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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-08-29

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-08-29
--OF Matt Stairs, designated for assignment Thursday by the Blue Jays, reportedly will be dealt to the Phillies. In a move first reported by, Stairs would join Philadelphia to serve as a veteran left-handed pinch hitter and outfield reserve. He hit .250 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 105 games for Toronto this year.

--LHP Cole Hamels threw his fifth consecutive quality start, allowing one run in seven innings against the Cubs. But he didn't earn the victory, a familiar pattern for Hamels this season. In 19 quality starts (at least six innings, no more than three earned runs), Hamels has only nine victories. He also has four losses and six no-decisions. Manager Charlie Manuel said he considered leaving Hamels in the game with a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning. But Hamels had thrown 108 pitches, and Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee believed he was through. RHPs Ryan Madson and Chad Durbin combined to allow five runs in the eighth, turning a Hamels victory into a 6-4 Phillies loss. "He's had tough luck all year long," Manuel said. "Was I thinking about leaving him in? I thought about it. Where he was, he was spent. But when he leaves with a lead like that, I expect him to win it."

--LHP Scott Eyre spent the past 2 1/2 seasons with the Cubs. So Chase Utley sat next to him on the flight to Chicago and asked for advice about how to attack the Cubs' pitchers. Eyre wasn't much help. "Chase was like, 'How's (Ryan) Dempster going to try to strike me out?'" Eyre said. "I was like, 'He's probably going to get you to swing and miss three times.' I said, 'I really don't know, man. I didn't watch that closely. I was in the bullpen. I didn't pay that close attention.'"

Eyre signed a three-year, $11 million contract with the Cubs before the 2006 season, and he made 129 appearances over the past two seasons. But he was limited by two trips to the disabled list this season, causing manager Lou Piniella's confidence to wane. Three weeks ago, Eyre was designated for assignment by the Cubs and dealt to the Phillies. In 7 2/3 innings for the Phillies, he hasn't allowed a run. Opponents are batting .087 against him.

"The best thing was to get this opportunity," Eyre said. "(Cubs general manager) Jim Hendry didn't send me somewhere that doesn't mean anything. He sent me to a playoff contender, and I'll be forever grateful."

--2B Chase Utley reached base four times, going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. It was the eighth three-hit game of the season for Utley, who is batting .368 (14-for-38) in his last 10 games.

--C Carlos Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI. Ruiz extended his hitting streak to four games, going 4-for-15 (.267) with a walk, a homer, four runs scored and two RBIs during that span.

--RHP Andrew Carpenter's first major league call-up lasted one day. Carpenter, summoned to help the Phillies' exhausted bullpen, pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday night's 6-3 loss to the Mets. But Carpenter is a starting pitcher, so the Phillies sent him back to Class AA Reading and recalled LHP Fabio Castro before Thursday night's game. Castro, 23, was 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in three appearances (two starts) at Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Previously, he went 8-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 27 appearances (16 starts) with Reading. His biggest problem always has been control, and in 120 1/3 minor league innings, he has walked 52 batters. "He's throwing more strikes," said manager Charlie Manuel, who expects to use Castro as a long reliever.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1,342 -- Games played by RF Geoff Jenkins without appearing in a playoff game. The only active players who have played more games without reaching the postseason are the Mets' Damion Easley, the Giants' Randy Winn and the Mariners' Jose Vidro (assuming Vidro is picked up by another team after being released by the Mariners).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There are definitely guys who come back to the clubhouse and you see the expression on their face. It's like, 'Man, I've got to try to do something.' And they're halfway defeated before they even get up there." -- SS Jimmy Rollins, who has been critical of notoriously tough Phillies fans for not offering their unconditional positive reinforcement for the team.

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