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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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PostHeaderIcon Game 104 Preview: Phillies vs. Diamondbacks

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Call it a game for the replacements. Newcomers to the roster in Grady Sizemore and Darin Ruf helped provide the Phillies with a win on Friday night. Saturday night bring the chance to put together a small winning streak.

The Phillies (45-58) go for their third straight win. The Arizona Diamondbacks (44-59) have lost three of their last four games after opening the second half with a three-game sweep of the Cubs. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.67 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Lee struggled in his last start, allowing six runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Giants. In seven career starts against the Diamondbacks, Lee is 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 24-20 with a 2.81 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Josh Collmenter (8-5, 3.64 ERA). Collmenter allowed one run on four hits in seven innings to pick up the win against the Cubs in his last start. Collmenter faced the Phillies on April 25, pitching six shutout innings allowing four hits to earn the win. In seven games and three career starts against the Phillies, Collmenter is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three games and one start.

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

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PostHeaderIcon The Beat Goes On: Amaro hopeful for Howard, gives vote of confidence

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Many years from now, the current era of Phillies baseball will be identified by one man and his philosophy – that’s if fans choose to remember it at all. It’s almost on a daily basis that Ruben Amaro Jr. pulls out his favorite word. Ironically, it’s a word that doesn’t describe the Phillies.

Amaro spoke about the Ryan Howard situation again prior to Friday night’s game and re-stated his intentions on Howard.

“All I can tell you is that’s not in our best interest,” Amaro said. “It’s not something that we’ve discussed. I fully expect him to be our first baseman next year.”

The problem with the Phillies since Amaro took over as GM has been about living in the past. The franchise was aging, even in 2009, but there were some future pieces lurking in the minor leagues.

Now, they are a depleted franchise – very little talent in the majors, almost nothing in the minors.

But, they have hope. You know, like the song in Damn Yankees. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Sizemore, Brown lead Phillies to win over D-Backs

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The Phillies have been piecing together a roster for some time. Two pieces were Grady Sizemore and Darin Ruf.

The two played a key roles in a two-run first inning that got the Phillies going on Friday night.

Sizemore’s three hits and Domonic Brown’s three RBI paced the Phillies through the night, as they took the series opener from Citizens Bank Park with a 9-5 win. Read the rest of this entry »

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