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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. A.J. Burnett is giving Daniel McCutchen’s daughter a college fund in exchange for his jersey number

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    We often hear about veterans coming to new teams and asking younger players for their old jersey numbers.  Often there is payment involved. Last year Julio Borbon gave Adrian Beltre his customary number 29 in exchange for a watch. The year before, Jim Thome gave Alexi Casilla a Rolex in exchange for his number with the…

  13. Ryan Howard set for check-up with surgeon early next week

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard began fielding ground balls and taking batting practice this week, but his rehab from a torn Achilles will be put on hold for a couple of days so he can visit with surgeon Mark Myerson in Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday. There appears to be a minor difference of opinion on the nature…

  14. Ryan Howard taking ground balls after torn Achilles

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    Ryan Howard isn’t scheduled for his first media session of the spring until Wednesday, but it appears he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab from the torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered on the final play of the Phillies’ season. According to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Howard took some grounders on the field and also soft-toss…

  15. GM on Ryan Howard: “If he’s back by sometime in May, I’ll be happy”

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    A few weeks ago Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to “speculate” about Ryan Howard‘s odds of being in the Opening Day lineup, but yesterday the Phillies general manager made it very clear that no one is expecting a return that soon. Amaro told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Howard returning from his torn Achilles’ tendon by…

  16. Jim Thome has a job waiting for him with the White Sox when he retires

    Jan 28, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    41-year-old Jim Thome isn’t done mashing taters off big league pitchers, but he has a job waiting for him when he retires. According to Chuck Garfen of CSNChicago.com, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said at SoxFest last night that he and Thome have a handshake deal for the veteran slugger to work for the team when…

  17. Miguel Cabrera is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    I share Aaron’s dubiousness about Miguel Cabrera playing third base for the Tigers.  And I laughed during the Prince Fielder press conference when Fielder said this: “I’m confident in Miguel doing a good job. That’s where he started out, at third base.” Which is why Chipper Jones will be playing shortstop for the Braves, Jim…

  18. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  19. Ryan Howard is six weeks from starting baseball activities

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard met with a doctor yesterday and was given positive news about his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered during his final at-bat of the playoffs in October. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Howard has been cleared “to begin some strength and power exercises” and “also will start jogging underwater.” However, he…

  20. It’s “I have no evidence of his PED use, but I’m not voting for Jeff Bagwell” season

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    I guess we’re going to do this again. We’re going to say that Jeff Bagwell, by the fame, by the accomplishments and by the numbers, is worthy of the Hall of Fame. But we’re then going to not vote for him because … I’m not sure why. The first of the season is Jeff Jacobs of…

  21. Someone really good is getting snubbed from the All-Star Game next year

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    The American League now has all of the following at first base (presented with 2011 stats): Albert Pujols (Angels): .299/.366/.541, 37 HR, 99 RBI Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): .344/.448/.586, 30 HR, 105 RBI Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox): .338/.410/.548, 27 HR, 117 RBI Mark Teixeira (Yankees): .248/.341/.494, 39 HR, 111 RBI Paul Konerko (White Sox): .300/.388/.518, 31…

  22. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  23. Ruben Amaro: the Phillies want to keep Cole Hamels for a long, long time

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    I just got done interviewing Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.  The interview will air on NBC SportsTalk tonight on Versus at 6PM Eastern.  In the meantime, though, I can give you the gist: Amaro said that he does not comment on rumors and thus didn’t have anything to say about the Gio Gonzalez stuff that…

  24. The Phillies are having a woeful winter

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.,

    The Phillies may yet be the class of the National League, but it’s no thanks to GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s moves so far this winter. Already Amaro has committed $50 million to a closer and now at least $7 million and three roster spots to two on-base challenged role players and a future Hall of Famer…

  25. Jim Thome wants his next contract to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season”

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Many people in Minnesota have been assuming that Jim Thome re-signing with the Twins was only a matter of time, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Thome wants to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season.” It’s tough to blame Thome, because he was certainly worth far…

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