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Consistent Cole

After scoring four total runs on seven total hits in two losses in San Diego, the offense was in low gear as the Padres’ Stultz retired 12 in a row through four innings last night. It all pointed to another offensive struggle with Hamels pitching.

Then, came the fifth inning when the Phillies scored four runs on five hits. In the end, Hamels improved his record against the Padres to 9-2. Since the All-Star Game break, he’s 6-2. And, he’s gone 21 straight starts allowing three or fewer runs. That spells consistency.
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Number of the Day
12: Intentional walks for Utley, tops on the club.

What If Replay
Paul Hagen’s written an interesting story on phillies.com relating to the Phillies Black Friday NLCS loss to the Dodgers in 1977. If replay was in effect, would Phillies history have been changed? Check it out.

Odd Fact
The Philadelphia A’s played their last game in Philly on September 19, 1954. Two months later, the franchise was sold and moved to Kansas City.

Sixty years later, tomorrow, September 19, the Phillies are playing the A’s in Oakland.

Paul Hagen will have a feature about the A’s last game tomorrow on phillies.com. Check it out.

This Date
September 18, 1903, 2nd game
RHP Chick Fraser throws the Phillies first no-hitter of the century, 10-0, at Chicago. For loser RHP George (Peaches) Graham, it is his only big league appearance.

September 18, 1952
RHP Robin Roberts defeats the New York Giants, 7-4, at the Polo Grounds improving his record to 28-7, most victories in the majors since 1935. “Robbie” led the NL in complete games (30) and innings pitched (330), but finished second in the MVP voting to OF Hank Sauer, 37 homers, 121 RBI for the fifth-place Chicago Cubs, who finished 10 games behind the Phillies.

September 18, 1963
LHP Chris Short (8-11) wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game. New York Giants RF Jim Hickman hits the last home run. Attendance is 1,752.

September 18, 1971
RHP Rick Wise sets a club record by retiring 32 consecutive batters in a 4-3, 12-inning complete game win over Chicago at the Vet. Wise wins own game with a single. His line: 12 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.
(Visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a story about this game and two other gems by Rick in 1971).

September 18, 1993
2B Mariano Duncan belts his second grand slam homer of the season as the Phillies clinch the NL East crown with a 10-7 victory at Pittsburgh. Slam is the Phillies eighth, a new club record for a single season.

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

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

Thanks
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Appreciate your support.

Another SD Loss

A five-hit offense, a walk that led to a decisive three-run sixth inning. That’s the story of A. J.’s 17th loss last night in San Diego, where the Phillies normally do very well. Instead, they have lost two in a row with two left in this series.

Burnett will have two more starts which means he can avoid losing 20 games. That was last accomplished for the Phillies by Steve Carlton in 1973.

Homers by Brown and Galvis had staked the Phillies to a 3-2 lead until that fateful sixth. Ruf’s two-out, pinch-hit single produced a ninth inning run. For the Padres, they are not 30-19 in one-run games and 42-31 at home. For the season, they’ve won 70 games, one more than the Phillies.

Number of the Day
3 Homers Galvis has among his 11 hits this season.

Opposites on 1-0 Games
The Padres beat the Phillies, 1-0, on Monday night in 2 hours, 9 minutes, before 17,558 fans in San Diego.

On the west coast of Florida, the Rays beat the Yankees by the same score in 3 hours, 28 minutes, the longest 1-0 game in MLB history. Attendance was 16,058.

This Date
September 17, 1900
Cincinnati SS Tommy Corcoran, coaching at third in a game at Philadelphia, uncovers a wire in the coaching box that leads across the outfield to the Phillies clubhouse, where reserve catcher Morgan Murphy reads the opposing catcher’s signs and relays them to the Phillies coach by using a buzzer hidden in the dirt.

September 17, 2001
Baseball returns after the September 11 terrorist attacks. 3B Scott Rolen rips two home runs to lead the Phillies past Atlanta, 5-2. Rolen becomes just the fifth player to hit two home runs in a game off RHP Greg Maddux.

September 17, 2011
Phillies beat St. Louis Cardinals, 9-2, at Citizens Bank Park and wrap up Eastern
Division championship for fifth straight year, their 11th Eastern Division championship overall.

Best Wishes
For a speedy recovery for former Phillies reliever and broadcaster, Kent Tekulve, who underwent a heart transplant on September 5. “Teke” is one of the all-time good guys.

