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For Darin Ruf, two straight starts breed production

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:44 AM
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The best game of Darin Ruf's abbreviated major-league season ended Monday with Grady Sizemore’s pinch-hitting for the 28-year-old Ruf in the ninth inning. That raised questions about Ryne Sandberg’s faith in Ruf, until the Phillies manager reinserted Ruf into Tuesday’s... Read more

Asche looking to get untracked

Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:30 AM
As the statistics indicate, it’s been an up and down season for Phillies third baseman Cody Asche. He is hitting .247 with seven home runs, 37 RBI and a .675 OPS in 316 plate appearances. In today’s game against the New York Mets, Asche is batting eighth and looking to coming out of a... Read more

Phillies claim Jerome Williams, who could start Tuesday

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2:08 PM
Two of the worst pitching staffs in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams this season, but the veteran righthander has found a new home with the pitching-starved Phillies. On Sunday, they claimed Williams off waivers from Texas. The 32-year-old Hawaiian is expected to start Tuesday against one of his... Read more

Burnett's inconsistency frustrates himself & his manager

Friday, August 8, 2014, 11:39 PM
It takes a lot for Ryne Sandberg to criticize one of his players publicly but the Phillies manager is clearly frustrated with the recent performance of righthander A.J. Burnett. All season, Burnett has had some nasty stuff on the mound, but he goes extended periods when he can’t consistently... Read more

Howard looks to keep hot streak against Mets

Friday, August 8, 2014, 5:18 PM
Following a 1-for-25 road trip, Ryan Howard reversed course upon returning to Citizens Bank Park. During the Phillies three-game sweep of the visiting Houston Astros, Howard went 5 for 14 (.357) with two home runs eight RBIs and a 1.257 OPS. Howard looks to continue his hot streak when the Phillies... Read more

Nola to make up to four starts

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 5:18 PM
Reading righthander Aaron Nola could make as many as four more starts before the end of the season. Nola, the Phillies first round pick from LSU, had an impressive debut for during Wednesday’s win over Harrisburg. He allowed six hits in five innings, struck out four and walked one. Nola threw... Read more

Phillies trade Roberto Hernandez to Dodgers

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 2:21 PM
The Phillies invested $4.5 million last winter in Roberto Hernandez to be their fifth starter. He pitched in 23 games (20 starts) with a 3.87 ERA, and did his job. That made him attractive enough to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who placed a waiver claim, and acquired the 33-year-old righthander Thursday... Read more

No surgery for Cliff Lee, who will rest injured elbow

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 11:12 AM
Cliff Lee will not require surgery for his strained left elbow, a Phillies official said Thursday, but another elongated period of rest will not quell doubt about Lee's availability for 2015. The Phillies, for now, expect him to be ready for spring training. The lefthander, owed $37.5 million next... Read more

Some Phillies went through waivers, and none of it matters

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:22 PM
This is the time of year when the most irresponsible baseball reporting transpires. There are 750 active players in Major League Baseball, and a large sum of those players are placed on what is called "revocable waivers." Why? Because there is no harm. A claimed player can be pulled from waivers, and... Read more

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has rough outing

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5:22 PM
ALLENTOWN -- Miguel Alfredo hit his first rough patch for Triple-A Lehigh Valley during his third relief appearance for the IronPigs. Pitching for a second straight day, the Cuban righthander who signed a three-year $12 million contract, struggled during his one inning in Tuesday’s 8-5 loss to... Read more
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