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  1. Roy Halladay Returns to Mound On Another Warm Day

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay returns to the mound to start a game for the first time since leaving “due to heat” in Chicago last week.

  2. Four Home Runs Power Phillies Past Padres

    Jul 23, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    The temperature was hot once again, but the Phils’ bats were hotter. (Well… maybe not.) Chase Utley and Michael Martinez each scorched three-run blasts, while Utley and Ryan Howard added solo shots to account for all eight of the Fightins’ runs in a Saturday afternoon 8-6 victory over the Padres at Citizens Bank Park.

  3. Kendrick vs. Latos: Hope You’re in the Hall of Fame Club edition

    Jul 23, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    As someone currently hydrating for a long hot summer night at the Linc, I feel for the folks headed down to Citizens Bank Park for game two of the Phillies-Padres series. It’s gonna be a hot’n, with a game time temperature of about 100º and a heat index of like a million.

    Those braving the elements will see Kyle Kendrick facing righty Mat Latos and looking for his second straight win as a starter. He beat the Mets last week with a nice one-run performance over seven innings.

  4. Philadelphia a Fortunate Stop on Pat Gillick’s Career Path

    Jul 23, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    I didn’t know the greatness of the Phillies team that won the franchise’s first-ever World Series the week of my first birthday. Before 2008, the closest I saw the Fightins come to being the best in the bigs was in 1993, and that success left the team about as soon as Joe Carter’s home run left the park.

    That 1993 Blue Jays team was put together by Pat Gillick, and as painful as it can still be for those of us who witnessed it, the antidote is a few lines further down. By which I course mean, Gillick was also the man perhaps most responsible for the greatest ride of our baseball lives, the 2008 Phillies Championship season.

  5. Phils Kick Off 10-Game Homestand with Hamels vs. the Padres

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    The Phillies kick off a 10-game homestead this evening against the San Diego Padres and do so in 80′s style. Both teams will wear sweet 1984 throwback uniforms this evening as part of 80′s Retro Night.

  6. On Bill Conlin’s Hall of Fame Nod

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Legendary Philadelphia sports writer Bill Conlin heads to the Hall of Fame this weekend. We share some thoughts on old One Chair and the evolution of covering sports.

  7. Re-Lidge-Us Experience: Brad Is Back, Baez DFA’d

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge rejoins the Phillies this afternoon while Denys Baez is DFA’d.

  8. There Will Be Break Dancers at Citizens Bank Park Tonight

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ah, yes. The always enjoyable 80′s retro night returns to Citizens Bank Park this evening for the Phillies-Padres game.

  9. Talent Show! San Diego Possible Future Phillies in Town for Scorching Weekend Set

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    The Phillies are linked to just about every available right-handed bat and relief arm on the market right about now, marking yet another player movement period in which they, like the Eagles and Flyers, are the playground of agents and sportswriters alike.

  10. Hot Stove Heats Up! Cools Down: On Hunter Pence, Melky, Heilman

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Would the Astros trade Hunter Pence for Vance Worley? What else would they want? What about a deal for Melky Cabrera? We examine the latest hot stove rumblings.

  11. Ozzie Guillen Loses It, Calls White Sox ‘F@!g Pathetic’

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Watch White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen lose it after a tough loss yesterday.

  12. The Sultry Voices of Tim McCarver and Greg Gross

    Jul 21, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    You may know Tim McCarver as the other guy in the Fox booth who may makes you want to throw things at your television. You may also know him from his playing days when he was the personal catcher for Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton. There’s also an outside chance you know him as the guy with zero self-awareness who quite seriously released an album titled “Tim McCarver Sings Selections from The Great American Songbook.”

  13. Doug Glanville a Bit Rusty in His Old Age

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Doug Glanville air-mails home plate in ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field.

  14. Vance Refrigerates Cubs, as Offense Rolls to Eighth Consecutive Series Win

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia Phillies hammered the Chicago Cubs by a final score of 9 to 1 on an oppressively hot afternoon at Wrigley.

