Posted May 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
Roy Halladay threw eight strong innings for his first victory in a month and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for an 8-7 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. Halladay (4-3) hadn't won since April 16, a span of five starts, and had lost three straight decisions to match a career high, but held the Cubs to three runs and scattered seven hits. The two-time Cy Young winner has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts this season. Chicago's Welington Castillo's stroked a two-out, three-run double in the ninth against Phillies LHP Jake Diekman to close the gap to two runs. Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon came on and allowed an RBI single to Darwin Barney, but got Reed Johnson on a grounder to third for his 11th save of the season. While Halladay ended his modest skid, Cubs starter Chris Volstad (0-6) suffered his 19th straight start without a win. He lasted just two innings, allowing four runs, six hits and three walks. Volstad threw 58 pitc...

Phils Extend Win Streak To Five With Sweep Of Cubs

Roy Halladay pitched well tonight, earning his first win since April 16th (AP)For the first time since April 5th when they were 1-0, the Philadelphia Phillies are on the right side of .500. It took 38 games, six blown opportunities to get above .500, and a five-game win streak, including a two-game sweep over the Cubs to get there, but the Phils finally seem to be gaining some traction...

Alfonseca is Back!

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Worley to DL; Phillies Trade Minor Leaguer

(Photo: now you likely know that Vance Worley has hit the DL with elbow inflammation. The injury was reported yesterday and today the Phillies decided to DL him with Joe Savery joining the team in Chicago. There is no word on the severity of the injury, but it’s never good when it’s an elbow. Kyle Kendrick starts in his place tonight.On a side note, Will...

Gameday: Phillies (19-19) at Cubs (15-22)

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Cole Hamels and Phillies Look To Keep It Going Against Red Sox

Coming back from a 4-0 road trip, the Phillies are finally over .500 and are currently riding a five-game winning streak. They'll look to continue that streak as Interleague Play begins tonight. The Phils will host the Red Sox to open a three-game, weekend set. This is the first Interleague series that the Phillies will play this season. Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton and Cliff Lee...

Tonight's Phillies Lineup vs Cubs

Here is tonight's Phillies lineup versus the Chicago Cubs, courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies official twitter account: Jimmy Rollins-  SS Juan Pierre-  LF Shane Victorino-  CF Hunter Pence-  RF Carlos Ruiz-  C Ty Wigginton-  3B Hector Luna-  1B Freddy Galvis-  2B Roy Halladay-  P Game starts at 8:05, and can be seen on PHL 17 and heard on 94.1 WIP.

Kid K Calls it Quits

It was hinted at on twitter last night that big Cubs news was coming today and news did come. Somewhat reminiscent of Ryne Sandberg's in-season retirement, Kerry Wood will announce that he's retiring from baseball. I'm sure he'll give his reasons at the press conference, but when elite athletes can no longer do the things that made them elite, the fire to compete...

Kerry Wood Never Fulfilled His Potential, But He’ll Always Have a Spot in Cubs Fans’ Hearts

The first ever professional baseball game I went to was Kerry Wood’s 20-K, one-hitter against the Houston Astros on April 12th, 1998. I was six years old, so I don’t remember much of anything from that game, but I do remember being told over and over again that I was witnessing MLB history. That day Chicago Cubs fans and I fell in love with Kerry Wood. Fast forward to May 18th...

Joe Ricketts : Rocket Surgeon

Joe Ricketts is a rich man, and one would assume a smart man, but you know what they say happens when you ass-u-me. The first inkling that something wasn't right came with this classic video (well worth the watch if you're a Cubs fan) And listen, going all-in on the Cubs doesn't make you a smarty pants. The second clue that Joe was a brain surgeon...

Wood announces retirement after game

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood's strikeout was thought to be the final batter he faced in his career. Wood, the flame-throwing pitcher known for a record-setting 20-strikeout performance, reportedly was planning to announce his retirement Friday after the Cubs' game against the Chicago White Sox. Wood reportedly wanted one more opportunity to pitch in a game, then retire...

Game 39: Boston Red Sox @ Philadelphia Phillies

Red Sox (18-20) Aviles SS Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Ross RF Middlebrooks 3B Saltalamacchia C Nava LF Byrd CF Phillies (20-19) Rollins SS Pierre LF Victorino CF Pence RF Ruiz C Wigginton 3B Mayberry 1B Galvis 2B

05-18 Jon Paul Morosi's Jon Paul Morosi joins Rob Dibble to discuss Kerry Wood's retirement.
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