Jun 302011
Phillies rookie Vance Worley

Phillies rookie Vance Worley

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Worley ace-like in win

June 30 Camden Courier-Post:

The All-Star break is still more than a week away, but Wednesday marked the official halfway point in the Phillies’ 2011 campaign.  Through 81 games, including Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Boston, the Phillies are 51-30 — good for the best record in baseball, even if it doesn’t feel like it.  The concerns have been warranted.

Phillies can afford to have Domonic Brown grow up in the big leagues

June 30 LehighValleyLive.com:

Amid all the clamor about the Philadelphia Phillies’ four aces and the continuing excellence of a team with the best record in baseball, fans who enjoy the subtler aspects of baseball are getting a rare chance to see a player develop before their eyes in Domonic Brown.  Conventional wisdom says Brown should be in Class AAA learning and refining his skills. But unconventional wisdom thinks right field at Citizens Bank Park is a perfect place for Brown to grow up.

Phillies’ young bullpen duo ably filling in for injured teammates

June 30 LehighValleyLive.com:

The Philadelphia Phillies keep changing closers and keep right on prospering.  The Phils are on their fourth closer of the season, Antonio Bastardo. All he did Wednesday was pop up Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the ninth inning to preserve a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox.  Brad Lidge? See ya in late July, maybe. Ryan Madson? A couple of weeks.  Jose Contreras? Who knows?

Champion Hopkins passes wisdom along to Phils

June 30 CSN Philly:

Bernard Hopkins’ last baseball experience?  “I was 13 years old on Broad Street, chasing somebody with a bat,” he said.  He gave up the part of the game with the ball in seventh grade. “Try to hit it, too?” he said. “I was just trying to duck.”  Therefore, the former champion and ageless wonder was not in the Phillies locker room Wednesday afternoon to give them a scouting report on John Lackey, but to deliver some basic, heartfelt, cross-sport inspiration.

Struggling Ibanez turns back clock in Phils’ win

June 30 CSN Philly:

Charlie Manuel says that when Raul Ibanez strides too quickly and his swing gets even longer than his 30 days between home runs, he looks every one of his 39 years. When Ibanez is staying on his backside, not meaning the one that it’s looked like for most of two seasons should be in a rocking chair rather than left field, the Phillies manager suggests Ibanez doesn’t look a day over 35.  “When he stays back the swing is short and quick,” said Manuel. “Like tonight.”

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