October 6, 2014 |
THREE KEY PLAYERS Ryan Howard. Just about everything the Phillies want to accomplish this winter hinges on Howard's future. He is owed $60 million. The Phillies will look to trade him, but could an outright release serve as a much-needed olive branch to disillusioned fans? Cole Hamels. Three teams have the prospects and the mind-set to execute a Hamels trade: the Cubs, Red Sox, and Dodgers. The Phillies will listen, but that does not make such a deal probable. Trading Hamels would admit a rebuild of at least two seasons, something the Phillies are reluctant to push.
August 15, 2014 |
ANAHEIM, Calif. - For more than 6 weeks, from a month before the trade deadline until nearly 2 weeks after the deadline, Cole Hamels has had to answer questions about the possibility of playing somewhere other than Philly. On July 2, he made his stance clear. "I want to be here," Hamels said. "I'm happy to be here. " A month later, his family home in Newtown Square is up for sale and, well, people are connecting the dots. Even if the dots are on two different pages. Hamels, however, isn't looking for a new home in Philadelphia just yet. "We're building a house in Missouri," Hamels said before last night's game in Anaheim.
July 11, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - Cliff Lee threw 59 pitches without incident Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla., and that was one of the more positive developments in seven weeks for the prized Phillies starter with the strained left elbow. He allowed three runs in four innings for single-A Clearwater. Lee will pitch there again Monday in what could be the final precursor to his return. His first minor-league rehab outing last Sunday was shortened by rain. This one had a better conclusion. He cruised through the first three innings on 32 pitches with six groundouts and two strikeouts.
March 23, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first sign that Phillies first baseman-outfielder Darin Ruf had a difficult left oblique injury to deal with was when he described the level of discomfort. "It hurts when I cough, and sneeze and laugh and stuff like that so it doesn't feel great," Ruf said Friday morning in the Phillies clubhouse. The news later that day wasn't any more comforting. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said following Friday's 2-2 tie with the Boston Red Sox that Ruf had a 1-2 grade left oblique strain that is expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks.
July 25, 2013 |
A YEAR AGO, Ike Davis hit 32 home runs for the Mets. Now, batting .176 in a season that has seen him sent to the minor leagues, the slugging first baseman is doing anything he can to get on base. Twice, he tried to bunt for a hit against visiting Atlanta. His first try went foul. The second went to the pitcher, who threw him out. And the Citi Field faithless let their favorite whipping boy have it with choruses of boos on each try. It was different in the sixth inning, when his RBI double off the rightfield wall drove in the go-ahead run and triggered a three-run rally in the Mets' 4-1 win. Davis was given a huge ovation as he stood on second base.
May 31, 2013 |
A CASUAL GLANCE at the lineup card was all you needed to recalibrate your expectations. With back-to-back wins over the Red Sox threatening to lure you back into believing in a season beyond September, the Phillies unveiled a batting order that featured a pair of corner infielders who had combined for 17 home runs in their major league careers and a second baseman who was making his first major league start. The result was what you might have expected, even with a spot starter on the mound.
May 21, 2013 |
EVEN WITHOUT an effective changeup, Julio Teheran still had enough to pitch into the ninth inning. "I decided to just compete with my other pitches," he said. "I know my fastball is good, my two-seamer, so I just tried to command my curve and my slider. " Teheran pitched 8 1/3 strong innings, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves won their fourth straight game with a 5-1 victory over the struggling Minnesota Twins yesterday. Teheran (3-1) gave up five hits, one run - Josh Willingham's homer in the ninth - and one walk.
May 16, 2013 |
IT WAS AN opportunity, not a necessity. That's what Charlie Manuel said of his decision to keep Chase Utley out of the lineup last night, despite the fact that the Phillies were coming off an off day and would enjoy another one tomorrow. With lefty Scott Kazmir on the mound and a day game today, Manuel decided that he would take advantage of the opportunity to get his 34-year-old second baseman 3 days of rest in a 4-day span. "I saw that it was an opportunity to kind of give him a blow," said Manuel, adding that the chance to "monitor him" and "get him off his feet" would be "good" for his star.
April 19, 2013 |
DEREK JETER will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle - a blow to a New York Yankees team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the 38-year-old shortstop's future. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Jeter should be able to resume his rehabilitation when the new crack heals, in about 4 to 8 weeks. Cashman has repeatedly maintained the 13-time All-Star should be able to return at his previous level of play.
April 17, 2013 |
MIKE NAPOLI hit a three-run double in Boston's seven-run second inning and the Red Sox, playing with heavy hearts the day after the deadly bombings back home, beat the host Cleveland Indians, 7-2, on Tuesday night. Boston's players were already en route to Cleveland when they learned of the explosions near the Boston Marathon's finish line that killed three and injured more than 170. The Red Sox were hoping to bring some relief to those affected by the tragedy, and they may have while winning their fourth straight.