May 5, 2014 |
The team that entered Citizens Bank Park this weekend on a 93-win pace was without its third baseman, leftfielder, catcher, and fourth starter. The Phillies, for once, could boast health while Washington adjusted without key pieces like Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. A middling first half is what doomed the Nationals a season ago, and there were lessons learned by a team widely predicted to win the World Series, not watch the entire postseason from home. "You have to start with depth," Jayson Werth said, "and you need depth right behind that.
April 23, 2014 |
WITH TWO first-round picks and five picks in the second round of the June 26 draft, there is little doubt the 76ers roster will look drastically different next season. Here's a look at who may be going and who may be staying: * Michael Carter-Williams ($2.3 million, signed through 2017-18): It seems to be a no-brainer that the soon-to-be-announced NBA rookie of the year will be back. But this time last year, I wrote about another young point guard who would be a key building block of the future in Jrue Holiday.
April 2, 2014
The Eagles signed offensive lineman Andrew Gardner to their 90-man roster on Monday. The 6-foot-6, 309-pound Gardner last played for the Texans. He played in six games in three seasons for Houston. His only other NFL game came as a rookie for the Dolphins in 2009. Gardner, 27, was drafted out of Georgia Tech by Miami in the sixth round. Gardner was released by the Dolphins before the 2010 season. He spent time with the Ravens, Vikings and Bengals before the Texans signed him in August 2011.
March 31, 2014 |
The Phillies finalized their opening-day 25-man roster, emphasizing versatility in filling out the bench. They will have 12 pitchers and five bench players when their season opens on Monday in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers. "We have a lot of flexibility with this group," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said shortly after Saturday's exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates was canceled by rain. The Phillies selected the contracts of three nonroster invitees: outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.; righthander Jeff Manship; and 25-year-old lefthander Mario Hollands, among the most pleasant surprises of spring training after splitting last year between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading.
March 28, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The ball off the bat of Ian Kinsler seemed at first catchable, and then at least playable. Bobby Abreu, making his sixth start in rightfield for the Phillies this spring, got a late jump, ran toward the ball slowly and awkwardly, then chased it into the corner and poked at it a couple of times before he threw it, sore shoulder and all, back toward the infield. Kinsler ended up at third base and scored what turned out to be the only run on a groundout in Detroit's exhibition victory yesterday.
March 28, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Bobby Abreu had a day like no other Wednesday in his attempt to return to the Phillies and the major leagues. After a disastrous game in the field and a not-so-hot one at the plate, the 40-year-old Abreu was told after a 1-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers that he would not be on the 25-man roster on opening day. Abreu has not made the team, but he has not been released yet. "Bobby Abreu is still with the Phillies organization and...
March 27, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - The Phillies will not face Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish when the teams open their season Monday in Arlington, Texas. Darvish was scratched from the start because of a stiff neck and is likely to begin the season on the disabled list. Darvish went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA last season, finishing second in the American League Cy Young Award race. The Rangers have not named his replacement, but Martin Perez (10-6, 3.60) is a candidate. Bound for triple A David Buchanan, who has a 2.25 ERA this spring, was told he would not make the opening-day roster, but he will fly north with the Phillies for exhibition games with Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
March 25, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During the game, Ryne Sandberg inserted Cesar Hernandez at third base. After the game, the manager summoned Kevin Frandsen to his office. The result was the latest wrinkle in the Phillies' quest to identify the members of their bench for the upcoming season. Frandsen, a member of the team's active roster since July 2012, was outrighted off the 40-man roster yesterday, a sign that the Phillies are leaning toward other options for the two backup infielders they usually carry.
March 21, 2014 |
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A week ago, manager Ryne Sandberg talked about the very real possibility of penciling Darin Ruf into his starting lineup on Opening Day in Texas, when the Phillies will need a designated hitter. Ruf has never been on a major league roster on Opening Day, let alone the starting lineup for the first game of the season. Ruf's chances of making both of those goals turn into reality took a sharp hit during pregame batting practice in Kissimmee, Fla., yesterday, a week before the team breaks camp and heads north.
March 20, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryne Sandberg announced that Cliff Lee would take the mound when the Phillies open the 2014 season in Arlington against the Texas Rangers on March 31. He also said A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick would follow in the team's starting rotation. So we can move forward this spring knowing that trio will be on the 25-man roster when the season starts. Barring injury, you can venture to assume Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd also will be on that roster.