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Yankees' Alex Rodriguez impressed by ex-LSU ace Aaron Nola, report says

"The Phillies should be very excited about him," Rodriguez said, via Philly.com.
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
1 hour ago

Is Jonathan Papelbon Headed North Of Border?

Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was in attendance at a Spring Training game this week. Not surprising, right? Except it wasn't one in which his team was participating. Anthopoulos was behind the plate at a Phillies-Yankees game—presumably to scout disgruntled Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon. The Jays have previously hinted at an interest in the former Red Sox closer...
Via FenwayNation
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Among Latest Round of Cuts

Per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com the Phillies have announced the latest round of cuts. Most surprising (or maybe not surprising) is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez who after Cliff Lee went down, seemed almost a lock for the roster. However Gonzalez has really struggled this spring a 7.53 ERA, allowing 25 hits...
Via Philliedelphia
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Demote Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Five Others

  PHOTO: AP/Kathy Willens The Phillies optioned pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. The Cuban righthander didn’t live up to expectations this Spring, allowing 12 earned runs–as well as five home runs and 25 hits–over 14.1 innings. He’ll start the season in the minors again, which is a disappointment.  In addition to the MAG demotion, the...
Via Phillies Nation
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies prospects predict WrestleMania results

For those of you that read the site regularly and perhaps also follow a few Phillies Nation staffers on Twitter, you know that some of us are lifelong professional wrestling fanatics.  Not surprisingly, some Phillies minor league players have also long enjoyed action in the squared circle as well. This weekend marks the Super Bowl of the pro wrestling world, with WWE’s WrestleMania...
Via Phillies Nation
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sandberg concerned about lack of offense

The Phillies managed only one run in a loss to the Twins on Saturday, and manager Ryne Sandberg is admittedly concerned about his team's offense.
Via Philly Sports Live
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phils drop fourth straight spring contest

The Phillies dropped their fourth straight game on Saturday when they were downed by the Twins in Fort Myers by a score of 7-1. Righty hurler Jerome Williams took the loss, allowing six runs (four earned) while allowing nine hits and two walks, striking out four in four innings of work.  The outing left Williams, who will likely open the 2015 season as the Phils’ number three...
Via Phillies Nation
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Williams and Offense Struggle Against Twins

The Phillies fell to the Twins at Fort Myers this afternoon as Minnesota blasted their way to a 7-1 victory. It was a pretty quiet afternoon offensively for Philadelphia. They took an early 1-0 lead in the 3rd after Cesar Hernandez hit a double and they were able to small...
Via Philliedelphia
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Williams struggles in Grapefruit loss to Twins

Odubel Herrera had an RBI single to account for the Phillies' only run as Jerome Williams struggled over four-plus innings in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Via Philly Sports Live
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

WSBGMs Birthday, Phillies Spring Update & Fantasy Baseball

We Should Be GMs is about to embark on our 10th season covering the Philadelphia Phillies and today marks our 9th "birthday".  It all started way back on March 28th of 2006. With slightly over a week of Spring Training remaining before the 2015 MLB season starts, the Phillies haven't shown any improvement. Offense Ranks:AVG - .233 (29th)OBP - .288 (29th)SLG - .330 (30th)OPS - ...
Via We Should Be GM's
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Nola gives Phillies fans something to be excited about

Twenty years or so from now, when Aaron Nola retires from the game of baseball, if his career amounts to anything, people will point to his outing yesterday against the New York Yankees at Brighthouse field as the moment when it was clear he was on a path towards greatness.
Via PhilsBaseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Nola solid in debut; Yanks blank Phils in shortened game, 10-0

WP: Michael Pineda (2-0, 1.32 ERA) LP: Jake Diekman (0-1, 12.27 ERA) The Philadelphia Phillies (11-13) were shutout 10-0 by the New York Yankees (14-11) this afternoon in a shortened game because of rain at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. Aaron Nola was slated to start, however the early...
Via Philliedelphia
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Nola shines brightly in big league spring debut

