Jonathan Papelbon is Clearly a Ric Flair Fan ☆

Respect for Jonathan Papelbon…rising? You’ve seen thousands of videos like this.  And odds are, you’re going to see a thousand more.  But, my guess is you’re never going to witness anything as wonderful as this. Following his game Thursday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies closer was talking pitch velocity (or something) when…the most glorious...
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Cole Hamels could join the Phillies next week vs. Dodgers

With the Philadelphia Phillies winning on Thursday 1-0 over the Atlanta Braves and avoiding a sweep, they got some more good news from the minors. According to Ryan Lawrence of the Daily News, Cole Hamels tonight threw seven innings, 81 of those pitches he threw were for strikes and only gave up one home run but that was in the fifth inning. The good news is that he did not have...
Via Total Sports Live
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Hamels sharp in what should be final rehab outing

Cole Hamels, Image- AP In what was likely his final tune up before he returns from the disabled list, lefty starter Cole Hamels looked sharp in a rehab appearance with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers on Thursday night. In a contest at Clearwater’s Brighthouse Field, Hamels went seven innings against Lakeland (Tigers affiliate), allowing one earned run on three hits while...
Via Phillies Nation
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Papelbon Decries Velocity Concerns

MLB Photo After years and years of the abnormal act of throwing a baseball, eventually it takes a toll. For pitchers, it means velocity is decreased and numbers tend to suffer. But don’t tell Jonathan Papelbon that. He’s not buying it. Following a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Braves on Thursday afternoon in which he routinely hit 92-93 mph on the radar, Papelbon was asked about...
Via Phillies Nation
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Prospects Quinn, Walding nearing return to the diamond

Roman Quinn, Image- Jay Floyd Out of action since last year following a ruptured Achilles tendon, shortstop Roman Quinn is nearing a return to game action. While recovering from a broken left wrist suffered when was he hit by a pitch last season, Quinn felt a pop in the back of his right ankle as he ran routine sprints early in the 2013/2014 off-season.  Surgery to repair the second...
Via Phillies Nation
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Phillies top Atlanta, 1-0

For the second straight game, the Phillies received a top-notch performance from their starting pitcher. This day, however, the Phillies did not let it go to waste. Ben Revere slapped a RBI single up the middle off Alex Wood — who had been fantastic up that point — in the eighth to plate Domonic Brown, which ended up being the game-winning run in a 1-0 Phillies win Thursday...
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Phillies Avoid the Sweep Thanks to Late Game Heroics from Ben Revere

Yesterday, the Phillies lost a heartbreaker. Cliff Lee was stellar in a compete game shut out loss. The only run that Cliff Lee gave up with a solo homerun to Evan Gattis that barely went out. In the game, Lee struck out 13 bats and lowered his season ERA to...
Via Philliedelphia
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Revere’s 8th Inning Single Helps Phillies Avoid Sweep

Ben Revere singled home Domonic Brown in the eighth inning for the only run of the afternoon, giving the Phillies a 1-0 win to narrowly avoid a sweep by the Atlanta Braves. Burnett Solid Despite Hernia  -Burnett began the outing looking a bit rusty, yet still induced five groundball outs over the first two innings. That’s exactly what the Phillies paid for when they brought Burnett...
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Gameday 15: Braves vs. Phillies

Atlanta Braves (10-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-8) Starting Pitchers: PHI: AJ Burnett vs. ATL: Alex Wood Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park TV: CSN Weather: Sunny, 52 Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Tonight: Plain and simple, the Phillies need a win today on getaway day. They’ve had some brutal losses recently. Keep an eye on AJ Burnett in the later innings to see how that...
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Ailing Burnett Takes the Mound as Phillies Look to Avoid Sweep

The Phillies and Braves take the field for a matinee today at 1:05 PM. The Braves have taken the first two games of this series, so the Phillies will look to avoid getting swept for the second time in this young season. Game one saw a dramatic comeback turn into...
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Phillies Injury Updates: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Ethan Martin, Darin Ruf

The big injury news for Philadelphia surrounds pitcher Cole Hamels.  Our only Kerry Kauffman covered that earlier this morning & you can read about that here.  The Phillies have other injury concerns, namely outfielder Darin Ruf and pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez & Ethan Martin.  We have an update on all three.Miguel Alfredo GonzalezThe cuban defector originally...
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Lee Tough Luck Loser as Teheran Shuts Out Phillies

Cliff Lee scattered 11 hits, and allowed just one run to the Braves on Wednesday night, but was the victim of no run support as Julio Teheran and the Braves shut out the Phillies in the second game of their three-game set. Cliff Lee pitched a complete game with 13 Ks, but the Phillies were shut out by the young right-hander Julio Teheran on Wednesday. PHOTO: AP “Historic-Lee...
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Phillies Lose, But You Got to Love that Cliff Lee

