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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Jimmy Rollins
After two seasons with Jonathan Papelbon as their closer, the Philadelphia Phillies are trying to trade him.
"He's playing unbelievable," said Washington shortstop Ian Desmond. "This is the Jayson I remember playing against in Philadelphia."
Desmond was an All-Star in 2012, but an oblique injury kept him from taking part in the game. His case to be one this season is strong, and made stronger by injuries to fellow shortstops Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies (rib) and Everth Cabrera of the Padres (hamstring).
There's one certainty in the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup: Ryan Howard will bat cleanup as usual.
Carlos Gomez ran after balls hit into the outfield and zipped from base to base with the same intensity, his big new contract apparently not affecting his style of play.
The U.S. (1-1) meets Canada (1-1) in the final game of Pool D play on Sunday with the winner advancing to the second round.
The Mexicans pulled it off with a nearly flawless game, getting good pitching, solid defense and some timely hits in front of a boisterous, pro-Mexican crowd of 44,256 at Chase Field.
Jayson Werth didn't see this success as a leadoff hitter coming. How could he? With the Philadelphia Phillies his job was at the other end of the spectrum.
Since when did the signatures of today's celebrity athletes become worse than your local physician's scrawl on a prescription slip?
Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins apologized to manager Charlie Manuel and returned to the lineup Friday night, a day after the former NL MVP was benched in the middle of a game for failing to hustle.
Cliff Lee tossed seven sharp innings to earn his first home win in nearly a year and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep against the major league-leading Washington Nationals with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.
A group of Ugandan youngsters will become the first African team to play in the Little League Baseball World Series when it takes the field against Panama on Friday.
Ryan Zimmerman strode to the plate to an ovation louder than any other heard at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.
These are the nights Stephen Strasburg will probably most like to forget. Over the course of what's expected to be an illustrious career filled with jaw-dropping highlights, these won't be the games the Washington Nationals' ace looks back at to remember.
The kind of magic that fans in Washington hope will fill Nationals Park this fall is something those in Philadelphia are used to at Citizens Bank Park. From a magical run in 2007 through a 102-win campaign in 2011, the Phillies set the standard.
"It looks like the guy that was here for a number of years, a big part of our run," said Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who remains close friends with Werth.
"When he played, being a middle infielder and the captain of the team, he (was) already a manager," shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "He (was) a manager on the field, game situations."