Found July 13, 2013 on The Scores Report:
Ryan Howard tried to be optimistic before the season as he came back from a difficult injury, but 2013 has been a tough year so for. His numbers are way down, with .266 batting average and 11 home runs as we come up to the All Star break, and now Scott Miller is piling on as he puts together his anti-All Star team of the season’s biggest disappointments. Few are in dire need of ice packs as much as Howard — both for his knee and his numbers — so we can only wish him Godspeed on his impending knee surgery. Hope he returns on the short end of the six-to-eight weeks he’s expected out. Before landing on the disabled list this month, Howard, at $20 million this year, essentially was reduced to platoon status. Against lefties, he’s hitting .173 with a .218 on-base percentage. That’s not hitting. That’s praying. The Phillies’ frustration with their Big Man reached such epic proportions that general manager Ruben Amaro borrowed a page from the Brian Cashman Book of Calling Out a Player. Min...

Mayberry Bails Out Papelbon, Phils End Half at .500

John Mayberry Jr. singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth after Jonathan Papelbon‘s blew his fifth save to grab a 4-3 victory for the Phillies. The win puts the Phillies at 48-48 entering the All-Star break and, coupled with today’s Braves loss, puts them just 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race. The 48-48 mark is 6.5 game better...

Phillies OF Revere lands on DL

The Phillies have placed outfielder Ben Revere on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he broke his right foot by fouling a ball off of it, and activated catcher Erik Kratz from the DL. Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro said Sunday that Revere will have further tests on Monday to determine the extent of his injury. Revere was injured Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader...

Phillies' Revere breaks foot

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere broke his right foot on a foul ball before grounding into a game-ending double play in the opener of a day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. Revere fell to the ground after hitting the ball off his foot, but he shook it off and stayed in. He didn't make it down the line too quickly to avoid making the last...

Phillies 4, White Sox 3(10)

John Mayberry Jr. sent the Philadelphia Phillies in the right direction going into the All-Star break. Mayberry hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting Philadelphia over the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Sunday. The Phillies have won nine of 13 and stand 6 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Atlanta. ''It's definitely exciting to pull that one out,'...

Nix-ed: No Need For Laynce On This Phillies Team Anymore

During last night's Phillies - Nationals game at Citizens Bank Park the situation that Laynce Nix was signed for came up. It was late innings, time for a pinch-hitter, and the pitcher on the mound, Drew Storen, was right-handed. So, Charlie Manuel went to his lineup card and called upon......

Notes From The Phillies’ 3-1 Win Over Washington

Categories: BREAKING NEWS News PhilliesTags: Darin RufKevin FrandsenKyle KendrickPhilliesThe Philadelphia Phillies won the finale game of their series with the Nationals 3-1. Their record improves to 46-47. Kyle Kendrick was in top form tonight, cruising through seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits. Kendrick allowed his lone run during the sixth inning. The righty...

2013 MLB Futures Game: US Roster Breakdown

US Roster   Pitchers Jesse Biddle, LHP Philadelphia Phillies – Biddle is a dominant lefty, still just 21, and at 6’4 and 225 he’s a workhorse in the making. He hasn’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Why Chase Utley Would Be A Terrible Idea For The Dodgers

Some people believe that the Philadelphia Phillies will be deadline sellers and that Chase Utley is L.A.-bound. (Image source: The Sports Quotient at The Dodgers are planning to make a few decisions before the trade deadline that could potentially  strengthen the team’s position in the National League West...

Gameday: Phillies (47-48) vs White Sox (37-54)

Philadelphia Phillies (47-48) vs Chicago White Sox (37-54) Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.17) v. Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.67) TIME: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park TV: PHL-17 Weather: Media: Twitter and Facebook The Phillies will try for .500 today after splitting the double header with the White Sox yesterday. The two teams played 24 innings of baseball, and both games were nearly four hours each....

Buy, Sell, or Both? The Phillies' Unique Deadline Position

Photo Credit: Kevin Durso, Philliedelphia I have no problem admitting that my personal belief is that the Philadelphia Phillies should come as close to "blowing up" their team as possible without venturing into that forsaken zone of mediocrity. It's part of the baseball life cycle—players get old and expensive; teams...

Quick turnaround as Phillies face White Sox in Game 2

The Phillies gave away Game 1. They can quickly amend for it in Game 2. A stretch of excellent games in order for the Phillies against the Braves and Nationals didn't carry over to Saturday's opener. Now the Phillies (46-48) return to the field to once again face the White...

Discussion Points

I am on vacation and blogging with my smartphone is difficult. I will return to computer use on Sunday. Until then, here are some discussion points : 1) assuming the Phillies are buyers, what/who should they target? 2) Would you move Ruf to right field and Dom to left field upon Howard's return? 3) Should Amaro look into signing KK to an extension? 4) Even if the Phillies...

Notes From The Phillies’ 2-1 Win Over Chicago

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Nats Drop Disappointing Finale, Series To Phillies

Both teams were playing like they didn’t much care for winning. But in a game full of bloopers on Thursday night, the Washington Nationals (47-45) ultimately fell victim to the Philadelphia Phillies (46-47), losing the game and the series 3-1. The Nationals didn’t take advantage of their many potential paths to victory – failing to capitalize on four Phillies errors or...
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