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Ryan Howard's successful first week

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
We’re less than one week into the Grapefruit League schedule, but among the encouraging signs since games began is Ryan Howard’s offensive prowess. Howard hit his first home run of the spring this afternoon. It was an opposite field shot of a guy who appeared on National League MVP ballots... Read more

Mike Adams makes Phillies debut, looks forward to stabilizing eighth innning

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
It was business as usual, save for the inning. Mike Adams made his first competitive performance in a Phillies uniform, pitching a scoreless fourth inning against the Braves on Thursday afternoon. The veteran set-up man retired three of the four batters he faced, striking out Todd Cunningham and allowing... Read more

Cole Hamels might strike out 20 Braves on Opening Day

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:55 AM
Only one team in Major League Baseball history has finished a season with more than three players with at least 140 strikeouts. The Braves have five players who average 140 strikeouts per 162 games. So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Cole Hamels, who finished third in the National League... Read more

This week's Phillies pitching schedule

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies have only one split-squad day this spring, and it comes Sunday. That will create a spring start for Aaron Cook, the 11-year veteran. Also on next week's schedule is a Tuesday date with the Dominican Republic team for the World Baseball Classic. The various countries... Read more

Grape 6: Braves at Phillies

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's February 28, and the public's interest in the Phillies' batting order is fascinating. Spring training is a time for experimentation and tinkering. Nothing more, nothing less. But whenever Charlie Manuel fields a Grapefruit League lineup, there are myriad complaints from... Read more

Darin Ruf's adventures in left field continue

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The line drive was falling fast, and Darin Ruf had to decide whether he could catch it or play the hop. A left fielder with more seasoning would have made his choice before the ball arrived. Ruf did not. It landed as a single for Braves shortstop Ramiro Pena and then bounced... Read more

Charlie Manuel tests different top of lineup

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:55 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ask the manager, and he is sure to offer a steadfast defense of Jimmy Rollins batting leadoff. Charlie Manuel has done such already this spring. It is quite likely Rollins is the first Phillies batter to hit April 1. Naturally, Manuel batted Rollins second Thursday. Ben Revere... Read more

Ryan Howard, spring's iron man, is hitting

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — There are no participation awards for Grapefruit League play, especially not for an aging Phillies team that must maintain its health during a relentless 162-game schedule. But there was Ryan Howard, in the lineup Thursday for the sixth time in six days, and still hitting the... Read more

Live updates: Phillies vs. Braves, 1:05 p.m.

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:55 AM
Join our chat for live updates and commentary as the Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. On a mobile device? Click HERE to join the chat. Read more

Ruf rebounding from biceps soreness

Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:54 AM
Darin Ruf said he should be in the lineup on Thursday. And in left field. But it was somewhat curious that the 26-year-old was out of the lineup for the second straight day on Wednesday. He made a pinch-hitting appearance in the seventh inning. The reason he didn't start for the second straight day?... Read more
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