Thursday, May 28, 2015

Expectations for Maikel Franco

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 4:31 PM
The Inquirer’s Jake Kaplan talks about Cody Asche as an every day left fielder in the majors and what the Phillies will be looking for from Maikel Franco. Read more

Cody Asche to make left field debut Tuesday in triple A

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 2:40 PM
A night after his surprise demotion to triple A, Cody Asche will make his debut in his new career as a left fielder. Asche is in Lehigh Valley's lineup for Tuesday night's game against Columbus at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. He will bat second. It is not known how many triple A games in left field... Read more

Amid slump, Odubel Herrera hits first home run

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:47 AM
When Odubel Herrera stepped to the plate in Monday's ninth inning, the Phillies centerfielder did so on the heels of six consecutive at-bats that ended via a strikeout. Herrera appeared on his way to another strikeout against Pirates closer Mark Melancon. He quickly fell behind, 0-2, before fouling... Read more

Chase Utley snaps hitless streak

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 11:02 PM
The Citizens Bank Park crowd greeted Chase Utley with a standing ovation as he walked to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Mets. Utley responded by snapping an 0-for-19 slump with a leadoff single to right. It was Utley’s first hit since May 1. The... Read more

Mets salute Cole Hamels

Friday, May 8, 2015, 11:06 PM
The New York Mets have seen this before from Cole Hamels, especially recently. Hamels allowed four hits and one run while striking out eight and walking two during Friday's 3-1 victory over the visiting Mets to continue a pattern of recent dominance. It was the fifth consecutive start against the... Read more

Papelbon ties Mesa for Phillies saves record

Friday, May 8, 2015, 10:58 PM
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night to close a 3-1 win over the New York Mets and earn his 112th save since joining the Phillies in November of 2011. The save tied Papelbon with Jose Mesa for the franchise’s career record. Papelbon, 34, already holds Boston’s... Read more

Ken Giles: Speed does not matter

Friday, May 8, 2015, 5:41 PM
Ken Giles' fastball has yet to reach triple digits this season. The Phillies reliever has not lived up to his "100 Miles Giles" nickname. But, "95 Miles Giles" has proven effective despite his fastball's decreased velocity. "100 miles per hour is just a luxury thing," Giles said. "I'm still 95-96... Read more

J.P. Crawford homers in season debut

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 3:30 PM
J.P. Crawford's season debut proved to be worth the wait. The Phillies top prospect went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run on Wednesday afternoon for the single-A Clearwater Threshers. Crawford, 20, missed the first month of the season after straining his left oblique late in spring training. The shortstop... Read more

Reading not happy about slide that ended Alonso's season

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:48 PM
Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan is not happy after a slide took out Carlos Alonso and ended the second baseman's season. Alonso, 27, was covering second on a double-play turn on April 24 against Harrisburg. Reading led, 7-3, in the sixth inning. Harrisburg base runner Stephen Perez slid past... Read more

J.P. Crawford makes season debut at Clearwater

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:04 PM
J.P. Crawford, the Phillies top prospect, made his season debut on Wednesday after missing the season's first month with a strained oblique. The shortstop batted leadoff and was used as a designated hitter for high-A Clearwater again the Brevard County Manatees, Milwaukee's affiliate. "One of my... Read more
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