Jul 042011
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Phillies ace Cliff Lee had a tough 8th inning

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Jays tag Lee in eighth, Phils drop series finale

July 4 CSN Philly:

It’s not June anymore.  Cliff Lee learned that – painfully – on Sunday afternoon.  Lee was baseball’s best pitcher in the month of brides. He made five starts and won them all – the final three, overwhelmingly, by shutout. In 42 innings of work during the month, he allowed one run.  One.  That’s what made the events of Sunday afternoon so shocking.

Hamels to start Tuesday vs. Marlins

July 4 CSN Philly:

Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels, who was forced out Thursday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, will make his next scheduled start Tuesday in Florida, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee.  Hamels, in his last start, was struck by a line drive in the fourth inning off the bat of slugger Adrian Gonzalez. Hamels was able to record the out and finish off the rest of the inning, but he did not return in the fifth inning. ”

Sore back hampers Polanco

July 4 Camden Courier-Post:

Placido Polanco might be an All-Star, but he sure isn’t playing like one.  He is hitting just .157 since June 7, with one homer and eight RBIs, after going hitless in 12 at-bats in Toronto. He’s batting only .219 since May 1.  Polanco said his back is sore. He has a pinched nerve that causes him to feel numbness in his leg.  “It’s playable,” Polanco said. “It’s not painful to the point that I can’t play.”

Polanco, Halladay, Hamels, Lee named All-Stars

July 4 CSN Philly:

The Phillies will send four players, and possibly five, to the All-Star Game on July 12 in Phoenix.  The bulk of the all-star rosters were announced Sunday afternoon. Placido Polanco was voted by the fans as the National League starting third baseman. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels were all selected to be on the NL’s pitching staff.  Centerfielder Shane Victorino is still in the running for a berth on the NL roster.

Rosters unveiled for 82nd All-Star Game

July 4 MLB.com:

“”All-Star.”  It’s an esteemed honor, and as this year’s slate showed, nothing to be taken for granted.  Rosters were unveiled for the July 12 All-Star Game at Phoenix’s Chase Field on Sunday, and two things were made clear: The balloting process is bigger and more popular than ever, and the turnover from one year to the next can be quite significant.

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