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  1. Battery ad targets Philly fans

    Aug 10, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    I troll Philly fans, but I leave the “youse guys throw batteries at people” thing aside because that crap happens at a lot of places (like almost every Big Ten football game ever).  But the website Woot! (a daily coupon/deals site) goes there: Gotta love Philly fans! Great to power your devices, or power your…

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

    Aug 8, 2012, 6:14 AM EDT

    Rockford Files

    Tigers 6, Yankees 5: Miguel Cabrera homered for the third straight game. The dude is good. The Tigers have won six straight and, with the White Sox loss, pull to within a half game. Speaking of the Tigers, I found out last night that one of the people I hung out with at Comerica Park…

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

    Aug 6, 2012, 5:42 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers 10, Indians 8: I was at this game, and I gotta tell ya, until the 9th inning it was one of the more lame, butt-dragging tie games you’ll ever see. Omar Infante and Austin Jackson kept hitting, but apart from that the highlight until then was Joe West getting all ejecty for no good…

  4. The Phillies officially announce the details of the Hamels deal

    Jul 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    Deep thoughts: Cole Hamels will be in his age 34 season when his giant deal ends. Ryan Howard is in his age 32 season as his giant deal starts. See: our Ruben is learning! Anyway, to make it all official-like — and to show you guys that the official Phillies Twitter has not blocked me…

  5. The Phillies go big with Hamels. Is it too big?

    Jul 25, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Phillies deal with Cole Hamels is big. Really big. Like, the second largest contract to a pitcher in baseball history big. $144 million guaranteed, $161 million with a vesting option, the details of which are not known. But here’s the question: can the Phillies really pull this off? And by “this,” I mean the…

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

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Obviously Ichiro in Yankees clothing is the weirdest thing to hit baseball in some time. Must be how it felt to see Willie Mays wearing a Mets jersey or — and I really don’t think it’s hyperbole to say it — Babe Ruth in a Boston Braves uniform. OK, if that’s…

  7. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 21, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum Getty

    If Tim Lincecum isn’t back, well, he’s certainly on the right track. After tossing eight shutout innings against the Astros in his last start last Saturday, Lincecum gave up two runs over seven innings last night in Philadelphia as part of a 7-2 win over the Phillies. His ERA dropped from 5.93 to 5.72 with…

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

    Jul 17, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman wipes sweat from his forehead during the first inning of the Orioles' MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis

    Twins 19, Orioles 7: This was a multifaceted butt-whupping, but it got started with Chris Tillman’s butt. Which is a shame considering that five short months ago he was in the Best Shape of His Life. All of those runs for the Twins despite hitting only one homer. It was a Gashouse Gorillas-style conga line…

  9. The Dodgers have some interest in Jimmy Rollins

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins Getty

    We’ve heard the Dodgers connected to Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino in recent weeks, but it seems they are also considering another player on the Phillies’ roster. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Dodgers have “some interest” in shortstop Jimmy Rollins. It’s not clear whether the Phillies are seriously considering parting with their…

  10. Report: Phillies preparing “substantial” offer for Cole Hamels

    Jul 12, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies are preparing a “substantial” offer for impending free agent Cole Hamels. Exact details of the offer aren’t yet known, but Stark hears that the Phillies have had multiple internal discussions about whether to offer more than five guaranteed years. Previous reports have indicated that the club doesn’t have…

  11. Roy Halladay to begin rehab assignment Thursday in minors

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay Getty

    Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are already back in the Phillies’ lineup and now there’s some more good injury news in Philadelphia, as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Roy Halladay has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A. Halladay has been out since late May with a shoulder injury, but…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 7, 2012, 8:56 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard Reuters

    Ryan Howard played in a major league game last night for the first time since rupturing his left Achilles tendon on the final out of the NLDS against the Cardinals last October. However, his return wasn’t enough to save the Phillies, as they fell 5-0 to the Braves. Howard was greeted with a rousing standing…

  13. Phillies activate Ryan Howard from DL for season debut

    Jul 6, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    As expected the Phillies have activated Ryan Howard from the disabled list and the former MVP will make his season debut tonight against the Braves. Hector Luna was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Howard, who went 10-for-20 (.500) with a homer and two doubles in seven minor-league games while rehabbing…

