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

    Apr 29, 2013, 5:40 AM EST

    Russell Martin

    Pirates 9, Cardinals 0: Two homers for Russell Martin and a strong start from Jeff Locke. The Pirates — the Pittsburgh Pirates — are in first place in the National League Central. This goes with the Royals being in first place in the AL Central. I predicted each of these teams would be better this…

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

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:54 AM EST

    New York Mets' Valdespin celebrates after hitting grand-slam walk-off home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Wall in MLB game in New York

    Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Jordany Valdespin with a walkoff grand slam. See, good things happen when he doesn’t try to bunt. Reds 1, Cubs 0: Mat Latos tossed seven shutout innings and Broxton and Chapman finished it off. Tough luck for Jeff Samardzija who struck out eight in six innings, but he’s gonna have to get used…

  3. David Ortiz still “not comfortable” at the plate

    Apr 21, 2013, 9:10 PM EST

    Salvador Perez, David Ortiz

    David Ortiz has five hits in eight at-bats since returning from an Achilles injury that abruptly shortened his 2012 season. And yet, the Red Sox DH says he still doesn’t feel comfortable at the plate. Via WEEI’s Annie Maroon: “I’m battling right now,” Ortiz, who went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the…

  4. Anonymous scouts give Albert Pujols,’ Ryan Howard’s legs last rites

    Apr 16, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

    albert pujols getty

    Andy Martino of the Daily News spoke with an AL evaluator who has watched Albert Pujols and an NL coach who has watched Ryan Howard, and each of them have some pretty dire assessments of the former MVPs’ future. The AL guy on Pujols: “He’s got bad wheels,” said one American League evaluator who has…

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

    Apr 10, 2013, 6:53 AM EST

    Robinson Cano, Yan Gomes

    Yankees 14, Indians 1: “Man, where are the Yankees going to get any offense with all of their big hitters on the DL?” no one is asking today like they asked so much last week. I guess nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say, but nothin’ comes out when they move their…

  6. Cliff Lee goes 8 2/3 innings against Mets for second win

    Apr 9, 2013, 9:55 PM EST

    Cliff Lee

    The Phillies crowd wasn’t happy to see Cliff Lee pulled one out away from his first complete game since 2011, but it was job well done for the left-hander, who moved to 2-0 after holding the Mets to three runs — two earned — in 8 2/3 innings. Lee last year didn’t get his first…

  7. Curt Schilling and Alex Cora pick Ryan Howard for NL MVP

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:05 PM EST

    Ryan Howard

    I’m not lying. Thankfully, the rest made reasonable picks in Joey Votto (17 votes), Buster Posey and Bryce Harper (six), Ryan Braun and Justin Upton (three), Andrew McCutchen (two), and Matt Kemp, Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton (one). Ryan Howard is 33 years old and is still visibly limping from an Achilles injury that caused…

  8. 2013 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    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…

  9. Team USA considering Ike Davis to replace Mark Teixeira

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:23 PM EST

    ike davis getty

    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin spoke with “an official familiar with the process” on Tuesday night about how Team USA is planning to replace first baseman Mark Teixeira for the 2013 WBC. One option, the official confessed, is the Mets’ Ike Davis, an Arizona native. Though that same official noted that “a lot of names…

  10. Mark Teixeira injures forearm, to miss World Baseball Classic

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:04 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira

    Yankees and Team USA first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a strained right forearm hitting off a tee Tuesday before an exhibition against the White Sox and will miss the World Baseball Classic. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, he’s currently slated to miss 7-10 days. FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi confirmed through an official that Teixeira would…

  11. Ryan Howard is on the comeback trail

    Mar 3, 2013, 9:06 PM EST

    Ryan Howard

    Laugh all you want about the $105 million the Phillies still owe Ryan Howard. And laugh all you want about the .219/.295/.423 slash line the first baseman posted at the age of 32 last season in his return from a torn Achilles. In nine spring training games, Howard is looking more and more like the…

  12. Pat Gillick thinks Phillies still have 2-3 years of contention left

    Mar 2, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Former Blue Jays and Phillies GM Pat Gillick watches the two teams play during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Dunedin

    Former Phillies GM Pat Gillick, now a special assistant to the team, still sees a window of opportunity for the aging and injury-prone club. “I certainly see enough for two or three more years, for sure,” said Gillick, now a special assistant to the Phillies. “I kind of got the feeling when I came here…

