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BREAKING: Thome Traded to Orioles

Thome (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Phillies have traded first baseman Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles.

The Phillies got two players for Thome, RHP Kyle Simon and C Gabriel Lino, both of the Orioles Single-A team.

Thome hit .242 with two doubles, five homers and 15 RBIs in 30 games for the Phillies this year.  He made four starts at first base and nine starts as the designated hitter.

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KK Hit Early In Loss

Pirates 1B Casey McGehee (center) is greeted by Neil Walker (left) and Garrett Jones (right) after hitting a three-run homer in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Pirates 5, Phillies 4
WP – A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35)
SV – Joel Hanrahan (20)

PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Kendrick settled in, but it was after he gave up five early runs.

That early hole was too deep for the Phillies to climb out of and they lost, 5-4. They split the four-game series with the Pirates, and finished the home stand 5-5.

The Pirates got Kendrick for five runs in the 1st inning.

With one out, Garrett Jones hit an RBI single that scored lead-off hitter Drew Sutton. The with two men on, Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer off Kendrick to blow the game open early.

Pedro Alvarez followed that up with a solo homer, giving the Pirates a 5-0 lead before the Phillies could even swing their bats.

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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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Papelbon Paid Thome $5,000 For Walk-Off Homer

One of the coolest things you’ll hear this season, easily.

Jonathan Papelbon was frustrated after giving up two runs in the top of the 9th to blow a 6-4 lead the Phillies gave him. It was Papelbon’s first blown save of the season.

So what did he do? He offered up a sum of money for someone to hit a walk-off homer off Rays reliever Jake McGee.

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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.


State of the Phillies: A State of Panic?

Going into this post, I really didn’t know what I wanted to write. So a fair warning: this is me babbling incoherently about how awful the Phillies are and how the fact the sky is falling. Ready, Go!

I want to panic with the Phillies 31-37 record following a sweep in Toronto and 3-6 road trip. I want to panic with the Phillies being nine games out of first place and in last place of the division.

But it’s June with just over 90 games to play on the season and the Phillies will be getting back Chase Utley in at the most two weeks. Surely with that allotted amount of time left in the season and with the health of the team bound to improve fans shouldn’t be jumping ship yet.

It’s easier said than done and it has sent the Phillies into an early panic mode, at least it should.

The Phillies are still without their Big Three. Utley will be back in two weeks at the latest, Ryan Howard is still a mystery and Roy Halladay still has over a month to go before a return becomes possible.

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Jays complete sweep of struggling Phils

Blue Jays 6, Phillies 2
WP – Brent Cecil (1-0, 3.60)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29)

TORONTO –Kyle Kendrick certainly didn’t quite get off to the start he was looking for. And the Phillies never seemed to recover.

Brett Lawrie doubled to lead off the game and scored on an RBI double by Colby Rasmus. Kelly Johnson also had an RBI single in the inning that plated Rasmus. The Phillies were quickly in a 2-0 hole and went on to lose the game 6-2 and were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Phillies pitching staff has been horrendous in the month of June as they have an ERA close to five.

Kendrick surrendered all six runs (one was unearned) on eight hits in 6.1 innings. He struggled to find the strike zone and when he did, his pitches found Blue Jays bats.

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Series Preview: at Toronto Blue Jays

PHI: 31-34, 5th in NL East; TOR: 31-32, 5th in AL East

When: June 15-17
Where: Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.00) vs Drew Hutchison (5-3, 4.66)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.18) vs Ricky Romero (7-1, 4.15)
Sunday: Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 5.08) vs Henderson Alvarez (3-6, 3.87)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:07, CSN
Saturday, 1:07, CSN
Sunday, 1:07, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Smokin’ Joe: Blanton Cruises Through Nine; Phils Win

Phillies 6, Twins 1
WP – Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93)
LP – Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Phillies combined pitching and offense for the first time it seems in ages.

Phillies SP Joe Blanton pitches in the 1st inning of his complete game win against the Twins. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

For the first time in over two weeks, the Phillies had a starter pitch past the 8th inning. It was Joe Blanton who went eight innings in the Phillies 5-1 win over the Twins, taking the series as well.

It was the first time a pitcher went as far as Blanton since May 28 when Cole Hamels was the starter.

Blanton cruised, snapping a five-start streak in which he allowed at least five runs. He went the distance, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out seven for his second complete game of the season.

The lone run Blanton gave up was a solo homer to Trevor Plouffe in the 2nd inning which tied the game up, 1-1, after Ty Wigginton’s home run in the top half of the 2nd.

The Phillies took the lead for good in the 3rd inning on Jim Thome’s three-run homer. It was Thome’s third home run of the season, and on the nine-game road trip.

In the last six games, Thome is 11-for-24 with 13 RBIs. Thome’s nine RBIs during the Twins series was the most he’s ever had in a three-game series for his 22-year career [John Clark].

2B: Rollins (12), Ruiz (16). HR: Wigginton (7), Thome (3).


Runs For Cole: Offense Backs Up Hamels in 9-8 Win

Phillies DH Jim Thome (far right) celebrates with John Mayberry (left) and Carlos Ruiz (middle) after Mayberry’s three-run homer in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Phillies 9, Twins 8
WP – Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.34)
LP – P.J. Walters (2-2, 5.40)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (17)

MINNEANAPOLIS — On a night where Cole Hamels was a little off, his offense was not.

The Phillies erupted for a six-run 1st inning, beating up Twins pitching in their 9-8 win over the Twins. It snapped a three-game losing streak as well.

The 1st inning was a circus for Twins pitching. Starter P.J. Walters was yanked after facing only four hitters without getting an out, leaving with stiff shoulder.

The Phillies opened up on Walters with four straight singles, the last being a two-run single by Jim Thome to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. After Walters was pulled, the Phils added four more runs on a Carlos Ruiz RBI single and John Mayberry three-run bomb.

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