May 292011

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Utley, Phillies come from behind to top Mets

May 29 CSN Philly:

Don’t think for a second that these Phillies are easy to figure out. Just when it looks like the percentages are tilted the other way and it’s going to be one of those nights, the Phillies leave you guessing some more.  Take Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the eighth inning of Saturday night’s 5-2 victory over the Mets at Citi Field, for instance. One hitter had just a handful of big league games under his belt this season and was still looking for his timing at the plate, while the other went into the key plate appearance riding an 0-for-9 streak barely a week removed from an 0-for-26 slump.

Howard’s hit powers Phils

May 29 Camden Courier-Post:

For weeks, everything about Ryan Howard’s time at the plate has been counterintuitive.  He sees fewer fastballs than nearly any hitter in the league, but he’s gotten a heavy dose of them early in the count.  When he’s gotten ahead 2-0 or 3-1, he’s looked for the fastball but gotten a barrage of off-speed junk.

Gload plans to play through hip pain

May 29 CSN Philly:

The way Ross Gload sees it, his hip can’t get any worse. Then again, it’s not going to get any better, either.  “Some days are better than others,” the Phils’ lefty pinch hitter said prior to Saturday’s game at Citi Field.

Lidge takes another step in rehabilitation process

May 29 CSN Philly:

Brad Lidge took another step in rehabilitating from his torn right rotator cuff on Saturday.  The Phillies reliever pitched one scoreless inning in an extended spring-training game in Clearwater, Fla.  He gave up one hit, struck out one batter and threw 24 pitches. He is expected to make a similar appearance on Tuesday.

With Utley back, Phillies are thriving

May 29 Wilmington News Journal:

Saturday marked the third straight game Chase Utley was in the Phillies’ starting lineup, the fifth time in six games he has been on the field since being activated from the 15-day disabled list on May 23.  Not coincidentally, the Phillies have won all five games he has started.

Phils expect improvement from Worley

May 29 Camden Courier-Post:

By the third inning of his last start, Vance Worley was feeling overwhelmed.  He’d spent two weeks working sporadically out of the bullpen and had an abridged three-inning start in the minors before getting the call to take Joe Blanton’s spot in the rotation against the Reds on May 24. His arm simply wasn’t ready for the workload.

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