Phillies promote right-hander Asher to make major league debut Sunday

Right-hander Alec Asher, among the players acquired in the blockbuster deal for Cole Hamels, will make his major league debut on Sunday for the Philadelphia Phillies.One of five prospects the Phillies received from the Texas Rangers, Asher will face the San Diego Padres as he takes the starting slot of struggling veteran Jerome Williams. The 23-year-old Asher went 2-0 with a 2.08...
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Orioles-Rangers Preview

Cole Hamels appears to be getting more and more comfortable with each start he makes for the Texas Rangers, who have the third-most wins in the AL since acquiring the left-hander at the trade deadline. That solid play over the last four weeks has helped the Rangers pass the Baltimore Orioles in the wild-card race, making this weekend's three-game series crucial as the calendar gets...
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Phillies have finally escaped from payroll hell

By the time the 2015 season has concluded, the Philadelphia Phillies will have spent over $1.1 billion on their payroll from 2009 (the year after their 2008 World Championship) through 2015. The only teams to spend more over the same time period are the Yankees, Red Sox, and thanks to a surge over the last three seasons, the Dodgers. But those three teams, along with the Tigers...
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Red Sox Could Go In Any Direction On Dave Dombrowski’s Watch (Podcast)

The Boston Red Sox hired Dave Dombrowski as their new president of baseball operations. What’s next? That’s been the burning question ever since Dombrowski joined the Red Sox last week in a major front office shakeup. And it’s the question’s Ricky Doyle attempted to answer while chatting with Ashley Allen on the Red Sox podcast. Doyle also caught up with Philadelphia...
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Darnell Sweeney could be more than a Phillies footnote

View image | There's no doubt the Cole Hamels deal was a team effort. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, departing president Pat Gillick, and the incoming president Andy MacPhail had a hand in the six-player package that came to town in return for the long-time ace. It will no...
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August appraisal: Cubs, Pirates, Mets among top story lines

What a month -- and it isn't even over. We began August trying to adjust our eyes when we saw Troy Tulowitzki and Cole Hamels, among others, in new uniforms. And as we usher in the final few days before September, we are trying to put a jumbled playoff picture into focus. The most surprising story lines that have developed along the way: The NL Central. How ridiculous have the top...
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Cole Hamels could pay more immediate dividends than Texas Rangers imagined

On July 31, the Texas Rangers sat 50-52, seven games back in the American League West. Their month featured a five-game losing streak and two three-gamers. It seemed the Rangers, who had hung around the fringes of playoff contention for most of the three months of the season, were running out of gas, done in by a patchwork rotation. When Cole Hamels was added at the deadline, it...
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The Texas Rangers Will Take The 2nd Wild-Card

Cole Hamels has begun to pitch well for the surging Rangers Behind the Toronto Blue Jays or New York Yankees, who are in a very heated race for the AL East crown, there is a very cluttered race for who will take the 2nd wildcard. The 2nd wildcard is currently occupied by the Texas Rangers, who hold a 1.5 game lead over both the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, a 2...
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Reds continue to roll with rookies in rotation

After facing veteran starters in three consecutive defeats, the Detroit Tigers will see an inexperienced pitcher in their next game. The scuffling Cincinnati Reds will have a rookie starter on the mound for the 25th consecutive time in Monday night's makeup game at the Great American Ball Park. Detroit (59-64) was held to five runs after winning the opener of its four-game set versus...
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AL West playoff race: Houston Astros’ division to lose

Here’s the current AL West standings following Sunday’s, August 23, set of games. Know that the Wild Card and postseason probabilities are calculations made by Baseball Prospectus while taking in to account a number of variables.   AL West Team W L PCT GB Probability of winning a wild card spot Probability of reaching the postseason Houston Astros 69 56 0.552 – 10.2% 93% Texas...
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Napoli, Gimenez hit HRs as Rangers top Tigers 4-2

DETROIT (AP) Cole Hamels threw six strong innings, and Mike Napoli and Chris Gimenez homered as the Texas Rangers held onto the second American League wild card spot with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Rangers, who have won nine of their last 11 games, started the day with a half-game lead over the Angels, with Baltimore another half-game back. Hamels (7-8) got...
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Napoli, Gimenez hit home runs as Rangers top Tigers 4-2

DETROIT (AP) -- Cole Hamels threw six strong innings, and Mike Napoli and Chris Gimenez homered as the Texas Rangers held onto the second American League wild card spot with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Rangers, who have won nine of their last 11 games, started the day with a half-game lead over the Angels, with Baltimore another half-game back. Hamels (7-8) got...
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Rangers-Tigers Preview

