Hardball Talk "Cole Hamels made his 2014 debut last night in Los Angeles and he pitched well, allowing two runs over six innings and tossing 86 pitches. Then Ryne Sandberg pulled him from the game. The problem: the Phillies’ bullpen sucks and last night they sucked again, allowing three runs. Another problem:..." April 24
True Blue L.A. "Zack Greinke gave the Dodgers the long start their bullpen desperately needed and even factored in at the plate in the Dodgers' 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. "Zack was pretty good tonight, again," said manager Don Mattingly after the game. Greinke..." April 24
CSN Philly "The wait is over. Cole Hamels makes his 2014 season debut Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium. “I’m excited to see him,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “It’s been a while. This is the day I’ve been waiting for. I like the possibilities of this rotation and..." April 23
Rotoworld "Hamels will make his season debut on Wednesday against the Dodgers. While it's not an ideal first matchup, the left-hander held a 2.12 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio in 17 innings during his rehab assignment and can be safely penciled into fantasy lineups from the get-go. " April 23
CSN Philly "Carlos Ruiz smiled and thought back to his minor league days. “They always told you, ‘Run hard every time. You never know,’” Ruiz said late Tuesday night. Just a few minutes earlier, Ruiz popped a ball up to left field with one out in the 10th inning of a tie game. He was so frustrated by..." April 23
CSN Philly "Ryne Sandberg has displayed a little managerial wizardry, a little Ryno Magic, the last couple of days. On Sunday, he used John Mayberry Jr. as a late-game defensive replacement for hard-handed first baseman Ryan Howard. The move proved auspicious when Mayberry dug a ball out of the dirt to..." April 22
Courier-Post "Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard led the way out of the Philadelphia Phillies’ offensive slump. Rollins homered early, then hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning that sent the Phillies past the Colorado Rockies 10-9 Sunday. Rollins finished with three hits as the Phillies averted a series..." April 21
dontrelle willis is thinking about transitioning to pitching coach, agent matt sosnick said. has had a couple feelers.
Denver Post "The squirrel that hijacked the middle innings Saturday evening running around Coors Field — let's call him Skweaky, for the sake of narrative — sprinted from right field to the visitors' dugout quicker than Justin Morneau rounded the bases. But there's no stopwatch clocking home runs. So score..." April 20
CSN Philly "Cole Hamels’ uniform was hanging in a locker in the visiting clubhouse at Coors Field on Friday afternoon. The left-hander will be with the Phillies this weekend and make his regular-season debut Tuesday or Wednesday night in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. “We’ll fit him in there in L.A.,”..." April 19
Denver Post "What pains they were, literally, that pushed the Rockies off course on an unforgiving weeklong odyssey through run-snuffing ports in San Francisco and San Diego. This team of twists and turns, though, returned home singing and slinging like they never left Coors Field. The Rockies went from..." April 19
MLB.com "Jonathan Papelbon had seven blown save opportunities last season. So when he couldn't nail down the lead at Texas on April 2, retiring only one of the seven batters he faced, it caused some understandable concern. Since then, though, he's had five straight scoreless appearances, including a..." April 18
Philly.com "In the last 2 days, the Phillies have watched the two pitchers atop their rotation post two of the team's top pitching performances of the young season. Cole Hamels looks plenty ready to join the party. In what was very likely his final minor league rehab start, Hamels pitched seven strong..." April 18
Courier-Post "For the second straight game, the Phillies received a top-notch performance from their starting pitcher. This day, however, the Phillies did not let it go to waste. Ben Revere slapped a RBI single up the middle off Alex Wood — who had been fantastic up that point — in the eighth to plate..." April 18
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "While Ryan Howard breaking up Julio Teheran’s no-hit bid with a fifth-inning infield single was highly improbable, Evan Gattis hitting a home run at Citizens Bank Park was, at this point, entirely predictable. Gattis’ career-high four hits included his fifth homer in his past three games at..." April 17
CSN Philly "The second game of the Phillies' four-game series against the Braves has been postponed by rain. It began pouring in South Philadelphia around 10:30 a.m. and carried on throughout the afternoon. No makeup date has been announced yet, but the Phillies have already said the makeup game will not..." April 16
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After seeing the Braves repeatedly fail with runners in scoring position Monday night, Evan Gattis left nothing to chance in the late innings when he a pair of home runs that provided a two-run lead for Ervin Santana against the Phillies. Then Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons followed Gattis’..." April 15
Philly.com "A.J. Burnett admitted last week he is no "spry chicken," but the 37-year-old righthander will attempt to pitch the rest of this season with a small inguinal hernia. Burnett was diagnosed with the injury Monday morning and received a corticosteroid injection. He will make his scheduled start..." April 14
CSN Philly "Chase Utley’s reputation precedes him. Before Tony Gwynn Jr. joined the Phillies Utley was viewed a certain way. Since joining the team there has been nothing to sway Gwynn’s original assessment. “He was a baller,” Gwynn said. “And he continues to be a baller.” It was Utley’s home run..." April 14
Hardball Talk "Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins drove a 10th-inning Dan Jennings pitch over the left field wall at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night to give his club a 5-4 walkoff win over the visiting Marlins. As Rollins trotted out of the batter’s box to begin his celebratory stroll around the bases he..." April 13
CSN Philly "Jimmy Rollins belted a solo home run in the bottom of the 10thinning to lift the Phillies to a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins Saturday night. Rollins’ second career walk-off homer came with two outs in the inning. It was a high, arching fly ball into the left field seats. The win was the..." April 13
Hardball Talk "The Phillies may be in danger of losing another starting pitcher to injury. A.J. Burnett winced after throwing a pitch to Casey McGehee in the top of the fifth inning during Friday night’s start against the Marlins. After walking McGehee to load the bases, the Phillies’ trainer visited Burnett and..." April 12
CSN Philly "After absorbing three days of heavy bombing from Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers, life didn’t figure to be much easier for the Phillies as Friday night meant a date with the Miami Marlins and Jose Fernandez’s power arm. Fernandez, already one of baseball’s best at the age of 21, faced the..." April 12
Hardball Talk "Freddy Galvis is off the disabled list and back on the Phillies’ active roster after being sidelined since the middle of spring training with a staph infection in his knee. Galvis had an abscess removed from his left knee on March 19 and was supposed to return to action a few days later, but it..." April 11
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez succinctly summed up his team's first trip of the season. "We're doing everything right. That's why we're winning," Ramirez said. The Brewers continued to do whatever it takes to win Thursday night, pulling away from Philadelphia for a 6-2..." April 11
Amaro also agrees Hamels might need just two more rehab starts. Pitching Saturday and April 17, which could have him back by April 22.
