Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Papelbon off to strong start to season

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:51 PM
Say what you will about Jonathan Papelbon, but the outspoken Phillies closer continues to produce. The 34-year-old righthander needed just 11 pitches - 8 strikes - to get through another perfect inning Tuesday night in the Phillies' 7-3 win. He has allowed just one base runner - Washington's Reed... Read more

Zach Eflin earns Eastern League honors

Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:04 PM
Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin was on Monday named the Eastern League's pitcher of the week for the first week of the minor league season. Eflin, the 21-year-old righthander the Phillies received in the Jimmy Rollins trade, has yet to allow a run over two starts spanning 14 innings for double-A... Read more

Howard stays in seventh spot for third-straight game

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 11:08 AM
WASHINGTON - Ryan Howard is batting seventh on Saturday afternoon for a third-straight game, the first time in his career that he has spent three-straight games in that lineup position. Howard was hitless in his first three at-bats on Friday before driving in the Phillies’ final run of a 7-2... Read more

Ryan Howard hitting seventh for second consecutive game

Friday, April 17, 2015, 3:52 PM
WASHINGTON --- Ryan Howard will once again hit seventh in Ryne Sandberg's lineup on Friday night. Thursday's 5-2 loss signified the first time the longtime cleanup hitter hit seventh since Aug. 21, 2006, when he was less than three weeks into his MVP season. Here's the full lineup for Friday night: 1... Read more

Hamels' home run problem persists in third start

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 11:05 PM
WASHINGTON --- Cole Hamels surrendered 14 home runs all of last season, during which he logged 204 2/3 innings. Through 18 innings of his 2015 campaign, he's already given up seven. The Nationals tagged him for two more in the Phillies' 5-2 loss Thursday night. Yunel Escobar took the first pitch... Read more

J.P. Crawford progressing back from injury

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:16 PM
If everything goes well, top-prospect J.P. Crawford will be back on the field around the first week of May, said Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan. Crawford, 20, was able to swing a bat this week after straining his left oblique during spring training. “We’re going to... Read more

Asche continues hot streak in Phillies' fourth consecutive loss

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 10:48 PM
NEW YORK --- Cody Asche continued his recent hot hitting in the Phillies' 6-1 loss to the Mets on Wednesday, tallying three more hits to give him 11 in his last 16 at-bats. The 24-year-old third baseman doubled, singled, singled and walked only to find himself stranded on the basepaths each time. Asche... Read more

Billingsley pitches five scoreless innings in second rehab start

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 11:51 AM
Chad Billingsley, inching closer to his major league return following a pair of elbow surgeries, pitched five scoreless innings Wednesday morning in the second start of his rehab assignment with triple-A Lehigh Valley. The plan, he said, is to pitch in three more rehab outings. Billingsley threw 74... Read more

IronPigs' Russ Canzler recounts wacky day as pitcher

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 4:42 PM
ALLENTOWN - Russ Canzler was already hitless in seven at-bats on Sunday. Then the IronPigs infielder allowed the go-ahead run to score when he was used as an emergency pitcher in the 16th inning. “I came in after I gave up that run and I was like ‘I really hope we come back and win this... Read more

Ben Revere dropped to eighth in Phillies' lineup vs. Harvey

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 3:25 PM
NEW YORK --- The Phillies' lineup for Tuesday night's game against Mets star Matt Harvey has a different look to it. Ben Revere, hitting just .143 through seven games, has been dropped from the leadoff spot to the eight-hole. Odubel Herrera wil lead off with Freddy Galvis and his .400 batting average... Read more
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