Phillies respond to closed-door meeting

Phils respond to closed-door meeting

TORONTO -- Much has already been made about the Phillies' closed-door meeting following Friday's loss to the Blue Jays. That could be considered the boiling point of Philadelphia's losing skid.

After all, it was the club's 11th defeat in its past 13 games.

On Saturday, manager Charlie Manuel shared his thoughts of the much-hyped meeting.

"I think when I talked to them, it was listened to," Manuel said. "Because I think I said a few things more than likely they didn't like. But that was part of the talk.

"I think we've got some very good players. I don't forget to tell them, but at the same time, sometimes when we're playing that type of baseball ... you don't want it sliding down any farther."

Whatever was said during the meeting, it seems to have worked. The Phillies responded on Saturday by hammering the Blue Jays, 10-0.

"There comes a time when you wake people up sometimes," said Manuel. "Hopefully I got their attention in the way that I wanted to."

Pitching matchup
PHI: LHP Jamie Moyer (5-6, 5.97 ERA)
Moyer allowed one run on five hits while allowing three walks and striking out four in six innings to pick up the 251st win of his career Tuesday in a victory over Tampa Bay. It tied him for 43rd place on baseball's all-time list with Bob Gibson. "You're looking at Jamie, who's been around, throwing 80 mph, carving us up," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Baseball's a beautiful game." Moyer needs two more wins to tie Carl Hubbell (253) for 42nd place on the all-time list.

TOR: LHP Brian Tallet (5-4, 4.36 ERA)
Tallet shut out the Reds for six innings on Tuesday at Rogers Centre, earning a win in the Jays' 7-5 victory. He allowed only three hits -- none for extra bases -- and issued one walk while striking out seven, which matched a career high previously achieved May 9 in Oakland. Although Tallet was having no trouble with the Reds and had thrown only 90 pitches, he was pulled after the sixth inning, since he was pitching on only three days' rest. Tallet has never started against the Phillies, but has made six career appearances against them as a reliever, pitching 9 1/3 innings with an ERA of 3.86.

Manuel said he is considering having struggling shortstop Jimmy Rollins not play in a game until the series in Atlanta, which begins Tuesday. Rollins hasn't been in a game since Wednesday. He is being given a break with the hope that it will help him relax and break from his struggles at the plate. ... In Friday's 6-1 loss to the Jays, the Phils saw their streak of 97 straight games with an extra-base hit snapped. Before that game, Philadelphia was the only team in the Majors to have recorded an extra-base hit in each game this season. ... At 25-12, the Phillies have the Majors' best road record.

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Up next
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Phillies (Joe Blanton, 4-4, 5.06) at Braves (Kenshin Kawakami, 4-6, 4.25), 7:00 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Phillies (Cole Hamels, 4-4, 4.44) at Braves (Derek Lowe, 7-6, 4.53), 7:00 p.m. ET

David Singh is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.