As the Texas Rangers make their push toward the postseason, Cole Hamels knows he must be better than he's looked for his new team. The left-hander tries a fourth time to earn his first victory with the Rangers on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Texas (63-59) is 15-7 since news broke that Hamels (0-1, 5.23 ERA) was acquired from Philadelphia, but the three-time...
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LEADING OFF: Bird big for Yanks, Hamels goes for Rangers

CAN'T TOUCH CLAYTON Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has won five straight decisions and tries for a sixth at Houston. The left-hander has a 0.82 ERA over his past seven starts, including two complete-game shutouts and three scoreless, eight-inning performances. Rookie Lance McCullers goes for the Astros for the first time since being demoted following a rocky Aug. 3 start at Texas. He...
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Phillies rookie acquired in Hamels trade dazzles in MLB debut

MIAMI — Jerad Eickhoff didn't look like a pitcher who was making his major league debut and he didn't look like someone who had not had a hit since high school. Eickhoff pitched six scoreless innings and drove in two runs in his major league debut to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. ''It's surreal,'' Eickhoff said. ''You grow up...
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Rangers charging hard in AL West and wild card races

Tuesday night’s news that the Texas Rangers had traded for outfielder Will Venable may have prompted a few eyebrows to raise. Why was Texas making this move? That may have compelled a few to click over to the MLB standings and the revelation that the Rangers are indeed making a push into the AL playoff race. Going into Thursday’s play, Texas sits four games behind the Astros...
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Daily Pitcher Duels: Aug. 17

It's a short slate across MLB today with just 10 games, but we've dug into bringing you the very best matchups of the day. Check 'em out: Chris Heston (SFG) vs. Michael Wacha (STL) 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN Heston essentially came out of nowhere, like many Giants stalwarts do. The 27-year-old right-hander was a 12th-round pick in 2009 and spent six seasons in the minors with good,...
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Texas Rangers: Seattle Mariners series preview

The Texas Rangers have turned around their way of play at home. Throughout the season the team has struggled at home, but since their losing two to start a four game series against the New York Yankees beginning July 27th the team won the following two games, won two of three against the San Francisco Giants, and swept the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. All four of those teams...
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Phillies Horror Movie Come to Life

With the Phillies at an all-time low, some Phillies fans (or not so Phillies fans) over at 2 Point Lead, a satirical sports group made by AOL On, has released a ‘Horror Trailer’ for the Phillies of 2015. Check it out below: PHILLIES HORROR MOVIE TRAILERThe Phillies’ awful season has been turned into a horror movie trailer Posted by 2 Point Lead on Wednesday, August 12...
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Texas Rangers: Bullpen woes continue to derail playoff hopes

Each time the Texas Rangers get on a hot streak their bullpen ensures to bring them back to Earth. The bullpen has been a true momentum killer for Texas this season, perhaps most notably during the last week and a half. The Rangers have been playing solid ball of late, winning eight of their last thirteen games. But what is currently a nice run, could have been a phenomenal run....
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The Phillies Are on Fire for Some Reason

When the Padres decided to sell nothing at all at the trade deadline, one of the public explanations was that the team didn’t want to give up on the playoffs. And one of the explanations for that line of thinking was that the schedule looked pretty soft, so the Padres would have a chance to rack up some much-needed wins against lesser competition. At the time, it seemed more like...
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Don’t Knapp on Andrew

When the Phillies acquired top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro in the Cole Hamels deal, many people, including myself thought the Phillies finally had their catcher of the future. Andrew Knapp has other plans. Knapp was promoted to double A Reading in early July, and he’s been as hot as the weather. With Alfaro out for the year with an ankle injury, Knapp has been giving the opportunity...
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Report: Cole Hamels accepted offer from Giants but was too late

The San Francisco Giants reportedly were much closer to landing Cole Hamels than widely perceived. After the Giants made a late run at Hamels, one of the best pitchers on the trade market at this year's deadline, the lefty ace was traded to the Texas Rangers for a handful of prospects. However, behind closed doors, the Giants nearly landed Hamels, but the timing wasn't right. According...
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Chase Utley looks good at AA Reading; could return to Phillies Thursday

Last night's AA matchup of the Reading Fightin' Phils and the Trenton Thunder was the Phillies organization's first opportunity to look at two of the new prospects acquired in exchange for Cole Hamels last week. Jake Thompson pitched a game and outfielder Nick Williams had two hits for the Fightin'...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Between the lines: The Cole Hamels trade edition

View image | Fresh off the heels of the blockbuster trade with the Texas Rangers headlined by Cole Hamels, the Philadelphia Phillies' minor league system received a much-needed overhaul. The top-ten ranking of the organization's best prospects have been given a facelift from every major baseball surveyor. From the...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss
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