Wednesday night, everything to love about Cliff Lee was on display. Even though Lee allowed seven hits through four innings, he only allowed one run. Despite the early beating, Lee battled, persevered, and showed that famous Cliff Lee grit.
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A commentary on character...and Ryan Howard

Now that Monday's loss to the Braves has mostly scabbed over, I wanted to look back at the game through a different lens. Monday could have been a harbinger of things to come and a loss that will send the Phillies down an inevitable losing path or it could be used as a character builder. Supposedly high character teams would view such a devastating loss as an opportunity...
Via PhilsBaseball
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Phillies Nation TV – Chase Utley’s Start, Phils Home Opener and Tommy Greene

In this week’s episode, Pat and Corey discuss Chase Utley‘s torrid start as well as the Brewers series that was painful to watch. Ian and Natalie report from the parking lots outside the Phillies home opener. And Tommy Greene returns for another pitching lesson, this time on the conditioning differences between starters and relievers.
Via Phillies Nation
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Injury Updates: Hamels, Ruf, MAG

Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock gave a few health updates on Phillies players Wednesday afternoon. -Cole Hamels appears to be nearly a lock to return to the Phillies during the west coast road trip, specifically when they’re in Los Angeles. He’ll pitch Thursday in Clearwater and if all goes well, it’s likely he’ll be with the team next week. Proefrock would not definitively...
Via Phillies Nation
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Writers Roundtable: Can Adams, Hamels, Ruf Help?

Question: The Phillies are currently 6-7, do you think they’ll stay around the .500-mark all season or will the return of guys like Mike Adams, Cole Hamels, and Darin Ruf make a real difference? Don McGettigan (@DonM409): The Phillies have done some unexpected things in the first two weeks of the season: leading the NL in On-Base Percentage, 2nd in the NL in Batting Average, 3rd...
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Three Phillies Make the List of Highest Paid Athletes

The Philadelphia Phillies have a pretty big payroll; this much we know. Their $180,052,723 payroll is good for the third highest in baseball. So with a high payroll comes some pretty high individual salaries, of course. Some of those contracts are among the highest in all of sports. recently posted a list of the top 25 highest paid athletes in the world and three Phillies...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Taunting Phillies fans reaction to Braves' game-winning grand slam is priceless (VIDEO)

The Philadelphia Phillies were on the verge celebrating a win against Atlanta on Monday night when one group of Phillies fans got a serious lesson in humility after the Braves won with game winning, ninth-inning grand slam.The Phillies were up by one in the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park when Braves slugger Dan Uggla came up to bat.The loud-mouthed Phillies fans did what they...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game between Braves and Phillies cancelled due to rain

The second game of a series between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies has been cancelled. Rain has force Tuesday’s game between the two teams to be cancelled. No makeup date has been announced thus far. Cliff Lee was set to pitch for the Phillies while David Hale was to start for the Braves. They will start on Wednesday. On Monday night the Braves won 9-6 following...
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Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 Prospects

The Philadelphia Phillies have a solid farm system. Franco, Biddle, and Crawford all have star potential, but each of those three players has to make significant strides to realize that potential. Severino Gonzalez has posted excellent stats thus far in his career, but has serious durability concerns. Miguel Gonzalez is an absolute mystery. The rest of the players on this list are...
Via Batting Leadoff
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies use kids’ drawings for pics of starting lineup used on jumbotron (pics)

For the team’s first Sunday game of the season at Citizens Bank Park, the Philadelphia Phillies relied upon drawings by children for the images of players in the starting lineup projected on the jumbotron. Via the official Facebook page of the Phillies: Kids draw the darndest things. Here’s your starting lineup from today, as sketched […] The post Phillies use kids’ drawings...
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Chase Utley: A Comeback On the Horizon?

Ask any Philadelphia Phillies fan who is “the man” on the Phillies, they will all answer with a resounding “Chase Utley you are the man!” Chase Utley has made many memories while in a Phillies uniform , including that memory where legendary announcer Harry Kalas proclaimed Utley as “the man” on August 9th 2006 when he advanced from 2nd to home plate on an infield ground...
Via The MLB Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Phils use kids drawings of players on Jumbotron

via 700 Level The Philadelphia Phillies had a pretty cool idea for their home-opener at Citizens Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon – the team let the children of their Phillies Phundamentals programs draw their own versions of the starting lineup’s headshots, then used the kids’ work on the jumbotron during the game. Can you match the drawings above to the players they’re...
Via Next Impulse Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies let kids draw photos for players in starting lineup

Getty Image While the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t off to the best start in franchise history with a lousy 6-7 record, it’s certainly not as bad as most people expected for a team that has been perceived as over-the-hill. Perhaps in a move to liven things up and inject the team with a new youthful exuberance, the Phillies allowed some of the kids in the Phillies Phundamentals...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

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