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Joe Blanton became the third member of the Philadelphia Phillies to switch coasts. But is there a place for Juan Pierre in Philly?
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CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT: 4-2 Outcome
The Kangaroo Courthouse
Doubled Off 1st On An OF Putout In The 1st
DP Victim On A Pop Out In The 3rd
The Big House
Blew A Game-Tying Call In The 5th
Big John Beat The Tag Bu
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
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)
Cole Hamels decided the Phillies weren't going to lose tonight. (AP)
There was a baseball game in Philadelphia tonight, but it was in name only. For, you see, it was less a game than a one-man pitching showcase, headlined by Cole Hamels and his nine shutout innings. His performance willed the Phillies to a victory over the Braves, 3-0, in a game where the runs scored will become...
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...
Domonic Brown was the untouchable. The Phillies would not trade him. Not for Cliff Lee. Not for Roy Halladay. He debuted to a standing ovation in 2010 as the Phillies entered an offensive funk down the stretch. But soon the magic died.
Brown hit just .210 in his late season call-up in 2010, and Spring Training 2011 before there ever was a Hunter Pence Brown broke his...
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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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number after the title will...
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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Happier Times- Game 3 of the 2008 World Series, the game I waited 15 years to see.
The 2012 Phillies are a disaster. There's no getting around that. At 49-60, 13.5 games out of the playoffs, they are playing out the schedule. The only point of these games is to find out who should be a part of the 2013 version of the Phillies. These games matter to Dom Brown. They...
An old era has ended for the Philadelphia Phillies, and now a new one has begun. For the past few years, we considered the Phillies as a very good team, a team who has won 5 consecutive National League East Pennants, and has just won the 2008 World Series. A team that are contenders. Now this has all passed us, and a new era has begun for this ballclub.
After the Philadelphia...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- 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...
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...
The Phillies are finally out of last place. Although they don't hold sole possession of the cellar, they still remain 10 games under .500 and 16 games back in the division. While sitting 12 1/2 games back in the Wild Card. There is a chance that the Phillies could pull a miracle run. But that chance is very slim. What the Phillies need to do now is to spend the remainder of the...
Last night was just another example of the 2012 Phillies. Poor play, no drive to play for win and the inability to hit with runners in scoring position. Vance Worley allowed four earned runs on six hits through 3 2/3 innings, but left early with what was later diagnosed by Charlie Manuel as "stomach issues". The Phils lost pretty heavily to their NL East rivals last night...
After taking the first two games of their series with the Chicago Cubsincluding Saturday's 3-2 winthe Dodgers will send their newest acquisition--31-year old Joe Blanton--to the mound Sunday afternoon, hoping he can do for them what he did when he was dealt from Oakland to Philadelphia: Help turn them into winners.
Because when Joe Blanton gets traded, his new team ends up with...
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
Media: Twitter and Facebook
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...
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...