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Phillies Breakfast Links, July 27, 2009: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Pedro Martinez in the Rain

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Phillies also have an eye on Indians’ Cliff Lee

I could live with this.

The trade talk gets serious

Note that both Washburn and Lee are lefthanders, which would give the Phillies a decidedly lopsided rotation. But both are good pitchers and both can be had.

Ugh, I don't want to make a trade unless it represents a major upgrade; Cliff Lee yes, Jarrod Washburn no.

Baseball Daily Dose: Bedard Hits the DL Again
Well, there goes that option.

Roy Halladay saga: All talk, still no action
I do feel bad for the guy; I remember when our star players had to go through this process.

crashburnalley.com - I Do Not Like Julio Lugo
Neither do I.

Minor Leagues: Flande, Reading blank Bowie

Yohan Flande struck out seven in six innings while allowing just four hits to earn his first double-A victory as the Reading Phillies shut out the Bowie Baysox, 2-0, in the Eastern League last night.

Pedro Martinez has rain-shortened start with Phillies' minor leaguers

But if there was any disappointment that his first game appearance since Sept. 25 of last year, excluding his stint in the World Baseball Classic this spring, was abruptly cut short after 1 1/3 innings by a heavy downpour, he didn't show it. "You want me to sing a song? Blame it on the rain . . . " he warbled. "I'm satisfied. I'm not going to go against Mother Nature.  You want me to sing a song? Blame it on the rain . . . " he warbled. "I'm satisfied. I'm not going to go against Mother Nature."

Again: I friggin' love this guy. 

Red-hot Victorino helps set table for teammates
Yes, he's "peaking,", but he's awfully damn good right now.

Blanton, below-the-radar trade pickup of a year ago, continues to prosper for Phillies
Another guy who's peaking, but it's not like he never had the talent. He was a first-round pick.