December 28, 2014 |
The Phillies are close to signing lefthander Wandy Rodriguez, according to the team's play-by-play broadcaster Angel Ibo, stated a report on MLBlogs.com. The deal is expected to be a minor-league contract, but Rodriguez, who has made just 18 starts over the last two season, would have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the rotation. Rodriguez, 35, has been hampered with injuries the last couple of seasons and only started six games in 2014. Across 10 major-league, Rodriguez is 91-94 with a 4.06 ERA. Nats sign Uggla The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with second baseman Dan Uggla on a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training.
July 22, 2014 |
The Phillies made three roster moves before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. The most difficult move was designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Just last month, Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died. "It was tough with Tony with everything he's gone through," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game. "He's a very professional guy, a terrific teammate, so it's tough. " Sandberg said that Gwynn could still remain with the organization.
April 16, 2014 |
LATE LAST spring, Domonic Brown sent shock waves through South Philly on a nightly basis when he went on a home-run barrage that would make Babe Ruth blush. From April 27 to June 8, Brown hit 17 home runs in a 39-game span. Eleven of those home runs came in a 2-week span at the end of that run. Despite taking 23 home runs into his first All-Star Game last July, Brown would hit just four more. He entered last night homerless in 43 games. "I think it's partly with how he's being pitched," manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game.
April 16, 2014 |
Domonic Brown glided over first base while the remnants of a nearly empty stadium jumped in shock. He pounded his red Phillies helmet with his right fist. He smashed 27 homers in 2013; the first one of 2014 did not arrive until his 52d plate appearance, and what a moment it was. Seventeen minutes later, no one remembered. A Dan Uggla grand slam cleared the bases in the ninth inning. It pushed the Atlanta Braves to a 9-6 victory. For the Phillies, all that remained was a bullpen fire.
August 15, 2013 |
ATLANTA - The pitcher who shut down the best team in baseball Monday just so happened to lead the majors in losses. Cole Hamels is the latest proof of why measuring a pitcher by his win-loss record is arcane. Ask the hitters he silenced. "He might have been the best pitcher we've seen all year," Braves outfielder Justin Upton said. Hamels (5-13) was that good Monday in a complete-game victory, and his recovery from a shaky beginning to 2013 is notable. His ERA is 3.65, the lowest it has been all season.
August 5, 2013 |
At this stage, admitting that frustration has seeped into the Phillies clubhouse is no revelation. Manager Charlie Manuel insists the team continues to give the effort. The only thing missing is the result. The Phillies post-all-star fade from contention continued with Saturday's 5-4 loss in 12 innings to the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The numbers clearly tell the story and it's not one the Phillies expected they would be part of. This was the Phillies' fourth loss in a row and 12th in the last 13 games.
July 11, 2013
Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun returned to the Brewers lineup Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, his first start in nearly a month after going on the disabled list with an injured right thumb. Braun went 1 for 3. His name surfaced in documents linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, but he has denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Braun has said his name was in those documents only because his attorneys used clinic operator Tony Bosch as a consultant when Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels in October 2011.
January 15, 2013 |
FLYERS FORWARD Scott Hartnell and NBC 1O meteorologist Sheena Parveen had drinks together Wednesday night at the Irish Pub (20th & Walnut). Parveen also was seen hanging with Hartnell in the VIP area at Dusk at Caesars in November after the Operation Hat Trick charity game he organized at Boardwalk Hall to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Hartnell declined to comment through a Flyers spokesman on the Irish Pub outing or the nature of his relationship with Parveen, who did not return our email asking her about her connection to the hockey player.
September 18, 2012 |
DAN UGGLA got Atlanta started with his bat. His glove helped finish off his former club. Uggla hit a three-run homer in the first inning and sprawled to snare a ground ball that ended a Miami threat in the eighth, Martin Prado tied a career best with four hits and the visiting Braves beat the Marlins, 7-5, Monday night. It was the fourth straight win for Atlanta, which moved within five games of idle Washington in the NL East. "Three-run homer, but for me Danny saved us defensively," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
August 15, 2011 |
DAN UGGLA was quick to acknowledge he never thought he'd have a hitting streak as long as 33 games. Visiting Chicago stopped Uggla's 33-game hitting streak and rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves yesterday, 6-5, for their fourth straight series win. The Cubs have won 11 of 14. Uggla's streak was the longest in the majors in 5 years, but he was 0-for-3 with an RBI yesterday. "That's more games than I thought I would ever have," Uggla said. His best chance to extend the streak came in the fifth.