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  1. Jonathan Papelbon thinks the Phillies will have a top-five bullpen

    Mar 8, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    The Phillies had the fourth-highest bullpen ERA in baseball last season at 4.19, according to FanGraphs. Don’t tell that to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who thinks the Phillies will have a top-five bullpen in 2014. Via CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury: “I will be very, very surprised if this is not a much better bullpen this year,”…

  2. Yasiel Puig logs four hits, falls a homer shy of cycle in Dodgers win

    Jun 30, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Yasiel Puig continued dominating National League pitching as he contributed four hits in his first four at-bats this afternoon, falling a home run short of the cycle. He had an opportunity to wrap it up in the bottom of the eighth, but struck out against Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus. Behind a strong start from…

  3. Less than a year after signing big extension, Cole Hamels leads NL in losses

    Jun 16, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Despite pitching well throughout most of today’s game against the Rockies, Phillies starter Cole Hamels was once again saddled with a loss, his tenth of the season. Aside from a solo home run by Wilin Rosario in the second, Hamels stayed out of trouble in six innings. In the seventh, frustration with home plate umpire…

  4. 2013 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Phillies Marlins Baseball

    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…

  5. Phillies and Mike Adams agree to two-year, $12 million contract

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

    Mike Adams

    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies and Mike Adams have agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract, pending a physical. The deal includes a vesting option for 2015. 1:54 AM: Mike Adams won’t get a chance to close after finding himself in free agency for the first time, but he will get…

  6. Phillies getting closer to acquiring Michael Young

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:12 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    If this comes together, the Phillies will possess one of the most expensive infields of all-time. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Phillies are in “advanced talks” about a deal that would send Michael Young and cash to the Phillies for a reliever and a prospect. The Rangers would…

  7. Tropical Storm Debby puts Bright House Field underwater

    Jun 25, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Bright House under water

    Tropical Storm Debby is rough stuff and has spawned deadly storms and floods. But it has also spawned a metaphor of the Phillies season thus far in the form of this pic taken by prospect  Justin De Fratus down in Clearwater yesterday: That’s Bright House Field, the spring training home of the Phillies. Gosh, I hope they…

  8. 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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