A few years ago in quizzing the Alumni about their hobbies, he responded: “playing golf, bowling and harassing Chris Wheeler.”

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

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

2007: Ryan Howard fanned twice against the New York Mets, giving him 184 strikeouts for the season, a new team record. The previous mark was held by Jim Thome, who struck out 182 times in 2003.

2-hit Blanking

Williams was outstanding, but his opponent, Cashner, was more outstanding. An unearned run in the second inning pinned the loss on Williams, who retired the next 16 batters after that inning and allowed only three hits.

Pounding the strike zone, Cashner allowed a fifth inning bunt base hit to Brown and an eight-inning single up the middle by Byrd in pitching his second complete shutout of the season. The other was a one-hitter against the Tigers in April. Of Cashner’s 92 pitches, only 24 were out of the strike zone.

The Padres have allowed 480 runs, second fewest in the NL. They’ve scored 482, fewest.

The loss ended the Phillies five-game winning streak over San Diego, dating back to last season.

It was the third 1-0 shutout in the majors Monday.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Over a span of 15 regular seasons, from 1999 to 2013, the only pitcher to throw a shutout in a 1-0 victory against the Phillies was R. A. Dickey in 2010, but now Cashner and Julio Teheran (on April 16) have done so this year.

Number of the Day
14 Times the Phillies have been shut out this season.

This Date
September 16, 1967
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Rick Joseph hits a one-out, walk-off grand slam to give the Phillies a 8-4 win over Los Angeles. It’s the only pinch-hit, extra-inning grand slam in team history.

September 16, 1997
RHP Curt Schilling fans nine in beating the Mets to become the first Phillies pitcher with 300 strikeouts in season and the 13th in baseball history.

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

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

Weekend Tidbits

Nothing was more certain than Pap getting the ball with a three-run lead and a Phillies sweep of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. In his career against the Marlins he was a perfect 18-for-18 in saves and had allowed three earned runs in 27 total innings. In saving Friday and Saturday’s wins, he had thrown only 18 total pitches.

Then, the unexpected happened. He blew the save and the sweep by allowing four runs. The winning run came on a wild pitch. His pitch count: 38, the most in four years. Going into that inning the Marlins had scored a total of three runs in 26 innings.

The Phillies had runners on first and second with no out in their ninth but the next three hitters struck out, two looking.

Eight times the Phillies have had a walk-off win, five coming on a home run. Friday night Asche got the first one of his career. It came in the 10th inning.

N.D. Hamels didn’t get the win as once again the offense didn’t get him any runs. His ERA since June 1: 1.89. For the season, he’s 8-7 with 14 no decisions, thus the initials N.D.

Three of the Phillies first four batters got hits on Saturday night, resulting in two runs. They had one hit the rest of the way but thanks to KK, Diekman, Giles and Pap, the Phillies hung on for a 2-1 win.

Byrd drove in the decisive run in that first inning and gunned down the tying run at the plate in the seventh, an inning in which the Marlins had three hits but didn’t score.

Two-out, eighth-inning walk by Giles ended a streak in which he had retired 25 straight batters. He hasn’t allowed a hit since August 27.

Who Am I?
Owner of a 73-67 record in eight Phillies seasons . . . Won 10 or more games five times . . . Durable . . . Been on the disabled list once . . . Currently leads the staff with nine wins.

Answer at bottom of this blog.

Numbers of the Day
20-4 Phillies record in games in which Giles and Pap pitch.

NL Batting Race
Josh Harrison (.317)
Justin Morneau (.315)
Buster Posey (.311)
Andrew McCutchen (.310)
Ben Revere (.309)

This Date
September 15, 1950
Jim Konstanty pitches 10 innings of relief in a 19-inning, 8-7 victory over Cincinnati, second game of a Friday DH. The game is the longest in Shibe Park history. Konstanty’s line: 10 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 5 SO. Two days later Konstanty recorded his 22nd save with one scoreless inning. Del Ennis also sets a record with 10 at-bats, most by a Phillie in an extra-inning game. Phillies had 23 hits and left 23 on base.

September 15, 1984
2B Juan Samuel breaks the club record with his 18th triple in a 4-3 loss to Montreal at the Vet. RF Elmer Flick set the record in 1901. Samuel finishes the season with 19 triples, a club rookie record.

