Aug 192011
Phillies OF John Mayberry

John Mayberry goes yard in Phils victory over Dbacks

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Phillies best Diamondbacks in wet series finale

August 19 CSN Philly 

As soon as the umpires halted the game and called the players off the field for the two-hour, 17-minute rain delay on Thursday night at the Bank, David Herndon had a pretty good idea he was going to pitch. After all, Herndon’s forte during his year-plus with the Phillies has been to weather the storm for the club.  A Rule 5 acquisition last season, Herndon has inherited the long-man role in the bullpen in 2011. In the 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks at the rain-drenched Bank, Herndon’s effort was just what manager Charlie Manuel needed.

Victorino has suspension reduced

August 19 CSN Philly 

Charlie Manuel typically doesn’t need a lot of time in order to put together his starting lineups from day to day. Every so often the order might change or a guy might need a day off here and there, but for the most part, there are few surprises in what Manuel sends out there.  However, for Thursday night’s series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Bank, Manuel didn’t have his usual stable of all-stars to call upon.

Should Mayberry be an everyday player?

August 19 CSN Philly columnist John Gonzalez

You could see the front moving in, low and fast and fierce – an angry swirl of endless rumbles. It’s still hovering over Citizens Bank Park. No one is sure when or if the tempest will clear.  Powerful thunderstorms hit South Philly on Thursday before and during the Phils’ 4-1, rain-soaked win over the Diamondbacks. They were ultimately harmless squalls, however, compared to the downpour of play-John-Mayberry sentiment. It’s become a seemingly endless storm that pounds the manager’s office, oh, every day now.

Phillies draft pick Greene gets first taste of Philly

August 19 CSN Philly 

One glimpse of Phillies’ first-round draft pick Larry Greene Jr. and immediately one understands what the term “country strong” means. Out of Nashville, Ga. and listed at 6-foot-1, the 18-year-old outfielder is as wide as he is tall with coat-rack shoulders and a linebacker’s build.  Then again, Greene, appeared to have a pretty big future ahead of him as a linebacker. Had he not agreed to the $1 million offer from the Phillies just before the signing deadline, Greene had a full scholarship waiting for him at the University of Alabama where he could have been the next great All-American from the famous football school.

Thome could be ringer for Phillies

August 19

The Phillies don’t have a lefthanded home-run threat on the bench, which helps explain why they signed Jack Cust after he was released by the Mariners . . . Jim Thome, rapidly approaching the end of his career, has never won a World Series . . . The non-contending Minnesota Twins have already reaped the publicity benefits from Thome hitting his 600th career home run for them earlier this week . . .  It remains to be seen whether these free-floating baseball factoids will coalesce at some point in the next several days. There aren’t many fairy tales in baseball, after all.

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