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Game 99: The return of Cliff Lee

Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:31 PM
Cliff Lee makes his first start since May 18 when opens the first of a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Lee (4-4, 3.18) has been out with a left elbow strain. He will face Octorara graduate Ryan Vogelsong (5-7, 3.86). General manager Ruben Amaro told reporters... Read more

Phillies make roster moves

Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:19 PM
As expected Cliff Lee, who last pitched on May 18, was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Phillies. In addition, infielder Reid Brignac and catcher Wil Nieves were activated from the 15-day disabled list. Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment. Infielder Cesar Hernandez... Read more

While Orioles are interested, Pirates could be better fit for A.J. Burnett

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 10:47 AM
ATLANTA — The market for A.J. Burnett last winter was limited because the 37-year-old righthander preferred to play near his Monkton, Md., home. The Phillies offered Burnett $16 million with a limited no-trade clause, and he signed in February. Burnett has pitched to a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts... Read more

Amid trade talk, Cliff Lee eager to return

Friday, July 18, 2014, 6:40 PM
ATLANTA — Cliff Lee understands the hazards of an elbow injury, the strain that 33,000 pitches in the majors applies to a 35-year-old ligament. But he threw 76 pain-free pitches in a Florida State League game earlier this week, and Monday's start at Citizens Bank Park is two months after his... Read more

Controversial rule preventing collisions will not be eliminated

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 3:47 PM
For three minutes, Joe Torre attempted to explain the bewilderment behind Rule 7.13 __ an "experimental" provision to prevent home-plate collisions __ and concluded with an indictment of the law that has frustrated both managers and players. "It's not as confusing as I'm making it sound," Torre said... Read more

Phillies set post-break rotation

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:07 PM
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has announced his post-all-star break rotation. A.J. Burnett will start the first game back Friday in Atlanta. Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick will pitch the next two days in Atlanta. Cliff Lee, making his final rehab start Monday in Clearwater, will start July 21 at... Read more

Game 95: Heading to the all-star break

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 11:53 AM
A year ago the Phillies entered the all-star break a .500 team before fading in the second half. This season they stand at 42-52 entering today’s final game before the break when they conclude their weekend series at Citizens Bank Park with the Washington Nationals. The Phillies were 48-48... Read more

Hamels looking to continue his success - with the Phillies

Sunday, July 13, 2014, 1:57 AM
Cole Hamels doesn’t sound like somebody who wants to leave the Phillies anytime soon. Hamels presents the best trade chip for the team. He is 30, and despite missing the first three weeks this season with left biceps tendonitis, he has been a durable starter, averaging 32.3 starts over the... Read more

Brown out of lineup due to illness

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 5:45 PM
Domonic Brown was in the Phillies original lineup for Saturday’s game against the visiting Washington Nationals, but then was pulled due to illness. “He is ill today,” manager Ryne Sandberg said before the games. “A little bit of a fever and some other things going on so he... Read more

Game 94: A top pitching matchup

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 3:26 PM
The Phillies take a five-game winning streak into tonight’s 7:15 p.m. game against the visiting Washington Nationals, and the offense will face a major challenge. Make that the offenses of both teams should be highly challenged. LHP Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87 ERA) faces Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg... Read more
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