Phillies Rumors & News

  • Tigers, Verlander top Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Ninth innings have been touch and go -- mostly go -- for the Detroit Tigers in recent seasons. But the addition of Francisco Rodriguez, obtained in a winter deal with Milwaukee, has brought some much-needed stability and serenity to the end of Detroit games this season...." May 24

  • Phillies manager benches team's best hitter after he jogged to first

    Fox Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have been surprisingly good this season, having a 25-20 record and sitting just two games back of the first-place Washington Nationals in the NL East. Center fielder Odubel Herrera has played a big role in the team's success this season, slashing .335/.445/.456 with four..." May 24

  • Martinez's single leads Tigers past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- El Caballo, The Big Bopper, call him what you want but Miguel Cabrera is back on track for accomplishments that will put him among the elite in baseball history. Cabrera blasted two home runs Monday and also hit a milestone double in helping the Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 victory..." May 23

  • Phillies' Eickhoff shuts down Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday he thought his Philadelphia Phillies team looked a little down after dropping two straight games to the Atlanta Braves. Nothing like a 13-hit performances to lift the spirits. The Phillies got some much needed offense and avoided a..." May 22

  • Rays to sign J.P. Arencibia to minor-league deal

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays are set to sign C J.P. Arencibia to a minor-league deal, the Tampa Bay Times has learned. Arencibia, 30, is expected to report initially to Triple-A Durham, but could provide an alternative if there was an injury at the big-league level of if Hank Conger were to continue to..." May 20

  • Odubel Herrera out of Phillies' lineup

    Philly.com "The baseball season is long — the longest of all — but Pete Mackanin envisioned playing Odubel Herrera in all 162 games. Herrera is his best hitter. The Phillies' margin is so slim, and that is why Herrera started every single one of the team's first 40 games. Until Wednesday. Herrera was..." May 18

  • Lenny Dykstra: I put HGH in my cereal

    The Score "Lenny Dykstra, the three-time All-Star who once proclaimed himself a "pioneer" for performance-enhancing drug use, admitted Tuesday he used to spike his breakfast with illicit substances throughout his 12-year career, too. During a candid interview with FOX Sports' Colin Cowherd, the..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Joseph hits first homer as Phils top Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- It is not often that a major league starting pitcher is overshadowed on a night when he records 10 strikeouts. Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin nonetheless believed that was the case Tuesday, when his team beat the Miami Marlins 3-1. "Tonight," he said, "was..." May 17

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Ozuna, Bour homers help Marlins top Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "By Gordie Jones, The Sports Xchange PHILADELPHIA -- Miami Marlins centerfielder Marcell Ozuna has seemingly been doing it all lately. On Monday night, he and his teammates did just enough. Ozuna homered to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and the Marlins beat the Philadelphia..." May 16

  • What to do if your child was trolled by Joey Votto

    The Good Phight "The bald head. The sad, distant stare. The way he just stands there and draws a walk, as if he doesn't even care what's happening. Being Canadian. There are many reasons we assumed Joey Votto was a sociopath, and now we know for certain. It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball, you assured..." May 16

  • Phillies grant J.P. Arencibia his release

    Philly.com "On Monday morning, the Phillies parted ways with veteran catcher J.P. Arencibia after the 30-year-old requested his release from the organization to explore other opportunities. Arencibia signed a minor league deal with the Phillies back in December that included an invitation to big league..." May 16

  • Phillies promote Tommy Joseph from triple A

    Philly.com "A year ago this week, a foul ball struck Tommy Joseph in the catcher's mask, and his career was firmly in doubt because of another concussion. His "prospect" label was stripped, his position changed. The odds were longer than ever. But Joseph forced his way back into the conversation, and on..." May 15

  • Suarez powers Reds past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- On Saturday night, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez was thrown out at home against the Philadelphia Phillies, turning what would have been the game-tying run into the game-ending out. A day later, he got a measure of revenge. Suarez's three-run home run..." May 15

