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Phillies schedule private workout with Cuban outfield prospect

Monday, July 28, 2014, 2:01 PM
NEW YORK — Phillies officials do not believe a long-term rebuilding process is necessary for a team hurtling toward another baseball-less October, but few methods exist to inject young talent. A trade is one. The amateur draft remains the most crucial. The international market is another avenue... Read more

Biddle back on the mound with GCL Phillies

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 5:28 PM
Jesse Biddle remains on double-A Reading’s temporary inactive list, but the Phillies' 2010 first-round pick out of Germantown Friends School returned to the mound Saturday down in Tampa, Fla. Pitching for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Biddle covered two innings and faced eight batters in his... Read more

Howard back in the cleanup spot

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 3:32 PM
After three days of watching Darin Ruf take his spot at first base, Ryan Howard returned to manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Howard, hitting .224 overall and .156 this month, was benched for three games starting Wednesday night and Sandberg indicated... Read more

De Fratus provides emotion in clutch pitching effort against Arizona

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:38 AM
While the Phillies at times have looked lifeless, which is what constant losing will do to any team, Justin De Fratus provided a jolt of enthusiasm, not to mention some clutch pitching in Friday’s 9-5 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Phillies leading 6-4, Antonio Bastardo... Read more

Amaro insists Howard is part of Phillies future

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:45 PM
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. scoffed at reports that suggested the team may buy out the contract of slumping first baseman Ryan Howard either now or the end of the season. After this year, the Phillies will owe Howard $60 million which consists of $25 million for both 2015 and 2016. There... Read more

Game 103: Howard sits again

Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:22 PM
Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup for the third consecutive game for tonight’s matchup at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Darin Ruf against starts at first base and will hit seventh. Ruf has gone 1 for 6 in the previous two games. With Arizona throwing... Read more

Jonathan Papelbon, subject of boos, offers a funny response

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:52 PM
This was not the first time Phillies fans greeted Jonathan Papelbon with boos, but it was impossible to ignore them Thursday afternoon when the closer entered to protect a 2-1 victory. He threw 55 pitches in the previous two nights and allowed four runs. "I heard some of them," Papelbon said. He... Read more

Home-and-home with Boston highlights 2015 Phillies schedule

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:52 AM
The Phillies will begin and end the 2015 season at Citizens Bank Park, and the schedule is highlighted by trips to both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. Boston will visit Philadelphia on April 6 to begin the season, according to a tentative schedule distributed to all major-league clubs. The two teams... Read more

Ryan Howard benched for second straight game

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:32 AM
There is no pitcher Ryan Howard has opposed more times than Tim Hudson, who started Thursday afternoon for San Francisco. Howard has confronted Hudson 80 times and homered in seven of those plate appearances. He is a career .328 hitter with a .425 on-base percentage and .687 slugging percentage against... Read more

Ryne Sandberg: 'It's important to see' Darin Ruf

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:49 PM
Ryne Sandberg would not say the word. The Phillies manager did everything but label the current situation at first base a platoon, but it was not hard to interpret his intentions. Darin Ruf starts at first and bats seventh Wednesday. Ryan Howard, the team's $125 million erstwhile slugger, could see... Read more
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