Phillies Rumors & News

  • Eflin's three-hitter powers Phillies past Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Clint Hurdle scoffed when asked if his Pittsburgh club had been expecting a lot from Philadelphia rookie right-hander Zach Eflin, noting that the Pirates had done their homework. "We're well aware coming in this guy kept the ball down, got a lot of ground balls, challenged..." July 22

  • Koehler, Marlins cruise past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Tom Koehler was nearly unhittable, the Miami offense did plenty of hitting and the Marlins rolled to a 9-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park Thursday night. Miami, which took three of four from the Phillies, has won 11 of its past 16. The Marlins..." July 21

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Report: Giants scouting Phillies’ Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday that the Giants are “blanketing” the reliever market. He adds that the club has a scout in Philadelphia, looking at relievers Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez. Gomez, 28, has done a great job as the Phillies’ closer. He has 25 saves in 28..." July 20

  • Hellickson keeps Marlins in check in Phillies' win

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson did not consider Wednesday night's start against the Miami Marlins an audition. It might have been just that, however. The Philadelphia right-hander pitched eight strong innings and Tyler Goeddel homered as the Phillies beat the Marlins 4-1. "It..." July 20

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • How every team in the National League looks going into the MLB trade deadline

    CBS Sports "The August 1 non-waiver trade deadline is just two weeks away, meaning the clock is ticking for teams to complete trades that will either help position themselves for a playoff push this year or set themselves up for a brighter future. Last week, we looked at all 15 American League teams,..." July 20

  • Yelich's 10th-inning single sends Marlins past Philliies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Miami Marlins continue to find ways to win, and Christian Yelich continues to be a big reason for that. Yelich, who homered earlier in the game, drove in the decisive run with an opposite-field single in the top of the 10th inning as the Marlins beat the Philadelphia..." July 19

  • Prado's homer powers Marlins past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Martin Prado said Monday night's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies was "significant." It was also the first of its kind, the Marlins having never before rallied to win after trailing through eight innings this season. Prado won it with a leadoff homer off Phillies..." July 18

  • Marlins Interested In Jeremy Hellickson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins’ search for rotation help has spanned many targets over the past month, and MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro adds another name to the list today, tweeting that Miami is interested in division-rival Jeremy Hellickson of the Phillies. Marlins scouts and officials will get an up-close look at..." July 18

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Mets' deGrom tosses one-hit gem to shut out Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The New York Mets and Jacob deGrom decided the right-hander's All-Star break would be better spent relaxing than joining the National League squad in San Diego earlier in the week. "As he showed, the rest did him good," Mets manager Terry Collins said of deGrom, who recorded..." July 17

  • Walker's 3-run homer helps Mets top Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The injury-plagued New York Mets are playing short-handed, but Bartolo Colon and Neil Walker continue to hold the fort. Walker hit a three-run homer and the 43-year-old Colon won for the fifth time in his last six decisions as the Mets opened their second half of their season..." July 16

  • Edward Mujica Requests, Receives Release From Phillies

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have released veteran reliever Edward Mujica upon his request, per a club announcement. Signed to a minor league deal over the winter, Mujica has been pitching at Triple-A. Mujica, a 32-year-old righty, has turned in solid results at the minors’ highest level but has yet to receive..." July 14

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • Suddenly, Phillies Catcher Cameron Rupp is an Intriguing Trade Chip

    CSN Philly "The Phillies have no big trade chips this summer. They could move one or more of Jeremy Hellickson, Peter Bourjos, Jeanmar Gomez, David Hernandez or Carlos Ruiz, but none of those players is going to bring back a huge return, either because of their level of production or contract status. The..." July 13

  • Major League Baseball's investigation into Ryan Howard almost complete

    Philly.com "The months-long investigation into a report that linked Ryan Howard to performance-enhancing drug usage is near its conclusion, officials from Major League Baseball said Tuesday. It is unlikely that Howard will face discipline from the league. Commissioner Rob Manfred declined to comment on the..." July 12

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Big inning lifts Rockies past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Colorado Rockies starter Tyler Anderson hit the trifecta Saturday night: first hit, first home run and first victory. In his sixth career start, Anderson's milestones helped the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3. He singled in third and came up again in the fifth..." July 10

  • Phillies' Nola works in simulated game

    Philly.com "Aaron Nola returned to the mound on Saturday to pitch a simulated game, but the pitcher denied that his time away had been a mental break. "My body's healthy, I don't really think it's a mental break," Nola said. "Mentally, I feel fine. I just felt like the past month, I struggled. The ball was..." July 10

  • Rupp leads Phillies victory over Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Cameron Rupp and Maikel Franco hit massive home runs Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies pounded the Colorado Rockies 10-3 to split their four-game series. The teams reached the All-Star break with similar records but headed in different directions. The win was the 10th in 13 games..." July 10

  • Joseph pinch-hit homer leads Phillies over Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Philadelphia Phillies went 87 games without a pinch-hit home run this season. They erased that statistical shortcoming at the perfect time Friday night. Tommy Joseph came off the Phillies' bench in the seventh and walloped a go-ahead, three-run pinch-hit homer off Jake McGee..." July 09

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • Story makes homer history as Rockies rout Phils

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Trevor Story certainly didn't hurt his All-Star case Thursday night. The Colorado shortstop hit two homers and drove in a career-high-tying four runs as the Rockies trampled the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 in the opener of a four-game series. With 21 home runs, Story tied the..." July 08

  • Report: Red Sox considering trading for RHP Jeremy Hellickson

    WEEI Boston "After the Red Sox acquired infielder Aaron Hill from the Brewers on Thursday, it would seem their focus is now on the starting pitching market. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, one of the options they are considering is Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson. He added the organization..." July 08

