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Carlos Ruiz finds stroke as cleanup hitter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 2:12 AM
LOS ANGELES — Carlos Ruiz did not play Sunday, which forced him to contemplate a 1 for 12 slump. He arrived at Dodger Stadium early on Monday, vowed to eliminate the past, and went to work. He spent time in the batting cage with focus on his back leg. Ruiz decided he needed more power from his... Read more

Cole Hamels, sans restrictions, is ready

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:12 PM
DENVER — Cole Hamels roamed the visiting clubhouse Saturday at Coors Field. He followed A.J. Burnett to the bullpen to watch his teammate throw. He affixed cuff weights to his wrists for shoulder exercises. He watched video of Dodgers hitters. He had a purpose. "I'm actually here to participate... Read more

After dismal start, Jonathan Pettibone demoted to minors

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 12:17 AM
DENVER — A demotion is never palatable, especially not after allowing eight runs in four innings, and that is what upset Jonathan Pettibone the most. "You want to leave a lasting impression, so they know who they want to call back up when someone is needed," Pettibone said. "It's frustrating... Read more

Cole Hamels expected to pitch Wednesday

Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:22 PM
DENVER — The Phillies will have played for 24 days when Cole Hamels throws his first pitch Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. That, in all likelihood, is the return date for Hamels. It will mark the franchise's longest period without its homegrown, lefthanded ace since 2007. They crave his presence... Read more

Phillies postpone Tuesday's game

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4:45 PM
Minutes after the Phillies postponed Tuesday night's game, the drenching rains ceased for a brief moment. It was enough time for Cliff Lee, who donned a toque with his t-shirt and sweatpants, to play catch. The weather prevented anything more. Instead, Lee will start Wednesday against Atlanta. The... Read more

A.J. Burnett will pitch through hernia injury

Monday, April 14, 2014, 4:32 PM
A doctor injected A.J. Burnett with cortisone Monday morning to dull the pain in his groin. He advised the 37-year-old pitcher he will require surgery at some point to correct a small inguinal hernia. For Burnett, this was good news. "I'm going to go about Wednesday like nothing happened," Burnett... Read more

A.J. Burnett encouraged by bullpen session; will see doctor Monday

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 12:02 PM
Twice, A.J. Burnett felt pain from his groin Sunday morning while he threw a bullpen session. It did not linger. The 37-year-old righthander said everything went "better than expected." Still, he harbors fears of a larger problem, and that is why Burnett will see a doctor Monday. His Wednesday start... Read more

Rollins getting comfortable batting second

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1:03 AM
Jimmy Rollins has had plenty of experience hitting second but has spent the majority of his career as a lead-off man. This year he has batted second in each of the nine games he has played and certainly looks comfortable in the role. After Rollins hit a walk-off solo home run during Saturday’s... Read more

Game11: Galvis earns first start

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 2:51 PM
Freddy Galvis, who made his first appearance when he replaced Cody Asche at third base in the sixth inning of Friday’s 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins, will get his first start at third in tonight’s game. Asche is batting .233. The Phillies are 4-6 after snapping a four-game losing streak... Read more

Burnett hoping groin soreness doesn’t lead to inactivity

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 12:04 AM
A.J. Burnett doesn’t feel that the groin soreness that had him lifted from Friday’s 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins was too serious. The 37-year-old Phillies righthander also knows that nothing can be taken for granted. So he will be examined on Saturday and eventually find out whether... Read more
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