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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-25

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-25
--RHP Brett Myers allowed a three-run homer to Dan Uggla in the first inning Friday night. It marked the 15th straight game to start the season that the Phillies have surrendered at least one home run, a major-league record according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But Myers held the Florida Marlins scoreless for the next five innings and threw 119 pitches to assure the Phillies' bullpen wouldn't be overtaxed. "Myers battled," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Myers stayed in there. We got him to 120 pitches, and that was a big thing." Said Myers, "It was tough because my ball was moving all over the place. It was tough to control it. I had to back off some to try to throw strikes with it. It was just going everywhere. I don't know the reason why it was doing it. I don't know if it was me or the elements. I just tried to battle through it, just tried to throw strikes with it."

--LHP J.C. Romero had been brooding over his 50-game suspension when he got the tragic news two weeks ago from Los Angeles that promising Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart had been killed. "I was very mad until I saw Nick Adenhart passed away," said Romero, who pitched for the Angels in 2006 and met Adenhart in spring training. "Money comes and goes, but baseball's just a game. They can do whatever they want to do to suspend me, but that's nothing compared to the loss of life." Romero has been working out at the Phils' spring-training facility in Clearwater, Fla. But with the club back in Florida this weekend, he rejoined his teammates Friday at Dolphin Stadium. He received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, although he still maintains his innocence (he said he bought a legal over-the-counter supplement that he was advised wouldn't trigger a positive test). Barring additional rainouts, Romero can be activated before a June 2 game in San Diego. He is eligible to begin a minor-league rehab assignment 16 days before the suspension ends.

--RHP Brad Lidge was watching video of himself recently when he noticed a mechanical flaw in his delivery. Specifically, Lidge noticed that his back side was dropping lower than last season, when he went 41-for-41 in save opportunities and posted a 1.95 ERA. Lidge blew a save Saturday against the Padres, snapping his streak at 47 consecutive regular-season saves. Lidge made the mechanical adjustment during his 47-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, and he allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Brewers. "That little adjustment could mean a big difference," Lidge told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I stayed taller on my back side, and all of a sudden, my fastball went from being pretty much belt-high every time to being knee-high every time."

--CF Shane Victorino has won the 2009 Lou Gehrig Award, presented by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The award, given for Victorino's work to raise money for ALS, will be presented on July 4. Gehrig was a member of the fraternity's chapter at Columbia University.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Home runs allowed by RH closer Brad Lidge through April 19. Lidge allowed only two homers all of last season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Harry Kalas may have -- if you can look past Ben Franklin and William Penn -- been the greatest person ever to grace Philadelphia in the history of this city. As many lives as he affected over the time that he lived in Philadelphia and around this area, who would have had a bigger impact on the city? Who would?" -- Mike Schmidt.

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