April 8, 2015 |
Cole Hamels took his left foot off the rubber, allowing for a longer break before the second batter of the inning. Amid a standing ovation, Shane Victorino took a deep breath and stepped into the batter's box. Two-and-a-half baseball seasons have passed since the July 2012 trade that ended Victorino's tenure in Philadelphia. The former mainstay in the Phillies outfield was on the disabled list when the Red Sox visited his former home in 2013, so the opener on Monday marked his first time back on the field at Citizens Bank Park.
May 21, 2010 |
7:05 Citizens Bank Park. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Tonight's pitchers Red Sox RHP John Lackey (4-2, 4.86) vs. Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29) Three key matchups Phillies vs. interleague play: The Phillies have scuffled over the past few seasons against the American League during the regular season and are 96-121 all-time. Cole Hamels vs. Red Sox: Hamels last faced Boston in 2008, when he allowed two runs in seven innings of an 8-2 win. John Lackey vs. Phillies: The Phillies haven't faced Lackey since 2003, when he held them to one run and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings.
December 2, 2007 |
The Phillies offered salary arbitration to free-agent centerfielder Aaron Rowand before last night's midnight deadline. That means the Phillies will receive two top draft picks if Rowand signs with another team. Because he is classified as a Type A free agent, the team that signs Rowand would forfeit a top pick for him. Depending on how that team finished in 2007, that could be a first- or second-round pick. The Phillies also would receive a "sandwich" pick between the first and second rounds.
December 24, 2007 |
The Phillies found more depth and versatility for their outfield yesterday, signing outfielder So Taguchi to a one-year contract. The deal is worth a guaranteed $1.05 million and includes a club option for 2009 and performance bonuses. Taguchi hit .290 with three home runs and 30 RBIs last season for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also hit .406 as a pinch-hitter. In his six-year career with the Cardinals, he hit .283 overall and .337 with runners in scoring position. Taguchi has played all three outfield positions and presumably would be Shane Victorino's replacement in center field should Victorino miss any significant period of time.
October 7, 2007 |
It's all over for the Phillies. A season that saw them overcome a slew of injuries to top players and win the National League East on the final day of the regular season ended last night with a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies in Game 3 of the NL division series at Coors Field. The Rockies, who swept the best-of-five series, will move on to the NL Championship Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies' only run came on a solo home run by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning to tie the game at 1. The Rockies won it with three straight two-out hits in the bottom of the eighth against reliever J.C. Romero.
September 29, 2010 |
7:05 p.m., Nationals Park, Washington. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish TONIGHT'S PITCHERS Phillies RHP Joe Blanton (8-6, 4.94) vs. Nationals LHP Ross Detwiler (1-2, 2.52) WHO'S HOT Raul Ibanez: The veteran leftfielder hit his 16th home run last night, his fourth against the Nationals this season. WHO'S NOT Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz: The three starters had the day off thanks to the Phillies' division-clinching win on Monday night.
December 19, 2009 |
An expected move by the Phillies yesterday served as a reminder that the team will soon face decisions on many important players. When the team made the announcement that it would exercise shortstop Jimmy Rollins' $8.5 million option for 2011, it locked in seven of eight position players through that season. (Jayson Werth will be a free agent after next year, unless he agrees to a contract extension, which is unlikely.) But as of now Rollins, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge all can be free agents after 2011.
August 19, 2011
Shane Victorino's suspension was trimmed from three games to two after his appeal to Major League Baseball. The Phillies centerfielder, who has been on a hitting tear, began his suspension Thursday night as he sat out the game against Arizona. He was replaced in center field by John Mayberry Jr. Victorino declined to comment on the suspension. He was suspended for his role in a bench-clearing brawl Aug. 5 against the Giants in San Francisco. After he was hit by a pitch from Ramon Ramirez in the sixth inning, Victorino took a couple of steps toward the mound.
October 28, 2009 |
Hot PHILLIES: Shane Victorino. The ultimate red-light player on a team filled with red-light players, Victorino has a .299 average in 26 career postseason games. He has an on-base percentage of .370 over that time with six home runs. Of those home runs, the biggest was a grand slam in last year's NLDS against CC Sabathia. YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez has shown how to win a pennant, hitting .438 in nine postseason games. Even more impressive is his OBP of .548. No one knows his importance better than the Phillies.