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Phillies 1B Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard smacks the game-winning hit

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Phils’ big bats buoy offense, seal win over Cubs

June 13 CSN Philly:

Offense has been the Phillies’ major weakness this season and the most alarming flaw under that heading might be the team’s hitting with runners in scoring position.  In the last 58 games, the Phils are hitting .232 with runners in scoring position. That ranks 23rd in the majors over that span. The Phils have forged the game’s best record largely on the backs of their pitchers.

Oswalt eyes longer starts

June 13 Camden Courier-Post:

Throughout his career, Roy Oswalt has often pitched deep into games.  Oswalt said nothing has changed this season, even though he pitched seven innings for just the second time in 11 starts this season. He gave up three runs on four hits in the first inning, then allowed just one hit in his final six innings.

Utley’s stats looking better these days

June 13 Allentown Morning Call:

Chase Utley officially returned to the Phillies lineup on May 23.  Hit bat didn’t join him right away.  It has now.  After hitting .195 (8-for-41) in his first 11 games, the Phils’ All-Star second baseman is batting .357 (10-for-28) in his last six games.

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