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Gameday: Phillies (49-56) vs Giants (46-58)

Philadelphia Phillies (49-56) vs San Francisco Giants (46-58)giants

John Lannan (2-4, 4.13 ERA) vs Barry Zito (4-7, 4.92 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 86, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies return home Tuesday after a 1-8 road trip to start a nine game homestand beginning with three against the defending world champion San Francisco Giants.

The Giants, much like the Phillies, have struggled of late. They are just 3-7 in their last ten games and are in last place in the N.L. West.

Tuesday’s opener will feature a pair of left-handers on the mound. John Lannan will get the baseball for the Phillies, coming off a poor start against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he lasted just four innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. Lannan had pitched well in his two starts prior to that game, however, having given up just one run in 16 innings before his poor outing last week.

He has fared well against San Francisco in his career, holding the Giants to just four runs in 20 2/3 innings (three career starts).

He will be opposed by veteran southpaw Barry Zito, who continues to have a Jekyll and Hyde season with the Giants. In the confines of AT&T Park, Zito has been lights out, pitching to 4-1 record and 2.45 ERA in 11 starts. On the road, he is a whole different story. Zito has started nine road games this year and is yet to win one. He is 0-6 and has allowed 40 earned runs in 38 1/3 innings (9.39 ERA) away from home this season.

Over the course of Zito’s career, several Phillies players have had success against him, most notably John Mayberry Jr., who is 3-for-8 with three homers, and Chase Utley, who is 7-for-20 with four extra base hits and three RBI.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, D. Young, Frandsen 1B, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Lannan P

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  1. Ken Bland

    July 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Young Would Consider Trade To Red Sox

    Gee, what a shock.

    Now would be a good time to point out that Amaro has a no trade clause in his contract which more than quite clearly is a comment on his rapid pace of deals this week, and wait to see which Tom. Dick or Harry points out that there isn’t any point to giving a GM a no trade clause in their deal because their job is to make trades. But alas, it’s not a good time. Mike Young going back to Texas has nominally more chance than Ellis Valentine batting behind Hawk Dawson in tongiiht’s Expos game. Young to Boston is entirely possible. So use of a sense of humor is ill advised. Well, if you give a flip about how you’re read. Rules somebody out, for certain.

    Yep, why would you trade for Cruz when he’s a free agent at year’s end. Good lord.

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Another must win for the Phillies.

    Brian Wilson to the Dodgers.

    How exciting.

    You know when I call him Dummy Amaro there is precedent in baseball.

    Ken bland know who I am talking about?

    • Ken Bland

      July 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      hold on, phone

  3. Ken Bland

    July 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    You know when I call him Dummy Amaro there is precedent in baseball.”

    That was an important message that will live in PN infamy that I gave you a reason why I couldn’t anser right away.

    So precedent…..good grief…I’m getting this gnawing feeling that I should know?

    You must mean by the name Dummy.

    I really don’t know.

    Elsewhere, I don’t know that there’s a right or wrong way to handle these deadline things, but it’s interesting that guys like Bud Norris and Jake (I think…or somebody) were scratched tonight, but the Phils are playing anbody who might be moved tonight. Just seems weird.

    Anyway, IU don’t know the precedence. Probably remember when you tell me. See the answer to the previous photo question? Had some fun with that. This one’s Felipe, case you wondered.

    They’re all must wins until the Mets are eliminated. That, I understand.

  4. Ken Bland

    July 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    • Bob in Bucks

      July 30, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Come on guys. It is obvious to most that he was forced by ownership into a Halladay or Lee decision. If not he would have been fired for trading Lee so fast.

  5. Brett

    July 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Young kalas is the Gregg Murphy of the rays…. Y haven’t we hired him yet?

    • Lefty

      July 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      He’s got the family voice, that’s for sure. Maybe he just likes living there.

  6. Lefty

    July 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Ken, pssst- I can think of two possibilities, he may be talking about the former GM of the Mets. Omarnay Inayamay. Or maybe it’s just Hoy. Tell him those were your ideas, he’ll never know.

  7. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Nice guess Ken and I enjoyed the link.

    Reminded me of Nixons I am not a crook speech.

    but you are wrong.

    Lefty is the winner winner chicken dinner.

    Dummy passed away in 1961 at the age of 99.

    He should be in the HOF especially now that they are only putting in 2 guys a year and they all played before 1935.

    Since he was cremated Dummy Amaro probably cant sign him long term.

  8. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Ken just spent 10 minutes looking for that thread and couldn’t remember where it is 🙁

    Since you remember everything.

    Wow now wheeler is doing a half inning on Dean Martin.

    I contemplated doing the Giants feed. Because those guys are so good.

    But since I am a Phillies fan I feel obligated to watch this feed.