September 15, 1989
Von Hayes becomes the first player to hit two homers into the upper deck in right field at the Vet in a single game.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: RHP Paul Abbott (47), RHP Frank Linzy (74) . . . Tuesday: SS Desi Relaford (41), C Mark Parent (53) . . . Wednesday: 3B Jim Woods (75), SS-CH Bobby Wine (76)
Thursday: INF Ryne Sandberg (55), RHP Roger Mason (57), C Don McCormack (59), RHP Billy Champion (67) . . . Friday: 2B Joe Morgan (71) . . . Saturday: OF Dave Gallagher (54) . . . Sunday: RHP Danny Cox (55).

Condolences
From the Phillies organization to Joe Torre and his family on the passing of his older brother, Frank, on Saturday. He was 82. Mr. Torre played for the Phillies in 1962-63.

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

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

Whom Am I Answer: Kyle Kendrick, the much maligned right-hander.

No More Pirates

Liriano dominated the Phillies last night as the Pirates finished off their season dominance of their Eastern Pennsylvania rivals.

The lefty fanned 12 in eight shutout innings as the Pirates ended with a 6-1 season record over the Phillies, out-scoring them 32-17. In losing the last two nights, the Phillies had 10 singles and one double.

It is the first time in the rivalry that dates back to 1887 that the Phillies won only one game.

Burnett lost his 16th game. Since July 18 he is 2-8. His run support is 2.07 per nine innings, third lowest in baseball, in those 10 decisions.

Number of the Day
2.03 Phillies bullpen ERA since August 5, lowest in the majors.

NL Batting Race
Justin Morneau (.317)
Josh Harrison (.314)
Andrew McCutchen (.310)
Buster Posey (.309)
Ben Revere (.308)

Road Trip
Phillies board a Delta charter Sunday night for a 10-game, coast-to-coast road trip, their final trip of the season.

It all starts Monday with four night games in San Diego, then up the California coast for three next weekend with the Oakland A’s and then the last road games, September 23-24-25, on the east coast in Miami.

2015 Schedule Note
Phillies will play the American League East in interleague play next year, some games on the road, some at home.

Phillies have played all five in a World Series at some point: Boston Red Sox (1915), New York Yankees (1950 and 2009), Baltimore Orioles (1983), Toronto Blue Jays (1993) and Tampa Bay Rays (2008).

Good News
Curt Schilling has returned to ESPN TV after bout with mouth cancer.

This Date
September 12, 1972
3B Mike Schmidt makes his big league debut, taking over for Don Money in the third inning during a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets at the Vet. Schmidt singles in the ninth inning for his first hit. Four days later, he hits his first home run against Montreal LHP Balor Moore.

September 14, 1984
LHP Steve Carlton wins his 235th game, 9-5 over Montreal at the Vet, to break the club record held by Robin Roberts.

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

**Tomorrow (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.

Bucs Overtake Phils

The Pirates continued their dominance over the Phillies and march to postseason play taking game three of the series last night, 6-3.

Jerome Williams struck out a season-high eight but was rocked by consecutive homers in the fifth in losing his first game with the Phillies. Williams was tagged for two first-inning runs when he started the game by hitting the first two batters. It hadn’t been done in the majors since 2005.

Once again, the Phillies offense was feeble, four total hits, two by Asche. Nieves had an RBI single and Williams put the Phillies on top, 3-2, with a two-run single with two out in the fourth. Pirates pitching then retired the next 16 Phillies batters in order.

Number of the Day
4 McCutchen’s inside-the-park HR was the fourth in the history of Citizens Bank Park and the first by the enemy. Chase has two and J-Roll one.

NL Batting Race
Josh Harrison (.318)
Justin Morneau (.317)
Andrew McCutchen (.311)
Ben (.308)
Buster Posey (.306)

This Date
September 11, 1942
CF Edwin Freed ties the NL record for most hits in first MLB game: four (single, two doubles, triple). Cincinnati wins, 8-5, at Shibe Park.

Special Birthday
Lou Grasmick, who pitched briefly for the Phillies in 1948, is 90 today.

Grasmick was sent a Phillies jersey with his name and number (37), a tradition the Phillies started a few years ago when a former player turns 90.

He joins fellow Phillies Alumni who are 90 and over: SS Alex Monchak (97), RHP Lou Lucier (96), OF Wally Westlake (93), INF Alvin Dark (92), INF Solly Hemus (91), RHP Don Grate (91), LHP Bob Kuzava (90), and OF Chuck Harmon (90).

Grasmick resides in Baltimore and is an active owner of a lumber company.

