$ Dogs Next

Keep the speedsters off the bases and run lefties in from the bullpen.

That’s the formula the Braves followed in taking two of three this past weekend.  J-Roll and Shane were a combined 1-27.  Baseball can be very humbling.  Shane is 0-13 since a 16-game hitting streak ended.  We all know when J-Roll and Shane get on base, positive things happen. Just have ride through this down spell.

O’Flaherty and Gonzalez are the two lefties in Atlanta’s pen.  They combined for five appearances, 4.1 scoreless innings.

The Dodgers, who finished an 8-3 homestand yesterday, start a three-game series tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park.  They have two left-handers in their pen, Leach, a rookie, and Ohman, a vet. 

Tomorrow night is dollar dog night.  59,702 hot dogs were consumed on the first such promotion this year.

Sellout Mania
Of the first 17 home dates, 12 have been sellouts.  That trend will continue with the next three games.

Weekend series with the Braves drew 135,994, marking the largest attendance for a regular- season, three-game series in the history of Citizens Bank Park. (previous high: 135,478; 4/18 – 4/20/08 vs NY Mets).

Giving to the Community
Today’s a day off as far as the schedule is concerned.  The organization, from the front office through the clubhouse, is dedicated to giving back to the community.  Today is a busy one:  

**Ryan Howard participated in “Baseball Design Across America”, a tour that stopped in Philadelphia this morning.  The event involves SUBWAY and Little League Baseball.  30 uniquely-designed baseballs created by Little Leaguers and signed by various celebrities such as Ryan will be available on an online auction.  Proceeds benefit Little League Baseball.

**Ruben Amaro Jr., Jamie Moyer, Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Larry Andersen and Bill Giles will participate in the Ashburn Foundation Night Dinner this evening at Morton’s restaurant. Theme is a tribute to Harry Kalas.

**Cole and Heidi Hamels are hosting their first annual Carnival to Benefit the Hamels Foundation at the Please Touch Museum.  The foundation raises funds for local schools in need and provides aid through education in Malawi, Africa.  Cole will be joined by some of his teammates who are doing a charity doubleheader, starting at the Ashburn event.

**Shane is being inducted into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott.  He will also help induct the Cradle of Liberty Council 2009 class of Eagle Scouts.

**Charlie Manuel is receiving the Chairman Award from the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce during the chamber’s annual Pinnacle Awards dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.

Later in the season, Rollins, Utley and Moyer will be hosting their own charity events.  On June 22, all the players will participate in the annual Phillies Phestival autograph and auction event for the benefit of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.


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