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  1. Ryne Sandberg says Ryan Howard returning in September would be “counterproductive”

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard Getty

    It’s possible that Ryan Howard could return from July knee surgery to rejoin the Phillies lineup in September, but interim manager Ryne Sandberg told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that it would be “counterproductive” for the first baseman to do so. Here’s more: I don’t know what 10 or 15 games would do. He needs to…

  2. Phillies’ downward spiral highlights cracks of riding success

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    This is about the Philadelphia Phillies, but let’s start with the Chiefs. I have always been fascinated by the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1970s. You probably know that the Chiefs of the late 1960s and early 1970s were among the best teams in football. They played in Super Bowl I, and they won Super…

  3. Ryan Howard could miss the rest of the season

    Aug 12, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard AP

    Roy Halladay is gearing up for a return later this month, but things are far less certain with Ryan Howard as he continues his rehab from July surgery on his right knee. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. that Howard has lost 15 to 20 pounds during his…

  4. This is delicious: Ruben Amaro snaps at Jon Heyman

    Aug 1, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.

    Jon Heyman reported late last night that Ruben Amaro and the Phillies rebuffed Brian Cashman and the Yankees’ offers to obtain Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz. No biggie, right? Just a report about near-misses at the deadline, the likes of which we so often see. Ruben Amaro didn’t exactly brush it off, however, going on…

  5. Keeping Cliff Lee is the wrong choice for Phillies

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Trends don’t get much more clear than this: 2008: Won World Series 2009: Lost World Series 2010: Lost NLCS 2011: Lost NLDS 2012: Missed playoffs Now, that’s not entirely fair: the Phillies had their best records in that span in 2011 and 2010. But Charlie Manuel’s team has dropped off severely since then. In 2012,…

  6. Why don’t Philly fans hate Ryan Howard?

    Jul 11, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    It’s never fair when an athlete who is otherwise a fine human being becomes hated in the town he calls home. But it does happen all the time, be it because of unfulfilled promise, injuries or overall poor play. One of the toughest sports cities in the country is Philadelphia and one of the more…

  7. Ryan Howard undergoes successful left knee surgery

    Jul 10, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki that Ryan Howard had successful surgery Wednesday to correct a tear of the left meniscus in the first baseman’s left knee. “After (Phillies physician Michael) Ciccotti went in there and went in with the scope, it was a little better picture then we thought,” Amaro said. “I think…

  8. Ryan Howard needs knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    Jul 8, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ryan Howard underwent an MRI exam after being placed on the disabled list with a left knee injury and the Phillies first baseman has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus. He’s expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which would knock Howard out until at least late August and possibly the remainder of the season if any…

  9. Ryan Howard to have MRI on knee, surgery “remains an option”

    Jul 7, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    CSN Philly’s John Finger reports that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard will have an MRI taken on his ailing left knee on Monday. The results will direct the next step the Phillies take with their $125 million slugger, and surgery “remains an option”. Howard went on the 15-day disabled list yesterday. “We’ll see what happens…

  10. Phillies place Ryan Howard on DL, recall Darin Ruf

    Jul 6, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard Getty

    Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, dealing with an ailing knee for quite some time, has at long last been placed on the disabled list. To fill his vacant space on the 25-man roster, the Phillies have recalled Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Both pieces of news come via Matt Gelb on Twitter. Ruf is…

  11. Quote of the Day: Ruben Amaro says Ryan Howard needs to get better

    Jul 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Rueben Amaro uses a term for Ryan Howard that I’ve used only for trolling purposes: “platoon:” “If Ryan Howard is now relegated to being a platoon player, he’s a very expensive platoon player and he needs to be better,” Amaro said. “I think he knows it. I know he’s struggling, I know he’s not happy…

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

    Jul 3, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Reds 3, Giants 0: Homer Bailey does it again. You can read about all of the important details of his no-hitter here and here. Less mentioned in the aftermath? (a) Homer dropped an F-bomb in a postgame interview when talking about the walk he gave up to blow the perfect game; and (b) the Giants loss…

  13. Ryan Howard’s last 20 PA: 0 hits, 11 strikeouts

    Jun 30, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    This tweet says it all: The game ends on a Ryan Howard strikeout. He is 0-for-20 with 11 strikeouts. The Phillies are a season-high 5 games under .500. — Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) June 30, 2013 For about two weeks in the middle of June, it looked like Ryan Howard had figured it out. Between June…

