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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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’…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 11, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jun 11, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    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 SportsonEarth.com. 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…

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

    Jun 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  21. Dom Brown Is Not Doing Well in All-Star Voting, But That’s Okay

    Jun 10, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Save your campaign buttons and catchy slogans for another year. Domonic Brown does not need our help getting to this season’s MLB All-Star Game in New York. For the second consecutive week, Brown failed to make the top three outfielders in All-Star voting for the National League. In fact, the league leader in home runs…

  22. Try As He Might, Domonic Brown Can’t Do It All By Himself

    Jun 8, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

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    Domonic Brown heat check: still hot. The breakout season continued in Milwaukee on Saturday night, as Brown went 2-for-4 and drove in all three of the Phillies’ runs. Dom rocked a solo homer in the second inning to extend his National League lead to 19, then later shot a clutch two-run double into opposite field…

  23. Cliff Lee Receives Pre-At-Bat Twizzler from a Young Fan

    Jun 8, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    After coming into last night’s ballgame 5-0 in his last six starts, Cliff Lee failed to hold a four-run lead when he allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out nine in 122 pitches. Jeremy Horst gave up the winning run in the ninth, and the Phillies lost, 5-4. Lee, who…

  24. Brewers Mount Comeback, Walk Off 5-4 Against Cliff Lee and Phils

    Jun 8, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

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    It’s a lot easier to beat a team with both crappy pitching and crappy hitting, turns out. Milwaukee only has the latter of the two, and while the Phillies were able to scrape together four runs early off sub-starter Alfredo Figaro, they missed on a couple opportunities to add to their lead, and the Brewers…

  25. No More Slip-Ups, Please: .500/Second-Place Phillies in Milwaukee to Face Reeling Brewers

    Jun 6, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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    The Brewers have won three out of their last 13 games. Two of those W’s came at the expense of the Phillies. Despite last weekend’s series nearly turning into a complete catastrophe for the Fightins, they did salvage one game at least, and have since managed to climb back to .500 for the first time…