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  1. On second thought, Phillies find Darin Ruf has broken wrist

    Jun 12, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Two weeks ago the Phillies demoted Darin Ruf to Triple-A and he won’t be back in Philadelphia anytime soon, as Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the 27-year-old first baseman/outfielder has a broken bone in his left wrist.

  2. Picture of the Day: Doug Fister shows off his flexibility

    Jun 5, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Doug Fister Getty

    Doug Fister went into a full split while covering first base this afternoon.

  3. VIDEO: Matt den Dekker robs Ryan Howard of a home run

    Jun 2, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

    Matt den Dekker

    Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thought he had his 12th home run of the season tonight, but Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker had other ideas.

  4. Wilson Ramos drew a five-ball walk on Friday, somehow

    May 31, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos captured baseball’s elusive five-ball walk on Friday against the Rangers.

  5. Ryan Howard becomes the fastest to 1,000 career RBI

    May 31, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Philadelphia Phillies

    It may be 2014, but Ryan Howard was able to reach another offensive milestone on Saturday against the Mets.

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

    May 29, 2014, 7:01 AM EDT

    Phillies celebrate

    Ryan Howard walked the Phillies off with a three-run homer. Josh Donaldson did the same thing for the Athletics. Really, if you weren’t hitting walkoff three-run homers last night, we don’t want to know you.

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

    May 27, 2014, 7:11 AM EDT

    George Springer

    After a rough start to his big league career, George Springer has sprung.

  8. No runs, no hits, no action

    May 17, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Baseball is on pace for more shutouts this year than any season in the history of the game. But the problem isn’t the lack of scoring. It’s the lack of action.

  9. Mike Trout has a fan in Ryan Howard

    May 13, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout, the pride of Millville, N.J., and the brightest young star in baseball, comes to Citizens Bank Park with the Los Angeles Angels for a two-game series beginning Tuesday night.

  10. Oliver Perez’s uniform a point of contention in Friday’s game against the Phillies

    Apr 26, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT

    Oliver Perez, Mike Harkey

    First, the umpires nab Michael Pineda for pine tar. Then they get Oliver Perez for having slits in the sleeves of his undershirt. What’s next?! Where do you draw the line?!

  11. The Royals: A history of (no) power

    Apr 21, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

    stevebalboni

    You probably know this, but the Kansas City Royals single season home run record is 36, and Steve Balboni set it almost 30 years ago.

  12. Ryan Howard missed hitting for the cycle due to a questionable scoring decision

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard is one of the more unlikely candidates to hit for the cycle, but he was one friendly scorer away from the achievement on Sunday against the Rockies.

  13. Dexter Fowler has been getting help from Barry Bonds

    Apr 20, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

    Oh, nothing, just Dexter Fowler being coached by arguably the greatest hitter in baseball history.

  14. Freddy Galvis rejoins Phillies after staph infection

    Apr 11, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

    Freddy Galvis Getty

    Freddy Galvis is off the disabled list and back on the Phillies’ active roster after being sidelined since the middle of spring training with a staph infection in his knee.

  15. Ryan Howard thinks the Phillies have “actually played very well this year”

    Apr 11, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

  16. Phillies move Ryan Howard out of the cleanup spot for the first time since 2008

    Apr 1, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Ryan Howard batted cleanup for the Phillies on Opening Day, going 2-for-5 with a walk (and three strikeouts) in a wild 14-10 win over the Rangers, but manager Ryne Sandberg is switching things up for Game 2 tonight.

  17. Darin Ruf out four to six weeks with strained oblique

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    Darin Ruf

    MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that Phillies outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf has been diagnosed with a Grade 1/2 left oblique strain and will be out four to six weeks as a result. Ruf suffered the injury taking a swing during batting practice. Ruf was competing for a roster spot as a back-up outfielder and first baseman.…

  18. Lefty reliever Bill Bray announces his retirement

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

    Bill Bray

    Southpaw Bill Bray, a six-year Major League veteran, announced his retirement via Twitter on Sunday evening. Hard for me to believe as I type this, but I am officially retiring from professional baseball. #MLB pic.twitter.com/FM0sh3SOWH — Bill Bray (@wpbray) March 17, 2014 Bray had expressed intent to continue his career in February, but he says…

  19. 2014 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Can the Phillies have all of their key players stay healthy for an entire…

  20. Angels sign Mike Trout for $1 million, keep working on long-term extension

    Feb 26, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    While reports swirl about their long-term contract talks the Angels have given Mike Trout a $1 million salary for 2014, which is almost double what they were required to pay him based on his service time. That makes sense, from a performance standpoint and from a keeping Trout happy standpoint, and it also hints at…

  21. Meanwhile, at Phillies spring training . . .

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    phillies logo

    I saw a pic of a raccoon sitting in the bleachers at Steinbrenner Field the other day. The Phillies have one-upped the Yankees: There is a possum watching the Phillies play catch. He climbed to the top of the outdoors fence. Police fear he is rabid. — Matt Gelb (@magelb) February 19, 2014 ! RT…

  22. Ryan Howard isn’t fond of platoon talk

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    For several years, many have suggested that the Phillies ought to platoon first baseman Ryan Howard with a right-handed hitter who can handle lefties. In the past, John Mayberry, Jr. was one option and more recently, Darin Ruf seems tailor-made for the role. Per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Howard is keeping the mindset of an…

  23. Phillies could get creative to find room for Darin Ruf on the roster

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    By weighted on-base average (wOBA), Darin Ruf (.354) out-hit every Phillie except Chase Utley (.356). PECOTA, the projection system found at Baseball Prospectus, projects Ruf to be more valuable than All-Star Domonic Brown in 2014. And yet, most are expecting Ruf to start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It makes logical sense. The Phillies’…

  24. Marlon Byrd on the Phillies: “we’re not an old team”

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    marlon byrd getty

    With the signing of Marlon Byrd and Bobby Abreu — and because they’re counting on Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley to be the motors of the offense once again — the “Phillies are old” jokes have been all over the place this winter.  My favorite two so far are (1) the one about…

  25. Ruben Amaro thinks the Phillies will be contenders if they stay healthy

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Jr Ryne Sandberg

    Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Phillies GM Ruben Amaro as his team is about a month away from reporting to Clearwater, Florida for spring training. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a prognosticator willing to bet on the Phillies winning the NL East or even competing for one of the two Wild Card slots,…

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