Friday, December 19, 2014

For Ken Giles, a dominant first impression

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 9:41 AM
Ken Giles threw 18 seventh-inning pitches to retire the top of the Marlins lineup Tuesday night. Fifteen were strikes. Jake Marisnick rolled a 97-m.p.h. fastball to third. Derek Dietrich whiffed at a 97-m.p.h. fastball. Giancarlo Stanton struck out for the second time in as many nights against Giles... Read more

Phillies sign Grady Sizemore to minor-league deal

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6:16 PM
The Phillies took interest in Grady Sizemore's comeback last winter, but not to the level the Red Sox did. Boston offered Sizemore, 31, a guaranteed major-league contract. They released him June 18 after 205 mediocre plate appearances, and that was significant because no outfield corps is worse than... Read more

Phillies' hitting problems at Citizens Bank Park are inexplicable

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 9:11 AM
When Citizens Bank Park opened, it was billed as a hitter's paradise. Opposing pitchers complained of the inviting flower boxes. The Phillies constructed a roster designed to exploit their home ballpark. They hit for power. They clogged the bases with runners. They pitched decent enough to support... Read more

The plan for Cliff Lee

Monday, June 23, 2014, 4:53 PM
A timetable for Cliff Lee's return from a strained left elbow crystallized Monday, and the Phillies star lefthander could be sidelined until after the all-star break. Lee, by all accounts, has progressed well from the injury that forced him to the disabled list May 19. But the process to rebuild arm... Read more

Through 74 games, old Phillies on record pace

Monday, June 23, 2014, 9:51 AM
As the Phillies near the season's halfway point — Saturday's second game of a doubleheader is the 81st of 2014 — it is time to contextualize the production from their aged lineup. The Phillies' offense, which ranks ninth in the National League with 3.96 runs per game, is kept afloat by... Read more

Phillies shouldn't be a seller - just yet

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 9:17 PM
ST. LOUIS -- With the fact that there are few super teams in Major League Baseball and that anything can happen in the postseason, it seems now is not the time for the Phillies to blow up the team. Many would disagree, and there are plenty who feel the true Phillies surfaced during the final to losses... Read more

Game 74: Looking to end the road trip on an upswing

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 11:29 AM
ST. LOUIS -- The Phillies are 5-1 on their current road trip that ends this afternoon in St. Louis against the Cardinals. Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Adam Wainwright snapped the Phillies five-game win streak. The Phillies are now 34-39 and stand four games back of Washington in the National League... Read more

Nola to start Monday for Clearwater

Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12:21 AM
ST. LOUIS -- Righthander Aaron Nola, the Phillies first round draft choice from LSU, will make his professional debut on Monday night for advanced Single-A Clearwater. Phillies radio announcer Jim Jackson tweeted the news after interviewing Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan on their... Read more

Too much Wainwright for Phillies to overcome

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:53 PM
ST. LOUIS -- This was a pitching duel that lived up to its billing and it seemed that even the participants could feel it was a little different. At least one of them was willing to speak about the experience. Adam Wainwright earned the win in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Phillies at Busch... Read more

Byrd embracing leadership role

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 3:13 PM
ST. LOUIS -- It was a routine grounder to shortstop in the seventh inning of a game the Phillies were leading and would win by a 5-1 score over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, but Marlon Byrd was busting it down first base. He ran hard and was rewarded when first baseman Matt Adams failed to get... Read more
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