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Werth Is an All-Star


werth 071009.jpgCharlie Manuel
has picked Jayson Werth to replace Carlos Beltran on the National League All-Star team.

Wow.

I wrote last night that Werth deserved serious consideration for the spot, but I never thought it would happen. From what I understood, Manuel and the league would pick Beltran’s replacement. While Werth is hitting .268 with 20 homers, 54 RBIs and 12 stolen bases, I thought the league would steer Manuel in a different direction because the Phillies already have outfielders Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino on the NL roster. I figured Beltran’s replacement would come from a trio of Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (.328, 13 homers, 48 RBIs), Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (.319, 10, 46, 19 stolen bases) and Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds (.262, 24, 62, 15 stolen bases).

Manuel had more pull than I thought.

The Phillies are sending five players to the All-Star Game: Ibanez, Victorino, Werth, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. The last time the Phillies sent five players to the All-Star Game was 1995, when they sent Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, Tyler Green, Mickey Morandini and Heathcliff Slocumb. They also sent five players in 1976, 1979 and 1981.

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The last time a team sent three outfielders to the All-Star Game? The 1995 Cleveland Indians, who sent Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton and Manny Ramirez.

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Victorino Makes His Case

victorino 0708.jpgShane Victorino has been knocking on doors (literally) and kissing babies (not literally) since he became one of five Final Vote candidates for the final roster spot on the National League all-star team.

Fans can vote at MLB.com until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Here is my bold prediction: Cristian Guzman will not win.

The race is between Victorino and Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. They apparently have exchanged leads a couple times the past few days.

UPDATE (11:30 a.m.): Victorino leads Sandoval with a little more than four hours to go.

But Victorino made a strong case for himself with a game winning hit in the ninth inning tonight against the Reds.

“Is this meant to happen?” Victorino said.

We’ll find out Thursday. But even if he loses to Sandoval, he has a good chance at making the team.

Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran will not play in the All-Star Game because of an injury. If Beltran had earned a roster spot via the player vote, Manuel would have had to take the next highest finisher on the player ballot to replace him. But because fans elected Beltran as a starter, a MLB spokesman said Wednesday that Manuel does not have to pick from the player ballots to find a replacement. That would improve Victorino’s chances.

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Victorino Still Trails, Ibanez Back By Friday


victorino grammys.jpgShane Victorino
and Pablo Sandoval are in a close race for the final roster spot on the Naitonal League All-Star team.

MLB.com said in a news release that just two percentage points separates Victorino and Sandoval. Victorino apparently took the lead again last night, but lost the lead again this afternoon.

Voting runs through 4 p.m. tomorrow.

The Tigers and Phillies have teamed up to get Victorino and Brandon Inge selected, which could be a good thing for the Phillies because Inge just pulled into the lead in the American League’s Final Vote.

Even if Victorino doesn’t win the Final Vote, he has a good chance at making the team. Carlos Beltran officially is off the roster because of an injury. Fans voted Beltran as a starter, which is important. If Beltran had made the team on the player ballot, Manuel would have to choose the next highest player on the player ballot. But because Beltran won the fan vote, it is believed he can choose whomever he wishes.

We’ll see.

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Charlie Manuel said on a conference call earlier today that Raul Ibanez could play Friday night against the Pirates. Ibanez will workout with the Phillies today and play tomorrow for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which would be his final rehab appearance.

Assuming things go well for Ibanez over the weekend against the Pirates, he likely would play in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in St. Louis.

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Victorino Is Still in 2nd Place

victorino trophy.jpgMLB.com announced its latest results for the Final Vote for the final roster spot on the National League All-Star team.

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval still leads Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino. According to the release, Victorino took the lead last night, but Sandoval recaptured the lead today.

Fans can continue to vote until 4 p.m. Thursday.

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Double-A left-hander Joe Savery earned Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors after he went 5-0 in June.

