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Giants Win in Extras; Beat Phillies In Possibly Hamels’ Last Start At Home

Giants 6, Phillies 5
WP – Sergio Romo (3-1, 0.64)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (2-4, .349)
SV – Santiago Casilla (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Gregor Blanco knew he messed up the suicide squeeze.

What could have been the go-ahead run, Blanco whiffed on a suicide squeeze that could have scored Buster Posey and given the Giants a 6-5 lead. But Posey was caught dead in his tracks and the rally ended.

Blanco made up for it in the 10th inning, driving in Melky Cabrera with an RBI single, giving the Giants the 6-5 win.

What was billed to be a pitcher’s battle turned into a bit of a slugfest between Cole Hamels and Matt Cain.

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Series Preview: vs San Francisco Giants

PHI: 41-52, 5th in NL East; SF: 51-41, 1st in NL West

When: July 20-22
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47) vs Tim Lincecum (3-10, 5.93)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07) vs Matt Cain (10-3, 2.56)
Sunday: Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) vs TBA

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17
Saturday, 4:05, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Giants Pitching Out-Duels Phillies in 11

Giants OF Melky Cabrera celebrates after his walk-off single in the 11th inning as the Giants beat the Phillies, 1-0. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The rubber match of the Giants and Phillies series featured an outstanding pitcher’s duel between the Phillies Cliff Lee and the Giants Matt Cain.

The duel would not see a winner between the two aces but the Giants as a team took the rubber match, beating the Phillies 1-0 in an 11-inning pitcher’s duel.

Double plays were turned, defensive plays were made, and both pitcher’s barely broke a sweat. The Phillies could only muster two hits in the first nine innings off Matt Cain.

Cliff Lee was outstanding as well, pitching 10 innings while giving up seven hits, no runs or walks, striking out seven. He only threw 102 pitches (81 for strikes), and turned four Giants double plays.

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5 Teams to Watch in the AL

Yankees – They’re the 2009 World Series champions and still kept intact the solid nucleus that got them there. They traded top prospects to land centerfielder Curtis Granderson, a much better defensive asset than Johnny Damon. They also traded Melky Cabrera to the Braves for Javier Vazquez to bolster the starting rotation. With guys like C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Brunett, and Andy Pettitte, the Yankees boast a very good pitching unit. Mariano Rivera is still the best closer in the game and the aging offense led by Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira can still put a ton of runs up on the score board. If things go right, they could have another parade down Broadway.

Red Sox – The pitching is truly phenomenal. Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Daisuke Matsuzaka form the best top-four in baseball. The offense is led by top young stars Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. Marco Scutaro is hoping to end the revolving door at the short stop position and Adrian Beltre is an offensive upgrade at third. Offensive depth is the only thing that should concern the Sox but they have the pitching to get the job done. David Ortiz is a shell of his old self but it still the DH.

Twins – It’s safe to say that Joe Mauer is the scariest hitter in the AL. The reigning MVP is one of the reasons Minnesota is buzzing prior to the 2010 season. Along with a new outdoor park and a very dangerous lineup featuring Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, and Michael Cuddyer, the fans and Twins have high expectations for this year. The only problem with them this year though is pitching. If their starters can have decent years, they could beat out Detroit for the division.

Mariners – Seattle is truly going to be a serious contender in the AL. The addition of Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins, and Milton Bradley will revamp a pitching staff and offense in need of fire power. Lee became a hot pitcher again after his last season transformation with the Phillies and will look to create a formidable 1-2 punch with Felix Hernandez. Figgins will add speed and Bradley will look to add power to a Mariners lineup that hit 160 homer (12th in the AL) last season.

Angels – Surely they make their case for a serious playoff contender every year but there has to be a breaking point. They improved an already solid lineup with Hideki Matsui and bolstered their bull pen with Fernando Rodney but the team still doesn’t jump out at anyone. The core of the offense is aging in Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, and Matsui and they lost Figgins to the division rival Mariners. Jared Weaver, Joe Saunders, and newly acquired Joel Pineiro will need to have season like 2009 to give the Mariners a fighting chance in an AL crowded with contenders.

East: Yankees
Central: Twins
West: Mariners
Wild Card: Red Sox

Pennant: Yankees over Mariners

Phils Take 2 in the Bronx

The Phillies capped a 10 game road trip with a series win at Yankee Stadium. They went 8-2, starting the trip with a 4-game sweep of Washington. They won Friday night 7-3, lost 5-4 on Saturday, and won 4-3 on Sunday.

Friday’s game featured a slug fest as the Phillies used 4 home runs to out muscle the AJ Burnett and the Yankees’ high powered offense. The Yankees posted 3 solo shots of their own but weren’t nearly enough to beat Philadelphia. Brett Myers got the start, going 8 innings and giving up 3 runs with 5 strike outs. He pitched well but is still giving up too many homers.

The offense Jimmy Rollins’ 2-hit day including his first pitch lead off homer. Raul “the Animal” Ibanez added another homer to his ridiculous season. Carlos Ruiz also hit his first homer of the season.

On Saturday, the Yankees magic struck again as they earned their league leading 17th come-from-behind win. Up 4-2 in the bottom of the 9th, Brad Lidge surrendered a walk to Johnny Damon and watched Alex Rodriguez go yard as the Yankees tied it up. A couple batters later and Melky Cabrera is driving in Robinson Cano for the win.

A couple of positive notes included John Mayberry Jr’s first career hit being a 3-run homer, Ibanez tacking on another homer, and JA Happ doing great in his debut.

On Sunday, Lidge struck again as he gave up a no outs RBI single to allow the Yankees to tie it up at 3. The Phillies would get a 2-out RBI double from Ruiz to go ahead and win.

Series MVP: Ruiz (6-8 with 3 RBI’s, a homer, and a game winning double)

Next series vs. Florida:
Monday: Volstad (3-3, 3.64), Moyer (3-4, 7.62)
Tuesday: Miller, A (1-1, 4.94), Blanton (2-3, 7.11)
Wednesday: TBA

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