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  1. Indians defeat Royals after resuming suspended game from August 31

    Sep 22, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

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    The Royals made it interesting, but the Indians hung on for a 4-3 victory.

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

    Aug 19, 2014, 6:42 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Washington Nationals

    The Nats win the close ones. They win the not-so-close ones. They win the tame ones. And last night, they won a wild one.

  3. Royals could lose Eric Hosmer for month with stress fracture

    Jul 31, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    Royals robbed of their hottest hitter after quiet deadline day Thursday.

  4. Blue Jays acquire Danny Valencia from Royals for Erik Kratz and Liam Hendriks

    Jul 28, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

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    It’s not a big deal, but the Blue Jays and Royals have pulled off a trade this evening which will send infielder Danny Valencia to Toronto and catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks to Kansas City.

  5. Blue Jays place closer Casey Janssen on disabled list

    Mar 30, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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    According to John Lott of Canada’s National Post, the Blue Jays have placed closer Casey Janssen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 29, with a left abdominal strain. The Blue Jays recalled catcher Erik Kratz in a corresponding roster move. Janssen was limited to three appearances this spring in the Grapefruit League because…

  6. Phillies sign Wil Nieves

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Wil Nieves

    Philadelphia has a new backup catcher, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Phillies have signed 36-year-old Wil Nieves after trading Erik Kratz for Brad Lincoln yesterday. Nieves spent this year with the Diamondbacks, backing up Miguel Montero and hitting .297 with one homer and a .690 OPS in 71 games for the second-highest…

  7. Phillies acquire Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen

    Dec 3, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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    A minor trade in among all these high-profile deals, via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki: Phillies have acquired RHP Brad Lincoln from Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 4, 2013 Lincoln was out of minor league options and the Blue Jays are loaded with relievers. The…

  8. 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.…

  9. Phillies activate Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list

    Jun 18, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    Less than 48 hours ago manager Charlie Manuel was quoted as saying that Carlos Ruiz was “four or five days” away from rejoining the Phillies, but the catcher was just activated from the disabled list for tonight’s game. Ruiz returns after missing the past month with a hamstring injury and he’s played just 16 games…

  10. Carlos Ruiz expected to rejoin Phillies in “four or five days”

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v  Atlanta Braves

    Carlos Ruiz began a minor-league rehab assignment over the weekend at Triple-A, going 1-for-3 while playing seven innings behind the plate Sunday as he comes back from a hamstring injury. Asked about his recovery timetable, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told Owen Perkins of MLB.com: “He’ll be there about four or five days.” Ruiz has been…

  11. Erik Kratz undergoes surgery on left knee, out 6-8 weeks

    Jun 12, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    From beat reporter Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer comes word that Phillies catcher Erik Kratz underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to fix a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. He’s expected to need 6-8 weeks of rest and rehab, which plots his return for sometime near late July or early August. Kratz suffered…

  12. Erik Kratz to undergo surgery for medial meniscus tear in knee

    Jun 10, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

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    Phillies catcher Erik Kratz was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a left knee injury and it turns out that he’ll have to miss an extended period of time. According to CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies announced today that Kratz underwent an MRI which showed a medial meniscus tear. He’ll undergo surgery on the knee, after…

  13. Phillies place Erik Kratz on disabled list with knee injury

    Jun 9, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MLB.com beat reporter Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have placed catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury and purchased the contract of Steven Lerud from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to provide depth behind the plate. Kratz injured his knee Saturday in the Phillies’ loss to the Brewers.…

  14. Jacoby Ellsbury scratched with a groin

    May 31, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury,  Jimmy Rollins

    You can say that, right? That’s the relatively modern injury-naming convention? “out with a knee,” “day-to-day with a shoulder?”  Maybe “scratched” and “groin” too close together is a problem. Oh well, too late to change it now! Anyway: Groin tightness for Ellsbury. Felt it on his fifth steal last night. Day to day. — Brian…

  15. Jacoby Ellsbury sets Red Sox record with five steals

    May 31, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury,  Jimmy Rollins

    Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in five of his six plate appearances last night and wreaked havoc on the Phillies once he was there, setting a Red Sox record with five steals. Ellsbury stole all five off catcher Erik Kratz, who came into the game having thrown out 40 percent of steal attempts during his career.…

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

    May 31, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Groundhog Day

    Pirates 1, Tigers 0: Jim Leyland was in the Virgin Islands once. He met a girl. they ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, they made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t he get that day over, and over, and over? Or, well, at least two out of three days. It’d…

  17. Carlos Ruiz out 3-4 weeks with hamstring strain, Ryan Howard day-to-day with sore knee

    May 20, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

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    The Phillies placed reliever Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon due to a back injury, but the club is also dealing with some injuries to their everyday lineup. Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Carlos Ruiz is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after he suffered a Grade 2 strain…

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

    May 20, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

    Freddy Galvis

    Phillies 3, Reds 2: Aroldis Chapman is usually automatic. But he surrendered back-to-back bombs to the murderers row that is Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis as the Philly walked off Cincinnati. Heck, the inning started with Chapman walking Delmon Young on four straight pitches, so you know he wasn’t on it yesterday. And Cliff Lee…

  19. Phillies use wacky ninth inning to defeat Aroldis Chapman, Reds

    May 19, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    The ninth inning of today’s Reds-Phillies series finale was full of statistical improbabilities. First, Delmon Young drew a four-pitch walk (yes, Delmon Young walked) against Aroldis Chapman. He was immediately replaced by pitcher and pinch-runner Cliff Lee. With Erik Kratz at the plate battling Chapman in a 2-2 count, the lefty reliever picked Lee off…

  20. Carlos Ruiz leaves game with strained right hamstring

    May 19, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

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    The Phillies might, yet again, be without starting catcher Carlos Ruiz for an extended period of time. Ruiz was lifted from Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after straining his right hamstring while running the bases in the bottom of the second inning. Ruiz will presumably be placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, and…

  21. Phillies reinstate Carlos Ruiz from suspension

    Apr 28, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com had news of the transaction first: Phils announce they have added Ruiz.Quintero designated for assignment. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) April 28, 2013 Ruiz is done serving his 25-game amphetamine suspension and ready to serve as the Phillies’ starting catcher after playing in just four minor league tune-up games. Erik Kratz will…

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

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 4, Tigers 3: Watched most of this one as I painted a couple of rooms in my house. Two highlights of the game for me were (1) overhearing my girlfriend use some really bad language the second or third time the Tigers left the bases loaded; and (2) Tigers color commentator Rod Allen, when describing…

  23. Billy Butler knocks in seven in Royals’ 9-8 win over Phillies

    Apr 7, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Billy Butler had a grand slam, a two-run single and an RBI groundout to drive in a career-high seven runs as the Royals topped the Phillies 9-8 on Sunday. Butler’s slam off Cole Hamels was originally ruled a double, but it was correctly overturned on replay. The Royals won today despite going down 4-0 in…

  24. 2013 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    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 2013 season. Today: the Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Will the Phillies defy age and injury concerns? The Phillies had the oldest offense and…

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