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Phillies Breakfast Links, August 21, 2009: Meet the (Semi-)Mets, Magic Crossover, Drabek Dominates


Phils don't plan on taking Mets lightly
Don't let them sneak up on you. They're still dangerous. Right?


Mets need no motivation vs. Phils
Hey, the Phillies miss Johan Santana this weekend. Good news!


Dwight Howard can dunk, but can he hit? 

Jameer Nelson brought some of his Orlando Magic teammates to take batting practice at Citizens Bank Park. I'm not much of a basketball fan, but the whole thing feels kinda dirty. Imagine the Flyers shooting freethrows at Madison Square Garden.


Drabek blanks Portland as Reading rolls to win
Domonic Brown also with two hits. They ought to be shutting Kyle Drabek down pretty soon (I guess the season ends in a couple weeks, barring the playoffs).


Phillies Notebook: Francisco has been versatile addition for Phillies
Anything that results in fewer at-bats for Eric Bruntlett is OK by me.


Blanton finally benefits from Phillies' offense
Facing the likes of Tim Lincecum will do that, but Joe Blanton since the end of May has been extraordinary, and is yet another reason you don't look at win-loss record when evaluating a pitcher.


Razing Arizona
Okay, I'm just going to say I'm pissed off that I didn't think of this headline.


Phillies' Myers strikes out three in long-awaited rehab stint
Nice addition to the bullpen, if he'll be ready.


Ibanez confident he'll regain stroke
Lost in the recent hot streak is Raul Ibanez's struggles. He basically carried the team in April, but a little something would be nice...


Pay for performance, not for potential
Horrendous (David, sorry this is a waste of your time!).