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Phillies Place Schneider On DL; Select Lerud from Reading

PHILADELPHIA — The chances of Brian Schnieder returning next year are growing slimmer.

The Phillies placed the 35-year-old backup catcher on the DL today with a strained hamstring. To fill his spot, they called up catcher Steven Lerud from Reading.

Sebastian Valle was in AAA but the Phillies didn’t want to call him up because it was too soon and they didn’t want to deplete Lehigh any further.

Lerud is batting .235 in AA as the backup to Valle and now Tommy Joseph.

With Erik Kratz’s fine season, he will be the top candidate to be the backup catcher next year for Carlos Ruiz.


Yayberry: Mayberry Jr Walks It Off In the 11th

Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. hits a walk-off RBI single to left field in the Phillies 4-3 win over the Reds in 11 innings. (Photo by John Russo)

By Chris Bengel and John Russo

Phillies 4, Reds 3 (11 innings)
WP – Raul Valdes (3-2, 3.14)
LP – Alfredo Simon (2-2, 2.49)

PHILADELPHIA — Three times were a charm for the Phillies.

After failing to bring home the winning run in the 9th and 10th innings with runners in scoring positon, the Phillies sealed the deal in the 11th inning. With the bases loaded, John Mayberry Jr. hit a grounder in the gap between short stop and third to win the game for the Phillies, 4-3.

The RBI single finished off four unanswered runs that enabled the Phillies to  make the come-from-behind win.

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Schierholtz, Kratz Auditioning for 2013 Jobs

Phillies C Erik Kratz (left) and OF Nate Schierholtz (right) are among the players hoping to crack the 2013 Phillies.

With this season lost in the standings, the Phillies have nothing to lose in seeing what they have for next year.

The Phillies front office has many decisions to make concerning the 2013 season, and a handful of players currently on the roster are looking to be a part of next year’s rebuilt team.

Newly-acquired outfielder Nate Schierholtz and late-blooming catcher Erik Kratz are two guys that the team is looking at to fill roster positions for next year.

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Flash Gordon: Dee Gives Dodgers Go-Ahead RBIs

Dodgers 6, Phillies 5
WP – Chris Capuano (8-2, 2.82)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-5, 4.44)
SV – Kenley Jansen (9)

PHILADELPHIA — For the entire series, little Dee Gordon has been a thorn in the side of the Phillies.

The son of former Phillies reliever Tom Gordon made himself a part of the Dodgers’ win against the Phillies again, this time hitting a two-run go-ahead single in the 6th inning that gave the Dodgers the 5-4 lead. Los Angeles went on to win 6-4, dropping the Phillies for their fifth straight time.

The Phillies blew a 4-2 lead in that inning that they created in the 5th. Ty Wigginton led off with a solo home run and Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer later in the inning to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead.

Then the Dodgers went on to score a three-run inning of their own in the 6th with Jerry Hairston RBI single and two-run singe by Gordon.

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Ramirez’s Two Dingers Leads Fish Past Phils

Marlins 5, Phillies 4
WP – Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81)
SV – Heath Bell (11)

PHILADELPHIA — The run of dominance was sure to run out for Cole Hamels.

Hamels was roughed up, allowing at least five runs in a start for the first time since July of last season in the Phillies 5-4 loss to the Marlins Saturday afternoon.

He pitched into the 7th, allowing fives runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out eight. Though Hamels looked dominant at times, it was the quality of hits that got to him.

He gave up a pair of doubles, one being an RBI double by Justin Ruggiano and the other being an RBI double by Jose Reyes, and a pair of home runs to Hanley Ramirez, the first being a solo shot and the second being the go-ahead two-run homer in the 6th.

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A Winning Streak!: Phils Win Third Straight On Pence Walk-Off

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits a walk off home run off Astros closer Brett Myers in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Astros 3
WP – Jake Diekman (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Brett Myers (0-1, 2.08)

PHILADELPHIA — An ex-Astro hitting for the Phillies took an ex-Phillie pitching for the Astros deep in walk-off fashion.

Hunter Pence recovered from a near-costly fielding miscue earlier in the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th off Brett Myers, his second of the game, to win the game for the Phillies, 4-3.

The win was the third straight for the Phillies, their first three-game winning streak all season. It was also their first series sweep, though a two-gamer, of the season.

Pence’s error in the bottom of the 9th nearly cost the Phillies the game.

Chad Qualls had already allowed a run to score in the 9th inning, cutting the Phillies lead to 3-2. It was then that the wheels nearly fell off for the Phillies bullpen once again.

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Hamels Holds Off Padres

Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins crosses home plate after hitting a home run to lead off the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Phillies 3, Padres 2
WP – Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28)
LP – Jeff Suppan (2-1, 1.69)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (10)

It seemed like ages the Phillies won a series.

They did just that, taking the rubber match on Mother’s Day against the Padres, winning 3-2 thanks some great pitching from the starters once again.

Cole Hamels, fresh off a suspension, did not skip a beat in his first start since the Bryce Harper incident.

He was backed by enough run support, pitching seven innings. He allowed a run on five hits and struck out five on the afternoon.

The Phils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two innings. Jimmy Rollins led off with a solo home run to right field in the 1st, his first of the season, and Brian Schneider hit an RBI single in the 2nd.

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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.

Phils split their squads again

PHILLIES 6, TAMPA BAY 6¬†— Michael Scwimer pitched the 8th and 9th innings, blowing a two-run lead to the Rays in the 9th to end the game in a tie.

Joel Pineiro got the start, going two innings in the outing. He gave up a run on two hits and is most likely not making the Phils as a starter if he’s only pitching two innings this late in March.

On offense, Ty Wigginton doubled and Hector Luna had a pair of hits.

Scott Elarton was less than good in his second stint of the spring. After sitting down 12 straight a few days ago, he gave up three runs on four hits in only two innings of work.

Domonic Brown was scratched from this start at DH today with a stiff neck.

PHILLIES 6, ATLANTA 4 — Joe Blanton gave up three runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings. He have up a solo home run to Matt Diaz in the 2nd.

Jim Thome and Placido Polanco each had a pair of hits and a run batted in.

The Phils broke a 4-4 tie in the 7th when Scott Podsednik and Brian Schneider hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 6-4.

Phils sign Schneider to one-year deal

The Phillies and catcher Brian Schneider agreed to a one-year deal.

The deal is said to be worth $800,000 and could reach $1 million in incentives tied to games played.

This will be Schneider’s third season with the Phillies as their back up catcher to Carlos Ruiz.

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