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2011 Gameday

Gameday: Reds (25-22) at Phillies (28-18)

Cincinnati Reds (25-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-18)

Bronson Arroyo (3-4, 4.11 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92 ERA)

Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 74
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So I read something over Twitter today that had that disturbing juxtaposition of “Joe Blanton” and “Dr. James Andrews.” I also read something on Twitter this afternoon about the Reds sending Edinson Volquez–the former 17-game winner who started Game 1 of last year’s NLDS–to AAA Louisville.

I don’t care. Because Jesus may not have come back, contrary to predictions…

BUT CHASE UTLEY HAS!Ladies and gentlemen, it’s with great pleasure that I give you, for the first time this year and after a nine-game engagement in Florida, Chase Utley! Oh, boy, let’s say that again. Chase Utley. Chase Utley. Chase Utley. Utley. Utley. Utleyutleyutleyutley…Oh, boy.

Anyway, that guy will hit second tonight against Bronson Arroyo and Dusty Baker’s Flying Circus, and while the impact of the best second base bat in the game might not present itself in full effect this evening, boy does it feel good to have Utley back in the lineup.


Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Polanco 3B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Brown RF, Mayberry CF Hamels P.

Your Gameday Beer– Unibroue La Fin du Monde

The world was supposed to end on Saturday, as I’ve said, so let’s celebrate that it didn’t by ripping into a glass of La Fin du Monde (literally French for “The end of the world”), this French-Canadian take on a high-gravity Belgian witbier is, for my money, the tastiest beer currently in existence on Earth. That’s not an exaggeration; if you drink any other beer tonight there had better be a good reason.-by Michael


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