Jul 182011
Michael Martinez hit his first career homerun into Utley's Corner

Michael Martinez hit his first career homerun into Utley's Corner

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Martinez makes most of chance as Phillies win against Mets

July 18 Camden Courier-Post

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel would rather not have to depend on players like Michael Martinez or John Mayberry.  He’d rather have his everyday lineup in there everyday, watching them overpower an opponent.  But that has rarely happened this season. Two players — Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco — are on the disabled list. And several of those who are healthy aren’t hitting like they have in the past.

Phils’ need for a bat is déjà vu for former GM Gillick

July 18 CSN Philly

Retired and enjoying retirement in the Pacific northwest, former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick doesn’t show up at the ballpark too much these days. But that doesn’t mean he is too far away from the action. In his role as a special adviser to GM Ruben Amaro Jr., Gillick says he talks to his protege a couple of times per week. Moreover, like a lot of Phillies’ fans and pundits, the soon-to-be inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame believes the team needs a right-handed bat.

Polanco still sore; Oswalt rejoins team

July 18 CSN Philly

The back injury that has sidelined Placido Polanco since July 5 remains problematic for the All-Star third baseman, who said that he is still sore two days after taking batting practice.  Polanco told MLB.com that he wasn’t sure if the soreness was simply from taking batting practice after days of inactivity or something larger. Nevertheless, he decided to relax at CitiField on Sunday.

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