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As we get closer to the final month of the season, there is plenty of news surrounding the Phillies. Here's a look at some of the news and notes from the Phillies and their minor league affiliates.
- Roy Oswalt will try to keep a successful month going when he takes the mound Friday against Florida at Citizens Bank Park. Oswalt is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA (six earned runs in 21 innings) in four starts in August, all since returning from a six-week stay on the disabled list with a back injury.
Oswalt threw eight shutout innings in the Phillies' 5-0 win over the Nationals last Saturday in Washington.
- Placido Polanco has helped the Phillies make up for the loss of Jimmy Rollins at the top of the lineup. Since returning from the disabled list on Monday, the same day Rollins was placed on the DL, Polanco has hit safely in three straight games. Polanco is 6-for-14 (.429) since his return, raising his average from .275 to .281. Polanco batted just .203 in his previous 35 games while dealing with back and abdominal injuries.
- John Mayberry Jr. went hitless Wednesday, marking the first time in seven starts that he failed to get a hit. Mayberry is hitting .326 (14-for-43) with six home runs and 15 RBI in 15 games this month.
- David Herndon has showed the talent the Phillies saw in him when they selected him from the Angels in the Rule 5 draft two winters ago. Herndon, who struggled with consistency while sticking on the major league roster in 2010, has blossomed into one of the team's most reliable relievers after a brief demotion to Class AAA in May.
Herndon pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday to extend his scoreless streak to 11 2/3 innings; he hasn't allowed a run since July 18. Since returning from Class AAA at the end of May, Herndon is 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 24 games. He's struck out 26 and walked three in 32 2/3 innings.
- Shane Victorino has hit safely in 12 straight games. During that two-week stretch, Victorino is batting .358 (19-for-53) with three home runs and 10 RBI. Earlier this season Victorino had a 15-game hitting streak (from April 26 to May 13), the longest of any Phillies player this season.
Minor League Notes