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  1. Pittsburgh Is Catching Baseball Fever

    Jul 2, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT


    A mid-summer trip to PNC Park might be more crowded and expensive than you bargained for. After two consecutive decades of nothing but sub-.500 and often last-place teams, the Pirates suddenly find themselves with the best record in baseball at this season’s midway point – and fans are responding. The Pirates recently enjoyed a fifth-straight…

  2. Audio: Jonathan Papelbon Doesn’t Pay Any Attention to Trade Rumors Because Reading Is Hard

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT


    When Jonathan Papelbon opens his mouth, often amazing things come out of it. We bloggers are thankful for that. Today, Paps was a guest on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM and had a gem when asked if he pays attention to his name popping up in trade rumors: “Man, I don’t read… I can…

  3. Video: Doctor Updates Darren Daulton’s Condition After Brain Surgery

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT


    So far the news sounds positive for former Phillies catcher and sports radio personality Darren Daulton after undergoing surgery on Monday. Doctors were able to remove the two brain tumors during the seven-hour procedure, and Daulton is said to be in good spirits. Dr. Kevin D. Judy performed the surgery, and he gave Derrick Gunn…

  4. Ruben Amaro Hopes Chase Utley Is a Phillie for Life

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT


    While the Phillies sail into Pittsburgh for three games with the Pirates, trade winds are gusting back home. They must be getting strong, because even the heavy stuff is starting to get blown away. Chase Utley figures to be one of the Phils’ most coveted pieces as the deadline approaches. A free agent at the…

  5. The Phillies Are Averaging 5,871 Fewer Fans Per Home Game

    Jul 2, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb penned another article this morning about Ruben Amaro Jr. looking at the looming trade deadline and weighing his options. It’s the same players we’ve seen tossed about before: Lee, Papelbon, Utley, Rollins, etc. There is an interesting quote from Ruben about not having to take money back for certain guys…

  6. Jimmy Rollins: “I’m not disappointed at all.”

    Jul 1, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT


    The Phillies celebrated the final day of June by falling a season-worst 9.5 games back of first place in the NL East after dropping a four-game series 3-1 to the equally woeful Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. The trade deadline is now just weeks away, which means the team is almost out of time to…

  7. Report: Red Sox Interested in Trade for Michael Young, Yankees a Fit

    Jun 30, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT


    As we get set to turn the calendar over to July, expect trade deadline discussion to intensify over the course of the next few weeks. The Phillies are still 7.5 games out of a playoff spot, and appear increasingly incapable of shifting out of neutral, losing again Saturday night 4-3 to the Dodgers. One team…

  8. You Know You’ve Done Well When the Opposing Team Has an Infielder Pitching

    Jun 29, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT


    Well that came out of nowhere. The Phillies offense exploded in Los Angeles on Friday night to hand the Dodgers their worse home loss ever out in California and worst in franchise history at home since way back in 1947 when they played in Brooklyn. The final score was 16-1 good guys. We suggest you…

  9. Bizarro World: The 700 Club Does Feature On Phillies CF Ben Revere

    Jun 27, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT


    “Oh, you do that 700 Club website, right?” “Yeah, no. The 700 LEVEL. It’s not religious. I don’t run any nightclubs in Northern Liberties either.” I’ve had that conversation countless times. But it’s okay, people who have no idea what the 700 level at Vet Stadium was, I’ll forgive you. Not surprisingly, the short 700…

  10. The New York Daily News’ A-Rod Retirement-for-$114-Million Rumor Is Bonkers

    Jun 27, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT


    Philadelphia thought a wasted year of Andrew Bynum was bad. Or $23 million for Ilya Bryzgalov to go away was worse. But what if you were New York and had to pay Alex Rodriguez upwards of $114 million because he couldn’t physically play any longer? That would be nuts. That’s the rumor the New York Daily…

  11. Phillies Outlast Padres in 13 Innings Thanks to Unlikely Contributions

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT


    The Phillies might want to send Logan Forsythe a thank-you note. After all, the Padres’ second baseman did gift-wrap this game for them. Forsythe was charged not one, but two errors on the same play, allowing the Phils to score not one, but two go-ahead runs in the 13th inning. Jonathan Papelbon was able to…

  12. The Phillies ‘Big Apple’ 2013 MLB All-Star Statue Thing is Awful, Located in a Party City Store

    Jun 26, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    Sometimes Major League Baseball does things like create 35 giant apples decorated in the colors and theme of the different teams in its league to help promote the Mid Summer Classic. With the 2013 All-Star Game taking place in New York, they went with a Big Apple theme. Literally. Here’s what MLB has to say…

  13. Mike Adams Likely Done for the Season, Phils’ Bullpen Back to Bedrock

    Jun 25, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT


    The Phillies’ bullpen was already worst in Major League Baseball with a 4.68 earned run average entering Tuesday night. The latest blow sets the group back to 2012. Mike Adams, signed from Texas during the offseason to fill the very specific void of setup man, is likely finished for the year after three tears were…

