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Archive: July, 2013

Michael Young softening stance on trade

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 2:13 PM
With less than two hours until the trade deadline, Michael Young is reportedly softening his stance on not accepting a trade to anywhere but Texas. Numerous sources have confirmed Young would approve a deal to either Boston or New York. Both teams are searching for infield help. The Yankees are a... Read more

Cliff Lee could start this weekend

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 5:53 PM
Cliff Lee took some vicious hacks during batting practice Wednesday and appears on schedule to start sometime this weekend. He missed his last start because of a stiff neck. "Much, much better," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. The team planned to wait another day to ascertain Lee's... Read more

Michael Young, still a Phillie, will not lose playing time

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 5:52 PM
The situation, Michael Young insisted, is not awkward. He dropped a bat and two gloves into the Phillies dugout at 3:37 p.m. "Still here?" Laynce Nix said. Young smiled. He assumed his customary spot at third base during batting practice with 23-year-old Cody Asche beside him. "He's not going to lose... Read more

What if Michael Young will not waive his no-trade clause?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 2:29 PM
It is Michael Young's contractual right to reject any trade proposal presented to him by the Phillies. Young earned that ability when he gained 10-5 rights with Texas and maintained it as part of a stipulation in last winter's trade to Philadelphia. Young is 36 and felt marginalized in Texas, where... Read more

Phillies promote third baseman Cody Asche

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:29 PM
UPDATE (2:30 p.m.) - The Phillies have officially called up Asche from Lehigh Valley. To make room for Asche on the roster, Steve Susdorf was designated for assignment. Complicating the matter is Michael Young's no-trade clause. Read more on what happens if Young refuses to be traded, click here. From... Read more

Cliff Lee, Boston, and demanding a bounty

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 12:20 PM
Some 28 hours remain until baseball's non-waiver trade deadline, and the chatter across the industry centers on Cliff Lee. He is the best available player — yes, he is available — and most speculation ties him to Boston. The Red Sox crave pitching in an ultra-competitive American League... Read more

Game 106: Cody Asche Era delayed

Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 3:03 PM
The Phillies promoted Cody Asche to the majors Tuesday afternoon but he is not in the starting lineup against San Francisco. Michael Young is still a member of the team and he will bat second and play third base. Outfielder Steve Susdorf was designated for assignment to clear space for Asche, who... Read more

Phillies core trio here for the long haul

Monday, July 29, 2013, 1:48 PM
If this were 2010, it would be considered great news that shortstop Jimmy Rollins has no desire to waive his no-trade rights, which is what he told reporters Sunday. If you ranked the importance of the core position players during the Phillies' run of five straight division titles, a span that included... Read more

Jonathan Papelbon isn't going anywhere

Monday, July 29, 2013, 11:05 AM
The Detroit Tigers acquired a reliever Monday morning, and it was not Jonathan Papelbon. For weeks, those two entities were linked because of convenience: The Tigers were an elite team lacking a reputable closer and Papelbon was an elite closer on a non-contending team. Instead, Detroit acquired Jose... Read more

Cliff Lee scratched from Saturday start with 'stiff neck'

Friday, July 26, 2013, 8:06 PM
DETROIT — The true intentions of any abrupt scratch, like the "stiff neck" that will sideline Cliff Lee from his scheduled start Saturday, are questioned at this time of year. The trade deadline is nearing. Lee is the finest pitching commodity available — that is, if he is on the trade... Read more
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