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Jim Thome signs a one-year deal with the Phils.

Jim Thome, who had played first base for the Phils from 2003-2005, before being traded to the White Sox after the 2005 season, allowing Ryan Howard to become the everyday first baseman, will return to the Phils as he signed a one-year contract worth $1.25  million dollars, to become mainly the left-handed bat off the bench, although expected to play a few games at first base early in the 2012 season as Howard recovers from his Achilles tendon injury, pending a physical.

During his three seasons with the Phils, ‘Gentleman Jim’ Thome help to make the Phils a contender as he had 333 hits, including 96 home runs, 65 doubles and 4 triples, while knocking in 266 runs while scoring 234. He also walked 260 times. Last season, as he played for both the Twins and the Indians, he hit a combined .256 batting average, with 71 hits, including 15 home runs and 16 doubles, as he knocked in 50 runs, while scoring 32 runs. Breaking into the majors with the Indians in 1991, Thome has a career total of 2287 hits, which includes 604 home runs, 444 doubles and 26 triples, knocking in1674 RBIs, for a career batting average of .277.

Welcome back, Jim. Hopefully you’re the left-handed bench bat that the team presently need once Howard comes back from his injury.

The National League wins the All-Star Game for the second straight year as they defeat the American League, 5-1.

For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.

The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.

Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.

The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.

The Phils fall easily to the Twins, 7-3.

The Phils lose easily to the Twins, 7-3.

The Twins took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Danny Valencia hits a two-run double, knocking in Delmon Young, who had earlier doubled, and Michael Cuddyer, who had just singled on a pop up that was not fielded by third baseman Michael Martinez, giving the Twins a 2-0 lead, before Valencia is thrown out at third, trying to stretch the double into a triple, 8-6-5, for the inning’s second out. The next batter, Luke Hughes, then made it a 3-0 Twins’ lead as he hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Twins increased their lead to 6-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, D. Young hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he scored Alexi Casilla and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who both got on base with singles, with Casilla stopping at second base on Nishioka’s single. The Phils finally got on the board in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Delwyn Young hits an RBI single, knocking in Cory Sullivan, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s single, making it a 6-1 Twins’ lead, while Mayberry, who had just singled, would stop at second base. One batter later, the Phils cut the Twins’ lead to 6-3 as Dane Sardinha hits a two-run double, knocking in both Mayberry and De. Young. The Twins would get one of the runs back in the ninth as, with two men out, Dustin Martin would hit a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 7-3 Twins’ lead. This would end up being the final score, as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in their half of the ninth.

Cole Hamels took the lost (1-1, 6.75) as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, while striking out seven. Danys Baez pitched two-thirds scoreless innings. J.C. Romero also pitched two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Brad Lidge then followed with two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Mike Zagurski pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Nick Blackburn (3-1, 2.05) picked up the win as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Matt Capps pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Joe Nathan pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Jose Mijares pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ross Gload (two singles) and Carlos Ruiz (single, double), leading the team with two hits each. Raul Ibaenz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Dane Sardinha (Double, 2 RBIs), Cole Hamels (Single), Rich Thompson (Single) and Pinch Hitter Delwyn Young (Single, RBI) had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils’ spring training record is now 17-11.

A six-run fifth leads the Phils to a win over the Twins, 6-3.

A six-run breakthrough in the fifth leads the Phils to a 6-3 win over the Twins.

After four scoreless innings, the Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners and with nobody out, Josh Barfield hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had earlier doubled and had moved up to third on Freddy Galvis’ bunt single, while sending Glavis, who had earlier got on base on a bunt single, over to third base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Wilson Valdez hits a two-run double, knocking in both Galvis and Barfield. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Delwyn Young hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Valdez, who had moved up to third on a Ben Francisco ground out, 5-3, and John Mayberry, Jr., who had just walked, and then stole second base. The Twins tried to come back in their half of the seventh, as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Yangervis Solarte, who was pinch running for Delmon Young, who had earlier doubled, and then moved up to third on a Matt Anderson wild pitch, scored on a second Anderson wild pitch, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Mike Hollimon, who had earlier singled, had moved up to first second base and then to third on the two wild pitches. The Twins then made it a 6-2 Phils’  lead as Jim Thome reached base on a fielding error by first baseman Mayberry, scoring Hollimon from third. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, via Chase Lambin being hit by the pitch, moving pinch runner Daniel Rohlfing up to second base, and a walk to Steve Holms, which moved both runners up a base, and with two men out, Rohlfing would score on a wild pitch, the third of the inning, while Lambin would moved up to third and Holms would go to second base, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score, as Chris Kissock recorded his first save of the spring.

