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  1. Phils Lose After Halladay Gets Pummeled, But at Least Ryan Howard Joins 300-Homer Club

    Sep 22, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard hit his 300th career homer and fourth in as many games, but it was also a historic day for Roy Halladay. Not the good kind though. Doc was roughed up and departed the game before the second inning was even over. The Phillies had no answers for Mike Minor and the Braves bullpen and slid to four games back in the wild card hunt.

  2. Fall Ball: Phils Still Alive, and… Well…

    Sep 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Friday night saw gorgeous weather in Philly, perfect for an outdoor dinner, a few beers, and some playoff-implications baseball to send the summer off in style. Despite some monumental setbacks this season, the Phillies are still an exciting ball club when healthy. Look no further than the past two nights for evidence of that, as they destroyed the Mets in a laugher on Thursday before welcoming the Braves to Citizens Bank Park with a 6-2 victory.

    The Phillies find themselves in a somewhat unique situation as fall begins. They’re not far from gaining a wild card spot, yet there seems to be little external postseason pressure right now. Most fans wrote the season off as lost months ago, and we’ve enjoyed the pleasant surprise of a climb in the standings and some great baseball to watch along the way.

    This afternoon, on the first day of fall, we have meaningful baseball to watch and our team is the one no one wants getting into the playoffs. Hard not to enjoy nine innings right about now.

  3. Back on Track: Phils Top Astros, Climb to Three Back

    Sep 15, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    On Friday night, the Phillies bats lit up the scoreboard before starter Cole Hamels even stepped into the diamond. Jimmy Rollins hit his fifth leadoff homer of the season (20th overall, 42nd career leadoff), and three more visiting runs would score before the top half of the inning was over. The Astros would hang a few runs on Hamels and the bullpen, but 16 hits powered the Phillies to a 12-6 win.

    Perhaps just as importantly, they got some help from the teams they trail in the Wild Card standings.

  4. Five in a Row and Five Games Back

    Sep 11, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Healthier than they’ve been all season, the Phillies have put together a post trade-deadline run that sees them banging on the door of Wild Card contention in time for the change to playoff baseball weather. Kyle Kendrick, now firmly in the rotation, has been brilliant, and last night he pitched the Phils to their fifth straight win and ninth in their last 11. They now sit five games back in the Wild Card hunt, just one game below .500.

    Kendrick has won five of his last six starts and allowed just two runs in his only loss. In last night’s 3-1 win over the Marlins, Kendrick went seven strong, holding a no-hitter until the sixth inning. Dom Brown provided all the support he’d need with a two-run fifth inning blast. The Phils are in the hunt…

  5. Amaro on Charlie Manuel Being Back in 2013, Chase Playing Third, and Losing That Winning Feeling

    Sep 7, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Maybe it’s the ring and all the new pennants in Ashburn Alley. Maybe it’s the record since the trade deadline, after injured stars returned to help fill out makeshift lineups. Whatever the reason, Ruben Amaro Jr indicated in an interview with CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury that Charlie Manuel’s job is safe, that he will be the Phillies manager in 2013. While he admits he doesn’t agree with everything Charlie does, Amaro credits his manager’s results given the circumstances of the 2012 season. Sully and the GM also talk Ryne Sandberg, the possibility of Chase Utley at third, expectations for the eighth inning guy, looking outside the organization for a centerfielder, what the current outfielders can or can’t bring to the table, and Kyle Kendrick’s ideal role. And, he does allude to his belief that years of success may have had a deleterious effect on the clubhouse.

  6. Tuesday Kickstart Links: Girls in Their Summer Rain Gear, Pretty Boy Cloyd, Babin and Richardson Return to Practice

    Sep 4, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Here are a few quick reads to get you caught up if you took the weekend off from sports.

  7. ‘Stripped’ of All But Clothes and Pride, Lance Armstrong Still Eligible for Philly Naked Bike Ride

    Aug 25, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Don’t be alarmed if thousands of painted, taped, topless, scantily clad, or fully nude bike riders pass you today.