  15. Hot Hot Vance Worley Hot Sun Sweat Hot

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    It’s gonna be a battle at Wrigley Field this afternoon. Not only the Phillies vs. the Cubs, but the sun vs. humans. While Tuesday night wasn’t nearly as hot and sticky as Monday evening, both of those games were played with our planet’s star out of plain sight. Today, it’s going to be friggin’ hot.

  16. Ryan and Chase on the Bus: An Animated Short

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    From the people who brought you “Buddy Bird’s Sports Desk” comes a new Phillies cartoon featuring Ryan Howard and Chase Utley riding on a bus, talking about their dreams. It’s not laugh out loud funny, and is certainly a bit awkward, but it’s worth watching for the animation alone. Utz is rocking a Phillie Phanatic neck pillow. That’s detail.

  17. Late Inning Come-From-Behind Heroics Help Erase Early Ineptitude

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Martinez hit a bloop single down the line in right that scored both Francisco and Rollins to put the Phillies up 4-2. MiniMart was so excited with what would prove to be the game winner that he got thrown out caught between second and third. Awful base running, but we’ll let it slide tonight.

  18. Roy Halladay Survives Earth’s Attempt to Reject His Kind

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

    Good news, Roy Halladay fans. The Phillies ace is doing just fine after coming out of last night’s game against the Cubs due to heat-related issues. Earth’s yellow sun may be what gives Superman his powers, but heat and humidity (or perhaps All-Star festivities?) zapped Halladay of his, at least for a night. Fortunately, Doc reports that he’s doing just fine today.

    Per Matt Gelb of the Inquirer:

    “Once I got back to the hotel, got to sleep, then I felt a lot better,” Halladay said.

    The sound you hear right now is that of a hotel manager just BURSTING to violate his chain’s guest confidentiality pledge.

  19. Victorino Gets Back to Yard Work, Oswalt Feels Great, Clifton Tonight

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    After being activated earlier in the day, Shane Victorino will get the start in center and bat fifth tonight as Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82) and the Phillies take on Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97) and the Cubs. As you can see from the above photo, taken by the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb, Shane is ready to go to do some yardwork tonight in the Wrigley outfield.

  20. Rumblings: Phillies Checking On Leo Nunez

    Jul 19, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweeted today that the Phillies have inquired about Marlins closer Leo Nunez. He’d certainly be an upgrade over the likes of Andrew Carpenter and David Herndon, who both pitched ineffectively in relief last night.

  21. Photo Gallery: Scenic Wrigley Field

    Jul 19, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    The weather was disgustingly hot, the Phillies play was ugly, but the views at Wrigley Field on Monday were sweet.

  22. Cole Hamels WWE Champion?

    Jul 19, 2011, 2:58 AM EDT

    Before Monday’s game at Wrigley Field, Phillies pitcher and 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels has his photo taken with WWE Champion CM Punk, who defeated John Cena for the title and walked out on the company at Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view in Chicago.

  23. Roy Halladay Leaves Early Due to Heat, Cubs Beat Phils 6-1

    Jul 18, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Monday night’s game was painful to watch for those sitting at home in their living rooms, spoiled by the luxuries of icy cool air conditioning and frosty beverages. So just imagine how painful it was for the Phillies fans who trekked out to Wrigley Field to cheer on their squad only to sit in what felt like a sauna. It wasn’t just the 91 degree first pitch temperature. It was a sticky, humid, oppressive heat. And it got to Roy Halladay.

  24. Halladay Kicks Off Wrigley Series, Plus Other Exciting Tidbits

    Jul 18, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    The Phillies kick off their three game set at Wrigley Field this evening with Roy Halladay on the mound. We’ve got updates on Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, and Charlie Manuel’s trade deadline preferences.

  25. Phils Visit Their Former Partners in Permanent Putridity

    Jul 18, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    The Phillies are in Chicago this week taking on a Cubs team that has fallen on the hardest of times. Amazing how fast that can happen.