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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 ESPNBoston.com 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

Lee not concerned with trade rumors

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:12 AM
Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee knows the drill and understands his name will continue to be part of trade rumors. There is a feeling around baseball that Lee will eventually be sent packing, even if it isn’t by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Lee is earning $25 million this year and the... Read more

Game 99: The return of Cliff Lee

Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:31 PM
Cliff Lee makes his first start since May 18 when opens the first of a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Lee (4-4, 3.18) has been out with a left elbow strain. He will face Octorara graduate Ryan Vogelsong (5-7, 3.86). General manager Ruben Amaro told reporters... Read more

Phillies make roster moves

Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:19 PM
As expected Cliff Lee, who last pitched on May 18, was activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Phillies. In addition, infielder Reid Brignac and catcher Wil Nieves were activated from the 15-day disabled list. Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. was designated for assignment. Infielder Cesar Hernandez... Read more

While Orioles are interested, Pirates could be better fit for A.J. Burnett

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 10:47 AM
ATLANTA — The market for A.J. Burnett last winter was limited because the 37-year-old righthander preferred to play near his Monkton, Md., home. The Phillies offered Burnett $16 million with a limited no-trade clause, and he signed in February. Burnett has pitched to a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts... Read more

Amid trade talk, Cliff Lee eager to return

Friday, July 18, 2014, 6:40 PM
ATLANTA — Cliff Lee understands the hazards of an elbow injury, the strain that 33,000 pitches in the majors applies to a 35-year-old ligament. But he threw 76 pain-free pitches in a Florida State League game earlier this week, and Monday's start at Citizens Bank Park is two months after his... Read more
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