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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. O’Brien: Fredi Gonzalez is “a pretty good manager”

    May 31, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez

    In a scathing column directed at Braves bloggers, the AJC’s David O’Brien spent a great deal of time setting up and then knocking down a plethora of strawman arguments supposedly made by Braves bloggers and Tweeters. Gonzalez has been the target of criticism ever since he took over for Bobby Cox in 2011. Look at…

  20. Ruben Amaro acknowledges that the Phillies maybe messed with Domonic Brown too much

    May 31, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

    Brown_Domonic

    Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News has a profile of Domonic Brown who broke the heck out in the month of May. His performance so far this year has validated his former status as a top prospect. But it was a coming out that many thought would happen a couple of years ago. For…

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

    May 30, 2013, 7:11 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs

    Players who hit multiple home runs in a game are the new inefficiency. Teams should definitely stock up on those guys while they’re undervalued. Cubs 9, White Sox 3: Backup catcher Dioner Navarro smacked three homers — a solo, a two-run and a three-run jack — to pace the Cubbies. A Cubbies team who happen…

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

    May 22, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT

    Wilin Rosario

    Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 4: One of four games to require ten frames last night. This from the AP gamer: Reliever Matt Reynolds tried to outthink his former teammate, guess what pitch Wilin Rosario would be looking for and throw the opposite. Only, Rosario knew Reynolds was trying to get inside his head, so … Long story short, Rosario spent the last…

  23. Ryan Howard is getting an MRI exam on his injured knee

    May 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Ryan Howard sat out Sunday’s game with a sore left knee and the Phillies first baseman is getting an MRI exam today. Howard told Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com that the knee “has been acting up a little bit since spring training” but “yesterday was when it really kind of kicked in more than normal.” Howard…

  24. Apparently Miguel Cabrera’s 2013 has made his 2012 better somehow

    May 20, 2013, 9:18 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera AP

    Bill posted about Cabrera’s big night last night, and this morning Twitter is dominated by folks noting just how utterly ridiculous Cabrera has been so far this year. And make no mistake, he has been. He’s hitting .387/.457/.659 and leads the AL in runs, hits, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage, OPS, and total bases. Just…

  25. Phillies use wacky ninth inning to defeat Aroldis Chapman, Reds

    May 19, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    chapman getty

    The ninth inning of today’s Reds-Phillies series finale was full of statistical improbabilities. First, Delmon Young drew a four-pitch walk (yes, Delmon Young walked) against Aroldis Chapman. He was immediately replaced by pitcher and pinch-runner Cliff Lee. With Erik Kratz at the plate battling Chapman in a 2-2 count, the lefty reliever picked Lee off…

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