Jun 122011
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Phillies’ Cliff Lee doesn’t let rain dampen his parade

June 12 Wilmington News Journal:

The final notes of Cliff Lee’s warm-up music had just poured from the speakers at Citizens Bank Park when the rain came. Before the Phillies’ lefty threw his first pitch, umpires waved him and the rest of the players off the field.  “I don’t know who made that call but obviously it seemed like it was a bad one,” Lee said of the umpires’ decision to allow him his warm-up pitches before delaying the game.

Utley’s late-inning at-bat sets up Phillies’ win

June 12 CSN Philly:

Charlie Manuel was excited about the intricacies of the at-bat, the nuance of it after Shane Victorino led off the seventh inning with a double in a one-run game. Rather than flail at a pitch in attempt to do something heroic, Chase Utley played the game the correct way.  In the box score it will go down as another out — a harmless grounder to second base. But to Manuel it was an at-bat that set up the inning.

Sources: MLB, players talk realignment

June 12 ESPN.com:

A simple form of realignment being seriously considered has been raised in the labor talks between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, according to four sources: two leagues of 15 teams, rather than the current structure of 16 teams in the National League and 14 in the American League.

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