Jun 102011
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Phils’ offense stalls again in 11-inning loss to Cubs

June 10 CSN Philly:

Strangely, the only ball to go into the outfield during Thursday night’s game-breaking 11th inning was thrown there by pitcher David Herndon. It was a harmless moment that brought a little levity to a tense game, but symbolic nonetheless.  After all, when a pitcher wheels off the mound and fires a bullet toward second base when no one was standing there aside from a player on the Chicago Cubs, it’s a little odd.

Major trades are unlikely for Phils

June 10 Camden Courier-Post:

With his offense struggling, Charlie Manuel admits there may come a time in the near future when some tough decisions need to be made on personnel. Entering play Thursday night, the Phillies had averaged fewer than four runs per game, and Manuel thinks they’ll need more than that to win a World Series.

Hamels has emotions under control

June 10 PhillyBurbs.com:

Thinking back to a younger and less mature Cole Hamels, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee remembers seeing the left-hander on the mound rattled due to cheap hits and borderline strikes that were called balls.  Dubee recalls making a 2009 in-game visit to the mound and delivering a pointed message.

Blanton happy to be back in the heat

June 10 Allentown Morning Call:

When Joe Blanton left Clearwater Wednesday night, he thought he left the heat.  “I was wrong,” he said.  No matter. Even during a sweltering heat wave — with a first-pitch temperature of 93 degrees — Blanton was where he wanted to be, in Philadelphia with his Phillies teammates.

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