  • Phillies beat Reds, win 13th one-run game

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The jury is still out on whether or not the Philadelphia Phillies -- kings of the one-run victory -- are for real. But, in the meantime, they're taking care of the teams they're supposed to. After taking 2-of-3 from both Miami and Atlanta to finish a long road trip, the..." May 13

  • Rupp gets key hit in Phillies' 10-inning win

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Cameron Rupp proved to be the unlikely hero on Thursday. The burly catcher stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning having made an out in each of his previous four at-bats in this game and eight straight at-bats over two days. With a .228 batting..." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Braves top Phillies for rare home win

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Williams Perez was masterful in his return from the minors and the struggling Atlanta Braves got to celebrate an ultra-rare home victory Wednesday night. Perez, starting in place of the traded Jhoulys Chacin, faced just a batter over the minimum in eight innings and the Braves..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Morgan, Phillies drop Braves to 1-16 at home

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- It took Adam Morgan four tries, but he finally beat his hometown team. Morgan, who grew up in the northwest Atlanta suburb of Marietta, pitched seven strong innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at Turner Field. The..." May 10

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Pat Gillick involved in No. 1 pick preperation

    Philly.com "Despite the fact that he handed the baton of being the Philadelphia Phillies' president over to Andy MacPhail seven months ago, and hasn't been the team's general manager since 2008, Hall of Fame executive Pat Gillick doesn't seem to have scaled back his involvement with the club much. We..." May 10

  • Phillies win another one-run game

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The way things have been going, a one-run lead feels like much more than that for the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are 11-3 in one-run games, and the latest evidence of their gritty play came Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park. Tyler Goeddel and Andres Blanco hit..." May 08

  • Phillies eighth-inning rally dooms Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Unable to solve starting pitcher Tom Koehler, the Philadelphia Phillies found their opening when the Miami Marlins went to their bullpen. The Phillies rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a three-run eighth inning off two relievers to defeat the Marlins 4-3 Saturday night at Marlins..." May 07

  • Cardinals rally in ninth to defeat Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Headed for a 1-5 start to their longest homestand of the year, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied in a wacky ninth inning. Slapping Philadelphia Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez with his first blown save in 10 chances, St. Louis tallied twice in its last at-bat Wednesday night to pull..." May 05

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Howard's blast propels Phils to 1-0 win over Cards

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Maybe it was the Imo's pizza. Or it might have been the toasted raviolis. Either way, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was more than glad to provide the game-winning home run Tuesday night in the city where he grew up. Howard's sixth-inning blast over the right..." May 03

  • Wainwright's homer sparks Cardinals past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright lived out a childhood dream Monday night. He also sparked a team in desperate need of one. The St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher walloped a three-run homer in the fourth inning, erasing a 3-0 deficit and lifting his team to a 10-3 rout of the Philadelphia..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Fox Sports: Curt Schilling Approached Us, But We Passed

    Deadspin "When he isn’t sharing shitty Facebook memes and complaining about people scolding him for sharing shitty Facebook memes, former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling is looking for a job. Fox Sports, the most obvious destination, doesn’t want him. Last Friday, I asked Fox Sports if they were..." May 03

  • Balk is difference as Phils sweep Indians

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- In a pitchers' duel on a sloppy, wet day at Citizens Bank Park, it took Danny Salazar's duel with the pitcher's mound to help determine the winner. The Phillies took advantage of one rough inning from Salazar and won their sixth consecutive game, posting a 2-1 victory Sunday..." May 01

  • Light-hitting Galvis leads Phillies past Indians

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Two bloops fell for the Philadelphia Phillies. Two blasts by the Cleveland Indians were caught. That was ultimately the difference Saturday night, as the Phillies beat the Indians 4-3 for their fifth straight victory. The second of the bloops, off the bat of..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • Phillies defeat Indians on Howard's walkoff homer in 11th

