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Posts Tagged ‘Roy Halladay.’

With starting rotation hurting, Phillies take chance on volatile Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano with Cubs (photo by Jauerback via wikipedia commons)

The Philadelphia Phillies are one Major League Baseball team that needs a spark in their starting pitching rotation.

With Roy Hallday being out after surgery for bone spurs and fraying of his labrum, and rotator cuff and Cole Hamels struggling, the Phillies picked up a veteran hurler.

The team has signed three-time All-Star pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a minor-league contract. He’ll report to Clearwater, Florida immediately to get into game shape.

Zambrano can be very volatile towards teammates, managers and umpires but one thing that sticks out about him, he is a winner with 132 victories and a no-hitter in 12 MLB seasons.

NL DIVISIONAL SERIES: Cardinals knock off favored Phillies; moves to NLCS

 

Chris Carpenter (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Every year in the postseason, the Philadelphia Phillies are always the favored team to win the National League pennant due to their pitching staff of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels.

But for the second straight year, an underdog team has beaten the Phillies.

This time it was the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis ace pitcher Chris Carpenter tossed a three-hitter to outpitch his old buddy from the Toronto Blue Jays organization Roy Halladay in a duel, and the Cards edged the Phils 1-0 in the deciding Game 5 of the National League playoff series.

The wild-card champion Cardinals scored in the first inning when Rafael Furcal led off with a triple and Skip Shumaker followed with a double. And that was the game.

Phillies slugging first baseman Ryan Howard hurt his leg coming out of the batter’s box as he grounded out to end the game.

Info compiled from St. Louis Cardinals & MLB news

Two wins in a row for National League; Fielder, pitching stars

 

(courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks & MLBpressbox.com)

The National League, the past two All-Star Games, have show the same formula it displayed in the 1970′s and 80′s, pitching, speed, defense and power-hitting.

Prince Fielder supplied the power with a three-run homer, Roy Halladay and the relief corp shut the AL on a six-hitter to lead the National League to a 5-1 win at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is the first two-game winning streak by the National League since the mid-1990′s. The National League’s best run since taking three in a row from 1994-96. They had lost 12 straight games before winning 3-1 at Anaheim in 2010.

The senior circuit claimed home-field advantage in the World Series.

Adrian Gonzalez supplied the only A.L. run with a homer off of Cliff Lee to give the American League a 1-0 lead that didn’t last long.

The home runs by Fielder and Gonzalez were the first in the All-Star Game since 2008 when J.D. Drew belted one at Yankee Stadium.

Tyler Clippard earned the win despite giving up a single to the only batter he faced, Adrian Beltre, which got Jose Bautista thrown out at the plate. He was followed by Clayton Kershaw, Jair Jurrgens, Craig Kimbrall, Jonny Venters, Heath Bell, Joel Hanrahan and Brian Wilson who turned out the lights on the junior circuit.

Texas’ lefty C.J. Wilson, who gave up the home run to Fielder, which bounced off the yellow line in left-center field and out of the park, was the loser.

Fielder, who always seems to have a frown on his face, was all smiles during the game. He won the MVP award after becoming the first Brewers player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game.

With players on both sides dropping out due to various injuries, the total was 16.

 

compiled from MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks & Milwaukee Brewers news

 

Halladay returns to Toronto; receives cheers from grateful fans

 

Roy Halladay (file photo)

For 12 seasons, the fans of the Toronto Blue Jays knew and expected Roy Halladay to win everytime he took the mound or at least give the team a chance to win.

Those fans saw him as a 21-year-old turn into a Cy Young Award-winning All-Star pitcher.

Halladay returned to Toronto on Saturday and pitched another solid game at the Rogers Centre, a complete-game 5-3 with his new team, the Philadelphia Phillies.

The fans stood for almost three minutes and cheered while he threw warmup pitches and Halladay said he’ll never forget that gesture.

The Phillies usually win whenever Halladay takes the mound. They have not lost a game he has started since May 15, where his record is 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA.

 

Info compiled from Philadelphia Phillies & Toronto Blue Jays news

Cliff Lee pulls a surprise; chooses to rejoin Philadelphia Phillies

Cliff Lee (file photo)

Eveybody in Major League Baseball knows that the Philadelphia Phillies have the best starting pitching around with Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.

Well, it just got even better with the return of Cliff Lee.

The Phillies now have four, number 1 pitchers and aces. Most teams don’t even have one ace.

The left-handed Lee turned down more-lucrative contract offers from the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers to return to Philadelphia, the team that traded him during this past off-season.

Lee’s new contract will pay him $120 million for five years. The 32-year-old has a buyout for 2016 in the deal.

Lee never wanted to leave Philadelphia and was very upset when he was traded to Seattle last December the same day Roy Halladay was traded to Philadelphia from Toronto.

compiled from staff, MLB & Philadelphia Phillies news

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