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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

Game 2: Ryan Howard is not hitting cleanup

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 4:06 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Phillies scored 14 runs Monday, and Ryne Sandberg made radical changes to his Tuesday lineup. Ryan Howard is batting fifth for the first time since June 29, 2008. Domonic Brown and Cody Asche are on the bench as Texas starts lefthander Martin Perez. 1. Ben Revere 8 2.... Read more

For Cody Asche, a memorable opening day

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:02 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas — It took more than a decade after Scott Rolen's departure for the Phillies to breed their next homegrown third baseman, and that made Cody Asche's opening day a significant one before he even stepped to the plate at Globe Life Park. Rolen, the former franchise cornerstone,... Read more

Game 1: Tony Gwynn Jr. starts in left field

Monday, March 31, 2014, 10:28 AM
ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Gwynn Jr. last started in a major-league game 20 months ago, but he carved a niche this spring in Ryne Sandberg's eyes as an ideal National League player. He plays good defense. He runs well. He can handle the bat. His glove is what earned him a start on opening day at... Read more
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