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  1. Carlos Ruiz apologizes for his Adderall use

    Feb 13, 2013, 4:08 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    Carlos Ruiz met the press today in Clearwater and apologized for using Adderall without a prescription, which bought him a 25-game suspension. From CSNPhilly.com: “First, I apologize to my organization, the fans, my teammates, my whole family,” Ruiz said. “I feel so bad. I’m trying to put everything behind [me] and do my best this…

  2. Phillies sign Humberto Quintero to minor league contract

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:37 PM EST

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    From Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com comes word that the Phillies have signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract. The agreement also comes with an invitation to spring training. To many, the move probably seems like a reaction to the 25-game amphetamine suspension handed down this afternoon to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz. And it does…

  3. Carlos Ruiz and performance-enhancing drugs

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz

    There are a lot of differing opinions out there, educated and otherwise, on just how much performance-enhancing drugs actually enhance performance. On the one side, there’s suspected users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens pulling off incredible feats at advanced ages. On the other, there’s the long list of proven cheaters littered with names of journeymen…

  4. Carlos Ruiz suspended 25 games for amphetamines

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:35 PM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    The Phillies just got another item placed on their offseason shopping list: a part time catcher to cover for Carlos Ruiz. From MLB: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major…

  5. Brazil beats Panama to qualify for World Baseball Classic

    Nov 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Brazil became the final qualifier for the World Baseball Classic by emerging from a four-team pool that also included Colombia, Nicaragua, and Panama. They defeated Panama in last night’s pool-deciding game, at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama, which was a pretty huge upset and a very thrilling 1-0 game that saw 39-year-old former big leaguer…

  6. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  7. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  8. Phillies exercise $5 million option on Carlos Ruiz

    Oct 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    As expected the Phillies have exercised their $5 million team option on catcher Carlos Ruiz for next season. Among the biggest no-brainer decisions of the offseason, as the 33-year-old Ruiz is coming off a career-year in which he hit .325 with 16 homers and a .935 OPS in 114 games. He’d previously never reached double-digit…

  9. 2012 projections review: catcher

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

    Joe Mauer

    I’ll be doing some projection reviews over the next couple of weeks, starting with catcher here. Along with running down my preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each position, I’ll also present a few more that are of interest. Requests of players not listed can be made in the comments. 1. Carlos Santana –…

  10. Blast from the past: Ramiro Mendoza aiming to pitch for Panama

    Oct 21, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    Ramiro Mendoza

    Former Yankees and Red Sox reliever Ramiro Mendoza has started training in the hopes of making Panama’s World Baseball Classic team for qualifying next month, MLB.com reports. “It is a wonderful experience,” said Mendoza. “I [am coming] to do my part to help the boys, but I know they have a lot to offer for…

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

    Oct 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    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,…

  13. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 30, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    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…

  15. Juan Pierre wins it for Phillies in 11th

    Aug 12, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:05 PM EST

    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…

  17. Phillies rebuild not off to a smashing start

    Jul 31, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    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…

  18. Hunter Pence traded to the Giants

    Jul 31, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    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…

  22. 2012 midseason awards: NL MVP

    Jul 7, 2012, 12:50 AM EST

    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…

  23. Cliff Lee is finally in the win column

    Jul 4, 2012, 4:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:54 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 1, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

    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…

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