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Phils get things started for NL in All-Star Game win

July 13 CSN Philly

Roy Halladay doesn’t smile often around the ballpark. The super-intense Phillies pitcher goes to work to do just that. He is serious and businesslike. He saves his smiles for special occasions.  Like this week.  Halladay smiled from the time he and fellow Phillies pitchers Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels touched down in the desert Sunday night in a private jet generously funded by Hamels. Life is good for Halladay. He’s the ace of the staff on the best team in baseball. His compass is pointed where he’s always wanted to go – the World Series – and if he gets there he and his teammates will enjoy home-field advantage thanks to the National League’s 5-1 over the American League in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

SI finally giving unsung hero Chooch his due

July 13 CSN Philly

Technically, Carlos Ruiz has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated three times now. There was the one where he was pummeled by Rocco Baldelli at the plate during the 2008 World Series and another where he was running to the mound to embrace Brad Lidge after the final pitch of the World Series.  But in this week’s regional edition of the popular sports magazine, Chooch gets the solo gig during a rather eventful seven days – and the full Gary Smith treatment, too. That means a long, meandering page-turner ripe with lyrical prose that sports fans seem to enjoy but rarely get to sink into in our digital age.

Phils castoff Vogelsong is living a dream

July 12 CSN Philly columnist Jim Salisbury

Ryan Vogelsong remembers how happy he was in December 2009 when the Phillies called. He had just spent three seasons pitching in Japan and was eager to come back and pitch in the United States. And when the offer came from the Phillies, even though it was just a minor-league contract, he was thrilled. After all, that was the team he grew up rooting for as a kid in Chester County.  Eight months later, in July 2010, Vogelsong’s happiness turned to despair. He was standing in the outfield in Louisville during batting practice when Rod Nichols, the Phillies’ Triple A pitching coach, asked him to come over.

Bud Selig: Realignment not on horizon

July 13 ESPN.com

“Massive realignment” isn’t “on the horizon,” baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday, in his annual midseason meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America.  But later Tuesday, in a separate session with the baseball writers, union chief Michael Weiner said that realignment to two 15-team leagues, and a potentially extensive overhaul of the regular-season and postseason schedules, are ideas that have “a lot of appeal to players.”

Ryne Sandberg wants shot to manage

July 13 ESPN.com

Ryne Sandberg was passed over as Chicago Cubs manager last fall, but the Hall of Fame second baseman said he won’t rule out a return to his former team if the position opens up in the future.  “I just want to [manage] at the major league level so wherever that comes I would listen,” Sandberg said Wednesday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000.  The Cubs chose Mike Quade, who was 24-13 as interim manager after taking over for Lou Piniella last season, over fan favorite Sandberg, who was the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.  After losing out to Quade, Sandberg left the Cubs to join the organization that drafted him, the Philadelphia Phillies, as manager of their Triple-A affiliate, the LeHigh Valley Iron Pigs.

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