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Since returning after spending half the season on the DL, Ryan Howard has not had much luck getting his bat going. He struck out 3 times in today’s Phillies - Diamondbacks game and each time, the boos got louder. But in the 9th, Howard would redeem himself with a walk-off single to hand the Phillies a 5-4 victory and the series win.
Prior to that, Howard was not the only one hearing the boo birds. Cliff Lee had a rough 2nd inning where he gave up back-to back homers to guys at the bottom of the D-Backs line-up. His battery mate, Erik Kratz, tried to help him out with 2 hits and an RBI in the game, but Lee is becoming notorious for these odd ups and downs.
In case you missed it, catcher Carlos Ruiz is on the DL with a partial tear due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. So we will be seeing a lot of Kratz in the next 4-6 weeks.
The rest of the team sprinkled some offense here and there. Chase Utley smashed a solo homer in the 5th. And Domonic Brown went 2-for-4, which is a very g...
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The Phillies very serviceable lefty reliever Raul Valdes has been activated from the disabled list. To make room, Hector Luna heads back to AAA.
The Phillies bullpen seems to be taking shape. I would prefer Kendrick remain in the bullpen over B.J. Rosenberg, but for now the Phillies relief corps looks like this:
Jonathan Papelbon (CL)
Josh Lindblom (RH setup)
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz on the disabled list because he has plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
An MRI revealed Ruiz has a partial tear. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. Infielder Hector Luna was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before Saturday's game against Arizona.
Ruiz was hitting .335 with 14 homers and 58 RBIs....
Erik Kratz needs to stick around while Carlos Ruiz rehabs his ankle injury and one more injury would leave the Phillies very depleted, so the Phillies added former Cubs, Athletics, and Orioles catcher Jake Fox on a minor league contract. AAA Lehigh Valley has both Sebastian Valle and John Suomi, but neither would be a realistic option should Brian Schneider or Erik Kratz sustain...
If it was going to happen, at least it is happening now and not in a playoff run. An MRI revealed that Carlos Ruiz has a partial tear and will miss 4-6 weeks. The report, which comes via Lesley Van Arsdall of CBS3, says Ruiz will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Erik Kratz and Brian Schnider will handle the catching duties the rest of the way, though we may see Kratz more than...
The Philadelphia Phillies announced that they have released veteran infielder Mike Fontenot. He was designated for assignment earlier this week.
Fontenot, 32, hit .289/.343/.340 with 1 HR, 5 RBI's and a 85 OPS+ in 105 plate appearances with the Phillies in 2012.
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Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies is among the best pitchers in the majors. What west coast hurlers are in that group? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage.
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After falling behind 3-0 early, the Phils tied the game in the fifth on a Chase Utley home run, but gave up the lead the very next inning on a home run by Paul Goldschmidt. Then, in the 8th, they tied the game again on an error, and got the walk-off win in the ninth on a single by Ryan Howard. The win puts the Phillies OUT of the basement in the NL East, as the Marlins...
Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies is the 5-slot hurler. How does the five for the Yankees match up with the locals? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
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When the Hunter Pence trade went down, many people said, "Not until I get my bobblehead first!" The Phillies responded by declaring that the Hunter Pence bobblehead night is still on as planned. My first thought is that I would have liked to have one still to add to my bobblehead collection, that is missing none of the popular giveaways since...
Ruiz will miss 4-6 weeks. (AP)
Chalk this up as yet another major blow for the Phillies in this season from hell.
Carlos Ruiz will miss 4-6 weeks with a plantar fascitis and a partial tear in his his left foot. Hector Luna has been recalled from Lehigh Valley. Chooch will be reevaluated in two weeks.
The injuries just keep adding up for this team that has gone through a almost...
The Phillies have announced today that they have placed Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day DL.
Ruiz has plantar fasciitis in left foot. MRI revealed a partial tear, and he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Atlanta Braves (62-46) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (49-59)
Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) vs. Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63)
Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 82
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Raul Valdes was recalled from Lehigh Valley after a stint on the DL, Hector Luna was shipped back north.
Domonic Brown makes an appearance in the 2-hole this evening as Charlie...
Schierholtz is a fine trade throw-in but the Phillies already have two other lefty, platoon caliber outfielders. Photo: AP
At age 28, Nate Schierholtz is about as complete of a Major League player as he will likely become. Very few players in the post-PED era improve by much into their thirties and the skill sets that do improve are power and plate discipline. Schierholtz has average...
So what was the worst thing about last night's game?The lose was bad. Losing is never good unless you're trying to get a better draft pick.How about Nate Schierholtz forgetting the number of outs and getting doubled up in the first inning? That was embarrassing.What about that blown 'out' call on John Mayberry at home in the 6th? That would have tied the game and...
Slumping slugger Ryan Howard singled home the winning run in the ninth to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-4 comeback victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Howard batted with the bases loaded and one out after going five for his previous last 35 with 20 strikeouts.
The big lefty lined a pitch for Josh Collmenter to right field to score Juan Pierre and help Philadelphia...