October 8, 2008
GAME 3 IN Milwaukee, second inning. Home plate umpire Brian Runge hasn't given Phillies starter Jamie Moyer a close pitch yet and Moyer already has walked three. Miller Park is really loud. Apparently because it is the only way he can make himself heard, catcher Carlos Ruiz pulls up his mask and, leaving it sitting on top of his head, turns around to face Runge and voice his bilingual displeasure. It is something you do not often see, something that umpires hate. Out of the dugout pops Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee.
May 16, 2010 |
MILWAUKEE - In his third start, five runs in seven innings was good enough for Joe Blanton's first win of 2010. Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Corey Hart in the seventh, but the Phillies already had a large lead. And Blanton was happy with his performance. "I feel like I've thrown the ball well three times and just don't have much to show for it," said Blanton, who missed the first month of the season with a strained muscle in his left side. "The numbers haven't been there, for as well as I feel like I've been throwing.
April 1, 2009 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During an active afternoon yesterday, the Phillies released Geoff Jenkins, named Chan Ho Park their fifth starter, told J.A. Happ that his immediate future was uncertain and spoke with free-agent slugger Gary Sheffield. But they weren't finished until a few minutes before 10 o'clock last night. After the team defeated Toronto, 9-1, at Bright House Field, manager Charlie Manuel announced that Brett Myers would start on opening night Sunday against Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.
June 26, 2009 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With closer Brad Lidge back from the 15-day disabled list, the Phillies' tired bullpen recovers an important member, although it will continue to miss Scott Eyre and Clay Condrey. "It's going to be really big for our bullpen," to have Lidge back, said manager Charlie Manuel. "I think we're going to be able to put our guys in the right position. " Pitching coach Rich Dubee said earlier that while Lidge's return will solidify the late-inning structure - Lidge assumes ninth-inning responsibilities, Ryan Madson returns to the eighth inning, and J.C. Romero can pitch the seventh inning or face tough lefthanders in the eighth - the middle-relief situation remains murky.
March 15, 2010 |
Jamie Moyer may have been deemed the favorite to win the fifth starter's job for the Phillies this spring, but Kyle Kendrick is pitching just about as well as he can. Kendrick allowed no runs over four innings yesterday in his third Grapefruit League appearance, a 4-3 loss to Baltimore. He stretched his scoreless-innings streak to nine and has yet to walk a batter this spring. "As long as I'm pitching quality outings, that's all I can do," Kendrick said. "I'm not trying to be perfect.
July 4, 2008 |
J.A. Happ is a much different pitcher from the one who started once last year for the Phillies. He is different because he is healthy. Happ is 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 17 starts this season for triple-A Lehigh Valley, which is why the Phillies chose him to replace Brett Myers in their rotation. Happ, a 6-foot-6 lefthander, will pitch tonight against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. He is expected to make one more start next week; Myers could return to the team after the all-star break.
February 28, 2010 |
Neither Roy Halladay nor CC Sabathia will last much beyond two innings Thursday. But that doesn't mean all of the luster from the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener will be diminished. It's a rematch of the World Series. Halladay is scheduled to make one of the most anticipated spring debuts in Phillies history. And, well, it's finally some actual baseball after weeks of workouts. Yesterday, pitching coach Rich Dubee mapped out the Phillies' pitching plans for the first week of Grapefruit League play.
March 19, 2009
So, after lengthy deliberation, intense research, and rigorous study, I have determined the following: I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen [in the NCAA tournament] this year. Here's what I do know (or at least what I hope I know): [It's the] best sporting event out there, hands down. It's not even close. I love rushing home from work, scrambling to the TV, logging on to the extended coverage online from any computer I can get my hands on and watching as much basketball as possible.
May 16, 2010 |
In his third start, five runs in seven innings was good enough for Joe Blanton's first win of 2010. Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Corey Hart in the seventh, but the Phillies already had a large lead. And Blanton was happy with his performance. "I feel like I've thrown the ball well three times and just don't have much to show for it," said Blanton, who missed the first month of the season with a strained muscle in his left side. "The numbers haven't been there, for as well as I feel like I've been throwing.
October 4, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies are likely to have an extra weapon from the bullpen for Game 4. Cliff Lee's scheduled throw day is Wednesday and instead of doing it in the bullpen hours before the game, the Phillies will leave the door open for him to pitch in relief. "That's an option for us," Charlie Manuel said. Pitching coach Rich Dubee also confirmed Lee was in play. "Could be," Dubee said. "We'll see. " The last time Lee pitched in relief was 2007.