August 31, 2016
ISSUE | PHILLIES 'Chooch' an all-around winner Carlos Ruiz's legacy between the lines is well known: he caught three no-hitters and a perfect game and won a World Series in 11 seasons with the Phillies and made the 2012 National League all-star team before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday ("Bye, Chooch," Friday). But "Chooch" is leaving an equally important legacy off the field. His support of Philadelphia Futures is changing the lives of hundreds of low-income, first-generation-to-college students.
February 28, 2016
Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. MLB said Friday that Almonte tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid generally used by veterinarians on horses. The 26-year-old outfielder will not be allowed to play in regular season games until July, but he can play in spring training. Almonte was likely to compete for a starting job in the outfield while Michael Brantley works his way back from a shoulder injury.
February 27, 2016
Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out. Major League Baseball and the players union have banned rolling blocks to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Utley that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada during last year's playoffs. "From my understanding, we've been trying to work on this for a few years now," Utley said at the Los Angeles Dodgers' camp, "so I don't think one instance determined everything. " Maybe, but fans may see it another way - the Chase Utley Rule.
October 16, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Pitching matchups like these are more regularly seen in the first game of a division series, for which teams well in advance line up their best arms to pitch. This one comes in a winner-take-all Game 5. Zack Greinke, the second of the Los Angeles Dodgers' two aces, and Jacob deGrom, breakout star of the New York Mets, take the mound Thursday night at Dodger Stadium with each team's season hanging in the balance. The successes or failures of either righthander could very well decide which team advances to play the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.
October 14, 2015 |
NEW YORK — There was no retribution, no hit batsmen, no bench-clearing brawls. Two nights after Chase Utley's takeout slide broke the leg of Ruben Tejada, the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to put their grievances aside and just play baseball. That proved a winning formula for the suddenly hot-hitting Mets in Citi Field's first postseason game Monday. A 13-7 rout of the Dodgers in front of an electric, sold out, orange-rally towel waving crowd left the Mets a win away from moving on to the National League Championship Series.
October 14, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The horde of photographers, television cameramen and iPhone-wielding reporters turned its attention toward the tarp covering the first-base line at Citi Field at about 6:15 p.m. Monday. Chase Utley had taken the field, clad in Los Angeles Dodgers blue, to stretch alongside his teammates. In the hours leading to first pitch of Game 3 of this National League division series, the 36-year-old second baseman and former Phillies star was again the center of attention. The ongoing appeal of his two-game suspension stemming from his controversial takeout slide on Saturday permitted Utley to play for the Dodgers on Monday.
October 13, 2015 |
NEW YORK - On the eve of a pivotal Game 3 of the National League division series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, Major League Baseball announced it suspended Chase Utley for Games 3 and 4 for his illegal slide during Saturday night's Dodgers win. Utley will appeal the suspension, meaning he might still be eligible to play Monday night. In a statement, Utley's agent, Joel Wolfe, called the suspension "outrageous and completely unacceptable. " The late, double-play-disrupting takeout slide by Utley, the longtime Phillies star now playing for the Dodgers, resulted in a broken leg for Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.
July 29, 2015 |
TORONTO - Throughout the months of speculation regarding where Cole Hamels will pitch the final three-plus guaranteed years of his contract, the Los Angeles Dodgers have often been mentioned as an apt trading partner for the Phillies. That remains the case in the final days leading to the highly anticipated trade deadline. But with the days passing until 4 p.m. Friday, the Texas Rangers - reportedly along with the Dodgers the front-runners to land Hamels - might be the ideal team for the Phillies to trade their 31-year-old ace. Despite entering the week 47-50, 7.5 games behind the American League West-leading Los Angeles Angels and 4.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the crowded wild-card race, the Rangers could acquire Hamels with an eye toward next season.
July 10, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw is one of five National League players in the running to win the final vote for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace and reigning National League MVP used the Phillies to boost his campaign. Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, dominated baseball's worst team with his first complete game shutout of the season. The Phillies' 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium marked their ninth shutout defeat through 87 games.
July 9, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - For the first 11 years of his professional baseball career, Chad Billingsley was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. The righthander was the Dodgers' first-round draft pick in 2003. He represented them in the All-Star Game in 2009. He has won more games at Dodger Stadium than any active pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw. On the heels of consecutive seasons lost to elbow surgeries, Billingsley returned to his former home mound Tuesday night as a member of the Phillies.