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Pence Not In Tonight’s Lineup Due to Arm Injury

Let the next wave of injuries continue for the Phillies.

Hunter Pence was left out of tonight’s line up in Arizona after telling manager Charlie Manuel that his right arm is bothering him. It is the first start of the season Pence has missed.

Pence hurt his arm diving for a ball in yesterday’s loss to the Padres. But he didn’t really feel it until today.

“I felt it after it happened but I had adrenaline going (Sunday) … until this morning when I woke up, I didn’t have the mobility that you need,” Pence said. “Like I said, I want to try to do more, but they don’t want me to. Hopefully it’s not a big deal, but we have to get it checked out first.”

With Pence’s arm bothering him, he may not even be an option to pinch-hit tonight against the Diamondbacks.

Tonight’s Line
Pierre, LF
Polanco, 3B
Rollins, SS
Wigginton, 1B
Victorino, CF
Ruiz, C
Mayberry, RF
Galvis, 2B
Kendrick, SP


Series Preview: at Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 7-9, 5th in NL East; ARI: 8-8, 3rd in NL West

When: April 23-25
Where: Chase Field (Phoenix, AR)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) vs Wade Miley (1-0, 1.93)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37) vs Josh Collmenter (0-1, 10.22)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) vs Trevor Cahill (1-1, 284)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 9:40, TCN
Tuesday, 9:40, CSN
Wednesday, 9:40, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Season Preview: NL West

Expectations: San Francisco’s payroll may top $130 million in order to pay for Brian Wilson’s beard dye.
Key Addition: OF Melky Cabrera (acquired from Kansas City)
Key Loss: SP Jonathan Sanchez (traded to Kansas City)
Projected Record: 93-69
Summary: The Giants are looking to get back on top of the National League after a disappointing 2011 campaign. The Giants went 86-76, missing the wild card by four games to the Cardinals, who won the World Series.

The Giants are hoping Madison Bumgarner fills in big as the number three pitcher after the Giants dealt Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera. They still have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain at the front of their rotation, boasting one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

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Game 5 Mayhem

The Texas Rangers, fresh off an elimination of the Rays, can sit at home while six teams fight to move onto the League Championship Series.

The Yanks forced a fifth game on Tuesday while the Cardinals and Diamondbacks, with their backs seemingly on the ropes, punched back at the Phillies and Brewers respectively. The NLDS Game 5’s will be tomorrow.

So, who will move on and who will go home? Detroit’s Doug Fister and Yankee rookie Ivan Nova have the weight of their seasons lying firmly on their shoulders. Tonight, those two will duel at 8:07 ET.

For the Diamondbacks, their ace Ian Kennedy will face Brewers #2 Yovani Gollardo at 5:07 ET. Kennedy was lit up in his Game 1 start and Gollardo cruised to a Game 2 win. Arizona won both Games 3 and 4 at home, forcing the series to return to Milwaukee.

The Phils and Cards traded blows. Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter will match up once again. If you remember, Halladay gave up a three-run homer to Lance Berkman in Game 1 before settling down. Carpenter proceeded to implode in the 4th inning and his night ended drastically.

Tune in to TBS (shameless plug for an awful sports broadcasting station) for the games

NLDS Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Cardinals

Arizona: 94-68; 1st in NL West
Milwaukee:96-66; 1st in NL Central

Game 1: Oct. 1, 2:07 PM – Yovani Gallardo (17-10 3.52) vs. Ian Kennedy (21-4 2.88)
Game 2: Oct. 2, 4:37 PM – Shaun Marcum (13-7 3.54) / Zack Greinke (16-6 3.83) vs. Daniel Hudson (16-12 3.49)
Game 3: Oct. 4 – Joe Saunders (12-13 3.69) vs. Shaun Marcum (13-7 3.54) / Zack Greinke (16-6 3.83)
Game 4*: Oct. 5 – Josh Collmenter (10-10 3.38) vs. Randy Wolf (13-10 3.69)
Game 5*: Oct. 7 – (TBD vs TBD)

Road to the Playoffs
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Phils trade Zagurski to D’Backs

The Phillies have sent their left-handed AAA All-Star reliever Mike Zagurski to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later.

In three seasons with the Phillies (2007, 2010-11), Zagurski was 1-0 with a 6.82 ERA in 37 appearances. He was never a consistent main stay in the Phils bull pen.

Zagurski, 28, was drafted in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Phillies.

Doc gets snake bit in 9th

Phils starter Roy Halladay walks off the mound after allowing a two-run double in the top of the 9th. The Phils lost 3-2. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Roy Halladay should have started the 9th. But at one point, he should not have been left in.

