CSN Philly "Ben Revere began the day scratching his head about not being in the starting lineup for the third day in a row. He ended it with a big smile on his face after coming off the bench and making four important offensive plays to help the Phillies rally for a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals on..." April 19
Washington Post "Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu has a phrase he uses when right fielder Bryce Harper tries to do too much at the plate. Schu calls it “raging out at the ball,” and it often includes lots of motion from the lower half of Harper’s body that prevents his head from staying still. Solid..." April 18
Hardball Talk "The Phillies made a pair of selections in this past winter’s Rule 5 draft. They took second baseman Odubel Herrera from the Rangers and converted him to a center fielder, and they took left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver from the Pirates. Oliver was competing for a spot in the Phillies’ bullpen and..." April 18
Washington Post "After scoring two runs in four of the season’s first five games, the Washington Nationals managed two runs in a matter of moments Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. And they came in almost comedic fashion in the sixth inning. With Jayson Werth on second and Bryce Harper..." April 17
New York Post "On the day the Mets put David Wright on the disabled list — from general manager Sandy Alderson to manager Terry Collins on down — they claimed they wouldn’t feel sorry for themselves, wouldn’t let a pity party derail their momentum. Then they went out and built on that momentum with a fourth..." April 16
New York Daily News "This particular Harvey Day started with fans chanting Matt Harvey’s name before he’d even thrown a pitch. But the lingering image of the Mets’ 6-5 victory Tuesday night over the Phillies was not from Harvey’s return to the Citi Field mound. It came afterward in the Met clubhouse, where David..." April 15
New York Daily News "Jeurys Familia let out a little roar and David Wright smiled to himself. In the excitement at Citi Field, nobody seemed to notice. A record crowd had jumped to its feet to celebrate Familia finishing off a double-play and it was anticipating the closer getting the final out of the Mets’ 2-0 win..." April 14
Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14
Washington Post "The first week of the Washington Nationals’ season has been an adventure. But the concerns about the inconsistent bullpen and the meager lineup were covered up, at least momentarily, when novice first baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a diving play to his right with two Phillies on base and the..." April 13
Courier-Post "Odubel Herrera had to wipe shaving cream from his dreadlocks, a small price to pay after lining a walk-off double for his first major league hit. Herrera drove in the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 comeback victory over the Washington Nationals on..." April 12
CSN Philly "Jesmuel Valentin, an infield prospect in the Phillies’ minor-league system, has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list following a domestic violence incident in the Clearwater area last weekend, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday. “He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major..." April 12
CSN Philly "Crooked numbers will be hard to come by for the 2015 Phillies, but through four games they’ve used two big innings to pull off a pair of wins over two teams many have picked to play meaningful baseball in October. The Phils on Friday night began a grueling 10-game stretch against dominant..." April 11
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11
CSN New England "The Red Sox seemed to bleed the Philadelphia Phillies to death Thursday night, taking full advantage of six walks and three errors by the home team while pounding out 11 hits -- all but one of them singles -- in an easy 6-2 victory. Justin Masterson pitched six strong innings, stumbling only in..." April 10
CSN Philly "Just before first pitch between the Phillies and Red Sox Wednesday night, Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. went on WIP with Jim Jackson for his first weekly segment of the regular season geared toward fan interaction. One comment made by Amaro stuck out — his disclosure that he has “fielded plenty of..." April 10
NESN "Jonathan Papelbon’s life, career and reputation changed forever after the 2011 season. Papelbon left the Boston Red Sox to sign a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s been a bumpy ride ever since despite the veteran closer still getting the job done between the..." April 10
CSN Philly "There is an unmistakable feel of gloom around this Phillies team. Nothing was done in the offseason to improve an 89-loss club and it’s not difficult to imagine the team pushing triple digits this season. But even as good seats go empty at Citizens Bank Park and fans count the hours until the..." April 09
Hardball Talk "According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday. The procedure was called a success, as most athletic procedures are in the hours after they’re completed. Hollands is going to miss the entire 2015..." April 09
Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09
Boston Herald "To say Clay Buchholz outdueled Cole Hamels in the Red Sox’ season opener yesterday would imply that the Philadelphia Phillies ace brought a sword to the fight. Buchholz won this one in a landslide, leading the Red Sox to an 8-0 win on their first-ever interleague Opening Day. The..." April 07
Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07
CSN Philly "The Phillies will go through the first five games of the season with four starting pitchers, meaning Cole Hamels will get the chance to rebound from his poor opening day start Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park against NL East favorite Washington. The Phils will add a fifth starter — possibly..." April 07
Phils opening day lineup pic.twitter.com/Nm27ofOz7F
Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06
Boston Herald "Never mind Cole Hamels. Maybe the Red Sox should trade for another Phillies pitcher. Maybe they should bring back Jonathan Papelbon. Sorry. Not happening. According to multiple major-league sources, it is highly unlikely the Sox would make a move for Papelbon, even if 40-year-old closer Koji..." April 06
CSN Philly "It’s no secret that Ryan Howard could be making his last opening day start for the Phillies this afternoon. Howard, 35, has been a fixture at first base and in the cleanup spot for a decade, but it’s clear the organization is eager to move on from him as the franchise remake..." April 06
Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Pettibone were placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Mario Hollands was officially placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Phillies made the following transactions today: INF Andres Blanco & OF Jeff Francoeur had their contracts selected.