Alumni Feature
Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a feature on right-handed pitcher Rick Wise. As a 25-year-old he turned in three gems in 1971, two of which have not been duplicated in Phillies history.

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

**This 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.

Freddy’s Big Night

Buchanan kept the Phillies in the game, the bullpen closed the door and Galvis had a big night as the Phillies edged the Pirates last night.

For his 13th straight start, this one six innings, Buchanan allowed three earned runs or less, the longest streak for a Phillies rookie since Bruce Ruffin’s 16-game stretch in 1986. In all nine starts at home, three or less runs.

Freddy, hitting .085 with five hits this season, had a single, double, home run, stolen base and three runs scored. His stolen base led to the winning run as Franco drove him home with a ground single to right in the seventh inning.

Then, DeFratus, Giles and Pap tossed three scoreless innings to close the door. Giles, whom A.J. referred to the other day as G-Cheese, retired all three in the eighth. He’s retired the last 20 batters he faced. When G-Cheese pitches, Phillies are 25-12. Pap’s save was #103 for the Phillies, moving into a tie for second place with Steve Bedrosian. Jose Mesa is the leader (112).

Number of the Day
2 Strikeouts for Revere in his last 83 at-bats. He has more stolen bases (43) than punchouts (42).

NL Batting Race
Justin Morneau (.316)
Josh Harrison (.316)
Ben (.310)
Andrew McCutchen (.309)
Buster Posey (.306)

This Date
September 10, 2009
Matt Stairs ties club record for most pinch-hit home runs in a season with five,
connecting with bases loaded, but Phillies lose in Washington, 8-7.

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

**This 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.

KK Streaks End

For seven innings last night, KK and Jeff Locke were locked in a pitcher’s duel with the Pirates clinging to a 2-1 lead.

KK’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 12 when he yielded a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Locke retired the first 10 batters in order, gave up one run on three hits in the fourth and went 1-2-3 in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. In two winning starts against the Phillies this year, Locke has given up two runs on six hits in 15 innings. He’s 4-0, 1.35 in four career starts vs. the Phillies.

The 2-1 game took on a different look in the eighth as the Pirates struck for four runs on five hits and an error against KK, Jake and Luis Garcia. In their turn, the Phillies scored three times on two hits, an error and a hit-batter. But, in the ninth, the Phillies went 1-2-3 for seventh time.

The loss ended KK’s three-game winning streak and the Phillies four-game winning streak at Citizens Bank Park. For the first time since August 16-17, the Phillies have lost two straight games.

Number of the Day
4 Consecutive losses to the Pirates, longest streak since 2002.

NL Batting Race
Justin Morneau (.316)
Josh Harrison (.315)
Ben (.313)
Andrew McCutchen (.311)
Buster Posey (.309)

2015 Home Schedule
Next year’s schedule is out. For the first time since 2011, the Phillies open the season at home (Boston, April 6). They also close the season at home (Marlins, October 4).

With bad records this season on Wednesday (7-14) and Sunday (8-15) any hopes that those days would be eliminated next year didn’t happen. Oh, well.

This Date
September 9, 1945, 2nd game
Jimmie Foxx hits his seventh homer of the season for the Phillies and 534th and last of his career in a 14-3 win at Pittsburgh.

September 9, 1997
Just hours after broadcasting a Phillies game, Richie Ashburn dies in a New York hotel. Ashburn’s passing produces a huge outpouring of affection from friends and fans. Phillies win, 1-0, over the Mets. Ironically, as a player with the Phillies, he wore #1 and his final game was with the Mets.

Lakewood Leaders
Hitting
G—Cozens (132)
R—Cozens (69)
H—Astudillo (143)
2B—Astudillo (30)
3B—Tocci/Cozens (6)
HR—Cozens (16)
RBI—Cozens (62)
SB—Cozens (23)
AVG—Astudillo (.333)

Pitching
G—Rios/Reyes (33)
W—Rios (6)
SV—Forsythe (6)
IP—Viza (126.0)
SO—Casimiro (92)
ERA—Reyes (3.65)

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

**This 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.

Balk Reviews?

Phillies picked up another series win in Washington this weekend but had a chance for a second straight three-game sweep of the Nationals.

Cole’s first balk in two years set up the winning run in a 3-2 loss yesterday, a day in which the Phillies had two replay reviews overturned. Why aren’t balks reviewed? The loss was Cole’s first since August 3 when he also fell to the Nats in their own park.

