Found September 25, 2012 on
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Phillies fans are excited about Darin Ruf, who spent the year with AA Reading and broke the team record for home runs in a season, blasting 38 dingers on the season. However, he turned 26 in July and was way too old for the level. While that's true, the fact that he's a power threat is also true, regardless of age. In Tuesday's Phillies-Nationals game, Ruf cracked his first major league hit, a homer to left center off of Washington starter Ross Detwiler on a 3-2 pitch. Say what you want about the old rookie, but if you throw a 93 mph fastball and stick it inside and belt high, that baby is getting destroyed if you possess the natural power that Ruf does.
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Philadelphia Phillies prospect Darin Ruf hit his first Homerun in the second inning of tonight’s Phillies Nationals game.
This exclusive video includes his entire at bat and his teammates ignoring him as he came around the bases and into the dugout.
This is one of the best and cruelest jokes I have seen in a professional setting. Imagine you are a rookie, just like Phillies’ outfielder Darin Ruf, and you just smashed your first home run. You would expect your teammates to go ballistic, high-fives everywhere, and more smiles than you could hope for. This would seem like a natural reaction. However, last night when Darin...
The fact that Nationals came into last night’s game with the best record in baseball was simply fuel for the Phillies fire who were determined to give their Division rival a tough time. Nats pitching got Ruf’d up by the Phillies who homered 3 times in the game and won by a score of 6-3.
Carlos Ruiz smashed a 2-run shot in the 3rd and Domonic Brown added another homer in the 6th...
Was it over before it began because of a missing Howard? (PHOTO: AP)
…Or maybe the beginning of the end was really nine days ago when the Phillies lost three-of-four to the worst team in the NL, the Houston Astros. Maybe it was the beginning of the end when Carlos Ruiz went down with a foot injury and missed the dog days of summer. Maybe it was the beginning of the end when Roy...
Two mighty teams have tumbled from supremacy this season, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox. Each team has been winning for the better part of the last decade, but has fallen upon hard times this season due to injuries and bad contracts. How about helping each other out?To Boston- Ryan Howard and his 4 years and $105M remaining on his contract.To Philly- John...
The Philadelphia Phillies have a chance Thursday to start a pitcher with 198 career wins, two Cy Young Awards and $20 million in annual salary against the Washington Nationals. Yet for reasons physical, precautionary and a little fuzzy, they are resisting committing one more start this season to Roy Halladay. Halladay, 35, labored through 1 2/3 innings Saturday, surrendering...
A quick update on Phillies starter Roy Halladay. Despite looking really off during his last start and being skipped in the rotation, Roy Halladay will pitch again this season. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Halladay will start on Saturday:
Dubee said Halladay looked fine in his bullpen. He expects him to start Saturday as scheduled.
Of course, had he really been...
Well we're in territory we haven't been in lately. Unless the Phillies win out and a bunch of people lose, the smart money is on the notion that they are playing the final 9 games. Sharing that idea could possibly be Charlie Manuel as he calls on Darin Ruf to make his first major league start in LF. We've only seen a few pinch hit ABs so far so this is the first...
As they cling to the final arrow in their quiver, the Philadelphia Phillies and Jimmy Rollins are running out of battles. However, did anybody expect a postseason shot this late in the year?
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I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings...
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Video above (via MLB.com) of Bryce Harper's 2-run home run off Kyle Kendrick in the first inning of Kendrick's BP session Wednesday night in Philly. Just home run #20 for Harper, no biggie.
Oh, and Harper just became an uncle -- and so MASN's F.P. Santangelo coined the new moniker "Uncle Bryce":
Washington Nationals (93-61) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (78-76)
John Lannan (3-0, 4.43) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)
Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 60
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While the Washington Nationals are getting closer to securing the first division title in franchise history, the Philadelphia Phillies' chances of reaching the postseason for the sixth straight year are dwindling.
Coming off a tough weekend, Philadelphia looks to get back on track behind Cole Hamels on Tuesday night when it hosts the NL East-leading Nationals in the opener of...