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Phillies Breakfast Links, July 17, 2009: Raauuuullll, Forecasting Pedro, Minor Disappointments.

Phillies Notebook: Lopez feeling fit, eyes return to Phillies rotation
Rodrigo Lopez expects to make his next scheduled start. Will he then be supplanted in the rotation by Pedro, or... ???


Pedro’s New Digs | FanGraphs Baseball
Fangraphs takes a quick look at Pedro Martinez, and what we can expect from him this season.



Bill Conlin: Halladay trade talk has ripple effect

So what if Ruben shrewdly packages, say, J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek, just-promoted Michael Taylor, Antonio Bastardo and Anthony Gose and BlackBerrys the deal to Ricciardi? And the Blue Jays' lame-duck GM takes it and runs. What if . . . What if it turns out the Phillies were the only bidder?



Kendrick win has familiar ring to it
Kyle Kendrick pitched well for the IronPigs in a 5-4 win over Rochester, while new 'Pig Michael Taylor went hitless. WTF tuxedo jerseys?


R-Phils shoot blanks in first game minus big gun, fall to New Britain 5-2.
Questionable headline. And Yohan Flande struggled, too.


Braves beat Francoeur, Mets
It's to the point where I might start rooting for the Mets when they play our other NL East rivals.


Phillies' Ibanez a true success story
Seems like a great guy, and easy to root for. The home runs help quite a bit, too.


Phillies Notes: Phils' Hamels gets extra rest
Hope that helps.


Details of Dykstra marriage emerge from divorce papers

The divorce does not appear to be amicable. Terri Dykstra requested a restraining order after Lenny Dykstra sent her text and e-mail messages like this one from May 19: "PLAYING MR. NICE GUY IS OVER." Terri Dykstra said in her court filings that he also left her a voice mail in May stating: "From now on everything is going to be bad, the war is ready to begin and I play ... dirty!"