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard, one of the Philadelphia Phillies' elder statesmen, said the energy is somehow different on a young, rebuilding club. On Friday night, the 36-year-old Howard provided a jolt of his own, hitting a leadoff homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Phillies..." April 29

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Curt Schilling Claims ESPN Employs ‘Some Of The Biggest Racists In Sports Commentary’

    Uproxx "After trying repeated slaps on the wrist for previous wrongdoings, ESPN finally fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling last week for yet another offensive post on social media, this time targeting transgender people. Schilling spoke out a few days after his termination, but the commentary was..." April 28

  • Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex

    MLB Trade Rumors "Fantex, Inc. announced today that it has entered into brand contracts with five Major Leaguers: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte (as noted on..." April 28

  • Hellickson helps Phillies shut out Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Earlier in the day the Philadelphia Phillies announced that starting pitcher Charlie Morton was done for the season after he tore his hamstring Saturday while running the bases. But fellow starter Jeremy Hellickson said Wednesday night that injury was not the source of his..." April 27

  • Phillies RHP Charlie Morton Out 6-8 Months

    CBS Philly "Phillies right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is expected to miss six to eight months due to a torn left hamstring, general manager Matt Klentak announced today. An MRI performed on Monday revealed that Morton tore his left hamstring in a start on April 23 against the Brewers during a sacrifice..." April 27

  • Phillies, Gomez retire Harper to beat Nationals

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- For the second game in a row, Bryce Harper came to bat in the last of the ninth with his team trailing by one run. There was drama again Tuesday night at Nationals Park, but this time the results were different. After hitting a game-tying homer on Sunday as a pinch-hitter..." April 26

  • Brewers bash Phillies, end three-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Looking to snap a three-game losing streak, the Milwaukee Brewers had everything to go right Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Wily Peralta made his second quality start of the season, and the Milwaukee offense belted out eight extra-base hits in an 8-5 victory over the..." April 24

  • Phillies' Morton suffers hamstring strain after vicious tumble

    The Score "Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Charlie Morton left Saturday's clash with the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning after suffering a left hamstring strain while running to first base." April 24

  • Do the Phillies have a first baseman that would interest the Blue Jays?

    The Good Phight "Man, apparently the new drug of choice among Major League players is dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. It's a household name. On Friday, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello was suspended 80 games after testing positive for the drug favored by the former East Germans, the same drug..." April 24

  • Nola settles down, sails past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- After two less-than-stellar outings, Aaron Nola was looking for a bounce back performance Friday night at Milwaukee. And he certainly got it, striking out seven Brewers batters while allowing just one run over seven innings of work to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-2..." April 23

  • Phillies slip past Mets in 11 innings

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Peter Bourjos batted ninth in the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup Wednesday against the New York Mets, behind starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. As it turned out, it was exactly where Bourjos needed to be, as far as the Phillies were concerned. Bourjos drove in the..." April 21

  • Rob Manfred says MLB expansion coming 'in the longer term'

    Sporting News "While acknowledging that having 32 teams in Major League Baseball would make scheduling easier than the current 30-team setup in which daily interleague play is required, commissioner Rob Manfred is being careful not to get anyone’s hopes up too high that a new team soon will be coming to their..." April 21

  • Phillies Designate James Russell, Select Contract Of Andrew Bailey

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have designated southpaw James Russell for assignment, as Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com first reported on Twitter. Philadelphia has also announced that it has selected the contract of righty Andrew Bailey to replace him. Both Russell and Bailey were brought in on minor league..." April 20

  • Former Astros top pick Mark Appel starts strong in Phillies system

    Houston Chronicle "Don't look now, but are things coming together for Mark Appel? Appel, whom the Astros selected with the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and traded to Philadelphia as part of the Ken Giles deal last offseason, has started strong with the Phillies' Class AAA affiliate. In his first two..." April 20

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