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It's pretty sad that it's almost July and the Phillies are still in last place. Sitting six games under .500 (34-40) and sitting 9 games behind in the NL East, it's really tough to see this team accomplishing anything great this season. The Phillies are coming off of a 2-1 series loss against the Rays, including being swept in yesterday's day-night double header. The Phils are finished with Interleague Play for the year, ending with a 5-10 record against American League teams. Tonight the Phils are set to open up a four-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates (38-33) to cap off their 10-game home stand.
Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04 ERA) will make his fifteenth start of the season tonight as he takes on the Bucs. Blanton has been stuck in a rut for quite a while now. Over his last eight starts (41 1/3 innings), Blanton has allowed 16 home runs. Blanton has also has allowed five or more earned runs in six of his last seven starts to give him a 7.44 ERA. In his last start, on W...
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Pitching deep into almost every game, Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is among the best. How does Miami compare after their ace has worked? 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...
With his walk-off home run Saturday against Tampa Bay, Jim Thome tied Sammy Sosa on the all-time home run list at 609. One more, and Thome will stand alone with the seventh-greatest amount of career home runs hit in baseball history. The men who will be in front of him read like a Who's Who of the greatest hitters to ever play the game -- Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Willie...
When superstars go on a rehab assignment, they usually get everything they want, including which jersey number they get to wear. It seems like that doesn't happen in Philadelphia. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs mascot FeRROUS wears Chase Utley's No. 26, so Utley now has to wear No. 21 for the first time in his career when he begins his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Iron...
Cole Hamels left the diamond with a slender lead for the Philadelphia Phillies. Is he one of the players who will be traded for prospects?
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The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to King Cole.
Ty Wigginton and Carlos Ruiz homered to back Vance Worley and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Worley (4-4) allowed three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. Michael Schwimer pitched out of a jam in the seventh, Antonio Bastardo worked the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 18th save in 19 tries. Papelbon...
Pittsburgh Pirates (38-33) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (34-40)
TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 71, partly cloudy
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Chase Utley news! He is in Philadelphia today and will hang with the team until tomorrow, when he plays with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He’ll then return to the Phillies, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. No word yet if...
After dropping both games of a day-night double-header yesterday, the Phillies were looking to shake off the rust and start off a four-game series with the Pirates on the right foot. Joe Blanton was looking for his seventh win on the season tonight, and would do so against Jeff Karstens.
Runs would be surprisingly easy to come by tonight for the Phillies. They can thank the Pirates...
Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies host the Pirates to close out their 10-game homestand. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso)
The make-or-break homestand that was to determine where this team stood as June came to a close has not been pretty so far. After winning two of three from the Rockies, the Phillies took the momentum from a magical walk-off off the bat of Jim Thome and crushed by...
After a dreadful Sunday during which the Phillies lost two games to the Rays in spectacularly bad fashion, this team needed a break. And that break came in the form of the Pittsburgh Pirates. How do you spell relief? P-I-R-A-T-E-S!
The 8-3 win was a welcome sight, even if it did come at the expense of what appeared to be a little league team. Thankfully though, the Bucos took the...
Vance Worley took the hill tonight for the Phillies against lefty Eric Bedard of the Pirates. With the team playing more aggressive than ever this season, the remainder of this series is sure to be entertaining.
The Phillies jumped ahead early tonight with an RBI single from the hot-hitting Carlos Ruiz. He plated Hunter Pence who had tripled to get on base. Chooch is now hitting...
Pirates (38-34) at Phillies (35-40)
7:05 PM EST–Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
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After a very disappointing series opener, the Pirates will look to rebound tonight against the hated Phillies. Other than in the Baltimore series, the Bucs have bounced back from defeats very well lately and have stayed away from the big losing streak. That’s...
Steve and Connie Mack discuss the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, and 76ers in the latest edition of My Two Cents on MTR Radio. Listen live every Friday at 10pm only on MTRRadio.com.
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The Pirates made three errors in the first inning. Jeff Karstens threw some meatballs. Joe Blanton had eight strikeouts. Rod Barajas got hurt. One of those days that's better off forgotten, if you ask me.