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Darin Ruf continued his assault on major league pitching on Tuesday night (AP Photo).
The Phillies playoff hopes are long gone, but fans desperately searching for a reason to keep watching need to look no further than Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and Cody Asche. The contracts and lack of production from the Phillies aging offensive core make their development critical for the team’s future, and all three delivered in some way on Tuesday night in a 9-8 comeback win over the Cubs.
The trio of 20-somethings combined for five hits, three runs and four RBIs on the night, bailing out Kyle Kendrick who was mediocre in his six innings of work. The Phils trailed 4-1 and 5-2, before they stormed back. Kendrick gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits, and was hurt by two long balls before he settled down. Chase Utley also had a big night, collecting three hits, two runs and two RBIs.
Jonathan Papelbon was very shaky in the ninth and Brown dropped a routine fly ball in the process, but the ...
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36 games into his MLB career and Darin Ruf already has a streak of 33 games of reaching base safely. In those 36 games he's hit .316/.994, 19 R, 9 DBL, 1 TRPL, 7 HR, and 17 RBI. It's a small sample size, but it also goes to show that he's one of the few reasons to tune in and stomach watching the Phillies over the final months of the season. I've been rooting for...
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The Philadelphia Pillies and second baseman Chase Utley have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension.
Utley, 34, was one of a handful of veteran players the Phillies opted to keep at the July 31 trade deadline.
Thus far there has been no indication of what the figures of the deal will be, though CBS’ Jon Heyman has speculated...
Off days are becoming more and more enjoyable when you talk about the Phillies. After getting swept by the Braves this past weekend the Phillies keep sinking deeper and deeper into the cellar. 11 games under .500 and God only knows how far back in the division they are, they...
The days leading up to the trade deadline saw Chase Utley's name featured in trade rumors. But as July 31st came and went, we began to hear less about where Utley could end up, and more about the second baseman working towards an extension with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Those whispers came to fruition with a two-year agreement on a new extension between the two sides on...
Darin Ruf and Chase Utley sparked a three-run fifth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-8 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Utley, who had three hits, drove in the tying run on a triple to deep center field. He soon scored on a Domonic Brown ground out to give the Phillies the lead. Ruf added one more on a solo home run, his fourth of the season.
Chase Utley's new two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies is worth $27 million. But if the second baseman stays healthy, he can max out at five years, $75 million, according to major-league sources.
Utley, who turns 35 on Dec. 17, received three vesting options, each worth $15 million, on top of his two guaranteed years, sources said. Each of his options will vest at 500...
The Philadelphia Phillies declined to trade second baseman Chase Utley in July, preferring to negotiate an extension with him and make him, in the words of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., a "Phillie for life."
Mission nearly accomplished.
The Phillies are close to signing Utley to a two-year extension with multiple vesting options, according to major-league sources....
In the seventh inning of a tie game last night, the Phillies third base coach waved around Chase Utley to try and score on a base hit to right field. Cubs right fielder Cole Gillespie gathered the line drive on a couple bounces and fired to home plate, one-hopping it to Chicago catcher Dioner Navarro, who was attempting to block the plate. Right as the throw reached Navarro, Utley...
In the seventh inning of a tie game last night, the Phillies third base coach waved around Chase Utley to try and score on a base hit to right field. Cubs right fielder Cole Gillespie gathered the line drive on a couple bounces and fired to home plate, one-hopping it to Chicago catcher Dioner Navarro, who was attempting to block the plate.
Right as the throw reached Navarro, Utley...
^Darin Ruf, probably wondering if someone will drive him in Cliff Lee didn't have his best stuff Sunday night, and the Phillies' bats were stagnant yet again in a 4-1 loss to the Braves. Lee (10- 5) was in trouble early against the Braves, who had taken the first two...
A rather exciting afternoon today at Citizens Bank Park. It was one of the more impressive offensive displays of the season from the Phillies. After breaking his on base streak last night, Darin Ruf wound up on base three times today, including a home run. Cody Asche hit his first...
Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro got carted off after a collision with Chase Utley. (PHOTO: AP)
The big news of the night was the Chase Utley extension. He didn’t start the game, but nearly finished it in the seventh when he, as the go-ahead run–was thrown out at home after a collision with Dioner Navarro. The Phillies never got that go-ahead run in, and a three run home run in the...
We knew for a while now the Phillies were working on getting Chase Utley under contract and prevent him from hitting the free agent market for 2014. Utley is now reported to be under contract through 2015 after agreeing to a two-year contract extension worth between $25 and $30 million according to multiple reports, which secures the infield core of Jimmy Rollins, Utley and Ryan...
Cole Hamels had another strong outing wasted by little run support. Still it continues a nice streak of good outings. Hamels threw 82 pitches over 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs and probably could have gone further had the situation demanded a pinch hitter. Chase Utley, celebrating his reported extension,...