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Amaro insists Howard is part of Phillies future

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:45 PM
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. scoffed at reports that suggested the team may buy out the contract of slumping first baseman Ryan Howard either now or the end of the season. After this year, the Phillies will owe Howard $60 million which consists of $25 million for both 2015 and 2016. There... Read more

Game 103: Howard sits again

Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:22 PM
Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup for the third consecutive game for tonight’s matchup at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Darin Ruf against starts at first base and will hit seventh. Ruf has gone 1 for 6 in the previous two games. With Arizona throwing... Read more

Jonathan Papelbon, subject of boos, offers a funny response

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:52 PM
This was not the first time Phillies fans greeted Jonathan Papelbon with boos, but it was impossible to ignore them Thursday afternoon when the closer entered to protect a 2-1 victory. He threw 55 pitches in the previous two nights and allowed four runs. "I heard some of them," Papelbon said. He... Read more

Home-and-home with Boston highlights 2015 Phillies schedule

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 11:52 AM
The Phillies will begin and end the 2015 season at Citizens Bank Park, and the schedule is highlighted by trips to both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. Boston will visit Philadelphia on April 6 to begin the season, according to a tentative schedule distributed to all major-league clubs. The two teams... Read more

Ryan Howard benched for second straight game

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 9:32 AM
There is no pitcher Ryan Howard has opposed more times than Tim Hudson, who started Thursday afternoon for San Francisco. Howard has confronted Hudson 80 times and homered in seven of those plate appearances. He is a career .328 hitter with a .425 on-base percentage and .687 slugging percentage against... Read more

Ryne Sandberg: 'It's important to see' Darin Ruf

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:49 PM
Ryne Sandberg would not say the word. The Phillies manager did everything but label the current situation at first base a platoon, but it was not hard to interpret his intentions. Darin Ruf starts at first and bats seventh Wednesday. Ryan Howard, the team's $125 million erstwhile slugger, could see... Read more

Carlos Ruiz -- and Phillippe Aumont -- return to Phillies

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 3:23 PM
A concussion, believed to be his second in five years, cost Carlos Ruiz 26 games. The Phillies catcher was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and will bat fifth. Ruiz's activation was just one in a slew of roster moves. Cameron Rupp was optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley to clear space for... Read more

Franco leaves game with back tightness

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 11:27 PM
ALLENTOWN -- Lehigh Valley’s Maikel Franco, The Inquirer’s No. 2 Phillies prospect, left Tuesday’s 7-6 loss to visiting Buffalo at the end of the fourth inning with back tightness. Primarily a third baseman, Franco started the game at first base and went 0 for 2 before departing... Read more

Darin Ruf returns as John Mayberry Jr. hits DL

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 6:19 PM
The Phillies summoned Darin Ruf to the manager's office June 1. He was being optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley because a taxed bullpen required another arm. Go to the minors for the mandatory 10 days, the Phillies told him, and come back primed for more playing time. Ruf returned Tuesday, 51 days... Read more

Phillies to open 2015 vs. Red Sox

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 3:14 PM
The Phillies will open the 2015 season April 6 at Citizens Bank Park against the Red Sox, according to an report. The two teams did not play this season, the first time since 2007 they did not meet. The schedule also calls for a September road series in Boston. The Phillies opened 2014... Read more
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