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Some Phillies Links For You, May 16, 2011: Civil Rights Wrap-Up, Jarred Cosart Nearly Perfect, Mayberry Emerging

Civil Rights Game underscores baseball's growth
From John Finger at CSNPhilly, an interesting look at the impact of the cultural changes in the country and the game on personnel connected to the Phillies today. It's sobering to know that guys like Sarge, who aren't really THAT old, were victims of the vestiges of Jim Crow.

Victorino out out lineup and some other Phillies injury updates -

"[Chase Utley is] coming off ground zero," Amaro said. "He hasn’t had a major league at-bat yet. He didn’t have a spring training."

Smug-to-English translation: Utley to be activated on Wednesday.

Phillies minor-leaguer Tuffy Gosewisch stays focused on goal of making majors
I'd be lying if I said there wasn't part of me that wanted him to make it to the big team just because his name is so wonderful.

Chipper Jones has meniscus tear in right knee
It wouldn't be a real season yet if Chipper Jones didn't miss significant time with an injury.

Santana Scolds Georgia For New Immigration Law : NPR
And I, in turn, would like to scold him for legitimizing Rob Thomas.

Atlanta Braves fans celebrate Civil Rights Weekend by mindlessly doing their racist chant -

Our own FuquaManuel deconstructs Civil Rights Weekend in MLB over at his other online gig.



Utley's Rehab Assignment Delights Young Fans
More than a couple older fans, too. Is there anything sweeter than child autograph seekers, and creepier than grownup ones?

Give Mayberry Playing Time - Brotherly Glove
After his nice game on Sunday, the case for letting John Mayberry get more starts in the outfield.

Ex-Phillies third baseman Feliz hopes stint with Riversharks leads to big leagues
Happy Pete -- uncomfortably close!

Oswalt on track for Tuesday return
Can he swing a bat?

Lidge, Contreras on the road to recovery
Don't worry, Brad Lidge will be closing games soon enough! CRINGE.

Marlins sticking with Vazquez - Scoop Du Jour - Yahoo! Sports
Hard to imagine that this guy was one of the five best pitchers in baseball in 2009.

Cosart takes perfect game into seventh
Allowed one hit and one walk in seven innings, striking out eight. Looking good!

With Phillies, catching prospect Valle finds opportunity and a mentor in Ruiz
Sebastian Valle getting some attention from the regular press. Now everyone will be heartbroken when he's traded for Carlos Beltran.

2011 Prospect Watch |
I hadn't seen this before. Convenient tool to see how the best of the best on the Phillies farm are doing.

Phillies Edge Fisher Cats In Finale
Cody Overbeck keeps mashing.