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The last member of the core four, Cole Hamels, will toe the rubber for the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The other main cogs will be behind him: Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Can they finish the year at 86-76 with a 9-game winning streak?
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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...
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...
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.
With the Phillies (78-76) all but out of postseason contention, Charlie Manuel gave Ruf a shot to show what he’s got in Tuesday’s series opener against the team with baseball’s best record. Playing left field for six innings, Ruf went 2-for-3 and started a string of five unanswered Phillies runs that ultimately decided the game.
Though he was not his sharpest, Cole Hamels...
Just two hits by the offense and some lackluster defense led to another loss on Sunday, as the Phillies dropped the series finale to the Braves, by a score of 2-1.
Roughly a year following the Phillies contributing to Atlanta’s historic collapse down the stretch and missing the playoffs in 2011, it seemed to be the Braves that did in the Phils this time around, as the team that...
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...
Returning warriors, like Chase Utley, have guided the Philadelphia Phillies to a possible wild-card berth with a strong 2nd half. Can Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard inspire this squad to compete beyond the regular schedule?
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I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle...
Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies is the best 3 in the NL East. Our immediate rivals have what level of strength behind their 1-slot hurler? 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...
Final: Nationals 3, Phillies 6.
WP: Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11 ERA) LP: Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28 ERA) SV: Jonathan Papelbon (37).
Darin Ruf got the nod to start his first career major league game in left field this evening, with the understanding that the Phillies are likely not going to clinch a Wild Card spot with minimal amount of games left to play. Boy, did he take advantage...
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...
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...
While they are not “officially” out of it yet, the Phillies have dropped to 5 games out of the Wild Card race after 2 straight losses to the Braves. With 4 teams in front of them and only 9 games to go, the Phillies playoff hopes are all but dead.
On the mound today, Cliff Lee put forward a valiant effort, working in and out of trouble throughout the game. Despite his many challenges...
Ah, the last home series of the 2012 season, and another series that must turnout in the Phillies' favor, otherwise their playoff chances may be an idea of the past. Cole Hamels and Ross Detwiler took the mound tonight, both looking to help their teams work towards a red October.
The Nats would take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Kurt Suzuki singled to center to score...
Atlanta Braves (87-65) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (77-75)
Tim Hudson (15-6, 3.77) vs. Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27)
Time: 4:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
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Saturday was not pretty for the Phillies. They must rebound today and try to take the final game of the series.
Cliff Lee has been terrific lately. He’s 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last...