    • Ken Bland

      July 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Pic was Cliff, maybe at his high school prom. Had a tux on.

      Didn’t Omar do a real good job with the Expos? Might be wrong.

      I think the Phils lost 5 in a row before winning one, then dropped the 23 in a row. Maybe not. Draw your own conclusions on the relevance of the mention.

      Best bet tomorrow to tie Joel Youngblood’s 2 city hit parade back in the day is if a Red is traded to the Yanks (or Dodgers, actually) after tomorrow’s Red Padre day game.

  9. c. schreiber

    July 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I really only want Amaro to do one thing and it will regain my faith in the Suits that are running my team. Release Minimart and McDonald!!!! When both of these no offense players were put on the 25 man roster it was clear to me we gave up. Their batting averages added together don’t even add up to the Mendoza line and Charlie has them pinch hitting. Jesus, you can’t tell me that players at AA or AAA can’t hit better than that.

    • wbramh

      July 31, 2013 at 1:58 am

      Here’s a thought. Release Mini-Mart and McDonald and sign Mario Mendoza.
      At 62 he might not have the same range that Mini and Mac have in the field but he’d probably still be an upgrade at bat.

  10. rob

    July 30, 2013 at 10:21 pm


    Watching this team tonight was fun. I think Young just telegraphed a trade this evening with his play. Utley will stay and JROLL, all I have to say after that beautiful fly ball to deeeeeep right field is WTF! This guy is pyscho, psycho pyscho. I watched as he hot dogged it to the dugout. He’s a F—-‘n scary dude. Never liked his hotdog attitude and still do not.

    hey, anybody remember Johnny Briggs? Busted his butt for years and gave it all – Hey, JRoll — look him up and gain some humility!

    • Ken Bland

      July 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I’ll concede to rremembering Patterson NJ’s Johnny Briggs if you concede to remembering Coston Shockley. Otherwise, never heard of him.

    • schmenkman

      July 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      I don’t remember Johnny Briggs as he was before my time, but I do have his baseball cards. To be honest I have no idea how a) Young telegraphed a trade, or b) what the entire Rollins section is supposed to mean.

  11. Ken Bland

    July 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Lidge stories oughta be plentiful the next couple days. One of his best was a Friday night in San Diego, bottom 12, and the guy let the wind blow him off the mound creating a balk, and I think setting up the winning run. There are a lot of positive stories to recall on Lidge, but let’s get real. The guy had stretches of incompetence where you wanted to kill him. Such was that Friday night in San Diego. And while that could happen to anybody, it ALWAYS happens to the guys you expect it to. Some guys just are born to be bloopers. Maybe a better example would be Chad Qualls who will get highlighted to death over tonight’s misstep.

  12. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I am tracking with Joel Youngblood.

    I remember they made a movie about him called Youngblood starring Rob Lowe.

    In a similar scenario. Bud Norris may be pitching vs the Astros as an oriole this week.

    You always post the best best pictures ken.

    Next time the Phils play the Indians I request Ray Fosse.

    Minaya was given a loaded farm system Montreal and parlayed it into some 83 win seasons. He made some all time horrible trades too.

    Like Cliff Lee Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore for Bartolo Colon.

    He is a historicly bad GM like DAJ.

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Ken if I lose my Phillies Mets better record bet I want you to pay half and Lefty the other half.

    Its you guys fault.

    • Lefty

      July 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      My check is in the mail. Just hold your breath a little while, it will be there soon.

  14. Drolz

    July 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Lefty and Andrew got my attention when they mentioned Dummy Hoy. Sorry to go way off topic, but thought you’d like to know there’s a local deaf kid who made a big push to get Hoy into the Hall of Fame (link posted below).

    Unfortunately Hoy didn’t even get nominated, and its my (admittedly biased) opinion that the HOF blew a great opportunity. A Hoy induction would have taken some of the sting out of the steroid era scandal as thousands of deaf people would have flocked to Cooperstown. It would have been a hell of a story. (Disclaimer: We’re not saying Hoy should get in just because he was deaf – he earned it on the field and had a huge impact on the game.)

    For those of you who’d like to know more about what happened at Cooperstown a few years ago, here’s the full scoop:

    Best regards,

  15. Ken Bland

    July 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    •The Red Sox are no longer pursuing Cliff Lee, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio

    So what? All that means is that Ruben can still make the trade, he just won’t get anything in return. Rube’s good at that.

  16. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 31, 2013 at 12:30 am

    @ Drotz

    Just looking at the numbers and the over coming the handicap.

    There are a bunch of other intangibles too.

    I was very shocked when I was looking at his baseball reference page that he is not already in the HOF.

    @ Lefty you sent the check when the Phillies are still ahead of the Mets?
    Oh yea of little faith.

    I always knew you were a closet Mets fan.

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