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Phillies crush Giants as rivalry continues to boil

August 6 CSN Philly

The rivalry between the Phillies and San Francisco Giants raged to a boil Friday night.  Both benches emptied and the infield turned into a large wrestling mat after Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez plunked Shane Victorino with a pitch in the top of the sixth inning of the Phillies’ 9-2 win at AT&T Park.  Victorino was hit in the lower back moments after the Phillies scored three runs against Ramirez, two on a single by Jimmy Rollins, to go ahead, 8-2.

Victorino, Ramirez in middle of brawl in sixth inning

August 6 CSN Philly

The growing rivalry between the defending world champion Giants and the Phillies reached a new level of intensity Friday night at AT&T Park, as a full-blown brawl between last year’s National League Championship Series combatants broke out in the sixth inning.  With the Phils having blown the game open with three runs to take an 8-2 lead, Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez drilled Shane Victorino in the back with a pitch. Victorino took a few steps toward the mound, prompting Giants catcher Eli Whiteside to bounce from behind the plate to get between the two, eagerly hopping up and down before lunging at the first Phillie that came into his sight.

Phils fan, 9, hospitalized after hit and run in SF

August 6 CSN Philly

The San Francisco Giants asked fans to keep 9-year-old Phillies fan Ryan White in their thoughts before Friday night’s game against the Phillies at AT&T Park.  White, of Lower Makefield, Bucks County, was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident on a downtown San Francisco street after attending Thursday night’s Phillies-Giants game. The youngster, a big Phillies fan, is vacationing in San Francisco with his family.

Pence factor makes difference for Howard

August 6 Camden Courier-Post

No player in baseball has seen fewer fastballs during the past four seasons than Ryan Howard. Only the Brewers’ Prince Fielder and Marlins’ Mike Stanton have seen fewer balls thrown in the strike zone.  Howard’s job is to be a run producer, but the opposition rarely gives him anything to hit.  Until, of course, Hunter Pence joined the lineup.  “HP is getting it done,” Howard said. “If they want to keep throwing me fastballs, I’m not going to be mad at them.”

Ex-starter Francisco likely the odd man out

August 6 Camden Courier-Post

For the second straight day Friday, the Phillies faced a left-handed pitcher. For the second straight day, a big left-handed bat in the Phillies order got the game off. And for the second straight day, Ben Francisco wasn’t called upon to take his place.  A roster move will be necessary for the Phillies in the next 24 hours, with Roy Oswalt scheduled to be activated from the disabled list in time to start Sunday’s game.

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