  14. Ryan Howard expected to return from disabled list Friday

    Jul 5, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    UPDATE: Ryan Howard confirmed on his Twitter account that he will rejoin the Phillies on Friday. Read more details regarding Howard’s return on CSNPhilly.com. 10:30 PM: According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Howard is now “likely” to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow to play against the Braves. 5:32 PM: Ruben Amaro and Charlie…

  15. Ryan Howard homers in rehab game, nears Phillies return

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    It’s unclear if Ryan Howard‘s surgically repaired Achilles’ tendon is ready to handle playing in the majors again, but his bat sure looks fine. Howard went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs in a minor-league rehab game yesterday at Triple-A and is now 8-for-17 (.471) with a homer, two doubles, and nine RBIs in…

  16. There’s no good reason for the Phillies to sell right now

    Jul 2, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    It’s easy to see why the Phillies are discouraged. Despite possessing the highest payroll, they currently have the 12th-best record of the 16 National League teams. They’re on pace for 72 wins, which would be their lowest total since 2000 and a whopping 30-game drop from last year. Still, a shakeup just doesn’t make much…

  17. Roy Halladay throws first bullpen session since landing on disabled list

    Jun 29, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay Getty

    Chase Ultey is back in the lineup, Ryan Howard is playing in rehab games and Roy Halladay is throwing from a mound again. Don’t rule those Phillies out yet. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Halladay threw off a bullpen mound today for the first time since being placed on the disabled list one month…

  18. Ryan Howard began his minor league rehab assignment last night

    Jun 29, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    ryan howard ap

    Ryan Howard kicked off his minor league rehab assignment last night with Class A Lakewood. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, three RBI and a sacrifice fly while serving as the designated hitter. Both hits were singles to the right of second base, the second of which he beat out for an infield…

  19. Ryan Howard set to begin rehab assignment on Thursday

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

    ryan howard ap

    The positive news keeps rolling in for the Phils. John Finger of CSNPhilly.com reports that first baseman Ryan Howard has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday night at Single-A Lakewood. He’ll merely DH at first and may have to ease into full games. But it’s a significant step in what…

  20. Ryan Howard not expected back until after All-Star break

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard is almost ready to play, though it still won’t be for the Phillies anytime soon. According to CSNPhilly.com: Howard will be in Philadelphia Wednesday for functional testing of his healing Achilles. If he passes, he will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Lakewood on Thursday. It’ll be a lengthy rehab assignment, manager Charlie…

  21. Ryan Howard is “very optimistic” he’ll begin rehab assignment in the next week

    Jun 22, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard Getty

    Chase Utley may soon have some familiar company in the minors. According to Jake Kaplan of MLB.com, Ryan Howard said in a podcast on his website that he is “very optimistic” he’ll begin a minor league rehab assignment “in the next week or so.” I may have buried the lede here, as the bigger news…

  22. Carlos Ruiz may not have an oblique strain after all

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    UPDATE: The Phillies might have caught a break. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Ruiz believes he suffered a cramp in his side last night rather than an oblique strain. He is scheduled to take batting practice today and could be back in the Phillies’ lineup in the next couple of days. 9:22 AM: It’s…

  23. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    We did the Twitter questions thing again last night. Let’s go: Q: How do the Braves end up as “your” team if you grew up in WV, TBS? Yep. That and an electric attraction to Andres Thomas. Q: Will Ryan Braun be elected to start the All-Star Game even with the PED cloud over his head? He’s…

  24. Chase Utley homers in first extended spring training game

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Chase Utley AP

    Get excited, Phillies fans. Chase Utley played in a baseball game this afternoon. According to John Finger of CSNPhilly.com, Utley went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double while serving as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game. While it was an encouraging first step, it’s not clear when Utley will be ready…

  25. Giancarlo Stanton went from one homer in April to MLB’s best hitter in May

    May 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Giancario Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton homered 56 times in his first 250 career games, but when he began this season by going homerless in his first 19 games there were plenty of questions about what was wrong with the 22-year-old Marlins slugger. It turns out, the answer was … nothing. Stanton snapped his homerless streak on April 29…

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