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For a team that finished 17 games out of first place, the Philadelphia Phillies are quite confident they can regain the NL East crown they relinquished to Washington after a five-year run.
''The Nationals had a great year last year, but we had a lot of injuries,'' slugger Ryan Howard said. ''Call us old if you want to. If you want to sweep us under the rug, just don't be surprised.''
The Phillies' streak of five consecutive division titles ended in 2012 with an 81-81 finish. Injuries were a major factor for the decline. Howard and Chase Utley, the team's Nos. 3-4 hitters, combined to miss 160 games to start the season. Ace Roy Halladay was out for a two-month stretch in the middle.
While the facts say the Phillies are trending downward - they've taken one step back each season since winning the 2008 World Series - players insist they have plenty left to contend now that they're healthy.
''We're a complete team now,&...
BEST OF MAXIM
The infield is set. The race for the final bullpen spot is likely down to either Phillippe Aumont or Michael Stutes. But what about the Phillies outfield?
Should the Phils go with Ender Inciarte or look to add someone else to be the fifth outfielder?
Ben Revere and Domonic Brown are locked into everyday spots in center and right. Left field, at least in the short term, will...
Asche with Reading in 2012, Image- Jay Floyd
As the exhibition schedule winds down, we check in one last time with Phillies third base prospect Cody Asche, who has been offering weekly thoughts directly from inside spring training in Clearwater, FL.
A 4th round draft selection in 2011 out of the University of Nebraska, Asche has been a fast rising prospect since joining the Phils...
As the final bullets are fired, the last seats in the bullpen of the Philadelphia Phillies and Jonathan Papelbon will be decided by Monday. There are 4 candidates for 3 spots.
TAL’S HANDY CAPS: POLL
This is my 8th poll and they will be honed over time, like my other postings. If you’re interested in checking out something different, my weekly storyline...
Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers
TIME: 1:05, Joker Marchant Stadium (Lakeland)
Weather: 63, sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Today will be the last time this spring that the Phillies play a spring training game on the road. The Tigers will be their opponent, and it looks as though the Phillies team is already picked. The only thing that Charlie Manuel is doing now...
If there’s one thing Philadelphia is known for, it’s delicious cheesecakes.
Wait, that’s not right, is it?
Traded from the Minnesota Twins in December 2012, Ben Revere has managed to already offend the locals. In an interview during the Phillies-Tigers game on Wednesday, ESPN commentator Doug Glanville asked the outfielder what he was most looking forward to getting in Philadelphia...
The Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs will be the first team to implement a “urinal gaming” system in its Coca Cola Stadium gentleman’s rooms. According to Jon Schaeffer on MiLB.com Coca-Cola Park in the Allentown, PA, stadium is the worlds first to implement this “technology.” IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes described the technology with...
Why Phillies made good decision to release Betancourt
You know what I haven't had in a while? Big League Chew. But I just might now since Cole Hamels will be on the package, as our Andrew Gillen reported a while back. Today, Rob Neyer of SBNation tweeted the pic of the packaging. Check it out: PS - 20...
Cole Hamels tuned up for his first opening day start by pitching three scoreless innings for Philadelphia while Justin Verlander worked into the sixth inning Wednesday as the Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1.
Hamels gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three. He'll start next Monday night at Atlanta.
Verlander allowed one earned run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings...
Cole Hamels gets his final tune up before the regular season as the Philadelphia Phillies face the Detroit Tigers today in Grapefruit League play.
Today’s Phillies lineup:
The Phillies played their second-to-last game in Florida this afternoon as they took on the Tigers. Cole Hamels and Justin Verlander got the start, six days before both are set to start on Opening Day. The Phillies got out to an early lead in the first as Michael Young sac-flied...