Sal's Pals Speak

Sal's Pals Speak

On Saturday I wrote about Sal Fasano and his new following known as Sal's Pals and in the end of my write up I encouraged the readers to write in to send photos and stories about the bunch.  Tom Dudzic came through.  Tom is one of the founders of Sal's Pals and sent in some shots from recent Phillies games.  I asked him what made them start a Fasano fan club.

We created Sal's Pals because we feel something needs to bring life to
this Phillies team, and not to mention getting the fans fired up.
Fasano is a character with his appearence and his personality and what
better person to have a fan group for.  Look back and people can see
that the catcher is one of the true leaders of any good team in real
life and in the movies as well.  Jason Varitek of the 2004 Red Sox,
Thurman Munson of the 1976 Yankees (also had a fu-manchu,
coincidence? I think not), Jake Taylor from Major League, Crash Davis
from Bull Durham, all leaders.  Lieberthal has had a great run with the
Phillies but his laid back, California cool style is different than
what Philadelphians are used to.  Even Daulton was great for us the
last time we made the playoffs, but as we all know he's now predicting
the end of the world.

You can't argue with that.  Thanks to Tom and his fellow Phillies fans.  Using Fasano's Fu Manchu as the 'A' in your sign is truly great work.  Feel free to email us the700level [at] with any photos or stories.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.