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After being embarrassed by the Blue Jays in a four-game series sweep, the Phillies head to Citi Field to take on the floundering Mets, who were just swept by the Marlins. The Phillies' rotation seemed to line up perfectly for winning a home-and-home series with Toronto. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and a red-hot A.J. Burnett pitching three of the four games? That sounded like a winning combo. But those pitchers gave up 18 runs in 18.1 innings — Kyle Kendrick... Continue reading
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Believe it or not, Cody Asche will start at third vs. southpaw Mark Buehrle on Wednesday ... and Ryan Howard will get the night off. All is took was the baserunning gaffe of the year, a botched play at shortstop and an 0-for-2 day at the plate for Freddy Galvis, combined with a 4-for-4 night and a game-tying grand slam for Asche for Asche -- finally -- to get the start at third base against a left-handed starter. Asche has... Continue reading
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Cole Hamels goes for his first win Tuesday as the Phillies aim to rebound from an ugly 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays the night before. This time out, Hamels (0-2, 6.75) shouldn't be restricted to 86 pitches, and he won't be facing the Mets on a chilly, damp night. And he'll be pitching on a full week of rest, after having his start pushed back two days because of the flu. Drew Hutchinson (1-2, 3.82) takes the mound for... Continue reading
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Jimmy Rollins is off (but available to pinch hit), and Freddy Galvis is starting at shortstop and batting second as the Phillies open a four-game, home-and-home series with the Blue Jays. It's probably a good thing to be cautious and hold Jimmy Rollins out of the lineup on Monday night after the 35-year-old appeared to tweak something in his leg during yesterday's 1-0 win over the Nationals. It's probably not a good thing to bat Freddy Galvis second in Rollins'... Continue reading
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Whatever momentum the Phillies may have built after a strong West Coast road trip has waned after three of four days off, but they reshuffled the rotation for an important three-game set against the Nats. The next three games will feature some marquee pitching matchups: Friday: Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.29) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 4.24) Saturday: A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15) vs. Tanner Roark (2-0, 2.76) Sunday: Cole Hamels (0-2, 6.75) vs. Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 3.25) Despite finishing April .500, the... Continue reading
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*Weather permitting If the rain holds off or doesn't get too heavy Tuesday night, Cole Hamels will make his home debut against a team he's never been able to solve -- the Mets. Maybe it would be better for Hamels if the next two games against the Mets get washed out. It's within the realm of possibility. We all know of Hamels' career-long struggles against the Mets. He's 7-13 with a 4.44 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 26 starts. David... Continue reading
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The Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park after winning six of 10 games on a West Coast road swing. They'll play 22 of their next 29 games at home. Here's how the Phillies' next month of games play out: April 28-29: Mets (14-11) May 2-4: Nationals (14-12) May 5-6: Blue Jays (12-13) May 7-8: at Blue Jays May 9-11: at Mets May 13-14: vs. Angels (11-13) May 16-18: vs. Reds (11-14) May 20-22: at Marlins (11-14) May 23-25: vs. Dodgers... Continue reading
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Following an utterly disappointing 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks in Friday's series opener, Cliff Lee takes the ball Saturday night with a chance to get the Phillies back to .500. Of course, the Phils followed up their strong series win over the Dodgers with a clunker Friday night. That headscratcher of a move pinch-running for Ryan Howard with John Mayberry Jr. in the eighth proved fatal in the ninth when JMJ struck out looking on a pitch right down the... Continue reading
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The Phillies haven't been so great on the road recently, but they'll have a chance to take three of four at Dodger Stadium with Kyle Kendrick on the mound tonight. The Phillies are just 14-30 in their last 44 road games. They had a chance to win Wednesday night in Cole Hamels' season debut, but Zack Greinke was just too good (and the bullpen was what we've come to expect it to be). They still have a chance to win... Continue reading
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The long-awaited return of Cole Hamels comes Wednesday night against Zack Greinke and the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Beerleaguer is back -- and just in time for Hamels' season debut. The lefty has dominated the Dodgers in his career, going 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in seven starts. He's also beaten them three times in the playoffs. But this bunch isn't those Dodgers. Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Scott Van Slyke and Justin Turner are batting... Continue reading
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The Phillies avoided a sweep to Atlanta by squeaking by with a 1-0 win in that series finale. After dropping two straight in Colorado, they hope to salvage a game against the Rockies in the series finale Sunday. All you need to know is the Phillies' offense has scored three runs in four games and none of the other mind-blowing stats about how anemic their offense has been lately will actually blow your mind. • Like they've gone four straight... Continue reading
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Get ready for some late nights. The Phillies hit the road on their first West Coast road trip of the season. First stop: Colorado, for a three-game series against the Rockies (8-9). Chase Utley's hot bat, against three right-handed starters, at Coors Field -- what a combination that could prove to be for the Phillies (7-8) in the next three games. Utley, who leads the league in hitting, OBP and slugging -- and is 17 for 34 in his last... Continue reading
