Jul 022011
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Ryan Howard smacks game-winning hit in top of 9th

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Phillies rally to beat Jays

July 2 Wilmington News Journal:

The slugfests have become rare, where the Phillies have to keep scoring in order to win.  Part of that, of course, is because their starting pitching has been so dominant. But it’s also a sign of how much the offense has fallen off this season.  The Phillies won just their third game this season when allowing the opponent to score five or more runs after Ryan Howard’s two-run single in the ninth inning enabled them to beat the Blue Jays 7-6 on Friday.

Howard, Phillies rally in 9th to take down Blue Jays

July 2 CSN Philly:

The ball came off Jose Bautista’s bat with a thunderclap and the huge Canada Day crowd rose to its feet to celebrate as the Toronto Blue Jays took a one-run lead on the Phillies in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday afternoon.  Every set of eyes in Rogers Centre was trained on Bautista as he rounded the bases after his 25th home run.  Well, almost every set of eyes.

Hamels sure he’ll be ready for next start

July 2 Camden Courier-Post:

Cole Hamels had a wrap around his swollen right hand and a smile on his face Friday.  He was upbeat because he felt confident he could make his next start Tuesday, although he added that he would leave that up to the Phillies’ medical staff.  Hamels took a line drive off the bottom of his right — non-throwing — hand, just below his glove Thursday during the Phillies’ 5-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Hamels upbeat, Rollins’ shoulder sore

July 2 CSN Philly:

Cole Hamels was upbeat and smiling on Friday, the day after being forced from the game shortly after taking a bruising line drive off the base of his right hand, just below the bottom edge of his glove.  If demeanor and body language are accurate indicators of the future, you can expect Hamels to make his next scheduled start Tuesday in Miami.  “In my mind I [expect to pitch], but [team medical personnel] know best,” the pitcher said.

Halladay, then and now

July 2 Toronto Sun:

The very first time Phillies GM Ruben Amaro saw Roy Halladay was across the Blue Jays clubhouse at Dunedin in the spring of 1996.  Amaro, 31, was trying to make the Jays as a back-up outfielder.  “He was younger, a big strong kid,” Amaro said from Philadelphia. “I don’t remember him being dominant.”

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