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Galvis' two-run homer powers Phillies past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Galvis was hitless in his last seven at-bats coming into Wednesday's contest and was batting 1-for-16 in five games during the homestand. None of that mattered, though, when he stepped into the box with a runner on third and the Philadelphia Phillies down a run in the..." July 06

  • Fans trash All-Star jerseys after 1st TV appearance

    The Score "When the jerseys for this year's All-Star weekend were revealed back in April, the initial public reception was quiet. However, after they were worn on television for the first time by players on Tuesday, fans are beginning to speak up on the brown and mustard get-ups, and the feedback hasn't..." July 06

  • Here are your 2016 All-Stars for the American and National Leagues

    Hardball Talk "The 2016 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Padres at Pecto Park on July 12. Your starters were just announced on a special selection show on ESPN. American League Starters C – Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals 1B – Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals 2B – Jose Altuve, Houston..." July 06

  • Eflin goes distance, Phils hit 4 homers to rout Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Heading out for the ninth inning, Phillies starter Zach Eflin was as calm, cool and collected as he had been all night long. It wasn't until Atlanta's Ender Inciarte popped out to third for the 27th out of the evening that the adrenaline rush finally hit the 22-year-old..." July 05

  • These under-the-radar players deserve to be MLB All-Stars

    USA Today "Unless a late voting surge changed the direction of All-Star Game balloting, the Chicago Cubs will have an overwhelming presence at the July 12 showcase in San Diego, with as many as five of the eight elected National League starters possibly coming from the NL Central leaders. And that doesn’t..." July 05

  • Phillies score early to breeze past Braves

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- What was the coldest offense in the majors through the first two months of the year has suddenly become one of the hottest. Philadelphia's run-scoring deluge continued on Monday, with Atlanta Braves rookie starter Joel De La Cruz taking the brunt of the damage in the..." July 04

  • Phillies' Aaron Nola could skip next start before All-Star Break

    Newark Star-Ledger "Manager Pete Mackanin used the word encouraged often when discussing young starter Aaron Nola following the Phillies' 6-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. After four horrendous starts in which he failed to pitch through the fourth inning in any of them and gave up 22 earned..." July 03

  • Phillies use early outburst to beat Royals

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies wasted little time jumping on Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura en route to a 7-2 win on Sunday that was highlighted by a three-run home run from Cameron Rupp in the first inning. Rupp blasted an opposite-field shot to bring in..." July 03

  • Morales, Duffy carry Royals to 6-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- With the hot bat usual designated hitter Kendrys Morales is swinging, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has been hesitant to take the 33-year-old Cuban out of the lineup during this recent stretch of five straight games at National League parks. Yost's intuition proved to..." July 02

  • Hellickson, Herrera help Phillies trump Royals

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Second-year center fielder Odubel Herrera is the player most likely to represent the Philadelphia Phillies in the All-Star Game later this month, but the Venezuelan native said through an interpreter Friday that he doesn't dwell on such things. Then he was asked if he..." July 01

  • Phillies prospect has eye removed after freak injury

    Philly.com "Matt Imhof, a Phillies pitching prospect, had surgery Tuesday to remove his right eye after suffering a serious injury in a freak accident last week during an exercise after a minor-league game in Florida. The pitcher was struck in the face by a resistance band that was anchored to a wall. The..." June 30

  • D-backs suffer double whammy in loss to Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Ryan Howard hit the fourth of his 13 grand-slam homers to help the Phillies beat Arizona in 2007. This time, a walk did the trick. Howard walked with the bases loaded to force in the winning run in a two-run ninth inning when the Phillies further spoiled an awful Arizona evening..." June 29

  • Phillies prospect Mark Appel has season-ending elbow surgery

    Philly.com "Mark Appel, a Phillies prospect and former first overall pick, underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Appel, who turns 25 next month, was on the minor-league disabled list with a shoulder injury. He injured his elbow, the Phillies said, when he..." June 29

  • Phillies win in 10 innings to complete sweep

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Leaving town was perhaps the best thing that happened to the Philadelphia Phillies last week. The Arizona Diamondbacks might wish they could do the same. The Phillies overcame a three-run deficit in the eighth inning and finished a sweep of the Diamondbacks on pinch-hitter Tyler..." June 29

  • New bill aims to make minor leaguers exempt from OT pay

    The Comeback "Congress has introduced a bill which aims to make life a lot tougher for Minor League Baseball players. The Save America’s Pastime Act would amend the Fair Labor Standard Act to make MiLB players not subject to laws that protect hourly-rated employees. Basically, they don’t want Minor League..." June 29

  • Phillies shut out Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Philadelphia welcomed Vincent Velasquez's return to the starting rotation with a season-high 16 hits while getting some quick payback against Arizona on Monday. Velasquez threw five scoreless innings while hitting 97 mph with his fastball, and center fielder Odubel Herrera and..." June 28

  • Phillies prospect suffers career-threatening eye injury

    The Good Phight "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports the Phillies’ second round draft pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof, has suffered an eye injury during a routine stretching exercise that is considered career threatening. Imhof, who was not listed among the Phils’ top 30 prospects heading..." June 28

  • Confessions of a Steroid Pioneer

    Bleacher Report ""This is going to be awesome, bro," the man with no front teeth—upper or lower—tells me. Steak, medium-rare, sizzles on the platter. Sauteed mushrooms beckon from their bowl. Loaded baked potatoes are floating nearby like a couple of delicious, cumulous clouds. We have come to meet and dine..." June 27

  • Rupp homer propels Phillies past Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- When explaining why he was planning to start Carlos Ruiz in Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin noted that "he's my best-hitting catcher." But after watching Cameron Rupp's power display Saturday night, the..." June 26

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