Monthly Archives: July 2010

Flyers should be Leighton’s to protect

Michael Leighton. (Photo: Getty)

By CHRIS DiFRANCESCO
Staff Writer — cdifrancesco@highhopesblog.com
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It has always amazed me how quickly someone can be the toast of the Philadelphia sports scene, to the guy who hits the back-burner in a matter of seconds.

That basically sums up the summer for Flyers starting goaltender Michael Leighton.

The Flyers signed Leighton a tw0-year contract extension back on June 30th. Many believed that was the sign that Leighton would be given the starting job between the pipes. The job he earned.

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Roy oh Roy (and Cole)! Phillies land ace Roy Oswalt in Trade

By STEPHEN WILDMAN
Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com
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The Phillies hope that newly acquired Roy Oswalt will give them the boost they need to return to the postseason. (Photo: Getty)

The only thing that may be more exciting for Phillies fans than the team acquiring Roy Oswalt from the Astros is how many puns the Daily News will use now that they have two Roy’s in the rotation.

The Phillies swapped Oswalt for left-hander J.A. Happ and two prospects, outfielder Anthony Gose and shortstop Jonathan Villar.  General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was also able to finagle $11 million from Houston to pay for almost half of the $23 million Oswalt is owed for the remainder of this season and next season.

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Woody’s Golf Center: The end of an era

By PHIL ANDREWS
Senior Writer — pandrews@highhopesblog.com
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There is perhaps nothing worse than being the last to know.

At first, I was in total disbelief, and then over the next few moments my emotions ran the gamut, from disbelief to confusion to anger and of course denial.

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I need a Hero – Ryan Howard’s Blast propels Phillies to Sixth Straight Win

By STEPHEN WILDMAN
Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com
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Ryan Howard's sixth inning blast propelled the Phils to victory. (Photo: AP)

Tonight seemed like the perfect scenario for a reverse jinx going against the Phillies.  They had won five straight coming into the game, Cole Hamels had been pitching lights out as of late, the offense was beginning to click, and the Arizona Diamondbacks, who aren’t a good baseball team, are in town.

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Blame it on the Rain – Phillies rally 4-3 over Rockies

By STEPHEN WILDMAN
Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com
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As the rain clouds rolled in toward South Philly, it looked like an ominous sign for the Phillies and their mini winning streak of 3 games.  You could see the sense of urgency in the faces of the team and managers as they sat down 3-2 in an afternoon game as rain drops began to cascade down on the field, lightly at first but steadily increasing.  The fear was that the rain would force the umpiring crew to call the game, which would give the Rockies the win.  The game was delayed for 1 hour and 39 minutes going into the seventh inning, however, it would resume with one of the great comebacks so far this season for the Phils.

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It’s a Streak! Phil’s win over Rockies 6-0

By STEPHEN WILDMAN
Staff Writer — swildman@highhopesblog.com
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The Phils offense was rolling Friday night, as they defeated the Rockies 6-0. (Photo: Philly.com)

What do you get when you combine Roy Halladay, early 2009 version of Raul Ibanez, and Ross Gload?  You should get a win, which is exactly what the Phillies were able to pull off on a hot, steamy Friday night on Broad Street.  (OK, maybe Ross Gload doesn’t belong in the equation).

Halladay threw 8 solid innings, giving up five hits and walking one, while striking out nine on 116 pitches.  The 90 degree weather didn’t seem to slow Roy down in the 8th inning when he sprinted over to cover first base after a great diving grab by Ryan Howard.

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FIRED: Hitting coach Thompson scapegoated for Phils offensive woes

By SHAY RODDY
Managing Editor — sroddy@highhopesblog.com
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Milt Thompson has been fired as Phillies hitting coach.

It’s one of the oldest cliches in sports. “You can’t fire the players so you fire the coach.” In a season that has seen incredibly disappointing production from one of the highest paid and most talented offenses in baseball, management has decided they need to make a change.

Charlie Manuel announced, in a statement late Thursday night, that the Phillies have relieved hitting coach Milt Thompson of his duties and that he will be replaced by current Triple-A and former Phillies hitting coach Greg Gross. Thompson appears to be a scapegoat for poor production from the players who are handsomely paid to score runs.

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