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Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others.

The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one newcomer in the second half post season race.

Here are a list of five teams to watch heading into the second half of the season.

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Conrad’s 4 RBIs help bury Phils

Cliff Lee’s winless streak seems destined to never end.

Lee got behind the eight-ball after a horrific three-run second inning and never recovered as the Phillies lost their second game of the day to the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3.

The Rays received big RBI hits from Sean Rodriguez and Brooks Conrad during their second inning surge. They able to score five runs on six hits off Lee on their way to victory.

The Phillies did have some offense show up.

Placido Polanco was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI doubles that both plated Hunter Pence. Pence walked on both occasions to set up the runs as the Phillies cut he deficit to 3-2.

But Conrad made his presence felt once again as he laced a two-run double to make it 5-3. It was his 5th RBI in the series.

The Phillies never could seem to come back after that and fell at home.

Hopefully the possible return of Chase Utley on Wednesday will ignite the team.

Pena’s 8th Inning Homer Overshadows Pitcher’s Duel

Rays 3, Phillies 2
WP – David Price (10-4, 2.95)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 3.75)
SV – Fernando Rodney (21)

PHILADELPHIA — The game was living up to it’s billing.

Cole Hamels and David Price were dueling in a 1-0 game through seven innings. Hamels pitched seven shutout innings in his start, holding a slight advantage over Price by putting his team in the best position to win.

With both pitchers throwing 223 pitches combined, they gave way to their bullpens after seven. There, the Rays won the important battle in their 3-2 win over the Phils.

A gassed Antonio Bastardo, who threw 29 pitches yesterday, struggled in the 8th inning, costing Hamels a shot at his 11th win of the season. Bastardo walked two hitters before giving up a one-out three-run homer to the left-handed hitting Carlos Pena to give the Rays a 3-1 lead.

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Thome Mashes Walk-Off Tater

Phillies 7, Rays 6
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (2-2, 2.83)
LP – Jake McGee (1.88)

PHILADELPHIA — The nine-game American League road trip was all Jim Thome needed to get a jump start.

Thome hit a pinch-hit walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th in the Phillies 7-6 win over the Rays. It came moments after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season.

Papelbon blew a 6-4 lead in the top of the 9th prior to Thome’s heroic blast.

Busy weekend. We’ll have more about the game later tonight.

 

Friday’s Phillies/Rays game postponed

Friday’s Phillies/Rays game was postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. The game times are 1 and 6:30 p.m.

Series Preview: vs Tampa Bay Rays

PHI: 33-38, 5th in NL East; TB: 38-31, 3rd in AL East

When: June 22-24
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48) vs James Shields (7-4, 3.72)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29) vs Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) vs David Price (9-4, 3.08)

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

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Phillies Trade AAA OF Thompson

OF Rich Thompson hits a single in last year’s International League playoffs. (Photo via Express Times)

The Philadelphia Inquirer was fresh off of running a feature on career minor leaguer Rich Thompson this past weekend.

It looks like someone in the Tampa Bay system has a subscription.

The Phillies traded Thompson to Tampa Bay for outfielder Kyle Hudson. Thompson is currently on his way to join the Rays now, the first time he has been on a big league club since having one Major League at-bat with the Royals in 2004.

“It’s awesome,” Thompson told Matt Gelb from the airport in Charlotte.

Thompson, 33, was hitting .307 with four doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in 29 games with the IronPigs this season. In his last game yesterday, he went 3-for-4, falling a home run shy of the cycle.

Hudson, 25, was hitting .291 with a double and triple in 31 games with the Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay’s AAA affiliate. He will join the IronPigs.

Hudson played in 14 games last season with the Orioles, hitting .143 (4-for-28) with two RBIs.

Burrell to Retire as Phillie

In 2008, Pat Burrell led the parade down Broad Street. (John Russo/TTB)

The Phillies will have one more campaign with left fielder Pat Burrell, though it will only last a day.

The 35-year-old slugger, who retired after last season, will sign a one-day contract with the Phillies so that he could retire with the team that drafted him with the first overall pick in the 1998 amateur draft.

Burrell, who is currently a professional scout for the San Francisco Giants, will be honored before the Phillies May 19 game against the Boston Red Sox.

Burrell played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and San Francisco.

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Hamels dazzles against Rays

Amidst all the contract talks, Cole Hamels still goes out and makes it look easy.

Hamels looks like he’s in midseason form as he tossed 5.2 innings of one-run ball in the Phillies 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays today. He only gave up three hits and struck out seven. His only blemish was a solo home run to Evan Longoria.

Brian Schneider hit a solo home run and Hector Luna had an RBI single.

The Phillies also announced after the game, that outfielder Juan Pierre has been added to the 40-man roster and made the team.

Pierre went 2-for-2 today to bring his spring average to 313.

They also said that Scott Podsednik could still make the Opening Day roster but that looks less likely with Pierre making it. Lou Montanez was informed that he will begin this season in the minors. Hector Luna also remains in the mix to make the team.

Shane Victorino also had a good day at the plate as he went 2-for-4.

The relievers also were very impressive. Joe Savery tossed two scoreless innings and only gave up one hit in that span.

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning to bring his spring ERA to 0.90.

Season Preview: AL East

Expectations: Better than the Yankees
Key Addition: 1B Carlos Pena (signed from Chicago Cubs)
Key Loss: OF/DH Johnny Damon (free agent)
Projected Record: 103-59
Summary: The odds on favorite to win the division, the Rays have it all: great young hitting, great young pitching, solid veteran presence. With guys like Evan Longoria, BJ Upton, and Desmond Jennings anchoring the offense along with key players like Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez, it will power them to a division crown.

They can also pitch with any team. David Price (my pick for CY Young in 2012) combined with James Shields and youngster Jeremy Hellickson can pitch with the big boys any day of the week. Most exciting prospect to watch is in their rotation too: Matt Moore. The kid has electric stuff.

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