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  1. Can Domonic Brown Save the Crappiest Philly Sports Year of the Century?

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    You don’t need me or anyone else to tell you that there hasn’t been a lot to cheer for this year in the city of Brotherly Love. The NFL playoffs occurred without the 4-12 Eagles even qualifying as an afterthought, the much-anticipated seasons for the Flyers and Sixers both ended disastrously, and over a third…

  2. Video: Dom Brown Kills a Baseball… Again

    Jun 2, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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    Here’s a bit of free advice for Major League pitchers: don’t walk the batter in front of Domonic Brown right now, even when it’s Ryan Howard. Mike Fiers learned the hard way on Sunday. After surrendering a two-out double to Jimmy Rollins then putting Howard on in the first inning, the right-hander fell behind to…

  3. Cliff and Phils Look to Avoid Sweep Behind After Embarrassing Call Costs Them Game Two

    Jun 2, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Philadelphia Phillies

    That one hurt. The Phils were on the comeback trail against the Brewers in the 9th inning last night, with a leadoff Freddy Galvis solo shot cutting the lead to one, and Jimmy Rollins singling and a Ben Revere bunt getting us a man in scoring position with just one out. But with J-Roll sitting…

  4. The Phillies Released ‘A Great Ambassador for Baseball’

    Jun 1, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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    This is how Charlie Manuel described – and we can only presume will choose to remember – Chad Durbin after the Phillies dumped the 35-year-old reliever on Friday. Lord knows we’d all like to forget about the 9.00 ERA he is sporting this season. Adding and subtracting players is almost universally about improving the team,…

  5. Dom Brown and the List of Players Who Hit 12 HR in a Month at His Age

    Jun 1, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Hey, know who we like talking about? Domonic Brown. Because even when the Phillies lose to a lousy team like the Brewers, that guy gives us a reason to watch, belting two more home runs to bump his total to 12 for the month of May. Know who else has hit at least 12 home…

  6. Phillies to Give Away One Million Bobble Heads June 4… Wait, That Can’t Be Right

    May 31, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Okay, so the Phillies aren’t giving Carlos Ruiz bobble heads to the first one million fans in attendance at Tuesday’s game against the Marlins. However, they will be giving away the one millionth bobble head since the team began the promotion in 2001, a milestone the franchise will proudly celebrate over the next week. Starting…

  7. If the Phillies Can’t Get Above .500 Over the Next 10 Days, That’s Bad

    May 31, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    Fans cheer as left fielder Domonic Brown (9) rounds the bases after hitting a home run Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

    For all of the negativity surrounding the Phillies this season, they’re still alive, as backhanded of a compliment as that is. 6.5 games back of first place in the NL East, 7.0 out of a Wild Card spot don’t exactly equate to a couple of tight races, nor are they insurmountable leads as we crossover…

  8. We Need to Decide on a Nickname for Domonic Brown

    May 31, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

    MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

    The final numbers are nearly in for Domonic Brown’s month of May, and boy are they sure pretty. He’s gone 31-105 with ten homers and 21 RBI for the month, finishing with a final slash line of .295/.295/.638. If you ignore that the first two numbers in that slash line are the same, meaning that…

  9. Domonic Brown Will Only Need to Wait Four Batters Before Homering Off a First-Time Starter Tonight

    May 30, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Domonic Brown, right, celebrates with Erik Kratz after Brown's home run off Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara in the eighth inning (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    “Move Domonic Brown up in the batting order!” you demanded, and your comments did not fall on deaf ears–Ryan Howard heard your cries, and will be heroically sitting out with a “sore knee” in order to give our young masher a chance to do his damange one spot higher in the lineup tonight, and we…

  10. Where Does Dom Brown Go From Here?

    May 30, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    Erik Kratz and Dom Brown go BOOM - 05/29/13

    Is the secret out on Domonic Brown yet? You would think so since he was named Player of the Week and moved into a second-place tie with 13 home runs in the National League, yet his fireworks display in the Phillies’ 4-3 win against the Red Sox on Wednesday still could have gone overlooked around…

  11. Phils Win, Dom Brown Tells Me Twice More to STFU

    May 29, 2013, 11:40 PM EDT

    Erik Kratz and Dom Brown go BOOM - 05/29/13

    Holy crap, Domonic Mordecai Brown. (His actual middle name is Larun, but I prefer Mordecai.) This guy is having a month for the history books, and in the process, he’s making the Phillies must-watch TV again, for the first time since they were actually, y’know, winning games. DomBro went yard twice tonight against the Boston…

  12. Charlie Shuffles Lineup as the DH Is No More and Michael Young Is Bereaved

    May 29, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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    This is where I write about how ridiculous it is that the NL and AL have different rules, and that the DH is stupid, but I’d be totally fine with it if it existed in both leagues, but baseball is archaic and ridiculous, and that it was the pitcher who actually caught that double-play relay…

