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

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:10 AM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    Twins 4, White Sox 1: Kevin Youkilis made his Chisox debut and went one for four in a loss and gave us this odd picture of him in a White Sox uniform. Adam Dunn went 0 for 4 and struck out four times, but the list of things he gives less of a crap about…

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

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 30, 2012, 6:15 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Twins 3, Athletics 2: Holy ninth inning rally, Batman! Josh Willingham hits a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Brian Fuentes after the Twins were shutout for six innings by Jarrod Parker and two by Jerry Blevins and Grant Balfour. Angels 5, Yankees 1: The Angels win again and are now…

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

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 AM EST

    Bryce Harper, Nick Hundley, Larry Vanover

    Nationals 8, Padres 5: Bryce Harper golfed one more than 400 feet to straightaway center for his first ever major league homer. He also struck out on four pitches to Joe Thatcher and launched a really loud f-bomb. I love him for both reasons, frankly. And I love how the back end of the Nats…

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

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EST

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

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

    May 4, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Pirates 6, Cardinals 3: Erik Bedard struck out 11 men in five innings. At one point he fanned seven in a row. Overall, Pirates pitchers struck out 17 Cardinals. Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a homer. Two weeks ago he was hitting .074. Now he’s at .257 and he’s slugging over .600 on…

  7. A day after their thrilling win the Braves decide not to show up

    May 3, 2012, 2:22 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    No one does getaway like the Atlanta Braves. A night after a thrilling extra innings win and a few hours before hopping on a plane to Denver, the Braves got shutout on three hits by Joe Blanton and the Phillies, who prevailed 4-0.  And they didn’t mess about, either: they made Blanton throw all of…

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

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Colorado Rockies in their Major League Baseball game in Denver

    Giants 4, Rockies 2: Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the sixth, silencing the Rockies bats that rocked Tim Lincecum‘s world the night before. That, and some bad defense by Dexter Fowler, prevented Jamie Moyer from becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a game. Can’t have errors behind the old guy or he’s toast.…

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

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    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…

  10. Phillies make Cole Hamels their No. 4 starter

    Mar 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    hamels getty

    It was a given that Roy Halladay would start on Opening Day and be followed by Cliff Lee in the Phillies rotation. Baseball’s best No. 3 starter won’t go in game three, however. The Phillies announced today that Cole Hamels would be held back to start their fourth game, which is also their home opener.…

  11. Red Sox, O’s had scouts at Joe Blanton’s start Thursday

    Mar 15, 2012, 7:33 PM EST

    blanton getty

    From beat writer Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com comes word that the Red Sox and Orioles had scouts in the stands for Joe Blanton‘s Grapefruit League outing Thursday against the Braves. Blanton threw the ball well, allowing only four hits and no walks in five innings of work while striking out four Atlanta hitters. He has…

  12. Gavin Floyd on trade rumors: “It’s a good thing in a way … teams want you”

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Gavin Floyd

    Trade rumors swirled around Gavin Floyd all offseason as the White Sox shed various veterans in rebuilding mode and have picked up again with a report that the Blue Jays are interested in the 29-year-old right-hander. Floyd tossed four innings of one-run ball yesterday and then responded to questions from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago…

  13. Blue Jays interested in White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:35 PM EST

    Gavin Floyd

    Over the weekend there was speculation about the Blue Jays pursuing Joe Blanton and apparently their search for a starting pitcher goes beyond the Phillies right-hander. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays are also interested in Gavin Floyd of the White Sox and the two sides “have had dialogue about Floyd since…

  14. Are the Blue Jays interested in Joe Blanton?

    Mar 10, 2012, 5:08 PM EST

    Joe Blanton Getty

    Take from this what you will, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos scouted today’s Orioles-Phillies game. It’s possible he was just getting a look at a division rival, but Morosi notes that Anthopoulos left after Joe Blanton after was done pitching. Morosi writes that the Blue Jays…

  15. Running down the rosters: Philadelphia Phillies

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:05 PM EST

    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…

  16. Phillies, Kyle Kendrick wipe out previous one-year deal with two-year, $7.5 million contract

    Feb 19, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.585 million deal last month, but today the two sides signed a new two-year, $7.5 million contract that cancels out the previous deal. Or, put another way, they tacked on an extra year and another $3.915 million to the previous agreement. Either way,…

  17. The Phillies were the “mystery team” for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:05 PM EST

    burnett getty

    The Yankees and Pirates have agreed to a deal that will send A.J. Burnett and cash considerations to the Pirates for Double-A reliever Diego Moreno and Low-A outfielder Exicardo Cayones, but it turns out there was another team in the mix. A”mystery team,” if you will. And this one might surprise you. ESPN’s Buster Olney…

  18. Red Sox, Reds, Rangers, Cardinals all downplaying interest in Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    oswalt glove getty

    Roy Oswalt remains linked to a handful of teams, but seemingly no one wants to admit that they’re actually close to signing him. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he hadn’t talked to Oswalt’s agent in a week, only to have Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com report that they were indeed “still in talks.”…

  19. Phillies, Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration with $3.6 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:19 PM EST

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.585 million. Kendrick earned $2.45 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and threw 115 innings with a 3.22 ERA while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. He’s slated for a bullpen role this season because…

  20. Phillies may wait to trade Joe Blanton until Carl Pavano signs

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    blanton

    Joe Blanton being on the trade block following Philadelphia’s signing of Cliff Lee is no surprise, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculates that the Phillies may wait to trade Blanton until after free agent Carl Pavano signs. Rosenthal notes that Blanton and Pavano have had similar results and reports that the Nationals are among at…

  21. Matt Cain shuts down Phillies as Giants take 2-1 lead in NLCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    NLCS Phillies Giants Baseball

    Philadelphia scored the second-most runs in the NL during the regular season, averaged 4.4 runs through five playoffs games, and hadn’t been shut out since August, but the Phillies’ lineup managed just three singles and three walks while being blanked by Matt Cain, Javier Lopez, and Brian Wilson in Game 3 of the NLCS. Cain…

  22. Phillies sticking with Joe Blanton for Game 4 start … for now

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    blanton

    With the NLCS tied 1-1 following Roy Oswalt’s gem last night the Phillies are still planning to start Joe Blanton in Game 4 of the series Wednesday. However, there’s plenty of speculation that Charlie Manuel would instead turn to Roy Halladay on short rest for Game 4 if the Phillies are down 2-1 and the…

  23. Report: MLB to seize Rangers, complete sale, get sued

    May 3, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

    That’s the logical conclusion if what Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan is reporting is true: MLB as soon as this week plans to dramatically alter the course of the standoff between creditors and the owner of the Texas Rangers, multiple sources said last week, a development that could include the league seizing the franchise. Were…

  24. The Week Ahead: Two big series for Red Sox

    May 3, 2010, 1:23 AM EST

    The Boston Red Sox were swept by the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. I’ll let you take a moment to read that again. Yes, we know that it’s a long season and teams have their ups and downs, but this is the Orioles we’re talking about. A team that was 2-16 not so long ago,…

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