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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 extended look we'll get for the Eastern League MVP.
Meanwhile the hot stove has heated up a bit early too with various outfield options for next season. Michael Bourn is a popular name but Cody Ross is in the mix too. It's not exactly foolish to add Shane Victorino to the list either. After a fairly poor season, odds of him landing the big money contract of the off season have slipped.
As for tonight, Cole Hamels takes to the hill for his final home start against Ross Detwiler and the Nationals. What can you say about the Nats? They've played great baseball all season and seem like favorites ...
BEST OF MAXIM
The whole “don’t acknowledge your teammate after he hits a big home run” is definitely one of the better baseball pranks of my time. Usually it’ll last 30 seconds, maybe a minute – long enough for the hitter to come in, put his helmet away, maybe grab a drink and take his seat on the bench.
The Phillies took the silent treatment to epic proportions Tuesday night following...
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...
Darin Ruf hit his 40th home run of 2012 on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. But when he returned to the dugout after his first big-league home run, which was also his first major league hit, Ruf had no one to celebrate with. The 26-year-old rookie was a victim of good, old-fashioned hazing. He didn't received a high five or fist bump from a Philadelphia Phillies teammate...
Darin Ruf ignited the offense for the Philadelphia Phillies to keep the flame of postseason hope burning. Is there a divine intervention in the vault?
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I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats. If you were directed...
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.
After joining the big club on September 10th, Darin Ruf has spent most of his time riding the bench. Nicknamed "Babe Ruf" in Reading after setting the Reading Phillies single-season home run record while winning the Eastern League MVP and Rookie of the Year, Ruf has yet to see a start in the major leagues. That changes tonight.
Facing a left-handed starter, the Phillies...
The fact that Nationals came into last night’s game with the best record in baseball was simply fuel for the Phillies fire who were determined to give their Division rival a tough time. Nats pitching got Ruf’d up by the Phillies who homered 3 times in the game and won by a score of 6-3.
Carlos Ruiz smashed a 2-run shot in the 3rd and Domonic Brown added another homer in the 6th...
Darin Ruf has lots of power and plenty of talent. The problem is whether the Phillies can trust handing their left field job to him in 2013, since he's only played as high as Double-A.
This is one of the best and cruelest jokes I have seen in a professional setting. Imagine you are a rookie, just like Phillies’ outfielder Darin Ruf, and you just smashed your first home run. You would expect your teammates to go ballistic, high-fives everywhere, and more smiles than you could hope for. This would seem like a natural reaction. However, last night when Darin...
Today on "Power Alley" with Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was a guest. In the interview, the hosts asked Manuel about whether or not the Phillies could play Chase Utley at third base sometime before the season ends. Manual is willing to play Utley at third base right now. However, the decision, Manuel said, rests upon whether or not...
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...
Darin Ruf homered for his first major league hit, Carlos Ruiz and Domonic Brown also went deep and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the playoff-bound Washington Nationals 6-3 Tuesday night.
Cole Hamels (16-6) overcame five shaky innings to set a career high in wins and help the five-time defending NL East champion Phillies keep their faint postseason hopes alive. Hamels allowed three...
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...
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...
Washington Nationals (93-60) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (77-76)
Ross Detwiler (10-6, 3.10) vs. Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.05)
Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 65
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Just nine games remain for the Phillies before they head home for what will surely be a long winter. They’ll finish out their home schedule with three games...