Michael Stutes received a no-decision as he pitched three scoreless innngs, as he only walked a batter, while striking out one. Danys Baez (1-0, 0.00) received the win as he pitched a scoreless inning. Jason Grilli pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Matt Anderson pitched a third of an innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on two hits, a walk and two wild pitches. Ryan Edell recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three. Chris Kissock recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Francisco Liriano also received a no-decision as he pitched three innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Mijares pitched a scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Joe Nathan (0-1, 12.46) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk. Kyle Gbson pitched one and two-thirds innings, striking out a batter. Eric Hacker and Yorman Bazardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Hacker), while striking out three batters (Hacker (2), Bazardo (1)).

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Josh Barfield, Wilson Valdez, Delwyn Young and Michael Martinez each leading the team with two hits each, with Barfield, Valdez and Martinez’s each hitting a single and a double, with Barfield knocking in a run, and Valdez bringing in two, while Young’s hits were a single and a three-run home run. Erik Kratz, Tuffy Gosewisch and Freddy Galvis had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 11-7.

The Phils’ offense finally gives some run support to its ace as it crush the Blue Jays on the road…at home, 9-0.

The Phils’ offense crush the Blue Jays, as they finally score some runs for their ace, Roy Halladay, as they defeat the Blue Jays on the road…at home, 9-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on first and third, and with one man out, Victorino hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Werth, who had earlier singled and had gone to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it  2-0 Phils, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the fifth. With the bases loaded via a Brian Schneider single, a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Schneider up to second and a Placido Polanco infield single, moving both Schneider and Rollins up a base, and with noone out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in both Schneider and Rollins, giving the Phils’ a 4-0 lead, while moving Polanco up to second. One batter later, with two men on and with still nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Utley to third. Four batters later, with the bases once again loaded, as Werth was walked, moving Howard up to second, and now with two men out, Gload hits a three-run double off of the heel of the Vernon Wells’ glove, knocking in Utley, Howard and Werth, making it an 8-0 lead. The Phils made it 9-0 in the eighth as Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras and David Herndon together pitched two scoreless innings.

Roy Halladay got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just six hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-6 with an ERA of 2.29. Jose Contreras and David Herndon combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Contreras) between them. Jesse Litsch took the lost as he pitches only four innings, plus four batters, giving up six runs on seven hits and four walks. His record is now 0-2 with a 8.78 ERA. David Purcey pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Casey Janssen pitches two scoreless inning, giving up on no hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Tallet pitches two innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Ross Gload leading the way as he had three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocks in four runs. He was followed by Jayson Werth, who had two hits, a single and a triple. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Brian Schneider had the other six Phil’s hits, with Polanco, Utley, Howard, Ibanez and Schneider’s hits being singles, with Utley knocking in two runs, and Howard one run, while Victorino’s hit was a solo home run, as he knocked in two runs. It would appear that the bats are alive again. Hopefully they’ll stay alive up to the All-Star break.

The Phils (39-32, 3rd NL East) continue their last interleague series with an afternoon game against the Blue Jays (39-35, 4th AL East). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 4:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their no. 2 starter Cole Hamels (6-5, 3.75) who is coming off a no-decision against the Twins on June 20, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 13-10 lost. Hamels hopes to get his seventh win of the year, while hoping that he can lead the club into a winning year in interleague play. The Blue Jays will counter with Shaun Marcus (6-3, 3.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants as he pitches five innings, giving up a two runs, one of which was earned, on five hits and five walks, as he strikes out eight in the Blue Jays’ 9-6 lost. He will be trying to avoid becoming the latest victim to the Phils once again potent offense. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to five games, while making up ground on either the Mets or the Braves or both.

Boy, today has been a very busy day for the Phils, and they still have to face the Indians tonight.

Boy, a lot of news have been released by the Phils today. Along with their announcement of selecting Darren Daulton as the newest member of the Phils’ Walk of Fame (See previous post), and the expected return of regular shortstop, leader and sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, the Phils have made several more announcements:

1) To make room for JayRo, the Phils have sent the struggling Greg Dobbs, who is at the moment batting a lousy .152, with one homer and six RBIs, and is only 1 for 25 as a pinch hitter, to assignment. If he clears waivers, Dobbs will likely be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, to get some well needed at-bats to get his swing back, if he is not either claimed on waivers by another team or is not traded by the Phils within the next 10 days;

2) Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, as he continues to recover from getting his bell rung by a broken bat swing against the back of his head during last Friday night’s game with the Twins. This will leave Brian Schneider as the no. 1 catcher (UGH!) and Dane Sardinha, who was called up after Friday’s game to act as the backup, will stay as the no. 2 catcher, while Ruiz recovers;

3) Scott Mathieson, who came back to the big leagues, was sent back to the minors, with his place on the roster to be taken by Mike Zagurski.

