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Blue Jays Claim Herndon Off Waivers

Right-handed reliever David Herndon was claimed off waivers Tuesday afternoon by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Herndon was the fourth Phillies to be claimed or outrighted off the 40-man roster. He is also the second to be scooped up by the Blue Jays with the other being Tyson Brummett.


Roster Moves: RP Brummett Claimed By Blue Jays; Orr, Lerud Outrighted

The Phillies shook up their roster a bit today, making some room on their 40-man roster.

Starting with pitching, reliever Tyson Brummett was put on waivers and claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. Brummett, 28, made his Major League debut in September, allowing a pair of hits and striking out two in his only appearance of the season.

The Phillies also outrighted infielder Pete Orr and catcher Steven Lerud from their 40-man roster, leaving the Phillies with 37 players and four players on the 60-day DL.

Orr, 33, spent the last two years with the Phillies and Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley. With the Phillies he hit .253 with nine of his 38 hits being extra-base hits.

Lerud, 28, played almost the entire season with Double-A Reading. Lerud did get 10 at-bats with the Phillies, notching a pair of singles.

Misunderstood: Scott Rolen Left a Lasting Impression On Philadelphia

Scott Rolen in his days with the Phillies. (AP Photo)

Perhaps it was the clashing of personalities with manager Larry Bowa. Or maybe it was the comment made by front office member Dallas Green. Or maybe it was the desire to win that ended it all in Philadelphia.

Whatever the reason was, Scott Rolen wanted out in 2002.

For the next decade, Philadelphia fans would boo their once-lauded All-Star, Gold-Glove third baseman, yell obscenities at him and watch him go on to hav a successful career without Philadelphia. Why? Because they were hurt.

But maybe the fans were booing the wrong guy.

Rolen turned down a massive contract extension during the 2002 season, saying that it wasn’t money but the Phillies front office didn’t have an aggressive approach to building a winning team.

Fans got scared that the best position player in their team history since Mike Schmidt, another third baseman, was about to jump ship for greener pastures.

And it happened.

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Singleton, d’Arnaud, Gose Among Amaro’s Mistakes

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton (Astros AA) is tagged out at second by Jean Segura (Angels AA) during the Futures Game on July 8. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Hindsight is and always will be 20/20 for the viewer.

A look back at four of the biggest trades Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has made will raise two opinions: 1) Amaro pulled some seriously big names from Cleveland, Toronto and Houston; 2) Amaro also depleted the Phillies farm system so much that it ranks near the bottom of baseball currently.

Let’s cut to the point: Jonathan Singleton (23), Travis d’Arnaud (19) and Anthony Gose (38) rank in the top 50 in Baseball America’s prospect list. The Phillies have none on that list.

For a while it’s bothered me that those three names are very close to being every day Major Leaguers with the potential to be very good mainstays in the bigs. It wasn’t until Matt Gelb went to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to watch the Phillies past and future prospects play and wrote a fantastic piece this morning that I had to at least say something about it beyond an occasional tweet.

Let’s break down Gelb’s report.

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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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Phils drop another one in extras

Phillies SP Cliff Lee got the no-decision, yet again avoiding his first win of the season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Blue Jays 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)
WP – Francisco Cordero (2-4, 5.47)
LP – Joe Savery (0-2, 4.43)

TORONTO — Extra innings have not been kind to the Phillies this season.

With the game tied at 5 in the 10th inning, Rajai Davis connected on a two-out RBI double to plate Yunel Escobar to win it for the Blue Jays.

The eighth inning proved to be the difference for the Phillies.

With Jose Bautista already on base, Edwin Encarnacion singled to left field. John Mayberry Jr. threw to ball in to Jimmy Rollins because Encarnacion was trying to advance to second base. Rollins threw the ball away and allowed both runners to score to cut the lead to 5-4.

J.P. Arencibia followed with a game-tying RBI double down the left field line that just stayed fair. With that, Cliff Lee continued his winless 2012 season.

Chad Qualls was responsible for allowing Toronto to tie the game.

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Jays shut out Phils 3-0

TORONTO –With Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison leaving the game in the first inning due to injury, the Phillies looked poised to take control of the game.

Unfortunately that never happened. The lineup could only  muster five hits off the Jays bullpen as the Phillies fell 3-0 on the road.

Vance Worley was solid once again as he tossed six innings. He gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts. But he never got the run support that he needed.

The Blue Jays got their scoring started in the third inning as Rajai Davis laced a two-out double off the wall. Brett Lawrie followed with a double off the right-field wall to put the Jays up 1-0.

They picked up where they left off in the 4th as Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI groundout that plated Jose Bautista. Shortstop Yunel Escobar also had an RBI groundout in the inning.

Carlos Ruiz, Hunter Pence, Juan Pierre, Mike Fontenot, and Jimmy Rollins each had a hit for the Phillies in a losing effort.

NOTE — Carlos Ruiz left the game with a left oblique strain. He was replaced by Brian Schneider.

2B: Pence (10), Rollins (13).


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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Spring Training: Blue Jays 8, Phillies 5

2B Hector Luna, playing for a spot on the roster, makes a play in the infield. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

John Mayberry Jr was in a terrible slump heading into the final weekend of Grapefruit League play.

That’s why a big weight was lifted off his shoulders in the 7th inning when he snapped a 19-at-bat hitless streak in the Phillies 8-5 loss. It was his only hit in his three at-bats, lifing his spring average .192.

Roy Halladay made his final start before Opening Day on Thursday but lasted only two innings and 45 pitches before a rain delay. He allowed two runs on three hits, including a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the 2nd inning.

Hector Luna, playing second base and for a shot to crack the Opening Day roster, went 2-for-3 to lift his spring average to .327.

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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