  13. Jonathan Papelbon Reacts to Being Booed by Red Sox Fans

    May 29, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

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    Perhaps it was against Charlie Manuel’s better judgment to remove Cliff Lee from a game where the 2008 Cy Young Award winner had retired 23 consecutive batters and only thrown 95 pitches. Regardless, Jonathan Papelbon got his storybook ending at Fenway Park on Wednesday – or part of it at least – mowing down the…

  14. Just Cole Hamels Wearing a Boston Police Vest

    May 28, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

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    In-game interviews from the dugout are all the rage these days – they add so much to the broadcast! And the players, undoubtedly sensing how important these interruptions are, always take them seriously, too. Like Cole Hamels for instance. Why he’s not even the person being interviewed here, but understanding the magnitude of this moment,…

  15. The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, Will Be at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday Night

    May 28, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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    In by far the most exciting news of the Phillies’ season, the Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, will be throwing out the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night when the Phillies meet the Red Sox at 7:05. Ferrigno will be in town as part of the Philadelphia Comic Con from Thursday, May 30…

  16. About Time: Charlie Manuel Shakes Up the Batting Order in Boston

    May 27, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Coming off of their tough series loss in our nation’s capital, the Phillies embark on the first part of a home-and-home of sorts against the Red Sox to close out the holiday weekend. In case you were wondering how the team would respond to its latest letdown, Charlie Manuel finally decided to try something different…

  17. Marlins Pitcher Alex Sanabia: ‘I Didn’t Know’ You Couldn’t Spit on the Ball

    May 26, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

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    Remember Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia, who last Monday night did his best impression of Leo and Kate on the Titanic? Immediately after giving up a home run to Dom Brown, Sanabia very clearly spit on the baseball, which you can see above and in this three-image gallery: And that, as we all know, is plainly…

  18. Phils Win: Your Latest Picture of Jonathan Papelbon Screaming, an Encouraging Jonathan Pettibone Stat, and Some Dom Brown

    May 25, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Phillies are now just one game below .500 following a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Saturday night. And for three hours, they even resembled a functional ball club. Jonathan Pettibone lasted six innings, the offense didn’t strand runners, scoring five runs on only six hits, and the bullpen got through two innings…

  19. Quotable: Charlie Manuel Doesn’t Believe Demotion Is The End for Phillippe Aumont

    May 23, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Philllippe Aumont made just four relief appearances over the past two weeks amid whispers he could be sent down to the minors. Aumont’s last two appearances didn’t help his cause, as the big righty got rocked in each, and on Wednesday it was finally reported he would report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. While this has…

  20. Is Domonic Brown Having a Good Year or Not?

    May 23, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies

    Even if the Phils ended up a .500 team or worse this season, I think I could be pretty OK with that if I was convinced by year end that Domonic Brown was gonna be a really good player for years to come. Talking to my dad about Dom recently, he hit the nail on…

  21. Delmon Young a Five-Tool Player in Phillies Win

    May 23, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

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    Two days ago people were calling for an end to the Delmon Young experiment, or at least for Charlie to sit the guy down for a few days anyway. Now all of a sudden he’s a five-tool player, hitting bombs, tearing up the base paths, and patrolling the outfield. Young was a big reason why…

  22. Where Are They Now: Vance Worley to the Minors

    May 22, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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    The Twins are second only to the Houston Astros for the worst team earned run average among starting pitchers in Major League Baseball (5.69), so it’s a sad state of affairs for any hurler who can’t crack that rotation – especially one that began the season as the staff ace. Coming off of an injury-plagued…

  23. Of Course Ruben Amaro Jr. Thinks the Phillies Can Turn Their Offense Around

    May 21, 2013, 4:13 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)

    The Phillies were held to one run or less for the ninth time in 45 games this season in their 5-1 loss to the Marlins on Monday, which accounts for 20% of their outings so far. Only three clubs in Major League Baseball have managed to produce fewer runs. There are a lot of folks…

  24. Phillies’ Momentum Must Continue in Miami

    May 20, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

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    Don’t look now, but the Phillies have won five of their last seven, matching their best stretch so far this season. A trip to Miami would seem like the perfect way to capitalize on this recent good fortune, yet it was the lowly Marlins who halted their momentum the last time. After taking the first…

  25. Who Is Julsan Kamara? What We Know of the German Prospect the Phillies Signed

    May 20, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

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    About a week ago some of our favorite Phillies blogs had caught wind of a seemingly minor although very intriguing signing by the organization in Julsan Kamara. Details are still sparse however, as the front office hasn’t made too big a deal over the 17-year-old prospect from Germany. The report originally surfaced from the European…