Sunday, December 21, 2014

Game 86: Facing a Hot Pirates Team

Friday, July 4, 2014, 1:33 PM
PITTSBURGH -- The Phillies face a Pittsburgh Pirates team that has gotten itself back into playoff contention after a rough start. Since May 2, the Pirates (44-41) share the best record in baseball along with the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels. All three were 34-23 during that span entering... Read more

For different look, Aaron Altherr earns first major-league start

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 5:10 PM
Ryne Sandberg glanced at the scribbled blue lineup card sat on his desk inside Marlins Park. He examined the available bench options Wednesday night after a 5-0 loss. There were three rookies, an infielder who had not appeared in the majors since 2011, and an outfielder with a .490 OPS. The manager... Read more

Phillies sign three 16-year-old prospects

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:41 PM
MIAMI — The Phillies spent $1.55 million to sign two 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstops on the first day of the international signing period. Arquimedes Gamboa signed for $900,000 and Daniel Brito signed for $650,000. Both were ranked in Baseball America's top 30 prospects. Jhon Nunez, a lefthander... Read more

Mike Adams cannot return before Aug. 6

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:01 PM
MIAMI — Mike Adams, a reliever the Phillies could have shopped this July if healthy, will not return until Aug. 6 at the earliest. Adams, who has rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday as the Phillies shuffled their roster. Cuban... Read more

Carlos Ruiz's concussion more serious than originally thought

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7:42 PM
MIAMI — The immediate sensation from being struck in the head with a 78-m.p.h. curveball was not enough to prevent Carlos Ruiz from catching the final three innings of last Thursday's 14-inning win over the Marlins. But Ruiz suffered a concussion that night, and there is no progress since. His... Read more

Phillies can't come up with clutch hits

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 8:24 PM
The Phillies inability to hit in the clutch was clearly evident during this series with Atlanta, when the Braves swept all four games at Citizens Bank Park. In Sunday’s 3-2 loss, the only offense provided was Marlon Byrd’s two solo home runs. The Phillies wasted 13 hits and two walks. During... Read more

Minors: Slow progress for Joseph, Morgan, Watson

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 11:20 AM
1. Temple product and Phillies ninth-round draft pick Matt Hockenberry was promoted to Lakewood on Monday after one scoreless appearance in the Gulf Coast League. He has made two one-inning appearances so far at Lakewood, surrendering five runs, three of which were earned. Phillies director of player... Read more

Ruiz on DL with concussion

Friday, June 27, 2014, 6:16 PM
Catcher Carlos Ruiz was placed on the 7-day disabled list Friday night with concussion symptoms after being hit by a pitch from Miami's A.J. Ramos in the 11th inning Thursday. Ruiz remained in the game during the Phillies' 14-inning win over the Marlins, but he was not in manager Ryne Sandberg's starting... Read more

Lee takes a simulated step toward return

Friday, June 27, 2014, 5:48 PM
Cliff Lee took another step toward returning to the mound Friday afternoon by throwing a simulated game to a three-man lineup in an empty Citizens Bank Park. Facing teammates Tony Gwynn Jr., Cesar Hernandez and Ronny Cedeno, Lee threw 20 pitches, took a break and threw 20 more in what amounted to... Read more

Brown benched, Biddle shut down

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 3:34 PM
Manager Ryne Sandberg revealed his short-term solution to his on-going problem in left field Thursday afternoon simply by filling out his lineup card. Meanwhile, at double-A Reading, Jesse Biddle has been placed on the temporary inactive list. The day after his fourth-inning misplay in left field... Read more
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