After allowing back-to-back singles to start the 9th, Charlie Manuel let Halladay pitch to the left-handed hitting Lyle Overbay, who drove in all three of Arizona’s runs on the night. Overbay smacked Halladay’s first offering into the gap in right center field to drive in both Josh Upton and pinch runner Collin Cowgill as the D’backs beat Philadelphia, 3-2.

Manuel had every reason to start the inning with Halladay. He was at 100 pitches and was facing Upton, who he struck out twice and allowed a single to catcher Miguel Montero. With an 0-2 count to Upton, home plate umpire Vic Carapazza failed to ring up Upton and Halladay’s next pitch was lined into left field for a base hit.

Montero followed up with another single and that set up Overbay to face Halladay. Both Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo were throwing in the bull pen at the start of the inning and with Overbay up, Manuel should have went to the pen and let Bastardo face the left-handed hitter. He didn’t and Overbay cashed in.

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Series Preview: vs Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 78-41, 1st in NL East; ARI: 68-53, 1st in NL West

When: August 16-18
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (15-4, 2.51) vs Josh Collmenter (7-7, 3.51)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (12-7, 2.83) vs Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.76)
Thursday: Vance Worley (8-1, 2.85) vs Ian Kennedy (15-3, 3.12)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Four teams splash big at the deadline

Phillies OF Hunter Pence. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The final week leading up to the trade deadline makes for some of the most exciting and exhausting news in baseball. Beat writers, fans and owners dread the July 31 date and breath a huge sigh of relief when 4:00 PM passes.

This year was no different. With teams like the Phillies, Giants and Braves looking to bolster their offense and the Yankees and Red Sox looking to make splashes in pitching, the deadline can get hairy for the serious competitors and first timers.

Here are a handful of teams that made the biggest splashes at the deadline, hoping for that final push into the post season and baseball greatness.


Cleveland Indians – Ubaldo Jimenez: The Indians made a huge splash at the deadline, trading for Colorado’s ace Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez is one of the game’s best young starters and will have an immediate impact on a team that could be one good starter away from winning their first AL Central crown since 2007.

A year removed from winning 19 games and posting a 2.88 ERA, Jimenez is struggling this season. He’s been mediocre at best, compiling a 6-9 record and 4.46 ERA on a Rockies team that is 10 games behind any chance at the post season. But the Indians are 2.5 behind the Detroit Tigers and Jimenez’s presence is a significant upgrade.

The only interesting thing that remains to be seen is if Jimenez will be effective in the American League. He’s been struggling this season and is now walking into a tougher hitting league. This move could prove to be a huge step forward for the Indians or a monumental bust.

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Hammers and Hamels: Bats back a strong outing from Cole

The Phillies offense knew they had to keep up with the Diamondbacks with a pitcher like Cole Hamels on the mound.

Flyball pitchers like Hamels tend to get hurt in parks like Arizona. And with Hamels’ track record on day games, the lumber needed to wake up to avoid the sweep.

It was another strong day for Cole Hamels, who allowed three runs in seven innings of work while striking out 8. He improves to 3-1 on the season. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In fact, Hamels was quite magical in his start, despite one blemish. He was backed by three home runs and the Phils prevented the sweep in Arizona, winning 8-4 heading into the much needed day off tomorrow.

Hamels pitched seven strong innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. His only mistake came in the 6th when Chris Young hit the first of his two home runs.

Young had a field day today, unlike the did rest of the series. He finished the series with three hits, all homer, and five RBIs.

Placido Polanco had himself a strong day, going 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard homered in the win.

But the real star offensively was Jimmy Rollins, who finally had the break out game he’d been needing this season. Rollins went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and two-run homer, quadrupling his RBI total on the season.

It was also Rollins’ first home run of the season. The Phillies were looking for that type of production from Rollins if he was going to hit out of the three-spot.

The Phillies eight-run performance was their first offensive explosion in a while. It was the most runs they scored since they put up 10 against the Braves on April 9’s 10-2 win.

Raul Ibanez Watch: Ibanez pinch-hit for Hamels in the eighth, striking out. He is now 0-for his last 25 at-bats. His replacement, John Mayberry, didn’t do much better despite going 1-for-3. He struck out twice and stranded four on base, including the bases loaded strike out in the 7th.

2B: Rollins (5), Francisco (3), Polanco (6). HR: Victorino (4), Rollins (1), Howard (4).

WP: Hamels (3-1). LP: Saunder (1-3).