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  1. Cole Hamels likely to join Phillies’ rotation next Wednesday

    Apr 19, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels AP

    Cole Hamels is on track to face the Dodgers next Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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

    Apr 18, 2014, 6:47 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    Adam Wainwright turned in the latest of several dominant pitching performances around Major League Baseball this week.

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 17, 2014, 6:06 AM EDT

    Julio Teheran

    Lots of shutouts yesterday. Including one that was the Platonic Ideal of a baseball game. At least if you have taste and stuff.

  4. I guess Phillies fans do need to be told when to make some noise

    Apr 15, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    If you think I’m picking on Phillies fans this morning. Well, that’s where you’re right.

  5. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.

  6. Cliff Lee gives up 8 runs vs. Rangers, still gets win

    Mar 31, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee AP

    Cliff Lee, it turns out, just knows how to win.

  7. Freddy Galvis hospitalized with a staph infection

    Mar 21, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. Phillies release Lou Marson

    Mar 14, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    Lou Marson Indians

    Instead of letting the backup catcher competition drag on until the end of spring training the Phillies have released Lou Marson, meaning Wil Nieves is in line to be starter Carlos Ruiz‘s understudy. Marson was originally drafted by the Phillies back in 2004 and came up through their farm system before being traded to the…

  9. 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…

  10. Ethan Martin shut down three weeks with triceps and shoulder capsule strains

    Mar 1, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

    Ethan Martin Getty

    The Phillies’ rotation depth took a hit today, as Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that right-hander Ethan Martin has been shut down for three weeks due to triceps and shoulder capsule strains. Martin left Thursday’s exhibition opener against the Blue Jays due to shoulder soreness. He faced just four batters and was reportedly hitting around…

  11. Today in weird news: A fan mailed Cliff Lee fingernail clippings

    Feb 23, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee AP

    From MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince on Twitter: Tidbit from #Phillies camp today: Somebody mailed Cliff Lee their fingernail clippings. The perks of celebrity. #FanNail — Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) February 23, 2014 I’m not sure my reaction to this has an official onomatopoeia. Follow @CrashburnAlley

  12. Jordan Zimmermann isn’t concerned about signing a long-term extension with the Nationals

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Four

    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann signed a two-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration back in January. The right-hander, who has finished each of the past three seasons with an ERA of 3.25 or better, had been discussing a long-term deal with the organization, but the two sides were ultimately too far apart and agreed on…

  13. Stephen Strasburg is working to add a slider

    Feb 18, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post … In his fifth professional season and more than three years removed from Tommy John surgery, Strasburg has a reached a point at which he feels comfortable building off his current, considerable arsenal. Along with his fastball, curve and changeup, Strasburg is working to add a slider. “It’s just…

  14. So long, Pirates: A.J. Burnett signs with the Phillies

    Feb 12, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett AP

    Just minutes after news that Cole Hamels could miss the beginning of the season due to a biceps injury the Phillies have made a big move for the rotation: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that they’ve signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s worth $16 million. Burnett had two…

  15. The Phillies are “very much still in the running” to sign A.J. Burnett

    Feb 10, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett AP

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. indicated Friday that he didn’t expect to make any additions prior to spring training, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com hears that the club is “very much still in the running” to sign free agent right-hander A.J. Burnett. While it’s unclear if the two sides are close to a deal,…

  16. Add the Blue Jays to the list of teams interested in A.J. Burnett

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    A.J. Burnett recently announced that he will pitch for at least one more season before hanging up the spikes. That drew the attention of several teams instantaneously. The Pirates, of course, who had been waiting all off-season for Burnett to make a decision. The Orioles, in need of an upgrade in the rotation. The Phillies,…

  17. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  18. Phillies and Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration on one-year deal

    Jan 16, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick Getty

    The Phillies and right-hander Kyle Kendrick have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.675 million contract. The deal includes award bonuses. Kendrick just finished up a two-year, $7.5 million extension and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. The 29-year-old got off to an excellent start last season, but ended up with a…

  19. What can the Dodgers expect from Clayton Kershaw over the next seven years?

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    Per MLB.com, the Dodgers locked up Clayton Kershaw for seven years at $215 million earlier today. Dodgers president Stan Kasten is hopeful that the club will make the deal official by Friday morning. The news caused our eyes to jump to the horizon, wondering how the lefty will fare between now and 2020. But first,…

  20. Recapping the Winter Meetings and looking ahead to the rest of the offseason

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:10 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings pic

    A week in the sun and warmth is over. A week of the hottest hot stove action in recent memory preceded it. It’s pretty easy to say that a great bulk of the work teams needed to do before Opening Day 2014 has been accomplished since we tossed the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers. But…

  21. The Phillies have told teams they’d trade Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:21 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres

    If someone — anyone — has a clue what the Phillies’ grand plan is, I’d love to hear it. I’m sure anyone would: The Phillies have indicated to other teams they are ready and willing to talk about Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in trades. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 10, 2013 I suppose that…

  22. Wild rumor time: Robinson Cano might have met with the Tigers yesterday

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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    The Tigers were able to shed the monster contract of Prince Fielder earlier this week in the deal that netted them Ian Kinsler from the Rangers. Is it possible that the next step will be to pursue free agent second baseman Robinson Cano? That scenario seems extremely unlikely for a variety of reasons, but there…

  23. Brian McCann will begin his grand tour soon

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Brian McCann is the best available catcher, and given that good catching is about the hardest thing to find — Henry Blanco is still active for crying out loud — it is definitely a seller’s market for Mr. McCann’s representatives.  In light of that I’m kind of surprised that he isn’t pulling a Cliff Lee…

  24. What if MLB’s season were only 16 games?

    Nov 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    kershaw getty

    So, a couple of friends suggested to me that instead of making this a series of rule changes I would like to see (and will never happen), I should instead come up with “Five things that might make you think differently about baseball.” That does seem to make a bit more sense. My first rule…

  25. Phillies hope Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will open 2014 in the starting rotation

    Oct 12, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    After agreeing to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Phillies in late August, Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez spoke to the media for the first time Thursday at the team’s spring training complex in Clearwater. While Gonzalez was originally expected to sign a six-year, $48 million contract with the Phillies, the deal was reworked…

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