  13. Hello from a new HardballTalk contributor

    Feb 28, 2013, 12:00 PM EST

    Domonic Brown

    Hey there. I’m Bill Baer and I am your new HardballTalk blog contributor. I will be writing words for your eyes to read every evening during the weekend. If you’re new to my existence, I run the Phillies blog Crashburn Alley, which has been partnered with ESPN as part of the Sweet Spot network since…

  14. Jimmy Rollins answers Jonathan Papelbon, says Phillies lacked “identity” last season

    Feb 22, 2013, 6:43 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    As Craig pointed out this morning, Jonathan Papelbon raised some eyebrows when he told the Allentown Morning Call this week that he hasn’t seen any “leadership” since he has been with the Phillies. It was easy to see Papelbon’s comments as a potential criticism of a veteran like Jimmy Rollins, since he’s the longest-tenured member…

  15. Ryan Howard’s mansion is going to be something

    Feb 22, 2013, 5:40 PM EST

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard is building a gigantic house down in Florida. COST?! NO MAN CAN SAY! Wait. That’s not it. But Maybe Howard should get a gate with that letter on it … Anyway, no man can say. But a woman can. And she has a pic too: Ryan Howard’s $26 million mansion being built on…

  16. Ryan Howard’s ability to hit lefties is not a matter of opinion

    Feb 15, 2013, 8:55 AM EST

    Ryan Howard, Ryan Hanigan, Bruce Dreckman

    I was just reading this profile on Ryan Howard over at Philly.com. It’s your standard spring optimism piece. Howard feels way better now than last year and is ready to return to form. Nothing all that notable in the story. But midway down the story, a poll appears: Internet polls are all pretty meaningless, especially…

  17. Yuniesky Betancourt’s agent misjudged his market just a little bit

    Jan 28, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    show-me-the-money

    Last month Yuniesky Betancourt‘s agent, Alex Esteban of Miami Sports Management, said the following to MLB Trade Rumors: I can assure you that Yuni will be signing a major league contract. Currently, there are four teams we are in conversations with and we expect to be finalizing a deal shortly after the holidays. Couple things.…

  18. The Phillies sign Delmon Young

    Jan 22, 2013, 2:58 PM EST

    Delmon Young Getty

    My prayers have been answered: Delmon Young has agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Phillies. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) January 22, 2013 I think this was a masterful move by Ruben Amaro. With Young in the fold, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will once again — by comparison anyway — look like their…

  19. Ryan Howard should really be in a platoon

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:34 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Want you to know that I spent the weekend writing up a 3,000-word NL East preview for a print publication and that the Phillies portion of it was straight-up and troll-free. It even struck a note of optimism!  Maybe the hardest thing I’ve ever done. So, to rectify things, I link you to Crashburn Alley’s…

  20. Angels finalize five-year, $125 million contract with Josh Hamilton

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Josh Hamilton has passed his physical with the Angels, making his new five-year, $125 million contract is official. He’s scheduled to be introduced at a news conference in Anaheim at 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon. Per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Hamilton’s contract includes a no-trade clause and is slightly…

  21. Phillies getting closer to acquiring Michael Young

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:12 AM EST

    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…

  22. Three reasons the Phillies won’t sign Josh Hamilton

    Nov 13, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    That’s awfully listy sounding, isn’t it? Don’t worry: I’m not going all Bleacher Report or Buzzfeed on you. This really does link to a story that provides three reasons why the Phillies won’t sign Josh Hamilton. It’s from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, who knows the Phillies as well as anyone. He says Josh Hamilton is not going…

  23. Phillies interested in Josh Hamilton, Cody Ross

    Nov 12, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    Apparently Ruben Amaro apparently woke up today and said “I think I wanna aggravate my entire fan base.” The Phillies are among the teams talking with Cody Ross. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 12, 2012 The Phillies are OK with the high annual salary that Josh Hamilton might command, but they have concerns about the…

  24. Ryan Howard is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:48 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Man, it’s starting early this year. Take it away Ruben Amaro: Amaro said Ryan Howard’s offseason conditioning program has already shown results. “I think he’s lost a significant amount of weight, which bodes well for him,” the GM said. Good for Howard. And good for Amaro for making it safe for all general managers and…

  25. 2012 projections review: first base

    Oct 25, 2012, 1:35 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    This is the second of a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Albert Pujols – Angels Projection: .306/.414/.586, 43 HR, 114…

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