July 9, 2009
We know much of the country has been distracted by Larry King's marathon coverage of all things Michael Jackson, but a local election needs your very brief attention. The race involves the final spot for the National League All-Star Team. Unlike most elections that drag on forever, this one began Sunday and ends at 4 p.m. today. Five players are vying for the final NL All-Star spot, including Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino. In a first, The Inquirer Editorial Board endorses SHANE VICTORINO as the final NL All-Star.
October 13, 2008 |
TALKING POINTS What we're talking about following the Phillies' loss to the Dodgers: -- Apparently the Dodgers think the pitch that Phillies righthander Brett Myers sailed behind Manny Ramirez in Game 2 wasn't an accident. In the top of the third last night, Los Angeles starter Hiroki Kuroda threw a pitch over Shane Victorino's helmet and the Phillies centerfielder immediately pointed, gesturing that if Kuroda wanted to throw at him he should aim for his body, not his head. And after Victorino grounded out to end the inning, both benches emptied and a brief scuffle ensued.
July 13, 2009
Philadelphia has been found guilty of Major League ballot stuffing. But in a good way. With the rallying cry, "Vote early, vote often," Mayor Nutter and Gov. Rendell led a four-day campaign last week to drum up Internet votes to elect Phillies' outfielder Shane Victorino to this year's National League All-Star Team. Victorino got 15.2 million votes, a record for the 8-year-old Final Vote competition. He will be on the roster for tomorrow night's All-Star game in St. Louis.
November 5, 2009
NEW YORK - Shane Victorino battled Mariano Rivera for 10 pitches before grounding out to second to end Game 6 of the World Series last night. The Phillies centerfielder walked back to the dugout as the Yankees poured onto the field to celebrate their 27th championship, peeking back to see the opponents' joy. "It was definitely hard to watch," Victorino said. "I can feel what [Eric] Hinske felt last year [when his strikeout lifted the Phillies to the world championship]. I guess I'm going to be on the highlights all offseason watching myself make the last out. I definitely didn't want to be that guy. I wanted to get on base somehow, someway, but it didn't work out that way. " Several Phillies players lingered in the dugout as the Yankees bounced around the infield in a group hug. "Yeah, I took a peek," Ryan Howard said.
August 1, 2007 |
CHICAGO - Charlie Manuel, sitting on the bench, peered warily to his right. "I keep looking at those dugout steps, afraid somebody is going to fall going up or down them and get hurt," the Phillies manager said. He was only half-kidding. The Phillies had been crossing their fingers, hoping that outfielders Shane Victorino (strained right calf) and Michael Bourn (sprained left ankle) wouldn't need to be placed on the 15-day disabled list after each was injured during Monday night's game at Wrigley Field.
May 15, 2009 |
After batting fifth in back-to-back games, Jimmy Rollins returned to his customary role as leadoff hitter yesterday in the Phillies' 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Phillies shortstop was pleased about it, he didn't say so. In fact, he said nothing because he brushed off reporters for the second time this week. Anyway, the day couldn't have started much better for Rollins, who ripped Chad Billingsley's first pitch for a double, went to third on Shane Victorino's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly. In that at-bat, Rollins was the leadoff hitter that manager Charlie Manuel has come to expect.
July 8, 2011 |
The fans have voted Shane Victorino into the All-Star Game, but it remains to be seen if he'll actually play for the National League in the 82d midsummer event in Phoenix. Victorino has missed the last three games with a Grade 1 sprain of his right thumb, an injury that prompted him to leave the team for an appointment with a hand specialist. The Phillies have offered no update on Victorino's injury status. If Victorino does not play at all this weekend against the Braves, it's unlikely he goes to Arizona to play in the All-Star Game.
May 21, 2010 |
7:05 Citizens Bank Park. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Tonight's pitchers Red Sox RHP John Lackey (4-2, 4.86) vs. Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29) Three key matchups Phillies vs. interleague play: The Phillies have scuffled over the past few seasons against the American League during the regular season and are 96-121 all-time. Cole Hamels vs. Red Sox: Hamels last faced Boston in 2008, when he allowed two runs in seven innings of an 8-2 win. John Lackey vs. Phillies: The Phillies haven't faced Lackey since 2003, when he held them to one run and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.
December 2, 2007 |
The Phillies offered salary arbitration to free-agent centerfielder Aaron Rowand before last night's midnight deadline. That means the Phillies will receive two top draft picks if Rowand signs with another team. Because he is classified as a Type A free agent, the team that signs Rowand would forfeit a top pick for him. Depending on how that team finished in 2007, that could be a first- or second-round pick. The Phillies also would receive a "sandwich" pick between the first and second rounds.