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July 8, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - When the Phillies traded outfielder Shane Victorino last year, they received three players in return, and the offseason effectively made the deal a straight-up one: Victorino for Dodgers pitcher Ethan Martin. The other two players in the Victorino deal have left the Phillies. Josh Lindblom was sent to the Texas Rangers in the offseason trade for Michael Young. Stefan Jarrin left baseball. Martin, meanwhile, was promoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley at the start of 2013 and soon put up astronomical numbers, just not in the right categories.
SPORTS
July 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
Depending on moves the Phillies could make before the July 31 trade deadline, a few players waiting in the wings at triple-A Lehigh Valley could be called on to fill spots on the big-league roster. IronPigs third baseman Cody Asche and second baseman Cesar Hernandez - both 23-year-olds and triple-A all-stars this season - are swinging hot enough bats to make a case for a trip to Philadelphia. But Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage isn't convinced the prospects should be leaving Allentown any time soon.
SPORTS
July 8, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. The Phillies said they moved Severino Gonzalez to low-A Lakewood from high-A Clearwater to get him more starts. Gonzalez had certainly done little to merit a demotion: He posted a 1.65 ERA in 271/3 innings at Clearwater. He has transitioned well to starting. On Tuesday, Gonzalez threw a perfect game - at least for six innings before he was pulled - and struck out nine. Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan had said the organization always wanted Gonzalez to start. Very early on, it has worked out. 2. Centerfielder Tyson Gillies was promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading on July 1. Gillies batted .267 in 51 games with Reading with seven home runs and 21 RBIs.
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July 2, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - The pitch that hit Kyle Kendrick in the back of the head was not particularly hard, but being hit by an 86-m.p.h. baseball is not exactly the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Kendrick crumpled to the ground in the sixth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers. The Phillies starter left the game after six innings with a possible concussion. The issue was not immediately pressing; Kendrick was permitted to fly on the team charter plane to Pittsburgh. Doctors will examine him there Monday morning.
NEWS
June 27, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mercer County beat two opponents and a late-afternoon thunderstorm Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park to capture its first Carpenter Cup Classic baseball title since 2004. After ousting Jersey Shore in the completion of Monday's rain-suspended game, Brian Giallella's squad knocked off Lehigh Valley, 9-2, and claimed top honors shortly before heavy winds and rain arrived in South Philly. "It means a lot," Mercer centerfielder Eddie Ashley said. "Every team we played was good. Last year, when we lost in the first round, it was disappointing.
SPORTS
June 25, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bad news almost always follows the bad baseball for the Phillies these days, and Sunday was no exception. Immediately after the team completed its disappointing homestand with an 8-0 loss to the New York Mets, the Phillies announced that righthander Michael Stutes had been placed on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Perhaps even more ominous, setup man Mike Adams, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday with what the Phillies also called biceps tendinitis, is seeking a second opinion from Neal ElAttrache Monday in Los Angeles.
SPORTS
June 25, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tri-Cape's bid for its first title in the 28-year history of the Carpenter Cup Classic baseball tourney was halted by a 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley in a semifinal Monday at Citizens Bank Park. "It's a little disappointing not to break though and win it, but it was a great experience playing here," said Trevor Datz, an infielder and recent graduate of Pitman High. Against Lehigh Valley, Datz played second base and went 2 for 3 from the leadoff spot. In three tournament games, the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, who is headed to University of the Sciences, was 8 for 10 with four runs and two RBIs.
SPORTS
June 24, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage has been impressed with righthander Carlos Zambrano, who is scheduled to start Sunday in Columbus. Zambrano has a July 1 opt-out date so the Phillies have to decide soon whether to bring him up. He has made five minor-league starts, two at Clearwater, one at Reading and two at Lehigh Valley. On Tuesday he pitched seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win against Toledo. "The biggest thing is he is learning to pitch with what he has," Brundage said. "He doesn't throw 94-95 [m.p.h.]
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies righthander Michael Stutes isn't about to get carried away by his impressive start since being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley on May 23. Stutes pitched two scoreless innings in Monday's 5-4 win over the Washington Nationals, lowering his earned run average to 1.32. In 11 relief appearances, Stutes is 2-0 and has struck out six and walked two in 132/3 innings. He is trying to keep his quick start in perspective. "It's early in the season and you don't really look at the numbers," Stutes said before Tuesday's game.
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