Hardball Talk "Chase Utley has said many times before that he wants to finish out his contract with the Phillies — a contract that runs through 2018 via some rather complicated vesting options. But with Philly entering full rebuilding mode, might the 36-year-old second baseman begin to reconsider that..." April 05
Dustin McGowan has agreed to a deal with the #phillies, source says.
Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been such a disappointment since the Phillies signed him out of Cuba for $12 million last offseason that they dropped the right-hander from the 40-man roster and placed him on waivers … and no other team claimed him. Philadelphia’s pitching staff isn’t exactly..." April 01
Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01
Hardball Talk "The Phillies made official today what everyone expected would happen when they informed Domonic Brown that will start the season on the disabled list. Brown has been dealing with a sore left Achilles since last week and his recovery was said to be coming along slowly." March 31
Philly.com "Take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the ... bar? Beer has been part of baseball forever. But in a first this season, the Phillies and Aramark will sell cocktails and wine on the main concourse's general concession areas at Citizens Bank Park. If you think that the idea of a..." March 31
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
So, there you go: Cole Hamels is "named" Opening Day starter. Breaking news!
CSN Philly "Maybe it was nothing. But, then again, maybe it was something. Maybe Alex Anthopoulos, general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, popped into Bright House Field on Friday afternoon because he enjoys those Delco’s cheesesteaks that they sell behind home plate. Or maybe he was there to see..." March 29
Ryno said Dom Brown (Achilles) is coming along "slowly." Opening Day? "Could be unlikely," the manager said.
CBSSports.com "Top young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez is drawing interest from many major-league teams, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Blue Jays, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Twins and Giants. Alvarez, who consistently registers 94-97 mph and recently hit 99, has petitioned MLB to be made eligible to..." March 28
Ryno said Dom Brown (Achilles) is coming along "slowly." Opening Day? "Could be unlikely," the manager said.
Courier-Post "It is the easiest question the Philadelphia Phillies will face this year. Who is the Phillies’ Opening Day starter? Common sense says it will be left-hander Cole Hamels, though Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wouldn’t go as far as to confirm that after Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Blue..." March 27
MLB.com "This is just another small step for Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley, but he is encouraged. He pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Minor League Spring Training game against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate at Carpenter Complex. Billingsley, 30, allowed two hits. He faced seven..." March 26
Courier-Post "The battle for the No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation received no clarity during Wednesday’s game against the Astros. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had another rough start during the Phillies’ 7-1 loss. He surrendered two home runs and Houston peppered him for eight hits and four runs in his..." March 26
Hardball Talk "Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino used to play in Philly, so when the biggest offseason trade rumors involve a Phillies player being traded from Philly to Boston, he’s a logical guy to go to for a comment. Which is what the Philadelphia Daily News did a few days ago. Victorino’s comments..." March 26
Courier-Post "Outfielder Domonic Brown is trying to not look too far ahead, but he is hoping to be ready in time for the Phillies’ regular-season opener April 6. Brown has been sidelined since he left Thursday’s game because of tendinitis in his left Achilles. An MRI did not show a tear. Brown played catch..." March 25
Yesterday's MRI revealed Mario Hollands has a strain in his common flexor tendon.
Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is “easily attainable” if an acquiring team is willing to take on his remaining contract. Utley’s contract is quite interesting: he signed a two-year, $27 million extension with the Phillies in August 2013, but it came..." March 22