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  1. Jim Thome to undergo MRI for neck spasms

    Jul 30, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    Jim Thome AP

    Jim Thome hasn’t played since Friday due to recurring neck spasms and now he’s being sent back to Baltimore in order to undergo an MRI. Thome tried to hit earlier this afternoon, but his neck didn’t respond as hoped. While the veteran slugger has dealt with neck issues in the past, he told Roch Kubatko…

  2. Alex Rodriguez’s 2,000th career strikeout goes uncelebrated

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    I don’t get it; there really should have been a ceremony. Alex Rodriguez became just the fifth player in major league history to strike out 2,000 times when he went down swinging against Felix Hernandez in the sixth inning tonight. Rodriguez clearly looked the video board after the strikeout, obviously expecting at least some sort…

  3. Jim Thome hits 610th home run, passes Sammy Sosa on all-time list

    Jul 20, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Jim Thome Getty

    Jim Thome just keeps mashing those taters. Thome connected for a solo home run off Derek Lowe in the top of the fourth inning this evening against the Indians. It was Thome’s first home run as a member of the Orioles and the 610th home run of his career, passing Sammy Sosa for sole possession…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and higlights

    Jul 2, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago, Austin Jackson

    It was a really rough weekend for people in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Storms, trees down, power outages and intense heat made it for a really crappy weekend. We were fairly lucky here at Chez Craigy. The power was out for only about 24 hours before coming back Saturday evening.…

  5. Orioles agree to trade for Phillies’ Jim Thome

    Jun 30, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Phillies Thome celebrates his game winning walk off home run against the Rays during the ninth inning of their interleague MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com has the scoop: According to a baseball source, the Phillies are in serious talks with the Baltimore Orioles about a potential trade involving Jim Thome. The Orioles are in the market for a designated hitter and the Phillies are willing to deal Thome to a club where he could fill that…

  6. The Phillies have made Jim Thome available to American League teams

    Jun 28, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Jim Thome Reuters

    Jim Thome is no longer able to play first base, so now that interleague play is over, he’s limited to pinch-hitting duties. The future Hall of Famer hasn’t fared too well in that role to date, going just 1-for-16 with one homer and 11 strikeouts, so the Phillies are now open to setting him free.…

  7. Day after walkoff, Jim Thome talks about returning in 2013

    Jun 24, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome set a major league record Saturday with his 13th career walkoff homer. Now he’s thinking about coming back for more. “It showed me that I can still play,” Thome said in an interview with Scott Palmer on the Phillies pregame show, Behind the Pinstripes, Sunday afternoon. “And to be honest, it really questions…

  8. Jim Thome is on fire

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Jim Thome stands in the on-deck circle before batting against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis

    The Phillies have ruled out the possibility of Jim Thome playing first base this year. They may want to reconsider that. Or at least try to  figure out a way to get his bat into the lineup after interleague play is over and he can’t DH anymore, because the guy is on fire. Thome hit…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips

    Reds 12, Indians 5: One in a bunch of lopsided Thursday games. Brandon Phillips simply abuses Indians pitching as a rule and he did so again yesterday, driving in four. And he likes it too. He said after the game: “Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe.” Michael Brantley extended his hitting…

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

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Matt Cain, Buster Posey

    Giants 10, Astros 0: A simply unbelievable night for Matt Cain.  As we noted last night, this was among the best games ever pitched in the history of baseball. Perfection is one thing. Doing it while striking out 14 is dominant perfection.  And don’t try to diminish it by saying “hey, it was the Astros.”…

  11. Jim Thome rejoins Phillies after missing 36 games

    Jun 6, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    The good news for the Phillies is that they get a future Hall of Famer back from the disabled list today. The bad news is that it’s Jim Thome, who didn’t have much of a role before being shut down with a back injury in late April. Thome got a total of just 21 plate…

  12. Sore elbow sends Phillies starter Vance Worley to DL

    May 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Yesterday the Phillies announced that Vance Worley wouldn’t be making his scheduled start today because of a sore elbow and now they’ve placed him on the disabled list with inflammation. Kyle Kendrick will step into Worley’s rotation spot beginning tonight versus the Cubs and the Phillies called up left-handed reliever Joe Savery to take his…

