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  1. Phillies exercising Carlos Ruiz’s option is “a formality”

    Oct 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Ruben Amaro Jr. usually plays things pretty close to the vest with reporters, but the Phillies general manager felt comfortable saying that the decision to pick up Carlos Ruiz‘s option for next season is “a formality.” Ruiz is a incredible bargain at just $5 million, as he’s coming off a career-year and was worth significantly…

  2. Phillies disabled list: Carlos Ruiz off, Placido Polanco on

    Sep 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Philadelphia activated Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list after the All-Star catcher missed the past five weeks with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which is a surprise considering there was some recent talk about the Phillies simply shutting him down the season. Not as surprising is the Phillies putting Placido Polanco on the disabled list,…

  3. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  4. Cubs beat Brewers 12-11 in a wild one

    Aug 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Brewers got seven RBI from Jonathan Lucroy and a career-high five hits from Rickie Weeks on Thursday. What they didn’t get was a victory, as Milwaukee pitchers walked 11 batters and blew leads of 9-3 in the sixth and 11-9 in the ninth in a 12-11 loss to the Cubs. The latest huge letdown…

  5. Juan Pierre wins it for Phillies in 11th

    Aug 12, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    Juan Pierre has collected more infield hits than anyone else in the game since arriving in the majors in 2000, but he had never won a game with one until now. Pierre beat out a grounder to deep short in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Jimmy Rollins and give the Phillies an…

  6. Carlos Ruiz out four to six weeks with plantar fasciitis in left foot

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    The Phillies just announced that Carlos Ruiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. An MRI revealed a partial tear, so he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks. It’s been that kind of year for the Fightins. It’s a real shame, as Ruiz was enjoying the best season of…

  7. Phillies rebuild not off to a smashing start

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Charlie Manuel

    Phillies GM Ruben Amaro was burnt the first time he ever had to sell, giving Cliff Lee away to the Mariners for three modest prospects, none of whom have made any sort of contribution so far, after the 2009 season. Take two isn’t looking like a big success either, as he doesn’t appear to have…

  8. Hunter Pence traded to the Giants

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the deal is done and about to be announced. 1:32 PM: Heyman reports that Nate Schierholtz is in the deal too. That at least gives the Phillies and outfielder. Heyman likewise says that a pitcher could be going to Philly, making this a 3-for-1 deal. UPDATE:  The pitcher…

  9. The Phillies go big with Hamels. Is it too big?

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Phillies deal with Cole Hamels is big. Really big. Like, the second largest contract to a pitcher in baseball history big. $144 million guaranteed, $161 million with a vesting option, the details of which are not known. But here’s the question: can the Phillies really pull this off? And by “this,” I mean the…

  10. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  11. Overthinking La Russa’s snub of R.A. Dickey

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Gatorade All-Star Workout Day

    I remain firmly in the camp that Tony La Russa made a bad decision in deciding not to go with R.A. Dickey as the All-Star Game starter. The arguments for Dickey over Matt Cain are pretty clear both statistically (Dickey has been the better pitcher) and thematically (Dickey has been the better story), so I…

  12. 2012 midseason awards: NL MVP

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:50 AM EDT

    Joey Votto

    There’s no doubt who has been the National League’s best hitter to date, what with Joey Votto leading the circuit in both on-base percentage and slugging. As for the best player, that’s still a difficult question. Here’s the top 10 in OPS: 1.082 – Joey Votto (1B Cin): .345/.464/.619, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 4 SB…

  13. Cliff Lee is finally in the win column

    Jul 4, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    It only took him 14 starts, but Cliff Lee is finally on the board. He pitched eight innings of two-run ball as the Phillies defeated the Mets 9-2 on Wednesday. The Phillies were actually down for much of the game, failing to get on the board until the seventh. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit…

  14. There’s no good reason for the Phillies to sell right now

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    It’s easy to see why the Phillies are discouraged. Despite possessing the highest payroll, they currently have the 12th-best record of the 16 National League teams. They’re on pace for 72 wins, which would be their lowest total since 2000 and a whopping 30-game drop from last year. Still, a shakeup just doesn’t make much…

  15. Reds feel they were intentionally snubbed by National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa

    Jul 1, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    baker cueto getty

    Tony La Russa, the honorary manager of this year’s National League All-Star team, got to hand-select only nine of the players for his roster. And he had to be sure that every organization was represented. He went with left-hander Wade Miley (as the Diamondbacks’ only rep), outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (as the Marlins’ only rep), Huston…

  16. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    mlb all-star patch

    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  17. Chase Utley goes deep in first at-bat of the 2012 season, finishes 3-for-5 in debut

    Jun 27, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    Chase Utley‘s 2012 debut is off to a rocking start. The veteran second baseman — who missed nearly three months due to a knee injury — blasted a solo home run to deep right field in the bottom of the first inning Wednesday night against the Pirates. It was his first plate appearance since last…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    arroyo getty

    Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs. Giants 2, Dodgers…

  19. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

  20. Phillies put backup catcher Brian Schneider on disabled list

    Jun 25, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    schneider bat

    Philadelphia placed Brian Schneider on the disabled list after the backup catcher sprained his ankle on a home plate collision yesterday. Triple-A catcher Erik Kratz replaces him on the roster and will serve as Carlos Ruiz‘s new caddy. Schneider has played sparingly for the Phillies behind the durable Ruiz, starting 20 of the first 74…

  21. NL All-Star balloting update: Melky in, Braun out

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Bochy's Angels?

    Just like in Monday’s AL balloting update, one spot in the National League projected All-Star lineup changed hands this week. Melky Cabrera moved ahead of Ryan Braun into third place in the outfield. Cabrera is deserving based on his performance this season, but one can’t help but notice that Giants fans have been awfully generous…

  22. Carlos Ruiz may not have an oblique strain after all

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    UPDATE: The Phillies might have caught a break. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Ruiz believes he suffered a cramp in his side last night rather than an oblique strain. He is scheduled to take batting practice today and could be back in the Phillies’ lineup in the next couple of days. 9:22 AM: It’s…

  23. A.J. Ellis: All-Star?

    May 27, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    aj ellis ap

    The Dodgers picked up their MLB-best 31st victory on Saturday when catcher A.J. Ellis hit a walkoff three-run shot against the Astros’ Wesley Wright. The heroics are nothing new this year for Ellis. A 31-year-old former 18th-round pick, he’s batting .317/.442/.517 with five home runs, seven doubles and 23 RBI through 149 plate appearances. And…

  24. Roy Halladay says Carlos Ruiz is the Phillies’ best player; says the Phillies have great chemistry

    May 23, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Roy Halladay

    Roy Halladay spoke at length with the media after last night’s loss. A lot of Phillies fans sent me the article quoting him because of the stuff he said about the state of the team and all of that.  It’s interesting in its own right because Halladay has never been the most loquacious player. But I…

  25. Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy has career day with 7 RBI

    May 20, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Jonathan Lucroy

    Jonathan Lucroy had never hit cleanup before being penciled in there against the Twins and Jason Marquis on Sunday. The Brewers might want to leave him there for a while. Lucroy hit his third and fourth homers of the season and drove in a career-high seven runs as part of a 16-4 rout of Minnesota.…

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