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  1. Video: The Kid Who Just Wanted a Ryan Howard Homer for His Birthday and Got It Made for Awesome TV

    Jun 18, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT


    Most kids want video games. Or maybe some cold hard cash. The kid shown at the Phillies game last night held up a sign saying that all he wanted for his birthday was a home run from Ryan Howard. A couple of years ago that may have been an easier wish to deliver on. Coming…

  2. Photos: Dom Brown Gets a Pie to the Face After Walkoff Winner

    Jun 18, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    Even in the midst of some pretty hard times for Phillies fans, a walkoff winner can still remind us why we tune in night after night to watch such a mediocre baseball team. Dom Brown coming through in the bottom of the ninth last night after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season…

  3. Dom Brown Delivers With Ninth-Inning Walkoff, Makes Jonathan Papelbon Very Happy

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

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    This one had “bummer” written all over it. The Phillies scrapped to a 4-2 lead through five, and Antonio Bastardo cleaned up a Mike Adams-induced eighth inning jam to get the ball to Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th with a one-run lead still in tact. Pap’s perfect season looked to remain in tact with an…

  4. Drama? Intrigue? John Lannan Returns to Phils to Face His Old Team

    Jun 17, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT


    John Lannan hasn’t pitched for the Phillies since coming down with a knee injury on April 17. He’s come back just in time to start against the Washington Nationals, the club he departed during the offseason to join the Fightins. For the Nats, this is likely no big deal. Lannan was expendable. He spent most…

  5. Report: Phillies Targeting Three Teams for Possible Papelbon Trade

    Jun 17, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT


    The way things have been going on the field lately, doomsday doesn’t seem too far off in the horizon for the Phillies. Ruben Amaro Jr. is readying the button. According to a report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Phillies have begun scouting the farm systems of three Major League teams that may…

  6. Domonic Brown Heat Check: Cooling Off

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT


    Is it any coincidence that quite possibly the biggest Phillies letdown this season yet coincides with the sudden disappearance of Dom Bombs? Don’t look now, but it’s been over a week since Domonic Brown last hit a home run, a stretch that just happened to fall right in the thick of the club’s 3-7 road…

  7. Video: Michael Young Gets Thrown Out At Home Plate From 347 Feet Away

    Jun 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    Michael Young Gets Thrown Out At Home Plate From 347 Feet Away could be the name of the video, but it could also just be a statement about Michael Young. That dude gets thrown out at home plate from 347 feet away. Actually, that dude gets thrown out at home plate a lot, period. Pretty…

  8. Cole Hamels Is the First Pitcher in the NL to 10 Losses This Season

    Jun 17, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT


    He hasn’t been as sharp in 2013 as we’ve come to expect, but Cole Hamels is pitching well enough to keep the Phillies in games. Sunday at Colorado was the 11th time in 15 starts this season where Hamels held the opponent to three earned runs or less. His line: three runs off of six…

  9. Did the Phillies Fleece the Twins on the Ben Revere Trade?

    Jun 15, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Ben Revere

    The Phillies gave up two players – an 11-game winner and a prospect – to acquire Ben Revere, a shaky centerfielder with a .304 on-base percentage and zero power. Apparently in Minnesota that’s considered stealing. Tom Powers, columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, admits it’s a tad premature to pass final judgment on the…

  10. Phillies Road Trip Mercifully Comes to an End in Colorado This Weekend

    Jun 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT


    They may have stopped the bleeding, snapping a season-long five game losing streak on Thursday, but the Phillies aren’t home free yet. The last leg of an awful road trip – one in which they are already guaranteed to do no better than .500 – kicks off tonight at Coors Field in Colorado. The Phils…

  11. Z-Train Derailed? Carlos Zambrano Struggles in Latest Minor League Start

    Jun 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT


    He claims he was ready to join the Phillies two outings ago, but Carlos Zambrano’s start for Lehigh Valley on Thursday might give the organization pause. As the Inquirer’s Bob Brookover saw it, Big Z was “less than dazzling” on the Triple-A stage, the fourth outing of his minor-league tryout. The line says enough on…

  12. Where Are They Now: Roy Oswalt Could Join Rockies By Next Week

    Jun 14, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT


    Don’t call it a comeback. According to Roy Oswalt, he never really quit baseball in the first place. Oswalt’s career seemingly has been winding down over the past couple years. He went from being a member of the Four Aces to sitting out the first two months of the 2012 season, eventually signing with Texas.…

