Jul 302011
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Phillies power way to victory over Pirates

July 30 CSN Philly

With all that was going on around Citizens Bank Park on Friday night, it was almost too difficult to pay attention to the action on the field. What, with the Eagles making a huge free-agent signing, the unbearable humidity and the word that the Phillies were about to make another huge deadline trade, the baseball game was almost secondary.  Game? What game?  Nevertheless, with right-handed hitting outfielder Hunter Pence on the move from the Phillies’ reservoir in Houston, the local nine put a 10-3 beating on the upstart Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Polanco feels healthy, hopes to join Phils Saturday

July 30 CSN Philly

There normally isn’t much good news after a hitless night and a loss, but that wasn’t the case for Placido Polanco on Friday.  The good news: he feels healthy.  The Phillies’ third baseman who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 15 (retroactive to July 5), with back inflammation and a bulging disc went 0 for 4 with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in their 4-3 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox in a rehab start on Friday.  Polanco said he is “pretty close” to 100 percent and expects to be back with the Phillies on Saturday.

Brown, Phillies pleased with addition of Pence

July 30 CSN Philly

Through three consecutive trade deadlines, Domonic Brown has remained a Phillies untouchable, a good thing that nevertheless didn’t keep him from touching wood that he will not again become an IronPig on Saturday.  “I can’t be selfish or anything like that,” he said after the Phillies dealt four players, none of them Brown, to Houston for Hunter Pence. “I know they have a lot of faith in me and everything like that, I’m just saying my goal is to be in the big leagues.

Phillies acquire target: Pence

July 30 Camden Courier-Post

Rampant rumors, strong speculation and consistent conjecture eventually culminated in one, hard fact Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.  All-Star right fielder Hunter Pence is coming to the Phillies.  The Phillies announced after their 10-3 win over the Pirates they’d given their offense the spark expected to come from Pence’s right-handed bat as they pursue a World Series title.

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