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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18
--INF Greg Dobbs insists he can hit left-handed pitching. And if he must, he may even be able to produce numbers to back his claim. "I think I hit better off lefties than against righties through the minor leagues," Dobbs said. "But (the Phillies) haven't seen it. The Seattle organization saw it. If I go print out my stats, that may be something I could do to say, let's look at this." But Dobbs, who set a single-season franchise record with 22 pinch-hits last season, has gotten only 52 career at-bats against lefties (compared to 720 at-bats against right-handers). He went 1-for-9 against lefties last season, and lately, manager Charlie Manuel has gone to great lengths to avoid having him face southpaws. When the Washington Nationals called on lefty reliever Mike Hinckley in the seventh inning Thursday night, Manuel replaced Dobbs, who already had been announced as a pinch-hitter, with Eric Bruntlett. He did the same thing last Sunday in Colorado when the Rockies brought in lefty Alan Embree. Manuel likes to play the percentages. And when a lefty reliever is on the mound, he would rather bring right-handed Bruntlett off the bench, even though Dobbs leads the majors with 34 pinch-hit RBIs over the past two seasons. Dobbs' pinch-single in the eighth inning was the 37th of his Phillies career, moving him into seventh place on the franchise list, tying him with Ruben Amaro Jr. and Dave Philley.

--CF Shane Victorino wanted to organize a fitting tribute to broadcaster Harry Kalas before Monday's game in Washington, and there was only one thing he could think of. So, Victorino organized several teammates, and they passed around a cigarette in the dugout. Kalas, who died Monday, was a longtime smoker, and the habit became part of his persona. "I asked for it and a couple of other guys thought it would be cool to do," said Victorino, who joined 1B Ryan Howard, LHP Scott Eyre and several other players in the tribute. "It was like, why not? So, we called who we could -- I forget who had 'em, but we got 'em. I just thought, what did you always see him doing, other than broadcasting or being with his family? It's an HK thing, you know? It's so sad, just sad."

--SS Jimmy Rollins, the longest-tenured member of the Phillies, spoke for his teammates on the day the team lost longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas, who collapsed in the broadcast booth a few hours before Monday's game and died at George Washington University Hospital at about 1:20 p.m.

"Harry was a joy," Rollins said. "You always looked forward, especially on travel days, to seeing Harry in the back of the airplane, knocked out, mouth wide open, drooling, waking up when we get there and saying, 'Oh, we're here already.' There was only one person who could sound that way all the time. When I first met him, I thought it was his TV voice and he put on a show. But that was HK. My entire career, that's short when you look at it in the life of HK and all the games he got to announce and all the games he saw. Not only that, he lent his voice to the NFL and even to Campbell's Soup commercials. You'd be like, 'Is that HK? Yeah, that's Harry.'"

BY THE NUMBERS: 9.62 -- ERA for Phillies starting pitchers through six games. Between them, RHP Brett Myers, LHP Jamie Moyer, RHP Joe Blanton, Hamels and RHP Chan Ho Park have allowed 31 earned runs and 11 home runs in 29 innings.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He has to pitch to get stronger. He has to get work in, and that's the only way he is going to get strong. It's just a matter of him getting work. The more work he gets, the better off he's going to be." -- Manager Charlie Manuel on LHP Cole Hamels' slow start.

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Added: April 18, 2009

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