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How the Rotation Turns

Friday, September 21, 2012, 5:07 PM
Kyle Kendrick pitches for the Phillies tonight, as they open a three-game series with the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. He'll be followed by Roy Halladay on Saturday and Cliff Lee on Sunday. How the Phillies handle the rotation for the remainder of the homestand hasn't been decided. With Monday's... Read more

Howard comes up for air

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 3:11 PM
Ryan Howard is usually the guy carrying the Phillies down the stretch this time of year. The Phillies have won five straight NL East titles and Howard has been a big part of that, but also being a finisher, the guy who has had enough left in his tank to help the Phils clinch. Howard has had more... Read more

Phillies season on the brink

Sunday, September 16, 2012, 1:16 PM
The term “must-win” is one of the most overused terms in sports. You’ll hear it today while watching NFL pregame shows… in Week 2 of a 16-game season. You’ll hear it during rough stretches for baseball teams in June and July… when there are still a few months... Read more

Frandsen returns, Ruf sits (again).

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 4:25 PM
What’s the common thread in the Phillies current season-high seven-game wining streak? Michael Martinez has started all seven of those games at third base. (Thanks to Mike Spohn from the Pottstown Mercury for pointing that out this morning). But Charlie Manuel is tossing that trend aside in... Read more

Another example of just how jacked up this season has been...

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:08 AM
This post comes courtesy of @dkineejr, who asked this question on Twitter today: Has there ever been a playoff team with only 1 player eligible for the batting title? The answer is no, at least not in the expansion era (1961 to present). This is relevant because the Phillies almost surely will finish... Read more

Video: Surging Phillies sweep Marlins

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 11:44 PM
Video: The Phillies won their seventh straight in a 3-1 victory over the Marlins and are now just three games out of the NL's second wild-card spot. The Daily News' Dave Murphy reports. Read more

2013 Phllies schedule released

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 1:16 PM
The Phillies will open the 2013 season on April 1 at Atlanta. The Phillies' first home game is Friday, April 5 against the Kansas City Royals. The home opener is at 4:05. The Phillies also will host the Red Sox, White Sox and Indians as part of interleague play and will visit the Red Sox, Indians... Read more

Darin Ruf arrives to the big leagues

Monday, September 10, 2012, 5:05 PM
Shortly after noon on Monday, Tyler Cloyd escorted the new kid into his new home. The fresh-faced, 26-year-old slugger was greeted in the Phillies clubhouse by catcher Steven Lerud, who was wearing a “Babe Ruf” t-shirt. Darin Ruf arrived to the big leagues. After setting his things down... Read more

Frandsen day-to-day

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 12:36 PM
About 90 minutes before the first game of Sunday's doubleheader began, the Phillies pitchers jogged out to right field to stretch out their arms. Most of the position players hung back in the clubhouse, conserving their energy for the long day ahead. But a few mixed right in with the pitching staff... Read more

Your 2013 Opening Day center fielder. . .B.J. Upton?

Friday, September 7, 2012, 12:57 PM
We will not know who the Phillies will target on the center field market until we reach the start of the free agent signing period, when Ruben Amaro Jr. and his front office can get a handle on the asking prices. But one name I have heard mentioned in a positive context several times this season is... Read more
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