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Ryan Howard's successful first week

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:06 PM
We’re less than one week into the Grapefruit League schedule, but among the encouraging signs since games began is Ryan Howard’s offensive prowess. Howard hit his first home run of the spring this afternoon. It was an opposite field shot of a guy who appeared on National League MVP ballots... Read more

Mike Adams makes Phillies debut, looks forward to stabilizing eighth innning

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 2:56 PM
It was business as usual, save for the inning. Mike Adams made his first competitive performance in a Phillies uniform, pitching a scoreless fourth inning against the Braves on Thursday afternoon. The veteran set-up man retired three of the four batters he faced, striking out Todd Cunningham and allowing... Read more

Cole Hamels might strike out 20 Braves on Opening Day

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 2:33 PM
Only one team in Major League Baseball history has finished a season with more than three players with at least 140 strikeouts. The Braves have five players who average 140 strikeouts per 162 games. So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Cole Hamels, who finished third in the National League... Read more

Ben Revere is leading off against the Braves, and it probably means diddly

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 8:20 AM
It figures that on the day that I spend about 250 words of a column explaining why Jimmy Rollins will be the Phillies leadoff hitter once the season starts, Charlie Manuel decides to bat Ben Revere at No. 1 and Rollins at No. 2. But I also spent 250 words in the same column explaining why some biblical... Read more

Ruf rebounding from biceps soreness

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 4:44 PM
Darin Ruf said he should be in the lineup on Thursday. And in left field. But it was somewhat curious that the 26-year-old was out of the lineup for the second straight day on Wednesday. He made a pinch-hitting appearance in the seventh inning. The reason he didn't start for the second straight day?... Read more

Delmon Young says he played the last two seasons on one leg; Also: today's lineup at Minnesota

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 8:11 AM
Delmon Young has been beat up a bit in the public sphere, both because he was a once-hyped prospect who has failed to live up to the hype both on and off of the field. SBNation.com recently ranked the Phillies signing of Young as the single worst move of the entire baseball offseason. (SIDEBAR: In... Read more

Phillies chat with David Murphy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 7:28 PM
The Daily News' David Murphy takes your Phillies questions in a live chat, beginning at noon on Wednesday. On a mobile device? Click HERE to follow along and submit questions. Read more

Utley scratched from lineup vs. Yankees

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 1:00 PM
UPDATED (1:22 p.m.): Utley was in fact scratched as a precaution since the Phillies are playing on a field drenched by a morning rain storm. Carry on. And so it begins... Or doesn't. Frankly, we don't know just yet why Chase Utley was scratched from today's lineup minutes before the Phillies... Read more

Phillies (0-2-1) vs. Yankees (1-2-0): More on the right-handed hitters

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:30 PM
For those who do not have access to a TV, I'll be updating this blog post during the game with anything notable that I see. FOCUS ON PHILLIES RIGHTIES (1:36 P.M.): Spring training is not a great predictor of regular season performance, especially for hitters, but it is worth noting that through three... Read more

What we saw, Game 3: Howard vs. lefties, Aumont, Stutes, more

Monday, February 25, 2013, 5:44 PM
As we noted in our pre-game post, the Phillies were not particularly good against left-handed pitchers last year, and they have a great deal of uncertainty with regard to the right-handed bats who will be charged with balancing out the lineup this year. Michael Young is one. Cliff Lee thinks he will... Read more
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