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Huge eighth inning lifts Phillies to win over Cards

June 22 CSN Philly:

Placido Polanco sat at a table in the visiting clubhouse eating a postgame snack late Tuesday night. It’s an old baseball custom that players do not interact with reporters while they are eating. But Polanco is not you’re average cat. He marches to his own beat. So when he made eye contact with a reporter from across the room, he knew what the reporter was thinking.  Polanco smiled and flashed a thumbs-up sign.

Phillies, Mariners, Reds interested in Padres’ Ludwick

June 22 Foxsports.com:

Outfielder Ryan Ludwick couldn’t help the Padres reach the playoffs after San Diego acquired him from St. Louis last July.  But that won’t prevent Ludwick from being moved again this year.  Sources say the Phillies, Mariners and Reds are among the teams that have already inquired about Ludwick’s availability. And the Padres are signaling that they are willing to move Ludwick, the 32-year-old who is eligible for free agency at season’s end.

Polanco still feeling his way as 5th hitter

June 22 Camden Courier-Post:

Placido Polanco got the day off Sunday, but Charlie Manuel said it wasn’t a vacation his third baseman requested. After 73 games, it just seemed like a good time to save Polanco from some wear and tear.  “He just has aches and pains and different things hurt him,” Manuel said. “Sometimes he has a sore back, sometimes his arm, sometimes his hip.”  Tuesday, Polanco added one more ache to his list.

Worley goes Friday; A name to watch

June 22 CSN Philly:

Vance Worley will remain in the Phillies’ starting rotation and pitch Friday at home against Oakland.  The decision to keep Worley in the starting five was not a surprise. The Phils are high the 23-year-old righthander’s potential, they like the job he has done so far in five starts, and they are eager to take an extended look at him. 

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