  13. Quotable: Cliff Lee Just Wants to Win

    Jun 14, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT


    Cliff Lee was fantastic again on Thursday night as the Phillies finally snapped their losing skid in a 3-2 win over the Twins. Following the game, Lee was asked a number of questions about the state of the Phillies and whether he wants to stay here if things don’t turn around and into a real…

  14. Charlie Manuel Will Do the [Expletive] Managing, Thank You Very Much

    Jun 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT


    If you think you’re fed up watching the Phillies, imagine how Charlie Manuel must feel. He has to watch this team and talk about this team that is now mired in a season-long five-game losing streak after a 4-3 loss in Minnesota on Wednesday night. The pressure might be finally starting to get to Fightins’…

  15. Could’ve Been Worse: Erik Kratz Out 6-8 Weeks

    Jun 12, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT


    When Erik Kratz said he heard a pop in his knee, and it was revealed the injury would require surgery, I just assumed the worst. Thankfully it does not sound like that will be the last call for turkey bacon this season after all. The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb Tweets that Kratz underwent a successful procedure…

  16. The Phillies’ Bullpen Is Still Terrible

    Jun 12, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT


    The Phillies lost 12 games that they led going into the eighth inning in 2012, which had they won even two-thirds of those would have been good enough to make the playoffs. So Ruben Amaro Jr. signed free agent Mike Adams, setup man extraordinaire, and checked one problem off of his list. Adams just picked…

  17. Video: Is This Pearl Jam Shirt-wearing Beer Drinker the Philly-est Philly Fan?

    Jun 12, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    Jim Rome calls the Phillies fan in this clip the “Philly-est Philly fan.” I would make the case that he is not. Things he is lacking: Batteries A cheesesteak Puke Snowballs An “ill” shirt One of those Phanatic dangle hats A tazer scar Anger But he did drink a beer through his shirt which makes…

  18. The Misadventures of Ben Revere Continue in Centerfield

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Ben Revere

    The misadventures of Ben Revere in center field continued on Tuesday night in Minnesota when the human exclamation point made another awkward and failed attempt at a fly ball to the wall in the fourth inning that led to the Twins taking the early lead. [watch video of Revere botching a double by Oswaldo Arcia]…

  19. LEGO-like Phillies Toys Exist and They’re Both Awful and Amazing

    Jun 12, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT


    I don’t know about you, but I loved Legos as a kid. I had the castle, I had the pirate ship, I even had a little ice cream truck so the knights & pirates could stop by for creamy treats on the way to more swashbuckling adventures.  Sadly, my love for baseball never had a…

  20. Game Chat: The Season Must Go on for Hamels, Phillies in Twin Cities

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT


    We already posted about the Twins today and how they don’t do anything particularly well – hitting, fielding, pitching, the whole shebang. Of course, the Phillies haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire themselves in any one of these areas, either, which is why they too find themselves back below .500. Michael Young can…

  21. Moving on Up: Carlos Zambrano to Start at Lehigh Valley on Thursday

    Jun 11, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT


    Carlos Zambrano is blowing through the Phillies’ farm system, but he’s not headed for the big leagues just yet. After successful starts for both Clearwater and Reading, Zambrano is set to move up to Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley this week – one step away from returning to the show. Zambrano made two starts with the…

  22. So What You’re Telling Me Is the Minnesota Twins Don’t Do Anything Well

    Jun 11, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT


    The Twins are a team full of bad hitters who can’t field, and their pitching staff is incapable of picking up the slack, to paraphrase Marc Normandin for Before you can say that sounds familiar, Normandin insists Minnesota is taking that combination to new extremes. On the heels of what could only be described…

  23. The Phillies Beat the Mets 26-7 Twenty-Eight Years Ago Today

    Jun 11, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

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    On June 11, 1985 the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets by a final of 26-7. The lineup card is a thing of beauty. Via Baseball Reference and Boonie: 1. Von Hayes LF – 3-6, 6 RBI 2. Rick Shu 3B – 4-7, 2 RBI 3. Juan Samuel 2B – 5-7, 2 RBI 4.…

  24. Michael Young: ‘We had a little rough stretch’

    Jun 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT


    It seems a lot of fans could not even muster a proper sense of outrage after the Phillies took their latest tumble in Milwaukee over the weekend, which probably says all it needs to about where expectations are at. So with that in mind, we thought we’d try a little reverse psychology: it’s not so…

  25. Ruben Amaro: ‘There’s no blowing up’ the Phillies

    Jun 10, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard’s Jim Salisbury has a very wide-ranging interview today with Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. which touches on pretty much every issue with his baseball 64 games into the season. Amaro admits that they simply haven’t gotten the production they expected to get out of their veterans, citing Ryan Howard’s very poor output (related)…