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  1. 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.

  2. Jim Thome Approaching 600 HRs in Style

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Jim Thome hit his 596th career home run over the weekend, and holy sh!t was it a blast.

  3. Shane Victorino’s Zoolander Moment in Trenton

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino was in Trenton on Sunday playing in a rehab game for the Reading Phillies when he bashed a ball out of the park to left… at least he thought it was out and rounded the bases…

  4. Mike Martinez! Phillies Secure Seventh-Straight Series Victory

    Jul 17, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    That’s more like it. The Philadelphia Phillies have completed their seventh series victory in their last seven match ups. The win against the rival Mets stretches the club’s record to 29-16 against the NL East, the best intra-division win-loss in all of baseball.

  5. Kendrick vs. Pelfrey in Phils-Mets Rubber Match

    Jul 17, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    So far in this Phillies-Mets series, both teams have gotten their asses handed to them in one game while playing the role of the ass-handers in the other. Yesterday’s loss was something of an embarrassment for the Phils, with Cole Hamels once again getting knocked around by the Mets, who must be in the fine print in the contract he signed with the devil to get that changeup. Meanwhile, the offense was weak, making Jon Niese look like the Cy Young candidate pitching that day.

    Today it’s Kyle Kendrick and Mike Pelfrey, with the Mets getting their second of two non-Ace starts this series due to Bruce Bochy using up both of Roy Halladay’s and Cliff Lee’s next turns in the All-Star Game.

    Pelfrey is coming off of two straight solid starts, with his last, a 2-ER effort in San Francisco, being squandered via some offensive ineptitude. The Phillies have faced Pelfrey three times this season and tuned him up for 12 earned runs in 14 innings.

    Neither offense is intact today, so no excuses about which Phils bats aren’t in the lineup. They have should have enough to get to Pelfrey.

    With yesterday’s win, the Mets climbed a game above .500. I don’t like that one bit. Time to wipe that smug off their heads, take them back to decidedly average, and let the Nats climb ahead of them in the middling, non-threatening portion of the NL East standings (heading into Sunday’s action: Mets 11 GB, Nats 11.5).

    If the Phils turn in another performance like yesterday’s, there’s always the women’s World Cup Final featuring the US and Japan at 2 PM.

  6. Rosenthal: On the Phillies’ Mentality at the Trade Deadline (plus: the Mike Adams Watch Begins)

    Jul 17, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal touches a few bases with respect to what the Phillies might do at the upcoming MLB trade deadline in his column today. Although rival clubs say the Phils are putting it out there that they can only add about $2 million in salary, the rest of the league has come to know that what we’ve seen from Ruben Amaro Jr in recent acquisition periods is likely to continue in some way later this month. No, they won’t be adding another ace (at least, I doubt it). But they will do something.

  7. Hamels Tagged for Seven Earned in Late Afternoon Loss

    Jul 16, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels’ struggles in the city of New York continue. The All-Star left-hander is now a stinging 1-10 lifetime in starts made on the road in NY.

  8. Hamels, Phillies Look to Lock Down Yet Another Series Win

    Jul 16, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    With last night’s 7-2 final in Flushing Meadows, the Phillies have put themselves in position to claim their seventh straight series victory with a win Saturday. And, considering the pitching match up, the odds don’t look half bad, as Cole Hamels squares off against Jon Niese.

  9. A Postseason Baseball Battle of PA?

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:00 AM EDT

    If the baseball season ended today…

  10. Phillies Start Second Half With 7-2 Win Behind Fine Play From Ibanez, Mayberry

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    It’s been days since we’ve gotten to experience one of those. Unlike last season, when the Phillies stumbled into the second half after the All-Star break, the Phillies wasted no time getting back to where they left off last week. They rode the fine play of Raul Ibanez, John Mayberry, and the solid pitching of Worley and the pen to beat the Mets 7-2. As they should.

  11. Play Ball: Worley v. Dickey As Phils Get Back to Title Hunt

    Jul 15, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    The Phillies kick off their second half this evening up the Jersey Turnpike and take on the Mets at CitiField.

  12. Phils Trade Winds Starting to Blow?

    Jul 15, 2011, 2:07 PM EDT

    MLB trade deadline approaching and the Phillies have a need for a right handed bat and some help out of the bullpen. Can Ruben Amaro Jr. fill the holes in the roster?

  13. Phew: Phillies Back to the Diamond

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Ahh, thank goodness. The Phillies are back in action this evening up in New York.

  14. Polly to DL, Madson Activated

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Your bittersweet Phillies DL news of the day is that Placido Polanco has officially hit the DL, retroactive to July 5, with an inflamed lower back, but the bullpen has its anchor in place once again, with Ryan Madson returning.

  15. J.C. Romero Signs Deal With Yankees

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    After his stint with the Nationals minor league system was cut short yesterday, former Phillies reliever J.C. Romero has agreed to a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.

  16. Roy Halladay Tops Eagles by Winning Two ESPYs

    Jul 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Enrico picked up the early leg of our comprehensive ESPYS coverage last night, noting that the Eagles’ Miracle at the New Meadowlands won the award for best game. (You may recall your humble narrator was at that shizz.) Turns out the Birds weren’t the only local winners, with Roy Halladay’s name finding its way onto a pair of awards. Doc’s no-hitter over the Reds in the playoffs won “Best Moment,” while the man himself won Best MLB Player.

  17. Must Read: Gary Smith’s Chooch Cover Story

    Jul 13, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    It’s one of the greatest pieces of writing ever about this Phillies team, and reminds you over and over why we love watching them so much.

  18. Roy Halladay Breaks AL Faces Tonight

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    This time it counts! Roy Halladay gets the start for the National League in tonight’s MLB All-Star Game. 8:00 scheduled start on ESPN.

  19. Holy @!: Phils catcher Lance Parrish Made the ’88 All-Star Game

    Jul 12, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Save for 1999 when Paul Byrd, Mike Lieberthal, and Curt Schilling were All-Stars, the Phillies sent a lone player to the All-Star game every year from 1996-2001. In looking over the list of Phillies All-Stars, one name caught my eye in a “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me-this-guy-made-an-all-star-team” sort of way. That name?

  20. Kristen Stewart Rocks Phillies Gear

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    OMG! Did you see this? That girl from that movie wore a Phillies shirt!

  21. Carlos Ruiz Graces Cover of Sports Illustrated

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz finally gets some of the recognition he deserves with a Sports Illustrated cover story by the great Gary Smith.

  22. What Did the Bearded Closer Say to the Starting Pitchers?

    Jul 12, 2011, 3:46 AM EDT

    Photo of Brian Wilson, Tim Lincecum, and Cliff Lee from Monday night’s Home Run Derby in Arizona.

  23. The Greatest Video Montage of a Phillies Player Fan Group Ever Made

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Ahh, the balmy days of Veterans Stadium are captured perfectly by this video of Millwood’s Militia.

  24. Jimmy Rollins In a Cubicle, Mike Stutes Eating Burgers, Cliff Speaks Chinese

    Jul 11, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Theres a lot wrong with this photo… for starters, where is Jimmy’s computer? Are we expected to believe He’s really going to be productive with nothing but a phone and some looseleaf paper? I don’t even see a pencil. Second… a tip for Young James: take the corner office, bro