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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.

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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.

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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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PostHeaderIcon Game 103 Preview: Phillies vs. Diamondbacks

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The Phillies closed out a four-game series with the best in the NL West with a gem from Cole Hamels. For the weekend, the final three home games before the trade deadline, the Phillies welcome in a team at their level.

The Phillies (44-58) snapped a four-game losing streak with Thursday’s win and look to turn that into back-to-back wins. The Arizona Diamondbacks (44-58) enter the series with the same record as the Phillies. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Kendrick allowed six runs on five hits in five innings in his last start, taking the loss against the Braves. In eight games and seven career starts against the Diamondbacks, Kendrick is 0-2 with a 5.45 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 35-35 with a 4.35 ERA in 107 games and 90 starts.

The Phillies will face left-hander Wade Miley (6-6, 4.16 ERA). Miley picked up his third straight win in his last start, allowing three runs on seven hits in seven innings against the Cubs. In two career starts against the Phillies, Miley is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he allowed three runs on five hits in six innings in his only start.

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PostHeaderIcon It’s Optional: Phillies contracts posing problem

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The situation continues to snowball for the Phillies. Rumors swirling in every which way, with no sense of direction. It’s fitting for the state of the franchise.

One thing seems certain: the Phillies are trying to make changes. You can’t deny that.

There’s just one catch. Other teams are not interested in making deals with the Phillies. And there is one common reason why.

On Thursday, as many have already, ESPN’s Jayson Stark profiled the players most likely to be traded. It featured nine players: Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, A.J. Burnett and Antonio Bastardo.

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PostHeaderIcon King For A Day: Hamels deals gem as Phillies snap streak

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Every day is another audition for several Phillies players who could be on their way out in the next week. Three players made strong impressions on Thursday afternoon.

Leading the way was Cole Hamels, who turned in his second straight gem. Again, he got just enough offense to back it up.

Marlon Byrd and Chase Utley provided the two RBI singles that pushed the Phillies past the Giants on Thursday afternoon in a 2-1 win at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 102 Preview: Phillies vs. Giants

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The Giants got to Jonathan Papelbon for a second straight night to send the Phillies to another late-inning loss. Entering Thursday’s series finale, the Giants look for more than a series win.

The Phillies (43-58) attempt to snap a four-game losing streak on Thursday afternoon. The Giants (57-44) go for a series sweep following back-to-back wins in their final at-bat. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

Cole Hamels (4-5, 2.83 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed one run on four hits in seven innings against the Braves in his last start to earn the win. In 12 career starts against the Giants, Hamels is 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 52-41 with a 3.32 ERA in 128 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Tim Hudson (8-6, 2.78 ERA). Hudson allowed one run on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings in his last start against the Marlins. In 29 career starts against the Phillies, Hudson is 11-9 with a 3.72 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 4-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 10 starts.

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