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  1. Adrian Gonzalez has homered in four straight games

    Apr 14, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    A couple of relative old timers are healthy — and raking — again.

  2. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 14, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    The other owners will have to ratify the move at their next meeting, but as of yesterday it’s all but official: the Braves now own the Nationals. 

  3. Chase Utley is a five-alarm fire right now

    Apr 13, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    The Phillies’ second baseman has been on an absolute tear to start the season.

  4. Freddy Galvis rejoins Phillies after staph infection

    Apr 11, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

    Freddy Galvis Getty

    Freddy Galvis is off the disabled list and back on the Phillies’ active roster after being sidelined since the middle of spring training with a staph infection in his knee.

  5. Freddy Galvis hospitalized with a staph infection

    Mar 21, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    freddy galvis getty

    Next up: Cliff Lee has a bad surfing wipeout, Ryne Sandberg injures himself hula dancing and Chase Utley wakes up with a tarantula on his chest. From Todd Zolecki: Freddy Galvis, who was a lock to the make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder, is in the hospital with a staph infection. He…

  6. Leftover bits of the Phillies in Clearwater

    Mar 6, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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    I wish I was joking when I say that I spilled water on my keyboard yesterday and now the “r” key on it doesn’t work anymore. But that’s what happened. I’m putting them in via CTRL-V, which makes everything a lot slower. It’s pretty nuts, actually. Weirdest part? When I type the letter “i” it…

  7. 2014 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Can the Phillies have all of their key players stay healthy for an entire…

  8. Phillies could get creative to find room for Darin Ruf on the roster

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    By weighted on-base average (wOBA), Darin Ruf (.354) out-hit every Phillie except Chase Utley (.356). PECOTA, the projection system found at Baseball Prospectus, projects Ruf to be more valuable than All-Star Domonic Brown in 2014. And yet, most are expecting Ruf to start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It makes logical sense. The Phillies’…

  9. Marlon Byrd on the Phillies: “we’re not an old team”

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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    With the signing of Marlon Byrd and Bobby Abreu — and because they’re counting on Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley to be the motors of the offense once again — the “Phillies are old” jokes have been all over the place this winter.  My favorite two so far are (1) the one about…

  10. Ruben Amaro thinks the Phillies will be contenders if they stay healthy

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Jr Ryne Sandberg

    Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Phillies GM Ruben Amaro as his team is about a month away from reporting to Clearwater, Florida for spring training. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a prognosticator willing to bet on the Phillies winning the NL East or even competing for one of the two Wild Card slots,…

  11. Phillies sign Ronny Cedeno

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno Getty

    Journeyman infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Phillies, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Cedeno split last season between the Astros and Padres, hitting .242 with three homers and a .617 OPS in 89 games for a disappointing follow-up to a very solid 2012 season with the Mets. At age…

  12. Mark Mulder credits Paco Rodriguez for spurring his comeback attempt

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has a wonderful piece up in which he details Mark Mulder’s attempt to make a comeback in 2014 after nearly six years since he last pitched in the Majors. The whole story borders on too improbable to believe, but perhaps the most interesting part of the story is how the comeback attempt was conceived:…

  13. Jonathan Papelbon compared the cultures of the Red Sox and Phillies

    Jan 3, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Losing never feels good, even if you’re the most well-compensated player at your position. Following the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to the richest contract ever for a closer — a four-year, $50 million deal with a fifth-year option that can vest at an additional $13 million. Papelbon has generally…

  14. Boston’s incredible stolen base streak gets snapped, sort of

    Oct 9, 2013, 1:54 AM EDT

    Quintin Berry, Ben Zobrist

    When Daniel Nava was thrown out trying for second on a hit-and-run in the eighth inning Tuesday against the Rays, it marked the first time in the team’s last 46 attempts that a Red Sox player was caught stealing. Of course, technically, that’s mixing regular-season and postseason games. No matter what happens the rest of…

  15. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has interim tag removed

    Sep 22, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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    From CSNPhilly.com beat reporter Jim Salisbury: Multiple baseball sources have told CSNPhilly.com Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury that the Phillies will remove the “interim” label from Ryne Sandberg’s job title on Sunday and name the Hall of Fame second baseman the club’s full-time manager. Since replacing Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16, Sandberg has managed the Phillies…

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

    Sep 18, 2013, 6:18 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Rangers 7, Rays 1: The Rangers finally snap the skid. Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus homered and drove in three runs each to pull Texas back into a tie with Tampa Bay at the top of the wild card standings. Indians 5, Royals 3: Kansas City took a 3-0 lead into the sixth with the Indians…

  17. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

  18. Evan Gattis hit the longest home run of the season against Cole Hamels

    Sep 8, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Evan Gattis was the Braves’ only source of offense this afternoon against Cole Hamels in the series finale in Philadelphia. The Braves scored two runs on two hits, both Gattis solo home runs — one in the second inning, and one in the seventh, giving him 18 on the season. The Phillies scored twice in…

  19. Chase Utley finally responds to Mac’s letter from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Mac from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” once wrote his hero, Chase Utley a letter: Now, five years later, Chase Utley, via the MLB Fan Cave, has finally responded: I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. In other news, when was the last time we played night crawlers together Frank?

  20. With a triple into the Wrigley Field ivy, Chase Utley turned one ball into two

    Aug 30, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Here’s something you don’t see every day. The Phillies trailed the Cubs 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning, but were threatening with runners on first and second and Chase Utley at the dish against starter Jeff Samardzija. Utley laced a line drive into right-center, scoring both runners on a triple. That wasn’t the…

  21. Phillies walk off for the third consecutive game

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies, perhaps coincidentally, have started to play better since firing long-time manager Charlie Manuel and replacing him with Ryne Sandberg. With tonight’s walk-off victory, their third consecutive walk-off, they have won five of their last six games. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies victimized Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who we later found out was…

  22. Phillies’ downward spiral highlights cracks of riding success

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…

  23. The Braves are seeking a second baseman on waivers

    Aug 16, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla AP

    Having lost Dan Uggla to eye surgery and Tyler Pastornicky to a torn ACL, the Braves are now prowling the waiver wire for a second baseman as they prepare for the post-season. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweeted this earlier: #Braves Wren said they’ll look for possible trade for INF, doesn’t know if will…

  24. Stephen Strasburg dominates Phillies for first career shutout

    Aug 11, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Starter Stephen Strasburg shut the Phillies out over nine innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out ten with 99 pitches as the Nationals wrapped up a series sweep at home with a 6-0 victory. Today’s performance marked the tenth time in his young career that Strasburg went into double-digits in strikeouts.…

  25. Chase Utley’s extension with Phillies worth up to $75 million

    Aug 8, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Chase Utley

    Chase Utley‘s contract extension with the Phillies is officially a two-year, $27 million deal, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the second baseman can earn up to $75 million depending on what happens with vesting options. According to Rosenthal the contract includes three vesting options for $15 million each in 2016, 2017, and 2018,…

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