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  1. What a Day at Citizens Bank Park

    Jul 14, 2013, 2:20 AM EDT

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    24 innings of baseball. One demoralizing loss. Then back to the park for another seemingly endless game. The feeling that the day game was happening all over again. An 11th inning wave-a-thon. Midnight came and went. Savery came in. Savery stayed in. But then, Michael Young delivered. Joy (and relief) filled the stadium. And then…

  2. Day-Night Doubleheader: Pettibone, Then Lannan, Then Fireworks

    Jul 13, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Pettibone is your Dayman and John Lannan your Nightman when the Phillies face the White Sox at 3:05 and then again at 8:15. Friday night’s game, postponed due to rain, is the 8:15′er so that those who had tickets for last night will still be able to see the postgame fireworks display tonight. And…

  3. Another Former Phillies Reliever Is Suggesting Rich Dubee Be Replaced

    Jul 12, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee care not for your criticism. (AP)

    Remember Scott Mathieson, the Canadian reliever who made 15 total appearances with the Phillies over three seasons (2006; 2010-11) for a 6.75 major-league ERA? He otherwise spent nine seasons in the Phillies’ farm system before being released in 2011 and is now pitching in Japan? Why are we talking about Scott Mathieson on a Friday…

  4. How to Make the Vet Look Pretty: Fireworks + a Really Good Photographer

    Jul 11, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

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    We all kind of “miss” the Vet, but no one really misses the Vet. Over at the new digs — which we all continue to enjoy — the Phillies are promoting postgame fireworks on Thursday and Friday and dug up this old shot of the place whose bases now decorate the parking lot. Admit it,…

  5. Cliff Lee Hit a Fan in the Head with a Baseball (Off of Anthony Rendon’s Bat)

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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    The Phillies lost 5-1 to the Nationals on Wednesday night, which is okay because you can’t win ‘em all, and we’re all sort of waiting for the bottom to fall out anyway. However, we’ve come to expect wins when Cliff Lee takes the hill, and it was the rare failure to deliver that stood out.…

  6. Charlie Manuel: Roy Halladay Is “Coming Along Real Good”

    Jul 10, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The Phillies are creating a bit of buzz once again with their latest stretch of good baseball, taking two of three from a pair of first-place teams, and the first two so far in a four-game series with the Washington Nationals. We’re still skeptical about a potential playoff run as we’ve seen this team go…

  7. Did You Notice That Ben Revere Is Hitting Over .300 Now?

    Jul 10, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

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    What a difference a BABIP makes, huh? Ben Revere, the 25-year-old we gave up Vance Worley for in the off-season to be our center-fielder of the future, hasn’t looked like that much different a player the last month, but turn around and all of a sudden he’s hitting .302. This is no small feat for…

  8. Dom Brown, Cliff Lee to Represent Phillies in 2013 All-Star Game

    Jul 6, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

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    The results are in, and there are no real surprises here. Major League Baseball announced the participants for the 2013 All-Star Game on Saturday, and while no Phillies were voted in by the fans, two were deemed worthy of inclusion on the National League roster. For Cliff Lee, this is nothing new. The 2008 American…

  9. Friend of The Level, President Thomas J. Whitmore, Wishes You a Happy 4th of July

    Jul 4, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

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    Good morning, Cole Hamels and the Phillies square off against Gerrit Cole and the Pirates at 1:35 p.m. in the rubber match of a three-game set. And perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and that the Phillies will once again be fighting for their freedom. Not from tyranny or oppression or…

  10. Pittsburgh Is Catching Baseball Fever

    Jul 2, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jul 2, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jul 1, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  16. Kendrick Owns, Dom Homers, Bullpen Doesn’t Ruin Everything in 6-2 Phils Win

    Jun 26, 2013, 2:08 AM EDT

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    There was a point in the season when you felt pretty safe with the Phils leading 6-2 in the ninth inning, but that point certainly hasn’t been in the last week, with the Phils choking away leads in five of their last seven games, including a stunning four Jonathan Paplebon blown saves after previously going…

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

    Jun 25, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 25, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 24, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 24, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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    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.…

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

    Jun 23, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    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. Cole Can’t Hold, Phils Endure Dispiriting 4-3 Loss to Mets

    Jun 21, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

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    Is Cole Hamels really unlucky this season, or is he just not that good? It’s at least partly the former, but if you only watched tonight’s start, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s solely the latter. Cole gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings tonight, striking out five but…

  23. Phils-Mets: Remember When At Least One of These Teams Was Good?

    Jun 21, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

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    -101. That’s the combined run differential between the Phillies and Mets this year. Though the Phils tendency to led their bad losses get really bad means that their actual record (35-38) isn’t as bad as their -50 run differential would indicate, the Mets have surely suffered for their -51, with a 28-41 record good for…

  24. Chase Utley Is Back… Back Again

    Jun 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  25. 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…