorado – and front office personnel decide how to fill two roster spots.

AL champs next for Phils

May 20 Camden Courier-Post:

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said it wasn’t hard for him to watch the World Series last fall, in which the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers in five games.  Sure, Manuel knew it could have been his team playing the Rangers had the Phillies beaten the Giants in the National League Championship Series. He would have liked the Phillies‘ chances. Instead, Manuel has to wait until tonight to get his chance to beat the Rangers.

Amaro hopes Utley is answer

May 20

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr., hasn’t been working the phones looking for a trade partner.  As consistently unproductive as the Phillies offense has been so far, it’s looking like it’ll get a jolt when Chase Utley returns, not with Amaro dealing one of his spare starting pitchers for a bat.  “I think it’s too soon for that,” Amaro said before offensive woes continued Wednesday in a 2-1 Phillies win over Colorado.

Offense has Manuel feeling miserable

May 20

“Camped there at a podium in a conference room, Charlie Manuel looked miserable.  His Phillies had just been smoked 7-1 by Colorado, their fifth loss in six games.  His offense was so bad again that only a ninth-inning single stopped the franchise from having six consecutive games of five-or-fewer hits for the second time ever.

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