Brew Crew Ball "After an ugly start to the game, the Brewers were able to win their fifth straight game and stay undefeated on the road behind a great offensive night from the top of the order. The Brewers got on the board first as Aramis Ramirez continued his unusually hot April and gave the Brewers a one-run..." April 10
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "For those in Brewer Nation tempted to reach for the panic button regarding Ryan Braun's ailing thumb, permission to stand down. At least for now. Coming to life in a way no one saw coming — not even Braun — the Milwaukee Brewers' embattled rightfielder smacked three home runs and drove in..." April 09
CSN Philly "Cole Hamels could be ready to pitch for the Phillies as they wrap up a three-city west-coast trip in two weeks. Maybe. Hamels, working his way back to the rotation with an extended spring training of sorts, is scheduled to pitch for the Single-A Clearwater Threshers on Friday in Lakeland,..." April 08
No Utley today. Flu.
CSN Chicago "The Cubs have insisted over and over again they're feeling good at the plate, even if the results haven't been there. Relief -- and justification -- came Sunday, as the Cubs put on an offensive show in a 8-3 win over the Phillies in front of 26,712 at Wrigley Field. Rick Renteria played..." April 07
CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon was in a much better mood than the last time we saw him as he pulled on his cowboy boots late Saturday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. It was good to get back in the saddle. It was good to rebound from Wednesday night’s Texas-sized disaster with a..." April 06
CSN Philly "Cliff Lee had a strong start and Chase Utley continued to swing a hot bat as the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs for a second straight game, 2-0, at chilly Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon. The Phillies are 3-2 after five games. They go for a series sweep on Sunday. Starting pitching..." April 06
CSN Philly "Chase Utley and John Mayberry Jr. both hit two-run home runs and the bullpen pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings as the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs, 7-2, in the 100th season opener at Wrigley Field Friday afternoon. The Phillies are 2-2. The game-time temperature was 38 degrees with a..." April 05
Hardball Talk "Jimmy Rollins was initially back in the Phillies’ lineup for today’s game after leaving the team for the birth of his child, but manager Ryne Sandberg just posted a new lineup with Jayson Nix starting in his place at shortstop. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Rollins is not yet back..." April 04
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "A night after scoring the game-winning run, Shin-Soo Choo drove it in the best way he could — by getting on base. Choo worked a bases-loaded walk against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon to bring in the game-winning run in the ninth and send the Rangers to a 4-3 walk-off victory for the second..." April 03
CSN Philly "Cole Hamels threw 44 pitches and recorded 10 outs against 12 hitters in a minor-league outing on Tuesday in Clearwater, Fla. Pitching for Single A Lakewood against Single A Clearwater in a game between Phils' minor leaguers, Hamels struck out three, walked two and gave up a pair of hits and a..." April 02
Phils lineup. Howard cleanup. Nix at SS. No Rollins pic.twitter.com/X0NB1bjEHd
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Instant replay still has its opponents, and probably always will. There were voters, after all, who thought Greg Maddux shouldn’t have been a unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame. And if every challenge this season is going to take more than two minutes, not to mention the time it takes for..." April 02
Hardball Talk "Ryan Howard batted cleanup for the Phillies on Opening Day, going 2-for-5 with a walk (and three strikeouts) in a wild 14-10 win over the Rangers, but manager Ryne Sandberg is switching things up for Game 2 tonight. Sandberg has moved Marlon Byrd into the cleanup spot against Rangers..." April 01
Covers.com "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01
Courier-Post "The Phillies and Rangers battered each other's pitching and engaged in an Opening Day slugfest Monday at Globe Life Park. It ended three hours and 36 minutes after it began with the Phillies winning 14-10. The Phillies (1-0) have a winning record for the first time since June 6. There was..." April 01
Your Opening Day lineup: pic.twitter.com/UR6DbHU4YL
Lefthander Mario Hollands also on the Opening Day roster.
Phillies acquire Jayson Nix from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash and added him to the 40-man roster.
Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29
Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27
ESPN.com "Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels pitched two innings in a minor league game, his first outing of the spring as he works to recover from biceps tendinitis. The left-hander said he felt well after recording nine outs and throwing 20 of 30 pitches for strikes against Pittsburgh's..." March 27
Bobby Abreu is pursuing opportunity w another club. Phillies grant him his release.
Bobby Abreu didn't make the phillies, tho scouts say he looked decent in spring.