With the above moves the Phils’ bench is now Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Ross Gload, Schneider (once Ruiz is back) and Ben Francisco.

With all this, I hope that Rollins will give some life back into the Phils’ starting line-up, with Castro and Valdez both being ready to come off the bench, considering the numbers of at-bats the pair had gotten during Rollins’ two stints on the disabled list. Now, if Francisco can just get his swing back, the bench might actually have improved with Dobbs being sent down. Knock on wood. A lot!!!!

Oh, and Dobbs, if this is the last time that we actually see you in a Phils’ uniform, thanks for helping the team during the last three seasons, but, dude, why did you have to go and stink during the last season plus?

Ruiz, please get well soon.

My thoughts on all these moves? I have no idea on the situation with Mathieson, since it is a tough break from him to be sent back down after returning to the bigs. I just hope the front office knows what it is doing. As for them sending down Dobbs, I think that it was the right move. Dobbs is just not doing it this year, and he might need a temporary (hopefully) change of scenary to (hopefully) get his groove back. As for Rollins’ return, uhm, excuse me….. Yaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhheeeeewwwwww, Jimmy’s back!!!!!! 🙂 Yes, I’m happy, thank you.

The Phillies (35-32, 3rd NL East) will continue their home stand with a three game series with the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.76), who is coming off a win against the Yankees on June 16, as he pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just two runs, both on home runs, on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while trying to start the series for the Phils on a winning note. The Indians will counter with their ace Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 16, as he went five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for eight runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only three, in the Indians’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to recover from the lost, while hoping that the Phils’ bat don’t erupt. The Phils will be trying to win their second interleague series by hopefully taking advantage of one of the weakest teams of the AL. Hopefully there will not be a repeat of last year’s embarrassment at the hands of the Orioles. Come on guys, time to regroup and clobber the tribe with the bats. 

Boy, today has been a very busy day for the Phils, and they still have to face the Indians tonight.

Boy, a lot of news have been released by the Phils today. Along with their announcement of selecting Darren Daulton as the newest member of the Phils’ Walk of Fame (See previous post), and the expected return of regular shortstop, leader and sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, the Phils have made several more announcements:

1) To make room for JayRo, the Phils have sent the struggling Greg Dobbs, who is at the moment batting a lousy .152, with one homer and six RBIs, and is only 1 for 25 as a pinch hitter, to assignment. If he clears waivers, Dobbs will likely be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, to get some well needed at-bats to get his swing back, if he is not either claimed on waivers by another team or is not traded by the Phils within the next 10 days;

2) Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, as he continues to recover from getting his bell rung by a broken bat swing against the back of his head during last Friday night’s game with the Twins. This will leave Brian Schneider as the no. 1 catcher (UGH!) and Dane Sardinha, who was called up after Friday’s game to act as the backup, will stay as the no. 2 catcher, while Ruiz recovers;

3) Scott Mathieson, who came back to the big leagues, was sent back to the minors, with his place on the roster to be taken by Mike Zagurski.

With the above moves the Phils’ bench is now Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Ross Gload, Schneider (once Ruiz is back) and Ben Francisco.

With all this, I hope that Rollins will give some life back into the Phils’ starting line-up, with Castro and Valdez both being ready to come off the bench, considering the numbers of at-bats the pair had gotten during Rollins’ two stints on the disabled list. Now, if Francisco can just get his swing back, the bench might actually have improved with Dobbs being sent down. Knock on wood. A lot!!!!

Oh, and Dobbs, if this is the last time that we actually see you in a Phils’ uniform, thanks for helping the team during the last three seasons, but, dude, why did you have to go and stink during the last season plus?

Ruiz, please get well soon.

My thoughts on all these moves? I have no idea on the situation with Mathieson, since it is a tough break from him to be sent back down after returning to the bigs. I just hope the front office knows what it is doing. As for them sending down Dobbs, I think that it was the right move. Dobbs is just not doing it this year, and he might need a temporary (hopefully) change of scenary to (hopefully) get his groove back. As for Rollins’ return, uhm, excuse me….. Yaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhheeeeewwwwww, Jimmy’s back!!!!!! 🙂 Yes, I’m happy, thank you.

The Phillies (35-32, 3rd NL East) will continue their home stand with a three game series with the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.76), who is coming off a win against the Yankees on June 16, as he pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just two runs, both on home runs, on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while trying to start the series for the Phils on a winning note. The Indians will counter with their ace Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 16, as he went five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for eight runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only three, in the Indians’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to recover from the lost, while hoping that the Phils’ bat don’t erupt. The Phils will be trying to win their second interleague series by hopefully taking advantage of one of the weakest teams of the AL. Hopefully there will not be a repeat of last year’s embarrassment at the hands of the Orioles. Come on guys, time to regroup and clobber the tribe with the bats.