Jul 122011
Phillies ace Roy Halladay

Phillies ace Roy Halladay named All-Star Game starter

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Lidge throws perfect inning for Double A Reading

July 12 CSN Philly

Brad Lidge made it through another minor league rehab outing, firing a perfect 1-2-3 inning for Double A Reading on Monday afternoon.  Lidge threw 13 pitches (nine for strikes) and notched two strikeouts against the three hitters he faced during the sixth inning of the Reading Phillies 7-6 victory over Trenton. He reported that his fastball velocity reached the low 90s and that the command of his pitches was better than he expected.  Lidge has not pitched in a big league game this season because of a slight tear of his right rotator cuff, but pitched in three previous rehab outings for Single A Lakewood, allowing a run on five hits with four strikeouts.”

Halladay named NL’s starter for All-Star game

July 11 CSN Philly

With the best record in the majors and five players at the All-Star Game, it seems only logical that a Phillie should start in the game. However, with elected starter Placido Polanco out because of an injury, National League manager Bruce Bochy had one guy he could turn to.  With that, Bochy named Roy Halladay as his starting pitcher for Tuesday night’s midsummer classic.  “I couldn’t have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us,” Bochy said. “You talk about the elite pitchers in the game and you look at his numbers this year, and it’s obvious he’s very deserving.

Halladay may still get a week off

July 12 CSN Philly 

The Phillies have not announced their complete starting pitching rotation for after the All-Star break, but Roy Halladay’s being named National League starter for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game almost certainly means he will not pitch this weekend in New York.  Vance Worley will pitch Friday night against the Mets. Cole Hamels will start on Saturday afternoon and Cliff Lee lines up to pitch Sunday.  That will leave Halladay to pitch either Monday or next Tuesday against the Cubs in Wrigley Field. The decision on which day will likely be based on how much Halladay pitches in the All-Star Game.

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