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Ibanez powers Phils in comeback to sweep Pirates

August 1 CSN Philly

Raul Ibanez has Hunter Pence to thank, at least in part, for his four-RBI day in the Phillies 6-5 extra innings win over the Pirates on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.  Down 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, with Ryan Howard on second base after a double, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle took left handed reliever Joe Beimel out of the game and inserted righty Jose Veras to face the also right handed Pence. After Pence hit into a fielder’s choice, Hurdle left the right hander in the game to face Ibanez.  And Ibanez took advantage of the righty with a game-tying, two-run home run into the leftfield stands. The homer was Ibanez’s second of the day. He hit a solo shot in the second inning.

Even as the hero, Ibanez remains modest

August 1 Allentown Morning Call

There are days when Raul Ibanez has to be dragged out of the cage.  He was like that at 29. He’s still like that at 39.  The left-hander is all about putting in the time, which sometimes in the end, means the spotlight is on him.  That part makes him totally uncomfortable.  Example: Sunday.

Amaro was trying for one last deal Sunday

August 1 Allentown Morning Call

Rumors swirled for much of the afternoon on Sunday that the Phillies were still in the hunt for a reliever.  GM Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed he and his cohorts were working the phones at a frantic pace leading up to the trade deadline, but when the clock struck 4 p.m., the Phillies’ 25-man roster looked exactly as it had 24 hours earlier.  “I think we’re happy with the way things turned out,” he said. “We talked to a bunch of clubs about a bunch of things, but we didn’t get anything done.”

Art of the deal: Amaro, Phillies in a different class

August 1 CSN Philly

There are always rumors. Mostly though, the rumors that flow like lava during this time of the baseball season resonate like a glass jar thrown at brick wall. Sure, they make a lot of noise, but rarely do they stick.  So as the trading deadline inches ever-so closer to its end point on Sunday afternoon, the big-market monoliths like the Yankees and the Red Sox are merely part of that clamor. Ubaldo Jimenez’s name pops up. Rich Harden and Hiroki Kurado also seem to be very popular, too.

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