Sep 122011
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No sweep of Brewers, but Phils still sitting pretty

September 12 CSN Philly columnist Jim Salisbury

“When it was over, the game and his personal streak of success, Vance Worley was able to keep it all in perspective. It’s easy to do that when you have a 12-game lead in the standings.  “It’s just one game,” the rookie righthander said.  The Phillies had won 14 straight games with Worley on the mound, but the run ended Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Phillies Notes: Valdez injury opens door for Orr, Martinez – and Rollins

September 12

MILWAUKEE – Wilson Valdez had never experienced hamstring problems before. So that’s why he attempted to stay in Saturday’s game after injuring his left leg.  “I was trying to,” Valdez said. “But if I hit, I don’t think I would have been able to run to first base. If I tried to run hard, I would pull it.”  Valdez was ultimately removed and sat on the bench Sunday. It’s notable only because Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins were already out of the lineup. So Charlie Manuel fielded a double-play combo of Pete Orr and Michael Martinez in Sunday’s series finale against Milwaukee.

Vance Worley likely headed to the bullpen in Phillies’ postseason

September 12

MILWAUKEE – Vance Worley has stood tall next to the Phillies aces this season, and Sunday he had an opportunity to put his name in the franchise record books alongside Hall of Famer Steve Carlton.  One more team win and Worley would have matched the 15 straight games the wretched 1972 Phillies won with Lefty on the mound. Anybody who saw that coming six months ago probably should open a psychic shop in Center City or play Powerball for a living.

Oswalt, Pence return to Minute Maid tonight with Phillies

September 12 Houston Chronicle

The receptions, however Houston wants the tone to be, will come in one order or another.  Hunter Pence may get his first when he takes his high-socked strut to the batter’s box to what is almost sure to be a loud ovation in his first game back as a Philadelphia Phillie and as a visitor. Or if he doesn’t get to bat in the top of the first inning against former Astros teammate (and former Phillie) Brett Myers, then it might be Roy Oswalt who gets his greeting first.

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