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Cliff tossed his NL-leading fifth shutout and Hunter delivered three hits and two RBI Thursday night in SF, a 3-0 series opening win for the Phillies.

Voting for the Cy Young Award in the NL this fall will be a tough one.  Leading candidates have to be Doc, Cole and Cliff.  There’s never been a three-way tie.

Phillies are 51-15 when they score first . . . Saturday’s game will be on FOX.  Most of the country will see the Red Sox-Yankees game.  Surprise! . . . Ricky Jordan attended Thursday’s game.  He’ll be in Philly next weekend as part of Alumni Weekend that includes the unveiling of a Harry Kalas statue pre-game on Sunday . . . Alumni Luncheon for seniors on Thursday noon is sold out.

Down On The Farm
RHS Kevin Bass (6-8) gave up 2 runs in 7 innings as Lehigh Valley won, 5-3, at Durham . . . Reading and Harrisburg split 2-1 decisions, one of which was the conclusion of Wednesday’s 1-1 game suspended after 8 by rain . . . 1B Darin Ruf collected his 35th and 36th doubles in Clearwater’s 8-4 win over Tampa . . . Lakewood lost, 4-3, at Delmarva . . . LF Aaron Altherr homered for the third straight games (#5) as Williamsport was a 5-1 winner at Brooklyn . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 4-3, to the Blue Jays.

Alumni Views
What changes would you like to see in Major League Baseball is a question posed to Phillies Alumni.  From time to time, will be posting their responses.
Steve Bedrosian, (RHP, 1986-89)
“I’m old-fashioned and don’t like the DH. I like the fact pitchers have to hit.  Managers need to do more thinking without the DH.  Since the playoffs run longer every year and the World Series has spilled over to November, I don’t believe more wildcard teams should be added.  Instant replay as it stands is fine.”

Today In Baseball
1921: First radio broadcast featured the Phillies at the Pirates, Pittsburgh winning, 8-5.  Harold Arlin, a foreman at Westinghouse, broadcast the game on KDKA in Pittsburgh.  He was stationed in a box seat in the stands.

Phillies’ Cy Williams hit the first home run during a broadcast.  According to current Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes who wrote an article for the Baseball Hall of Fame, there was no recording of the first broadcast so we’ll never know how Arlin called the home run.

Hughes is the proprietor of “Baseball Voices, the Hall of Fame Series” featuring commemorative audio tributes to the game’s greatest announcers (

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