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PostHeaderIcon Phillies want ‘the world’ for Hamels

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Monday came and went with little fanfare around the baseball world, especially in relation to the Phillies.

The day was filled with minimal activity. The night brought another lackluster loss.

With three days now left until the trade deadline, the Phillies are trying to act upon what has been another disappointing season from top to bottom. But they aren’t finding much success. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Colon-oscopy: Mets roll past Phillies behind early runs, Colon’s solid start

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The Mets just have the Phillies number. The last time these two teams met, Bartolo Colon was on the mound and the Mets rolled to an 11-2 win.

It came pretty close to that on Monday night.

The Mets scored four runs in the first and never looked back as Colon did the rest. That helped the Mets claim the series opener with a 7-1 win over the Phillies at Citi Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 106 Preview: Phillies at Mets

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The Phillies scored a series victory with a 4-2 win on Sunday. That marked the final home game in July, leaving questions to what team returns to Citizens Bank Park in August. In the meantime, the Phillies hit the road.

The Phillies (46-59) make the trip to New York for the first time since mid-May. The New York Mets (50-55) look to continue the success they had in their last trip to Philadelphia. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed four hits in eight shutout innings, taking a no-decision against the Giants. Burnett allowed five runs on five hits in seven innings in a no-decision against the Mets on May 30. In 21 career starts against the Mets, Burnett is 5-6 with a 3.55 ERA. At Citi Field, he pitched seven one-hit innings in his only appearance, picking up the win.

The Phillies will face right-hander Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA). Colon earned the win in his last start against the Mariners, allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1/3 innings. Colon faced the Phillies on June 2, allowing two runs on six hits in seven inning to earn the win. In six career starts against the Phillies, Colon is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA. At Citi Field, he is 5-4 with a 2.54 ERA in nine starts.

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

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PostHeaderIcon Teams not sure if Phillies are ‘committed’ to selling

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The baseball season is a day-by-day journey. Tracking the trade deadline can be a journey in itself. This Phillies team is taking us on quite a journey as the trade deadline approaches.

Everyday, there is something new. On Sunday, it was the possibility that the Phillies may not be able to trade anybody. On Monday, it’s a further affirmed notion.

Buster Olney tweeted the following on Sunday night. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Morning Review: Howard’s response at end of rough week

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Last week started like any other week for Ryan Howard. He was getting regular playing time in the heart of the Phillies batting order.

Sure, Howard had been struggling, but that hadn’t provoked what would come later in the week.

On Wednesday, Howard’s name became bigger among trade rumors and there was the rumor that internally, the Phillies had discussed releasing the former MVP. From Wednesday to Friday, Howard didn’t see the field.

Howard got two hits in his return on Saturday. On Sunday, in his first at-bat, he homered to centerfield. Now that’s a response. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game Changer: Rule 7.13 decides game, continues to make no sense

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“I’d much rather get killed. Seriously, I’d much rather be run over. Come get me.”

Well, someone finally said it.

Those were the thoughts of Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero following the Phillies 4-2 win over Arizona on Sunday afternoon.

The reason for the comment: Rule 7.13 – which produced an overturned out call that gave the Phillies the game-winning run. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon A Plate Full: Collision rule leads to run, Phillies win

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Chances are the Phillies and Diamondbacks won’t be playing past September. But 10 teams will and if a the time should come when a game was decided by the rule that decided Sunday’s game, it will be a shame.

An error by Didi Gregorius on a pop up by Marlon Byrd with two outs sent Ryan Howard, who was on first, sprinting toward the plate. He was out by plenty. But Miguel Montero apparently took away a sliding lane, thus ruling Howard safe according to Rule 7.13 of the MLB Rulebook.

That was the eventual winning run in the Phillies 4-2 win over the D-Backs on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 105 Preview: Phillies vs. Diamondbacks

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Trade deadline week is upon us. Sunday marks the Phillies final home game before the trade deadline. The team will not return home until Aug. 5. The roster could look completely different by then.

The Phillies (45-59) take the field for the final time at home in July in search of a series win. The Arizona Diamondbacks (45-59) go for their second series win since the All-Star Break. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m.

Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 4.25 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hernandez allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in his last start, taking a no-decision against the Giants. Hernandez faced the Diamondbacks on April 25, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings and taking the loss. In two career starts against the D-Backs, Hernandez is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-6 with a 3.72 ERA in 13 games and 11 starts.

The Phillies will face left-hander Vidal Nuno (0-1, 3.78 ERA). Nuno allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in his last start against the Tigers, taking a no-decision. This is Nuno’s fourth start with the Diamondbacks since being traded from the New York Yankees on July 6. Nuno is making his first career start against the Phillies and at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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PostHeaderIcon Buyer’s Remorse: Phillies may get stuck at deadline

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If somebody told you two weeks ago, right around the All-Star Break, that the Phillies would not make a single move at the trade deadline, what would you think?

Chances are you would think that to be a complete failure.

The trade deadline is five days away, at 4 p.m. this Thursday, and things couldn’t be going any worse for the Phillies – not because of wins and losses but because the most valuable trade chips may not be movable.

There is a legitimate chance the Phillies do nothing at the trade deadline. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon D-Backs come back, down Phillies in 10

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A look down the Arizona lineup created thoughts of a cake walk for Cliff Lee. It wasn’t smooth, but Lee didn’t suffer greatly as the Phillies offense exploded for hit after hit in the early going.

But the hits stopped coming after the third inning as the Diamondbacks started to trim away at the lead. The bullpen could not hold a three-run lead over the final four innings, forcing extras.

In the 10th, a go-ahead sacrifice fly was the difference, but a three-run home run added on capped a four-run inning and the comeback for the D-Backs, sending the Phillies to a 10-6 loss on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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