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Archive: February, 2013

Slow progress for Delmon Young

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 12:39 PM
LAKELAND, Fla. — The spring games have begun, but Delmon Young has yet to take a real batting practice swing. Young has started hitting side tosses, or flips, in the batting cage, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday. Young's hitting has mostly been limited to tee work while... Read more

Grape 2: Phillies at Tigers

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 8:01 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's Roy Halladay day. Well, it's the first of many this spring. Halladay makes his anticipated Grapefruit League debut Sunday in Lakeland, Fla., against the Detroit Tigers. It was last spring when Halladay first showed signs of distress and ultimately a bad back messed with... Read more

Domonic Brown homers, thrills Charlie Manuel

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 5:39 PM
LAKELAND, Fla. — One of Domonic Brown's signature moments came three springs ago, when he wore No. 78 and had no shot of making the Phillies. He worked a full count against Justin Verlander, one of the game's best pitchers, before cranking a home run that completely cleared Bright House Field... Read more

Ryan Howard shows improved running

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 3:32 PM
LAKELAND, Fla. — Ryan Howard was never described as "fast," nor will he ever be after Achilles surgery. But in his first 71 games with the repaired tendon, his gait was snaillike and downright painful to watch last season. Howard insists his speed will improve, to a certain extent. He attempted... Read more

Grape 1: Astros at Phillies

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8:13 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The start of Grapefruit League play has arrived, and even Lee Elia is here. The former Phillies manager will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Bright House Field. Cole Hamels will throw the next pitch, which is significant for a number of reasons. Hamels is in line to... Read more

Phillies defense sloppy in 8-3 loss to Astros

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 5:23 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Often, before Grapefruit League games started, Charlie Manuel gravitated toward the outfield drills. His defense there is of great concern. Those fears were not alleviated in Saturday's 8-3 loss to Houston at Bright House Field. The Phillies committed four errors, two of them... Read more

Michael Schwimer traded to Blue Jays

Saturday, February 23, 2013, 5:14 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Scott Proefrock walked through the Phillies clubhouse during the eighth inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game with papers in his hand. The assistant general manager instructed a clubhouse attendant to find pitcher Michael Schwimer. Schwimer was in the Phillies bullpen... Read more

Phillies vs. Phillies: Play-by-play

Friday, February 22, 2013, 12:28 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies are playing the Phillies. The Phillies will win. But you are curious about the details of Friday's intrasquad scrimmage at Bright House Field, so here is the live play by play. Refresh often for updates. TOP OF THE FIRST Adam Morgan pitching. Jimmy Rollins singles... Read more

On Jonathan Papelbon and leadership

Friday, February 22, 2013, 9:40 AM
UPDATE (12:03 p.m.): Papelbon addressed his comments and more this afternoon. Read the story here. CLEARWATER, Fla. — It is no coincidence the Phillies' season soured last June. They were 9-19, the franchise's worst month in 12 years, and it dug an inescapable hole. That month, Roy Halladay... Read more

Phillies vs. Phillies: For all the marbles

Friday, February 22, 2013, 8:51 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — There is baseball Friday at Bright House Field. Well, sort of. The Phillies will face the Phillies in an intrasquad game at noon. They will not play nine innings; probably more like five. Charlie Manuel will not manage. Those responsibilities fall to third-base coach Ryne... Read more
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