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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-08-09

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-08-09
--LHP Scott Eyre was driving from Chicago to his Bradenton, Fla., home when he got the call. He had been traded to the Phillies. Eyre joined the Phillies before Friday night's game against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. He will fill the team's season-long need for a second lefty reliever, joining J.C. Romero. "I'm happy. I'm very happy," Eyre said. "(Cubs GM) Jim Hendry told me he wasn't going to send me somewhere where pitching or playing didn't mean anything, and he stood to his word. He sent me to a contending team that's in first place, and I couldn't be more happy with the situation." Eyre was limited to 19 appearances for the Cubs because of two stints on the disabled list. But Eyre said both his elbow and groin are healthy, and he's ready to log innings for the Phillies.

--LHP J.A. Happ got the bad news after he arrived Friday at Citizens Bank Park. With the Phillies having traded for LH reliever Scott Eyre, Happ was being reassigned to Class AAA Lehigh Valley. "I'm hugely disappointed," Happ said. "I was hoping this would be the time to stick. They want to get me down and keep me starting, I guess." Happ had been in the Phillies' bullpen, but the organization believes his future is in the rotation. Happ allowed four runs in his only relief appearance earlier this week against the Marlins. There's a chance he will be recalled once rosters expand on Sept. 1. "I told him that he definitely has a future in our organization," manager Charlie Manuel said. "If he sees it from the aspect of what it really is, he's got to be encouraged. He's going to be fine. The biggest thing is to let him pitch every five days and get sharp."

--CF Shane Victorino thought the ball was going to drop. So, Victorino sped toward second base. But Pirates LF Brandon Moss made a diving catch to rob Chase Utley of a sure-fire RBI hit, got to his feet and doubled Victorino off second base, ending Friday night's game in the 12th inning. With the 2-0 loss to the Pirates, the Phillies extended their scoreless streak to 23 innings and saw their NL East lead shaved to one game over the New York Mets and 1 1/2 over the Florida Marlins. "It was like it was meant for us not to score," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Utley hit that last ball real good."

BY THE NUMBERS: 13 -- Consecutive games in which the Phillies hit a home run, through Aug. 5.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I knew we had an off-day (Monday), so I wanted to get some extra work in." -- Closer Brad Lidge, after working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam Sunday night to record his 28th save in as many chances.

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