  8. Scenes From Retro Night: Dom Shines, Everyone Else Just Looks Classic

    Aug 23, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    The classic unis looked great, but aside from some Domonic Brown heroics, it was a pretty slow night for the Fightins.

  9. Watch: Things Get Ugly in Union-United Draw

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

    The Union would escape with a point in the 1-1 draw, but no individual on the field featured more prominently than the man wearing bright yellow.

  10. Signing Simmonds, Flyers Continue Re-Upping on Last Summer’s Haul

    Aug 16, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Homer appears to like the core of young players he got in the Carter-Richie trades and wants to keep them around for a while. He gave Wayne Simmonds a six-year extension.

  11. Just Enough Buzz: J-Roll Homers, Kendrick Takes His Turn to Shut Out the Marlins

    Aug 15, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a homer, and Kyle Kendrick mastered the Marlins again…

  12. And Now Andreas Lilja’s Hurt…

    Aug 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Another summer day, another unfortunate news report regarding the Flyers defense. Andreas Lilja’s ailing hip required surgery that will keep him out until December.

  13. Real Madrid-Celtic FC Kick Off Another Big Soccer Weekend in Philly

    Aug 11, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

    A busy sports Saturday in South Philly kicks off with some of the world’s best futbolers going at it at the Linc. Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid take on Celtic FC.

  14. But Hey, Losing Andrej Meszaros Now Beats Losing Him in March, Right?

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

    There’s no silver lining in significant injury news. This obviously sucks. However, the timing could be worse. In fact, the timing of Meszaros’ last injury was. We go in search of a bright side, if there is any to be found.

  15. Phillies’ Sellout Streak Officially Over

    Aug 6, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    On Monday night, the Phillies played in front of a paying crowd at Citizens Bank Park that was less than capacity for the first time since a three-year sellout streak began on July 7, 2009. Their impressive consecutive home sellout streak spanned 257 regular season games and is the longest ever in the National League, according to the team.

  16. Howard’s End: Phils Pick Up Second Straight Series Win on a Walkoff

    Aug 6, 2012, 9:52 AM EDT

    The Phillies capped a weekend series win on a walkoff Ryan Howard hit.

  17. Video: Union’s Hoppenot Feels Impact of Montreal Headbutt in 2-0 Loss

    Aug 5, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    It wasn’t the Union’s night in Montreal, where the Impact avenged their late-game loss at PPL Park last month, beating Philadelphia by a 2-0 count.

  18. Garrett Reid Found Dead at Eagles Training Camp

    Aug 5, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his room at Lehigh Sunday morning.

  19. Chooch’s Huge 2012 Derailed 4-6 Weeks on DL

    Aug 4, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Phillies announced that All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the DL. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

  20. Seven Things We Love About Last Night’s Phillies Win

    Aug 2, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT

    No we’re not gonna do this after every post-firesale game, but we’re enjoying some “inconsequential” winning. Here’s why.

  21. Six Things We Love About Last Night’s Phillies Win

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    In what we can only assume is a 100% bona fide sign that the Phillies will totally be back to form in 2013, the remaining squadron opened their a series against the first place team with a decisive 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Here’s what we loved about it.

  22. Waiting Out a Seller’s Christmas in July

    Jul 31, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    We quickly became comfortable rooting for a big-chip buyer on deadline day. Today, we look at who might be leaving Philadelphia.

  23. Peter Nowak Is Suing the Union…

    Jul 24, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Detailed in the report are the specifics of Nowak’s contract, from annual salaries to flight and hotel accommodations and car allowances, the Union’s detailed reasons for firing Nowak, as well as the apparent disagreements over the severance arrangement.

  24. Paterno Statue Down, ‘Unprecedented’ Penalties to Come for Penn State?

    Jul 22, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    In the wake of Penn State’s swift Sunday morning removal of the Joe Paterno statue outside that has stood outside Beaver Stadium for the past decade, CBS is reporting that the NCAA will announce “unprecedented sanctions” for the school and its football program on Monday.