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Some Tuesday Phillies Links for You, September 6, 2011: Cupcake Joe - ACTIVATE!

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Phillies activate Blanton — sort of | Courier-Post | courierpostonline.com

Welcome back, Elbow Joe. And:

Amaro said he might wait until its postseason ends before calling anyone up.

UPDATE MANUEL | Philadelphia Daily News | 09/06/2011
Clearly (hopefully?) written before last night's game, this is kind of funny to read, until it takes a turn onto Pathetic Street (which as we all know is in the Metaphor Section of Philadelphia).

Phillies' Protest May Hinge on Use of Replay - NYTimes.com
MLB won't care because the umpires got the call right. You want the Phillies to go down to Florida one more time on principle? Slap yourselves and take the L.

Contenders:

Randy Wolf Shuts Down Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers Win 4-1 - Brew Crew Ball
Might as well start keeping tabs. The Brewers kinda scare the hell out of me (and have since April).

Diamondbacks 10, Rockies 7: Arizona Survives A Bloomquistitis Outbreak - AZ Snake Pit

These guys, not so much.

NL East:

Washington Nationals Hit Four HR's, Beat Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 In Nats Park. - Federal Baseball
Also, tonight is Orthodox Strasmas.

Marlins 9, Mets 3: This Was Not the Baseball Game You Were Looking For - Amazin' Avenue
The bottom of the division: Planting seeds for next year.

Minor League Pennant Fever:

When you get off the bus, rook, it's your job to go run this up the flagpole (after you jump):

Lehigh Valley IronPigs beat Syracuse to advance to Governors' Cup | lehighvalleylive.com
The IronPigs begin a best-of-five series against Pawtucket on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Park.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs unbeaten since arrival of new 'mascot' | lehighvalleylive.com
D-licious: Groove is in the pig.

G-Braves miss out on postseason | AccessNorthGa
It's not so much that the IronPigs got into the playoffs, but who got left outside looking in that counts.

R-Phils clinch spot in playoffs
Yay Reading! So today's trivia question is: when was the last time the Phillies AA and AAA affiliates appeared in the playoffs in the same year?