Friday saw the Phillies rally from two five-run deficits. Ben, down to the last pitch, hit a game-tying home run and the Phillies won in extra innings. A.J. was sharp in Saturday’s win, giving the Phillies their first season series win over the Nationals in four years. A.J. is the only pitcher with three wins over the Nats this season.

NL Batting Race
Justin Morneau (.316)
Ben (.315)
Josh Harrison (.315)
Buster Posey (.309)

Rookie Race
I know Ken Giles hasn’t been here all season but shouldn’t he be in the running for the Rookie of the Year Award?
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He’s been lights out since he’s been in the bigs. Right now Ken’s retired the 17 consecutive hitters, nine on strikeouts.

Last Phillie to win the rookie award? Ryan Howard, 2005.

Pirates Next
10 more home games starting tonight with the Pirates in town for a four-game series.
Pirates swept a three-game series at PNC Park in early July.

KK takes a three-game winning streak to the mound tonight.

Four Phillies pitchers who combined for the no-hitter in Atlanta will be saluted pre-game.

Number of the Day
56 Consecutive errorless games for J-Roll, longest streak in the majors.

This Date
September 8, 1962
LHP Chris Short, who finished his career with a .126 batting average, goes 4-for-4 against future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn in a 4-2 win in Milwaukee.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: C Al Pardo (52) . . . Tuesday: 3B Todd Zeile (49), INF Tom Foley (55), OF Ron Stone (72) . . . Thursday: LHP Dave Roberts (70), RHP Lou Grasmick (90) . . . Friday: OF Keith Hughes (51) . . . Saturday: RHP Rick Wise (69) . . .Sunday 14: 3B David Bell (42).

Special Birthdays
Yesterday, Bill Giles (80) and Bill Campbell, (91) dean of Philadelphia sportscasters.

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

**This 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.

DC Weekend

Winners of 10 of their last 15 games, Phillies are in Washington, DC, this weekend against the Nationals who have a comfortable seven-game lead in the NL East. For the Phillies, it is the role of the spoilers. For the Nationals, it is not only winning the East but gaining the home field advantage in the postseason.

Nationals swept a three-game series in DC in early June; Phillies returned the favor at home in late August.

Washington has the lowest ERA (3.13) in the NL and the staff has issued the fewest walks (317). Offensively, they are second in runs scored while having allowed the second fewest runs.

Phillies return home to face the Pirates (four games) and Marlins (three) starting on Monday night, the second-last homestand of the season.

NL Batting Race
Ben (.314)
Justin Morneau (.312)
Josh Harrison (.310)
Buster Posey (.305)

Number of the Day
2: Phillies wins in Washington in six games. Overall, teams are 8-8 for the season.

Missing Hits
During an Orioles telecast, a graphic was displayed showing the number of hits lost because of a defensive shift.

Boston’s Ortiz is first with 28; Ryan Howard is second, 23.

This Date
September 5, 1913
Phillies tie a major league record by scoring the only run in a doubleheader. They won the opener, 1-0, and played a 10-inning, 0-0 tie in the second game at Boston.

September 6, 1952, 1st game
RHP Robin Roberts gives up six runs in eight innings but goes the route as the Phillies rally for a 7-6 win over Boston in 17 innings, first game of a Saturday doubleheader. Roberts’ line: 17 innings, 18 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. Win was his 23rd. Second game is suspended after eight with the Phillies losing. It is completed the next day, a 3-1 loss.

September 7, 1971, 2nd game
1B Greg Luzinski hits his first major league home run (off RHP Reggie Cleveland), a towering shot into Section 570 in a 7-5, 10-inning loss to St. Louis.

September 7, 1972
LHP Steve Carlton beats his former team (Cardinals), 2-1, at the Vet and strikes out nine, breaking the Phillies single season record of 268 set by Jim Bunning in 1965. 23rd win breaks the club record for a LHP set by Eppa Rixey in 1916.

Clearwater Leaders
Hitters
G—Charles (127)
R—Charles/Pointer (60)
H—Charles/Pointer (102)
2B—Charles (25)
3B—3 with 4
HR—Charles (19)
RBI—Charles (54)
SB—Quinn (32)
AVG—Serna (.279)

Pitchers
G—Ridenhour (42)
W—3 with 6
SV—Ridenhour (9)
IP—Kleven (136.0)
SO—Kleven (107)
ERA—Guth (3.04)

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

**Today, Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 7 p.m. For information: 302 226 2665

**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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