Friday, May 22, 2015

Chase Utley snaps hitless streak

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 11:02 PM
The Citizens Bank Park crowd greeted Chase Utley with a standing ovation as he walked to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Mets. Utley responded by snapping an 0-for-19 slump with a leadoff single to right. It was Utley’s first hit since May 1. The... Read more

Mets salute Cole Hamels

Friday, May 8, 2015, 11:06 PM
The New York Mets have seen this before from Cole Hamels, especially recently. Hamels allowed four hits and one run while striking out eight and walking two during Friday's 3-1 victory over the visiting Mets to continue a pattern of recent dominance. It was the fifth consecutive start against the... Read more

Papelbon ties Mesa for Phillies saves record

Friday, May 8, 2015, 10:58 PM
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night to close a 3-1 win over the New York Mets and earn his 112th save since joining the Phillies in November of 2011. The save tied Papelbon with Jose Mesa for the franchise’s career record. Papelbon, 34, already holds Boston’s... Read more

Ken Giles: Speed does not matter

Friday, May 8, 2015, 5:41 PM
Ken Giles' fastball has yet to reach triple digits this season. The Phillies reliever has not lived up to his "100 Miles Giles" nickname. But, "95 Miles Giles" has proven effective despite his fastball's decreased velocity. "100 miles per hour is just a luxury thing," Giles said. "I'm still 95-96... Read more

J.P. Crawford homers in season debut

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 3:30 PM
J.P. Crawford's season debut proved to be worth the wait. The Phillies top prospect went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run on Wednesday afternoon for the single-A Clearwater Threshers. Crawford, 20, missed the first month of the season after straining his left oblique late in spring training. The shortstop... Read more

Reading not happy about slide that ended Alonso's season

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:48 PM
Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan is not happy after a slide took out Carlos Alonso and ended the second baseman's season. Alonso, 27, was covering second on a double-play turn on April 24 against Harrisburg. Reading led, 7-3, in the sixth inning. Harrisburg base runner Stephen Perez slid past... Read more

J.P. Crawford makes season debut at Clearwater

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:04 PM
J.P. Crawford, the Phillies top prospect, made his season debut on Wednesday after missing the season's first month with a strained oblique. The shortstop batted leadoff and was used as a designated hitter for high-A Clearwater again the Brevard County Manatees, Milwaukee's affiliate. "One of my... Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Breen

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 4:15 AM
Join the Inquirer's Matt Breen as he takes your questions about the Phillies in a live chat at noon Wednesday. Read more

Slumping Chase Utley out of Tuesday's lineup

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 3:23 PM
ATLANTA - Chase Utley, mired in a prolonged slump, is out of Tuesday night's Phillies lineup against the Braves. Utley, 36, is hitting a woeful .103 on the season. He was 0 for 4 with a run scored in Monday's 6-2 win in which the Phillies recorded a season-high 14 hits. Amazingly, he still leads the... Read more

Phillies prospect Ben Lively named pitcher of the week

Monday, May 4, 2015, 1:30 PM
For the second time in three weeks, a member of double-A Reading's pitching staff was named the Eastern League's pitcher of the week. Ben Lively, who the Phillies acquired this offseason from Cincinnati for Marlon Byrd, received the award on Monday after making two starts last week. The righthander... Read more
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