Single-A Clearwater outfielder Steve Susdorf, who began last month with Single-A Lakewood, earned Player of the Month honors after he hit .390 in 25 games.

Savery had a 1.76 ERA in six starts.  In 30 2/3 innings, he held opponents to a .173 batting average. He allowed 18 and 11 walks and struck out 21.

Susdorf was a 19th round pick last year out of Fresno State.

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Holy Beat Down!

werth 070609.jpgWell, well, well …

Some pretty crazy things happened tonight in a 22-1 victory over the Reds:

- The Phillies tied a franchise record scoring 10 runs in the first inning. It was the fourth 10-run first inning in team history and the first since June 2, 2002, against the Montreal Expos. Boy, do I miss Montreal. While I certainly enjoy the convenience of taking the train to D.C. for a Phillies-Nationals series, Montreal is a great, great city. Nothing beat a Ben’s smoked meat sandwich.

- ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted that this was first time since 1894 the Phillies won a game by 20-plus runs. They won a 29-4 game against those pesky Louisville Colonels on Aug. 17, 1894, and a 24-0 game against those high falutin’ Indianapolis Hoosiers on June 28, 1887.

I’ll bet ya Big Ed Delahanty, Sliding Billy Hamilton and Sam Thompson had a heck of a game for those ’94 Phillies. Run like the wind they could! And hit, boy, could them young fellas hit! My great, great grandfather said Big Ed once knocked the cover clean off the ball! Must have been that magic tonic!

Here is some footage of old-time baseball.

- The Phillies set a season-high with 21 hits.

- They set a season-high with 22 runs, the most they have scored in a game since they scored 26 on June 11, 1985 against the Mets at Veterans Stadium. Von Hayes hit two home runs in the first inning: a leadoff homer and a grand slam. Larry Andersen threw a scoreless ninth.

- Shane Victorino, who is trailing Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the NL All-Star team’s Final Vote, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored.

- It was the worst loss in the Reds’ 140-year history.

“That’s the worst beating I can remember on a baseball field,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “There’s not a whole bunch to say. We just got slaughtered.”

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Victorino Is In Second Place In Final Vote


victorino 060307.jpgThis is a surprise.

Shane Victorino is trailing San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the National League’s Final Vote for the final NL All-Star roster spot. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds and Washington’s Cristian Guzman trail Sandoval and Victorino.

I said last night that I thought it would be a two-horse race between Victorino and Kemp because Reynolds and Guzman won’t have the fan support and because Sandoval might not have enough name recognition outside the NL West.

So, naturally, Sandoval leads.

Fans can vote until 4 p.m. ET Thursday at MLB.com. Updates are expected daily.

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Raul Ibanez went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored in a rehab appearance for Double-A Reading. He made only one play in left field, but came out of the day OK. Reading hits the road tomorrow, which means Ibanez could continue his rehab assignment tomorrow with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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The Phillies have optioned left-hander Jack Taschner to Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies designated him for assignment Friday. They explored opportunities for him to pitch elsewhere in the Majors, but once they could not find one they optioned him instead. The Phillies could have outrighted him to the Minors, but because he has more than three years of service time that would have meant taking him off the 40-man roster. If they had done that, Taschner could have declared for free agency.

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Your Phillies All-Stars Are …



howard 0609.jpgChase Utley
and Raul Ibanez officially have been named starters for the National League All-Star team.

This is Utley’s fourth consecutive All-Star appearance.

This is Ibanez’s first.

Still waiting on the reserves.

Update: Ryan Howard has been named a reserve. Charlie Manuel is bringing four first basemen to St. Louis: Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Adrian Gonzalez and Howard.

Shane Victorino has been named to the Final Vote ballot, which means he can make the NL All-Star team.

His challengers are Nationals shortstop Cristian Guzman, Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds, Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

In my opinion, it’s a two-man race between Victorino and Kemp. I just don’t see the fan support there for Guzman, Reynolds or Sandoval.

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