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Papelbon "not so sold" on Phillies' rebuilding

Friday, February 20, 2015, 1:17 PM
Jonathan Papelbon spoke Friday afternoon for the first time this spring, and despite the Phillies front office’s stated intentions of rebuilding, the 34-year-old closer doesn’t seem so sure. “In my opinion, I’m still not so sold on this entire rebuilding,” he said. “I... Read more

Adam Morgan without restriction in Phillies' spring training

Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:53 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- Thirteen months after a surgeon closed a gap in the front part of his shoulder, lefthander Adam Morgan is pitching in Phillies camp without restriction and "feeling great,” he said Friday. The next step during spring training for Morgan, who turns 25 next Friday, is to face... Read more

Giles, bullpen ready to get to work

Friday, February 20, 2015, 7:58 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ken Giles arrived here two weeks ago, ready to begin his first spring training as a major leaguer. The 24-year-old debuted last August and pitched his way into a key bullpen role. His rookie season was one of the best in franchise history. The right hander’s 64 strikeouts... Read more

J.P. Crawford named Baseball America's 14th best prospect

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 10:28 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- Baseball America regards shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies’ top prospect, as the 14th-best prospect in baseball, according to its latest Top 100 rankings list released Thursday night. Righthander Aaron Nola checked in at No. 39. Third baseman Maikel Franco, the organization’s... Read more

Ben Davis joins Phillies' broadcast team

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5:26 PM
Former major league catcher Ben Davis, a Malvern Prep graduate and West Chester resident, will join the Phillies' broadcast this season, Comcast SportsNet announced Thursday. Davis joins play-by-play man Tom McCarthy and analyst Matt Stairs in the booth. He replaces Jamie Moyer, who decided not to... Read more

Cliff Lee, now healthy, thinks it's too early to say Phillies won't contend

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 1:53 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- Cliff Lee carried a magic eight ball to his first news conference of the spring. It showed up in his locker, he said. “I brought this to answer my hard questions,” he said. Lee resorted to his new toy when asked about team president Pat Gillick’s projection... Read more

Tommy Joseph healthy for start of spring training

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 9:42 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph spent most of the fall with his left wrist in a cast. The Phillies catching prospect was sidelined from baseball for five months. “It kind of stunk,” said Joseph. “But it’s all worth it because you just think about preparing for spring training... Read more

Phillies open 'camp of opportunities'

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7:09 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies long offseason officially ends this morning with the team’s first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers. Over six weeks, the Phillies will whittle their roster down to a final 25. This year, manager Ryne Sandberg said, is “a camp of opportunities... Read more

Domonic Brown to get a 'new slate'

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 2:13 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Domonic Brown’s swing, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, was in a rut. His production slipped last season in almost every offensive category. A year after being an all-star, Brown was one of the league's worst hitting outfielders. This season, Sandberg said, is a new slate... Read more

Sandberg on Ryan Howard: 'Unless he gets unseated, he's the first baseman'

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:03 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- On the morning before the Phillies hold their first spring training workout of 2015, manager Ryne Sandberg answered questions from reporters for almost 30 minutes at Bright House Field. Many of them regarded Ryan Howard. “Right now, unless he gets unseated, he's the first... Read more
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