October 14, 2008 |
He looked like Mighty Casey. And then the Dodgers' night - and Casey Blake's - ended badly, like the poem goes. Blake's home run gave the Dodgers the lead in Game 4 last night, but the bullpen gave it back. "The bullpen, those guys have been great all year long," Blake said. "It's going to happen. "Yeah, it's tough. At this point in the season, you need every win you can get. It looks like things are in your favor, and then they cash in two big home runs. " Like Manny Ramirez, Blake joined the Dodgers with the season in progress.
May 2, 2012 |
Cliff Lee will miss at least one more start as he continues to recover from the oblique strain that has kept him out of game action since April 18. The veteran lefthander has yet to throw a bullpen session since he suffered the injury two days after his third start of the season. Lee has been throwing off of flat ground throughout his time on the disabled list, which leaves the Phillies hopeful that he will not need much in the way of mound work before returning to the active roster.
May 16, 2012 |
Without fail, Juan Pierre is the first Phillies player in the dugout before a game. He walked up the tunnel at 3:23 p.m. Monday and saw a tarp covering the rain-soaked infield at Citizens Bank Park. But it was dry enough to do his 10 minutes of sprinting in right field. "It's just something I've always done," Pierre said. "No rhyme or reason. " He could say the same thing about going unsigned until Jan. 27. Once every team in baseball had passed on offering a guaranteed major-league contract, Pierre said he did not wonder about his ability.
August 7, 2012 |
It has been quite a week for Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee. He was not dealt at Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline but was placed on waivers, claimed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and finally pulled back by the Phillies. So, Lee, who has an estimated $95 million left on his contract, is with the Phillies. He says he is happy to stay but is also miffed that this situation received so much attention. "I think it was way overblown because they put a lot of players on waivers through the year," Lee said after receiving a no-decision while working eight innings in Sundays' 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park.
March 30, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Juan Pierre was willing to admit this much: It's weird. The 34-year-old outfielder was guaranteed a job in 11 previous seasons. He batted 711 times and played in all but four games last season with the Chicago White Sox. But across all of baseball, his best offer this winter was a guarantee from the Phillies that he could play his way onto the roster. On Thursday, Pierre officially did just that. His contract was added to the 40-man roster, meaning Pierre will line up with his Phillies teammates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on opening day. The Phillies are now on the hook for his entire $800,000 salary in 2012.
April 14, 2013 |
MIAMI - Friday's game was the first of 18 for the Phillies against the Marlins, a team ravaged by their madman owner and likely destined for last place in the National League East. If the Phillies want to compete in said division, it will require a constant punishing of Miami. For nine innings Friday, the Phillies matched the Marlins' ineptitude. Then Chase Utley dropped one inside the right-field line and set Ben Revere in motion. When he stopped, the Phillies led. It took 10 innings, but they defeated moribund Miami, 3-1. Utley, again, was the hero.
March 28, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Juan Pierre sat alone for breakfast Tuesday morning. He was far from his locker in the Phillies clubhouse, seated in the part of the room where scores of empty lockers mark reminders of all the players who didn't make it. He twiddled with his phone and looked up a few times as two more players said their good-byes. He wore a red T-shirt with the words "Beast Mode" on it, and the "t" is designed to resemble a cross. Yes, this is unfamiliar territory for a veteran of 12 years and 1,751 games, but he has faith.
February 20, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Looking at Juan Pierre, you wouldn't think that he is a 34-year-old veteran on the downslope of his career. Heck, you wouldn't think that he is able to see the latest Tarantino movie without a fake ID. But after signing a minor league contract with the Phillies this offseason, the baby-faced outfielder is fighting to prove that he still deserves a roster spot on a championship-caliber team. And Charlie Manuel is hoping that Pierre has enough of his old self left to provide a skill that has been in short supply at Citizens Bank Park over the last four seasons: speed off the bench.
July 3, 2012 |
MIAMI - Fifteen years ago Monday, the Phillies lost for the 58th time in 81 games. Curt Schilling screamed at Mike Lieberthal, first-year manager Terry Francona lashed into his appalling team, and Ricky Bottalico threw a bad pitch. "I'm just stupid," Bottalico said that night. These Phillies are not nearly as dreadful as the 1997 edition, yet it's been 15 years since Philadelphia has seen a worse first half of baseball than this. There was no yelling or screaming Sunday after a 5-2 loss to Miami completed a Marlins sweep and dropped the Phillies to 36-45 and 11 games out of first place.
May 10, 2013 |
THE CLUB, by description and definition, is a small one. In a world of bulging biceps and shrunken ballparks, the slap-hitting speedsters who populated the 1970s and '80s era of spacious, artificial-turf stadiums are nearly extinct, the few remaining required to prove their worth on almost a nightly basis, their margin of error as slim as their hips. "There sure ain't that many of us left," Juan Pierre said the other day. "Me. Ben Revere. Michael Bourn maybe, but he's got some pop . . . " So does Denard Span, the Nationals centerfielder who had 38 doubles and four home runs for the Twins last season.