  14. Phillies holding Ryan Howard out until Sunday

    Jun 28, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    The Phillies won’t be using first baseman Ryan Howard in the starting lineup until Sunday, reports Matt Gelb. Howard had an awful game last night, costing his team both offensively (with a rally-killing double play in the fifth inning) and defensively (falling down while fielding a Juan Uribe sacrifice bunt) en route to a loss.…

  15. A Lehigh Valley IronPigs fan will win an all-expenses paid funeral

    Jun 28, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Alas Poor Yorick

    In what is being described as the most valuable fan giveaway in team history, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs are going to give one lucky fan an all-expenses-paid funeral at their August 20th game. What you get, courtesy of the the IronPigs and a local funeral home: A casket. Professional services of funeral director and staff.…

  16. Ryan Howard takes full responsibility for Phillies loss

    Jun 28, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    He could be a little easier on himself and note that he didn’t walk the leadoff hitter in the seventh inning and that Yasiel Puig is a really damn good player who hit a pitch that was really a ball for the go-ahead runs. But Ryan Howard did ground into a double play when he…

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

    Jun 28, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Dodgers 6, Phillies 4: Six straight wins for the Dodgers as Yasiel Puig singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. Puig also smacked into the scoreboard in right field, so he’s basically Bryce Harper in multiple respects. That seventh inning rally was occasioned by the bases being loaded on a walk, a…

  18. Ryan Howard hits 2 homers, continues hot streak

    Jun 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Philadelphia Phillies - Game 1

    Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit two home runs off of Mets starter Dillon Gee this afternoon, his seventh multi-hit game in his last 11 games. Since June 9, Howard has raised his OPS 98 points from .730 to .828 An Achillies injury that ended his 2011 and cut into a large part of his…

  19. Charlie Manuel responds, disagrees with Jonathan Papelbon

    Jun 21, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    After Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save of the season (his second in three days, actually), he criticized his team’s lack of fundamentals when speaking to the media. In particular, Papelbon said first baseman Ryan Howard was not positioned properly when Denard Span reached on an infield single to the right side. Here’s what was…

  20. Jonathan Papelbon questions the Phillies fundamentals

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonathan Papelbon blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth in yesterday’s Phillies-Nationals game. And he did take responsibility for not making the right pitches to Jayson Werth who singled in the tying run. But he also called out his entire team and, it seems, coaching staff, for playing poor fundamental baseball. Jim Salisbury has the…

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

    Jun 19, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Mets 4, Braves 3; Mets 6, Braves 1: New York Mets fans are hoping this is a glimpse of the future. Matt Harvey dominating in one game, Zack Wheeler dominating in the next. And, worth noting, Dillion Gee dominating in the game before those even if they did lose in the end. There’s so much…

  22. Charlie Manuel is getting testy

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    From Matt Gelb’s article in the Philly Inquirer, here’s Charlie Manuel’s response to a totally reasonable question about, perhaps, moving Ryan Howard and his one homer in the past 111 at bats out of the cleanup spot: “What the [expletive] are you getting at?” Manuel said. “Who’s going to hit there? Let me ask you…

  23. Is Dom Brown too much of a hot dog?

    Jun 6, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Of course you might think a Braves fan is going to say that. Like I noted earlier, baseball fans are capable of some pretty amazing homerism and provincialism. But it’s not a Braves fan saying it this time. I don’t have any negative opinions of Dom Brown outside of his low walk total. As Bob…

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

    Jun 6, 2013, 6:57 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez

    Rockies 12, Reds 4: The Colorado Wrecking Crew: Carlos Gonzalez hit three home runs and drove in six. Troy Tulowitzki hit two of his own. Pedro Villarreal had no idea what hit him. White Sox 7, Mariners 5: You figure if you score five runs in the top of an extra inning that you’re gonna…

  25. Domonic Brown is white hot, hits two more homers to end May

    May 31, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown ended April on a sour note, hitting just .233 with three home runs in 97 trips to the plate. With two home runs in tonight’s loss to the Brewers, Brown moved into third place in the Major League leaderboard for home runs on the season with 15 as he wraps up…

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