August 7, 2015 |
TRENTON - Chase Utley looks ready to return to a big-league lineup. Utley, playing in his third rehab game in four days, went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk in Double A Reading's 11-1 win over the Trenton Thunder last night. Utley could return to the Phillies' lineup as soon as this afternoon, or perhaps more likely, when they begin a 10-day West Coast road trip tomorrow night in San Diego. The Phils could choose to give the 36-year-old a day of rest rather than putting him on the field in a day game today against the Dodgers after a night game.
August 6, 2015 |
TRENTON - Nick Williams walked down the hallway with an ear-to-ear grin as he headed toward his team's locker room. His new Double A, Reading Fightin Phils teammates greeted him with cheers and loud club music as soon as he cracked open the door. They didn't want to start their celebration routine without the newly acquired centerfielder and leadoff hitter, formerly of the Texas Rangers organization. Williams and starting pitcher Jake Thompson were two of the five minor league prospects acquired in the Cole Hamels deal, which sent the former Phillies ace and reliever Jake Diekman to Texas last Wednesday.
July 11, 2014 |
Albert Cartwright had three hits Wednesday night as the Reading Fightin Phils thumped the visiting Trenton Thunder, 10-1. Aaron Altherr hit two doubles and knocked in two runs for the Phils. Adam Loewen (1-2) went seven innings, yielding six hits and one run. Lehigh Valley wins The IronPigs bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the host Indianapolis Indians, 7-4. Third baseman Maikel Franco hit two doubles and Grady Sizemore had a hit for Lehigh Valley. Sizemore is batting .289.
August 5, 2013 |
TRENTON - Jesse Biddle was just a bit player in the three-ring circus that stopped at Arm & Hammer Park on Friday night. With an army of news media camped out at the double-A Trenton Thunder's ballpark along the Delaware River, Biddle was given the task of facing Alex Rodriguez, a three-time MVP mired in one of the biggest controversies in baseball history. As stories swirled that the New York Yankees' third baseman could be suspended through the 2014 season as early as Monday, Biddle got set to make his 22d start of the season for the Phillies' Reading affiliate.
July 19, 2013 |
READING - Phillies president David Montgomery is a baseball enthusiast, which was evident on Wednesday, when he attended a game at double-A Reading that began at noon, and then traveled to see short-season Williamsport in the evening. What Montgomery isn't crazy about is the July 31 trade deadline. The Phillies (48-48) are 51/2 games out of the second wild-card spot and 61/2 games out of first in the National League East with 66 games remaining. "Everybody acts like it's tomorrow, but you know, it's two weeks away," Montgomery said of the trade deadline after Reading beat the Trenton Thunder, 6-5. Montgomery pointed out the importance of the Phillies' nine-game road trip against the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and Detroit Tigers.
July 18, 2013 |
WHEN ALEX Rodriguez comes to a minor league stadium, he gets star treatment - right down to his security detail. The Yankees third baseman is rehabbing with the Trenton Thunder, which is in the midst of a three-game Double A series against the Fightin Phils this week in Reading. On Monday, A-Rod belted a two-run homer to lead the Thunder to a 6-5 victory. Last night, he went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly as the Thunder fell, 6-3. On both nights, part of Rodriguez's five-person security team was former WWE wrestler Gene Snitsky.
July 17, 2013 |
The night before the All-Star Game means baseball kicks back with a few meaningless but entertaining diversions - including the Home Run Derby and a Bud Selig comedy routine. The cut-up commissioner's bits on Monday: He admits he's never sent an e-mail ("and I never will"); he still believes major-league baseball will succeed in Florida; he wants clubs to spend less than half of revenue on players . . . and this gem: With more than a few stars rumored to be facing 150-game suspensions for involvement with a closed anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performing-enhancing drugs, Selig told the question-and-answer session that "this sport is cleaner than it's ever been.
July 16, 2013 |
I F YOU'RE AN Alex Rodriguez fan, tonight may be your best chance to see him play for a while. The third baseman is scheduled to play for the Trenton Thunder in the opener of a three-game series against the Fightin Phils in Reading at 7:05 p.m. A-Rod, who had hip surgery during the offseason, has not played for the Yanks this season. And, according to a New York Daily News I-Team report, Rodriguez and Major League Baseball may be nearing a deal in which the 14-time All-Star is suspended 150 games for his involvement in a performance-enhancing drug scandal.
July 11, 2013
Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun returned to the Brewers lineup Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, his first start in nearly a month after going on the disabled list with an injured right thumb. Braun went 1 for 3. His name surfaced in documents linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, but he has denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Braun has said his name was in those documents only because his attorneys used clinic operator Tony Bosch as a consultant when Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels in October 2011.
July 11, 2013 |
HATS OFF to Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who helped make a dying fan's wish come true. Jeffrey Crews, of suburban Dayton, died of brain cancer on July 4 at the age of 62. But 2 days earlier he had one of the best days of his life. When Votto found out the terminally ill man wanted to attend a game, the Reds' first baseman arranged for field-level seats for Crews, his wife, three children and daughter-in-law. Votto chatted with the family, posed for a photo and gave Crews an autographed bat. Then, to top it off, Reds starter Homer Bailey pitched a no-hitter against the Giants.