A.J. Reversal

A.J. totally reversed his last start in beating the Nationals last night, 3-2. In his previous start, he began with eight straight pitches out of the strike zone. Last night, he retired the first eight batters, five on strikeouts.

It was his first win since July 11 when he beat the Nationals. Win last night ended a personal six-game losing streak. He finished with a season-high 12 strikeouts, two shy of his career best. From Elias Sports Bureau: Burnett is the first pitcher in major-league history to have a 12-strikeout game for five different teams.

He’s 11-5 in his career vs. Washington.

Number of the Day
99: Saves in his Phillies career for Pap

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 5-3, to Syracuse, getting 5 hits, one being the 15th HR for 3B Maikel Franco, 3rd HR in the last 4 games.

Reading was shutout, 3-0, at Portland, getting 7 hits, 6 being singles.

Clearwater was not scheduled.

Lakewood was not scheduled.

Williamsport lost, 3-0, at Batavia, getting 7 singles.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 7-1, to Yankees1 falling behind them by 2 games with 3 left on the schedule. CF Gustavo Martinez, 2 of Phillies 5 hits.

This Date
August 25, 2005
RF Bobby Abreu hits his third grand slam of the year — the sixth of his career — to help the Phillies beat Arizona 11-3. Three other Phillies hit at least three slams in a season, the previous being Gene Freese in 1959. (Courtesy broadandpattison.com).

Fun Facts
Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for another in the series of great moments in the history of Citizens Bank Park. Seasons 2010 and 2011 are included in this series.

Dragon Fever
The Taney Dragons, the first team from Philadelphia to reach the Little League World Series, will be honored pre-game Wednesday a Citizens Bank Park. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with the game to follow.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**This Thursday (August 28), Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

**Saturday, September 13, Barnes & Noble, 2300 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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