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PostHeaderIcon Giants spoil Lee’s return, down Phillies

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Cliff Lee’s first inning couldn’t have gone any better. It was the 4 2/3 innings after that were less than smooth.

Lee struggled in the middle innings as the Giants keep fighting back, coming from behind twice to beat the Phillies in Monday’s opener of a four-game series by a score of 7-4 at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Blazing Hot: Detailing the Phillies potential fire sale

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There are just nine days separating the Phillies from the trade deadline. There are many scenarios that could play out. One former GM offered his thoughts on what the Phillies should do on Sunday.

Jim Bowman, an insider with ESPN and former GM, listed seven trade scenarios, each one different from the next, about what the Phillies should do over the course of 10 days.

Here is each trade scenario from Bowman with some added thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 99 Preview: Phillies vs. Giants

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The next 10 days are going to focus on potential trades and marketing players to other teams. One such player returns from the DL on Monday for his final audition.

The Phillies (43-55) get a top starter back with the intention of selling in the near future. The San Francisco Giants (54-44) make their first visit to Philadelphia this season and for their first meeting of 2014 with the Phillies. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.18 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Lee makes his first start since May 18, when he allowed two runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. In six career starts against the Giants, Lee is 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 24-19 with a 2.72 ERA in 57 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (5-7, 3.86 ERA). Vogelsong allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings in his last start on July 12, taking the loss to the Diamondbacks. In five games and two career starts against the Phillies, Vogelsong is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two games and one start.

Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.

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PostHeaderIcon Kyle’s Curse: Kendrick’s early struggles continue in Phillies loss to Braves

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First innings have been the source of struggle for Kyle Kendrick. So on Sunday, there was a sigh of relief from the Phillies dugout when Kendrick breezed through the first.

In the second, the Phillies gave him a lead, but it was short-lived as the early-inning struggles couldn’t be avoided.

The Braves scored twice in the second and four times in the third to take a commanding lead before outlasting a lengthy rain delay to beat the Phillies, 8-2, on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 98 Preview: Phillies at Braves

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The Phillies first win of the second half came behind strong performances from two players whose days in Philadelphia may be numbered.

The Phillies (43-54) press on as the deadline nears with a chance to take the series in Atlanta. The Braves (53-44) are back into a tie for first in the NL East as the series finale takes place. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m.

Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.62 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Kendrick took the loss in his last start, allowing five runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Sunday. Kendrick faced the Braves twice in June. He took the loss on June 27, allowing four runs on nine hits in eight innings. On June 17, he allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings in a win. In 23 games and 17 career starts, Kendrick is 8-3 with a 3.32 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA in 12 games and seven starts.

The Phillies will face left-hander Alex Wood (6-7, 3.36 ERA). Wood allowed four runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings in his last start on July 11 against the Cubs, taking a no-decision. Wood faced the Phillies on April 17, allowing one run on eight hits in eight innings in a loss. In eight games and three career starts against the Phillies, Wood is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 5-6 with a 2.94 ERA in 26 games and 11 starts.

Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.

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PostHeaderIcon Cole And Roll: Rollins homer enough in Hamels gem as Phils hold off Braves

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Cole Hamels pitched inning after inning holding the Braves quiet with nothing to show from his offense. Finally, after Grady Sizemore reached for the fourth time, Jimmy Rollins ensured he wouldn’t be stranded again.

Rollins belted a two-run home run in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the Phillies 2-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 97 Preview: Phillies at Braves

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The Phillies returned from the All-Star Break and picked up where they left off before it, dropping the first game with little offense of note and a rough outing on the mound from the starter.

The Phillies (42-54) continue to slide to the finish and the trade deadline. The Atlanta Braves (53-43) used Friday’s win to pull ahead in the NL East and look to build on their lead. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.93 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings in his last start last Saturday against the Nationals, taking a no-decision. Hamels also faced the Braves on June 16, allowing five hits in seven shutout innings in a no-decision. In 32 games and 31 career starts against the Braves, Hamels is 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 6-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 18 games and 17 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.53 ERA). Harang picked up a win in his last start on July 10, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings. Harang faced the Phillies twice in June. On June 18, he allowed nine runs – eight earned – on 13 hits in five innings, taking the loss. He picked up the win on June 29, allowing two runs on 11 hits in seven innings. In 15 games and 14 career starts against the Phillies, Harang is 5-3 with a 5.23 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 5-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Heading South: Braves 4-run inning sinks Phillies

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The Phillies last trip to Atlanta sparked a sweep. So when the Phillies took the early lead in the second inning of Friday’s series opener, it felt like deja vu all over again.

Until the bottom of the second when failure to record a shutdown inning haunted the Phillies again.

A.J. Burnett surrendered four second-inning runs as the Braves claimed the series opener on Friday night by a score of 6-4 at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 96 Preview: Phillies at Braves

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Following a four-day break for the All-Star festivities, the Phillies return for the second half of the season.

The Phillies (42-53) make a return to Atlanta for the third series against the Braves in the last month. The Atlanta Braves (52-43) enter the second half in a tie for first in the NL East, looking to pull ahead. First pitch is at 7:35 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (3-5, 2.87 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings in a win against the National last Friday. Burnett’s only start against the Braves this season came on April 17, allowing three hits in seven shutout innings in a no-decision. In 22 games and 21 career starts against the Braves, Burnett is 5-12 with a 3.90 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 1-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 13 career starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Ervin Santana (7-6, 4.01 ERA). Santana took the loss in his last start on July 9, allowing four runs on six hits in seven innings against the Mets. Santana has made three starts against the Phillies this season, including two in June. On June 28, he earned the win allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. On June 17, Santana allowed four runs – three earned – on eight hits in six innings in a loss. In four career starts against the Phillies, Santana is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 4-2 with a 4.02 ERA in seven starts.

Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.

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PostHeaderIcon Two Weeks Notice: Big changes on horizon for Phillies

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Friday marks the return of the Phillies from the All-Star Break, which means back to reality for Phillies fans as they watch a mediocre team play the final 67 games on the 2014 season.

But if you really think about it, assuming 2014 is over already, there are just 13 games left in 2014 before turning the page to 2015.

That’s because an overhaul is due. A few weeks ago, it certainly seemed like a possibility that the Phillies were stuck in the middle, no one coming in, no one getting out.

Partially, this was due to a misguided belief that the Phillies were still contenders of some sort. The other was due to lack of tradable assets. The things a five-game win streak can do to a team weeks before the deadline.

That five-game winning streak put the spotlight on some tradable players, and there are names to go around. Read the rest of this entry »

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