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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Jun 19, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Carlos Zambrano Has Best Minor League Start Yet, Will He Join the Phils?

    Jun 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Ruben Amaro Jr. said Carlos Zambrano wasn’t quite ready to come back to the big leagues. Big Z let his latest start at Lehigh Valley on Tuesday do the talking. After a fairly disappointing (though not horrendous) start last week, Zambrano rebounded with is best outing since joining the organization on a minor league contract.…

  5. Jimmy Rollins and Michael Young Don’t Even Know the Rules of Baseball

    Jun 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies have Ben Revere on second base and no outs when Michael Young hits a shot to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, who is playing at normal depth. On the pitch, Revere attempts to steal third and is hit by the batted ball while sliding into the base. Even though Revere was on third…

  6. Cliff Lee Says Previous Comments Were ‘Misconstrued,’ Wants to Win in Philadelphia

    Jun 19, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Cliff Lee was his typical amazing self on Tuesday night in the Phillies victory over the Washington Nationals. Following the game, Lee talked about some of his previous comments about just “wanting to win” being “misconstrued” in the media. You can count us among those who thought his previous comments meant he was more than…

  7. Jayson Werth Says Philly Fans Will Come Around in 10 Years (Maybe)

    Jun 19, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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    Any time the Phils are playing the Nationals, somebody somewhere has to stir up the old debate about whether or not the mob at Citizen Bank Park should boo Jayson Werth – this is going on for three years by the way.  They do, and why shouldn’t they? Werth left Philadelphia to play for a…

  8. Welcome Back, Chooch: Carlos Ruiz Batting 8th Tonight

    Jun 18, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Now here’s a welcome sight. Carlos Ruiz, who hasn’t played since May 19, will skip the remainder of his rehab appearances and join the Phillies tonight. Is the club starting to get healthy just in the nick of time to save their season? Not so fast. The Fightins may have eked out a win over…

  9. 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

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    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…

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

    Jun 18, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

    MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies

    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. Domonic Brown Heat Check: Cooling Off

    Jun 17, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 17, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 15, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 14, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

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    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.…

  21. Quotable: Cliff Lee Just Wants to Win

    Jun 14, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 13, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    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’…

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

    Jun 12, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  24. The Phillies’ Bullpen Is Still Terrible

    Jun 12, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 12, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

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    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…