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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-27


Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-27
--SS Jimmy Rollins is still mired in a miserable offensive funk, so for the second consecutive Sunday, manager Charlie Manuel left him out of the lineup, even though the Phillies were facing a Florida Marlins pitcher (24-year-old lefty Graham Taylor) who was making his major-league debut. "He's not swinging good," Manuel said. "He doesn't have his timing." Rollins is batting .162 (11-for-68), the fifth-worst average in the majors and third-worst in the National League. Since his pinch-hit home run last Sunday, Rollins is 4-for-22 (.l82) with one RBI. Then, there's the matter of his .205 on-base percentage, especially alarming considering he is the Phillies' leadoff-hitting catalyst. The Phillies were 42-15 last year when Rollins scored a run. This season, he has scored only seven runs, and he hasn't stolen a base. "Sometimes you can know exactly what you're doing wrong, and it's still hard to correct," Manuel said. "It's hard to explain. It's a feel thing. It's comfort. It's hard to explain how you feel when you're not hitting or even when you are hitting." Manuel said Rollins probably will play tonight in the series-opener against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

--LHP Jamie Moyer didn't allow a home run Sunday. Neither did relievers Chad Durbin or J.A. Happ. Thus, the Phillies' streak of allowing home runs in every game this season came to a close. "Wooo-hooo!" Moyer said. "Now I'll sleep tonight." By allowing a home run in 16 consecutive games to open the season, Phillies pitchers set a major-league record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

--LHP Jamie Moyer earned his 249th career victory Sunday, tying him with Vic Willis for 44th on the all-time list. He also left an impression on Florida Marlins 24-year-old LHP Graham Taylor, who walked six, allowed four runs and threw 98 pitches in 3-2/3 innings Sunday in his major-league debut. "Jamie Moyer is the type of guy I look up to," Taylor said. "Hopefully that's someone I can develop into. I'm a little like him, a strike thrower, try to keep the ball down with movement. It was nice to go head-to-head against him and actually see him in person. Definitely I will learn from that."

BY THE NUMBERS: 40 -- Through Sunday, runs scored by the Phillies in the seventh inning or later, most in the majors.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We'll be all right. We're a team that hangs around and hangs around, and when it's time to kick it in gear, we do. That's what we've done the past two years. I'm not saying that's the right way to do it, but it's definitely an excuse for right now." -- RF Jayson Werth last week after the Phillies' record fell to 6-8


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 27, 2009

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