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A lousy bullpen on Monday and lousy bats on Wednesday resulted in a pair of gut-wrenching losses to the NL East-rival Braves. So can A.J. Burnett give a gutsy performance Thursday pitching with a hernia to avoid a demoralizing series sweep to Atlanta? Burnett (0-1, 3.94 ERA) left his last start against the Marlins with discomfort and was diagnosed with a hernia soon thereafter. No matter, he's going to try to pitch through it. Unfortunately for him, his history against... Continue reading
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After getting swept by the red-hot Brewers (who have now won eight straight) in their home-opneing series, the Phillies have a chance to sweep the Marlins on Sunday. Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 3.75), who served up two homers to Ryan Braun last Tuesday, will face a lineup he's much more comfortable with in the Marlins -- Kendrick is 8-0 with a 1.69 ERA in the past three years against Miami. Chase Utley will look to keep his hot bat going. The... Continue reading
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Kyle Kendrick takes the ball for the Phillies as they open at home against Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers. Looks like the Phillies made the right move postponing the home opener by one day to Tuesday, as the forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60s under sunny skies. Chase Utley, however, is under the weather and won't be in the lineup. In fact, he's not even at the park — the second baseman is under quarantine as he battles... Continue reading
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Well-pitched, low-scoring games like their 2-0 win over the Cubs on Saturday are the kind we should expect from the Phillies this year. Seven shutout innings, six strikeouts and no walks — that's more of what we expected from Cliff Lee. A 1-2-3 ninth inning en route to a stress-free save — that's more of what we want from Jonathan Papelbon. Lee (2-0) rebounded from an eight-run clunker on opening day by shutting out the Cubs for seven frames. Although... Continue reading
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Jimmy Rollins is back in the lineup and Cliff Lee makes his second start of the season against Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs on Saturday afternoon. After playing short a man the past two games, the Phillies get J-Roll back at shortstop from unofficial paternity leave on Saturday afternoon. Rollins, who has a homer and five RBIs in his first two games, will bat second against Chicago righty Jeff Samardzija. Carlos Ruiz, who's batted in the two-hole for consecutive games,... Continue reading
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Roberto Hernandez will make his Phillies debut Friday afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, where temperatures will dip into the 30s. Hernandez had a very solid spring until his final start against the Blue Jays, when he allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. The start prior, he took a perfect game into the sixth inning and dominated the Yankees by keeping his ball down and inducing ground-ball outs. Hernandez will want to do just that... Continue reading
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The $16 million man makes his Phillies debut tonight against young Rangers lefty Martin Perez. The signing of A.J. Burnett this winter was one of Ruben Amaro's shrewder moves of the past few offseasons. Sure it came with a high price tag, but just one year guaranteed for a pitcher who's made 61 starts with a 3.41 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 3.02 K/BB ratio in the last two years? Sign me up. Tonight, the 37-year-old will be unveiled. Burnett is... Continue reading
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Just like they drew it up: Cliff Lee got the win, Jonathan Papelbon closed out a close game with a perfect ninth and the Phillies topped the Rangers on Opening Day. Looks like Jimmy Rollins was right after all, at least for one day. The Phillies went into the season opener having gone three straight spring games without scoring a run, but who cares now? They racked up 17 hits and six walks in a 14-10 win over Texas —... Continue reading
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Thanks for pointing out that atrocious typo, awh. It's been fixed.
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In his first visit back to Texas since leaving as a free agent, Cliff Lee will face a formidable Rangers lineup, while Tanner Scheppers makes his first career start against the Phillies. It's Opening Day — just Game 1 to be followed by 161 more. It usually carries with it a more important weight simply because it's the first one, but for the Phillies — this year — it should. It should because there's no wiggle room on this team... Continue reading
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The Phillies informed Bobby Abreu on Wednesday that he wouldn't make the opening day roster, and Thursday the club granted him his unconditional release so he could pursue other options. In the end, Abreu's defense in the outfield proved to be too much of a liability for the Phils. The 40-year-old outfielder misplayed a couple balls in his final spring game with the club on Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to the Tigers, in which he played a full nine... Continue reading
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The Phillies released infielder Ronny Cedeno on Monday, and Kevin Frandsen opted for free agency. Bobby Abreu, who's been bothered by a sore shoulder, agreed with the club to move his opt-out date back four days. Tuesday marked the deadline on whether the Phillies would have to place Cedeno on their 25-man roster or grant him a $100,000 bonus to play at Triple A. Ultimately, after his lousy spring, they chose door No. 3 and let him go. The 31-year-old... Continue reading
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