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Game 7: Chase Utley has the flu

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 12:38 PM
The Phillies will christen the 11th year at Citizens Bank Park without Chase Utley. Their second baseman has the flu, according to the team, and will not be at the ballpark Tuesday. The Phillies will play with 24 men for the third time in their first seven games. That prompted some lineup shuffling... Read more

Phillies postpone home opener until Tuesday

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1:53 PM
CHICAGO — The Phillies postponed their home opener against Milwaukee more than 25 hours before the scheduled first pitch at Citizens Bank Park. The game, originally scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Monday, will be played Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. The decision was made Sunday afternoon, the team said, because... Read more

Jake Diekman's importance in Phillies bullpen grows

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 12:21 PM
CHICAGO — Jake Diekman threw 65 pitches in four of the Phillies' first five games, so he will likely be excused from the sixth on Sunday. The lanky lefty emerged, in less than a week, as Ryne Sandberg's most trusted middle reliever for tight situations. There is an obvious reason. "Unbelievable... Read more

Jimmy Rollins will return Saturday

Friday, April 4, 2014, 12:40 PM
CHICAGO — The original lineup posted by Ryne Sandberg in the visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field included Jimmy Rollins playing shortstop and batting second. An hour later, Rollins was removed from the lineup because of an "internal miscommunication." Rollins will arrive in Chicago sometime... Read more

Cole Hamels to pitch Sunday for single-A Clearwater

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:56 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Cole Hamels will start his official rehab assignment Sunday for single-A Clearwater, and a return later this month looks increasingly probable. Hamels, who is recovering from biceps tendinitis and subsequent fatigued arm, said at the end of spring training that he expected... Read more

Jimmy Rollins leaves Phillies for birth of child

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:39 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Ryne Sandberg did not know his shortstop had departed the Phillies until a few hours before Wednesday's first pitch. Jimmy Rollins may not return until Monday, as his wife, Johari, will soon give birth to the couple's second child. "He had a reason to go today," Sandberg said... Read more

Game 3: Another lefthanded pitcher, another lineup

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 4:35 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Phillies will face a lefthanded starter for the second straight day (another one awaits Friday in Chicago) and Ryne Sandberg adjusted his lineup yet again. This time, Ryan Howard bats cleanup as the designated hitter. But Carlos Ruiz moves up to second for just the fifth... Read more

Full minor-league rosters for Phillies affiliates

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11:39 AM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Opening day for the Phillies' four full-season minor-league affiliates is Thursday. Most of the organization's best talent is at the lower levels. Some of their more notable prospects will miss most of 2014. Look for a full minor-league season preview in Sunday's Inquirer... Read more

A peek into Ryne Sandberg's bullpen strategy

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:42 AM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Mario Hollands, a 25-year-old pitcher left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft making the major-league minimum of $500,000, tossed inside the visitors bullpen at Globe Life Park next to Jonathan Papelbon, the richest reliever in baseball. The Phillies batted in the ninth inning... Read more

Ryan Howard on hitting fifth: 'I don't make the lineup'

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:41 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Ryan Howard strode into the visiting clubhouse at Globe Life Park and saw his name in the Phillies regular-season lineup for the 666th time since June 29, 2008. But, for the first time, it was written fifth in the batting order. This was not a shock given that Ryne Sandberg... Read more
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