August 22, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Once a long Sunday at the ballpark ended, the only item in Jimmy Rollins' locker was a red bag with No. 11 on it. Rollins was long gone, and thus it was difficult to discern how serious a right groin strain he suffered sometime in the first three innings was. Across the room, Placido Polanco dressed with a smile. He was upbeat because he received clearance from the team's doctors and athletic trainers to come off the disabled list for a sports hernia when eligible on Monday.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES – If the Phillies are going to make the kind of second-half run they insist is possible, they likely will need to utilize the same formula that Monday night led to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. That means excellent starting pitching, near-flawless relief, and some timely hitting from their established stars. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins both hit solo home runs, while Joe Blanton held the Dodgers to two runs over eight innings before turning things over to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth as the Phillies won for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.
February 21, 2007 |
He said it. He meant it. So Jimmy Rollins repeated his proclamation, saying yesterday that the Phillies - a team that hasn't made the postseason since 1993 - is the team to beat in the National League East. Not the New York Mets. Not the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies. "We're the team to beat. I can't put it any other way," Rollins said at Bright House Networks Field after the team's first full-squad workout. "Look at our team and what we're bringing. Look at the improvements we've made.
May 9, 2001 |
The Phillies spent $3 million on closer Mike Jackson before the 2000 season and received nothing but medical bills in return. It was just another trip on the wheel of misfortune for a team that may well have inspired the cliche about bad luck and no luck at all. This season, however, has been different. This year's closer, Jose Mesa, is healthy and effective, if not always economical. This year's bullpen is efficient. This year's free-agent signings have been fruitful. And, now, even Jackson has helped the first-place Phillies win a game, albeit in the uniform of the opposing team.
November 23, 2011 |
Baseball announced its new five-year collective bargaining agreement Tuesday, and the ramifications for the Phillies were mostly positive. The new deal includes blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH) that is scheduled to begin in spring training next year. Major League Baseball will become the first North American professional league to test for HGH. Baseball already had testing in place for other performance-enhancing drugs. Testing positive a first time would result in a 50-game suspension, which is the same first-time penalty for other performance-enhancing substances.
May 5, 2006 |
On a night the Phillies finally clawed their way to .500 - and it has taken a five-game winning streak to get there - they still seemed far removed from where they swear they should be as a team. Cory Lidle, one of the Phillies' few starting pitchers who hasn't been half bad, picked up the win with another competent performance as the Phils beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-3, last night to complete a two-game sweep of their longtime National League East nemeses. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard homered to support Lidle at Citizens Bank Park.
June 23, 2001 |
The main plot was the first-place Phillies against the second-place Florida Marlins, a matchup of two surprising teams trying to win the National League East. The subplot was not bad, either. In a battle of little men who have had a big impact on their teams, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo were trying to steal the show. "It's kind of like Sammy and Mark," Rollins said in reference to the 1998 season-long home run contest between the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa and the St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire.
October 4, 2009 |
There were times in the first half of this season when Jimmy Rollins would be loosening up a few hours before a game. His eyes would shift toward the dugout, where manager Charlie Manuel was answering questions from a pack of reporters. Rollins had been mired in a hellacious slump, so his intuition told him that the questions were about him. "I'd say, 'What did they ask you today, Charlie?' " Rollins said. "And he'd say, 'Please start hitting, son. I'm tired of answering these questions.
July 23, 2008 |
So, chew on this one for a moment: So Taguchi. Yeah, So Taguchi. The guy who has been buried so deep on the Phillies' bench that he might as well be the 26th man on a 25-man roster. Taguchi came up with a clutch double in the top of the ninth inning last night that helped the Phillies record an improbable 8-6 victory over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium and gave them a one-game lead over their rival in the National League East. "I just had this feeling," said closer Brad Lidge, who picked up his 22d save.
September 11, 2005 |
It feels like another one of those back-against-the-wall moments for the Phillies, doesn't it? "No, not yet," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said after last night's 7-6 loss to the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The loss dropped the Phillies to 2 1/2 games behind the Houston Astros in the National League wild-card race, and two games behind the Marlins. The Phillies need to beat the Marlins this afternoon or they will have lost their third straight series, and fourth of their last five.