Clouds and rain showers couldn’t prevent the Phillies’ top pitching prospect from shining on Friday when he took the mound for the first time in a big league spring training game. In three innings of work in relief against the Yankees, Aaron Nola allowed five hits and no runs while striking out four and walking none.  His efforts included punch outs of legendary sluggers Alex...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies top prospect Aaron Nola gets a shot in big league camp against Yankees

The Phillies will get a look into the future today as they send their second pitching prospect of the week to major league camp. Aaron Nola, the Phillies' first round pick in 2014, will get his first chance with the big leaguers today. Some felt that Nola deserved an opportunity...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

It's Now or Never for Darin Ruf and the Phillies

As the Phillies inch closer and closer to Opening Day, pieces of the roster begin to fall into place. One guy who hasn't necessarily solidified a specific role year after year on the team is Darin Ruf. There's no doubting Ruf's ability to hit the long ball, but with Ryan...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels strong, Giles shaky in loss to Blue Jays

This afternoon, Cole Hamels rebounded from a rough outing in his last start, but unfortunately Ken Giles got hit hard as the Phillies eventually ended up falling to Toronto, 4-1. After a struggling for most of the spring, Cole Hamels looked more ready to start Opening Day. In five innings...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Land SS Devin Lohman From Reds

The Phillies announced today that they have acquired shortstop Devin Lohman from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for future considerations. The 25-year-old will report right to minor league camp. Lohman was selected in the third round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Reds, and in two seasons with Double-A Pensacola, has hit .240 with 13 HRs, 18 RBIs, and a .307 OBP. Defensively...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLBer Curt Ford assaulted, told to ‘go back to Ferguson’

Former Cardinals outfielder Curt Ford was allegedly the victim of a race-related attack in St. Louis earlier this week. On Thursday, Ford told Christine Byers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is considering moving away from the St. Louis area after a man yelled racial slurs at him and punched him at a gas...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies acquire Devin Lohman from the Reds

The Phillies added to their minor league infield depth on Thursday afternoon, acquiring shortstop Devin Lohman from the Reds. This moves comes just hours after news about J.P. Crawford's oblique injury surfaced. The Phillies have acquired SS Devin Lohman from Cincinnati in exchange for future considerations. Lohman will report to...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Billingsley feels good in two-inning Minors outing

This is just another small step for Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley, but he is encouraged. He pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Minor League Spring Training game against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate at Carpenter Complex.
Via Philly Sports Live
2 days ago  |  Discuss

With surgery likely, Hollands to seek second opinion

After discovering that he had the same injury that Cliff Lee has last week, Phillies reliever Mario Hollands will likely undergo surgery to repair the tear in his common flexor tendon. Hollands first experienced something wrong in September that caused his season to end early. In an update from Todd...
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies 3B Asche scratched from lineup with back tightness

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Cody Asche has been scratched from the starting lineup against Toronto because of back tightness. Asche, who is batting .238 with three homers and seven RBI in 16 games this spring training, said he felt his back stiffen while he stretched during morning workouts Thursday. He opted to sit as a precaution. Andres Blanco replaced...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Anyone Going to Make Opening Day?

Cody Asche on last year's rehab assignment. Photo by Richard Wilkins Jr. Cody Asche's back is stiff. J.P. Crawford has an oblique injury. Mario Hollands needs elbow surgery. Dom Brown has achilles issues. Jerome Williams has had hamstring issues. Cliff Lee is probably done. Jeff Francoeur had some oblique issues....
Via Philliedelphia
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Asche (back) scratched from lineup against Toronto

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Cody Asche has been scratched from the starting lineup against Toronto because of back tightness. Asche, who is batting .238 with three homers and seven RBIs in 16 games this spring training, said he felt his back stiffen while he stretched during morning workouts Thursday. He opted to sit as a precaution. Andres Blanco replaced...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Gameday: Phillies (11-11) at Blue Jays (13-9)

Philadelphia Phillies (11-11) at Blue Jays (13-9) Starting Pitchers:PHI: Cole Hamels vs.TOR: Alex Sanchez Time: 1:07 EST, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, FloridaTV: NoneWeather: Cloudy, 78 DegreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today:  It was announced this morning that top short stop prospect J.P. Crawford will miss 4 to 6 weeks due to a strained oblique....
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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