  13. Jim Thome is heading to the DL

    May 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    The Phillies beat the Braves without Jim Thome — and without an extra bat on the bench — last night.  But they decided today that they’re not going to keep trying to do that.  Thome was placed on the DL this morning with a bad back, which he tweaked while sliding into second base on…

  14. So far so good with Jim Thome playing first base

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome has started at first base for the Phillies in three of the first 16 games, which doesn’t seem like much until you consider that he last played even an inning at the position in mid-2007. He committed a throwing error yesterday, but health-wise the 41-year-old has held up pretty well after missing tons…

  15. Alex Rodriguez passes Ken Griffey Jr., now 5th on homer list

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Alex Rodriguez launched his 631st career homer over the Green Monster on Friday, moving him past Ken Griffey Jr. on the all-time list: 1. Barry Bonds – 762 2. Hank Aaron – 755 3. Babe Ruth – 714 4. Willie Mays – 660 5. Alex Rodriguez – 631 6. Ken Griffey Jr. – 630 7.…

  16. Cliff Lee shuts out the Giants for ten innings, Phillies lose

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants

    Blast living in the eastern time zone. For, because I went to bed at a reasonable hour, I missed an unreasonably good pitching matchup: Cliff Lee vs. Matt Cain, each of whom shut the other side out for nine innings. Those nine innings took only one hour and fifty-minutes, by the way. The difference: Cliff…

  17. Alex Rodriguez ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on all-time homer list with 630

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    rodriguez and griffey mariners

    Alex Rodriguez hit his first homer of the season off Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, moving into a tie with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list with 630 career homers. The homer also snapped a career-long RBI drought for Rodriguez, who failed to drive in a run in any of…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel Reuters

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut? The short answer? No, I don’t see how…

  19. Jim Thome made a diving stop at first base and didn’t die

    Mar 29, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Photo Day

    Really lookin’ forward to some Jim Thome at first base, guys.  Because whenever stuff like this diving stop happens, my Thome love — which has always been considerable — only grows greater. Just can’t stop smiling. Which, I realize, will be offset when he inevitably breaks his pelvis in six places while trying to make…

  20. Jim Thome plays five innings at first base, doesn’t fall apart

    Mar 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome hasn’t played an inning at first base since 2007, when he started one game for the White Sox, but yesterday the 41-year-old designated hitter played half a game there and managed to avoid any injuries. He won’t be replacing Ryan Howard, but the Phillies are trying to at least prepare Thome for occasional…

  21. Ryan Howard’s timetable pushed back to late May, early June

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    This is probably expected given his recent infection/setback/whatever Ruben Amaro wants to call it, but Jon Heyman reports that Ryan Howard‘s projected return date has been pushed back about a month. The expectation at the moment: late May or early June. Just sayin’ now: the presence of Mayberry and Wigginton notwithstanding, I want lots of Jim…

  22. Ryan Howard cleared for light exercise

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    It’s been over two weeks since Ryan Howard underwent a procedure to remove an infection around his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon.  He’s been in a walking boot all that time and has not been doing any kind of workouts. But that’s about to change as he’s been cleared for “light exercise.” He’s still in the…

  23. Nick Johnson is likely to make the Orioles … “if healthy”

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Johnson reaches for a grounder during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota

    When it comes to Nick Johnson, using the “if healthy” caveat makes anything that follows sound sort of silly, but manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that the perpetually injured first baseman is likely to make the Orioles out of spring training … if healthy. “I think he brings some things that I’d really like to…

  24. Ryan Howard sidelined indefinitely after developing an infection

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    Matt Gelb of Philly.com reports that Ryan Howard has suffered a setback.  Specifically, on Monday he underwent a procedure to clean an infection from his original wound, and the healing from that procedure will sideline him from action indefinitely. We first caught wind of this last week when Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported that Howard had “a…

  25. Running down the rosters: Philadelphia Phillies

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    The Phillies still look like the class of the NL, but while their win totals have increased five years running, it hasn’t resulted in playoff success the last couple of years. Rotation Roy Halladay – R Cliff Lee – L Cole Hamels – L Vance Worley – R Joe Blanton – R Bullpen Jonathan Papelbon…

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