  14. Dom Brown Talks Haters, Hitters, Hunger in MLB Network Profile

    Jun 25, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT


    The Domonation has slowed down a little bit of late, with the Phils’ recently unquenchable left-fielder now on a 14-game homerless streak, his longest of the season. But Dom’s month-plus hot streak was so very hot that he’s still easily the Phils’ best hitter on the season, leading the team in hits, homers, runs and…

  15. This GIF Pretty Much Sums Up Monday’s Phillies Meltdown

    Jun 25, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT


    Cliff Lee was looking like Cliff Lee. The throngs of Philadelphia Phillies fans in San Diego were feeling good after eight shutout innings and a three run lead. Then Charlie Manuel made the questionable decision to send Lee out for the ninth despite the pitch count of 109. Then Lee allowed the first two runners…

  16. Rich Dubee Used the Words ‘Very, Very Good’ and ‘Fantastic’ When Talking About Roy Halladay Today

    Jun 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT


    Remember Roy Halladay? He played catch. That’s just one small step in his road back to potentially pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies again this season. Catch is obviously a long, long way off from taking the pitchers mound in game action, but at least Rich Dubee spoke very positively when talking about Doc’s catch session…

  17. Who Is Excited to Stay Up Late and Watch the Phillies in San Diego?

    Jun 24, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT


    I suppose after the weekend the Phillies had dropping a series to the Mets at Citizens Bank Park that was capped by a demoralizing loss yesterday, you wouldn’t lose your fan card for calling it a night and hitting the sack early instead of watching the Phillies take on the Padres in a 10:10 pm…

  18. Ben Revere Did Not Execute ‘Voluntary Release’ of Fly Ball

    Jun 24, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT


    What are the odds that another outfielder was having his “catch” ruled a live ball for the exact same reason on the exact same day as the controversial Ben Revere play? Probably astronomical, but it also happened to the Red Sox in Detroit on Sunday. Here’s the video. Daniel Nava makes a basket catch at…

  19. These Stats Indicate the 2013 Phillies Are Pretty Much Done

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT


    Charlie Manuel admitted after Sunday’s 8-0 loss to the Mets that even he’s now “wondering” whether or not his team can turn things around and make the playoffs. Well, if history is to be believed, there isn’t much to wonder about — other than who Ruben Amaro might be able to unload at the deadline.…

  20. Quotable: Charlie Manuel Wonders Just Like You If This Team Has a Run In Them

    Jun 24, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT


    A clobbering by the New York Mets in the series rubber match is not the way Charlie Manuel wanted his weekend to end. Alas, Matt Harvey dominated his offense and John Lannan’s day unraveled in one awful inning with no thanks to any help from Ben Revere or the umps. Manuel wasn’t sugar coating life…

  21. No, Ben Revere, This Is Not a Catch

    Jun 23, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT


    Maybe Jayson Stark should have given the rules quiz to Ben Revere. The Phillies’ centerfielder played a lazy fly ball a bit too casually on Sunday, the end result of which was the umpire correctly ruling the batter safe. Revere positioned himself under Juan Lagares’ pop fly during the top of the fifth inning for…

  22. Chase Utley Is Back… Back Again

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT


    First Carlos Ruiz, now Chase Utley. Just like that the Phillies lineup is back to full strength – or they are all accounted for anyway – with the announcement that Utley was activated from the disabled list on Friday. Utley completed his rehab stint at Reading by going 0-for-9 at the plate. That was in…

  23. David Montgomery: Ruben Amaro Jr. Batting Above .300 As Phillies GM

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    He sort of looks like Jeremy Piven here. I half expect him to walk up to Heyman and ask to "hug it out, you little midget." I have no idea how tall Jon Heyman is. (USA Today Images)

    With Andy Reid out of the way, there may not be an authority figure in Philadelphia sports right now under more scrutiny than Ruben Amaro Jr. Paul Holmgren could probably give him a run for his money, especially if some of the rumored offseason plans are true, but I think we’ve got to go ahead…

  24. Papelbon’s Second Blown Save Hurts More Than His First, Nats Rally to Avoid Phils Sweep

    Jun 20, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies

    Jonathan Papelbon probably wasn’t going to go the whole season without blowing a save, and we were lucky that his first failed conversion of the year–two nights ago, against this same Nats team–was redeemed by a bottom-of-the-ninth Phils rally, capped by a Domonic Brown RBI single to drive home Ben Revere. However, blown saves result…

  25. Quotable: Davey Johnson Says Nationals Are Better Than the Phillies

    Jun 19, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT


    The Phillies don’t have a whole lot going for them right now, but they are beating up on the Nationals at the moment. The good guys have taken the first two games of their series against Washington, with Kyle Kendrick going for the sweep tonight. Another win would put the Fightins back in sole possession…