July 16, 2012 |
The Philadelphia Phillies, title contenders for several years running, came to Dodger Stadium having fallen on hard times this season. Not that it made much difference to the faltering Dodgers on Monday night. Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton held the Dodgers to two runs in eight innings, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard hit solo home runs and the Phillies won, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Despite the return of sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier from the disabled list Friday, it was the third consecutive loss for the Dodgers and their 18th loss in the last 24 games.
October 8, 2011 |
The Philadelphia Phillies said Ryan Howard has a torn Achilles' tendon, and it is uncertain if he will be ready for spring training. The first baseman was injured on the final play of Philadelphia's season-ending loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the National League division series Friday night, falling as he ran out of the batter's box on his grounder. The team said an MRI exam Saturday revealed a rupture of the left Achilles' tendon and that Howard will need surgery once the swelling goes down.
October 7, 2011 |
Reporting from Philadelphia An average Clydesdale lives into his late teens, early 20s. At the rate his possible farewell tour is going, Albert Pujols could wind up in a Cardinals uniform even longer. For the third time in 10 days, the Cardinals played a game that could have been the last of their season and the final one in Pujols' Hall of Fame tenure. Flinch and they go home, but instead they rode Chris Carpenter all the way into the National League Championship Series.
September 30, 2011 |
Game 1: Saturday, 2 p.m., TBS St. Louis (RHP Kyle Lohse, 14-8, 3.39) at Philadelphia (RHP Roy Halladay, 19-6, 2.35) Game 2: Sunday, 5 p.m., TBS St.. Louis (RHP Chris Carpenter, 11-9, 3.45) at Philadelphia (LHP Cliff Lee, 17-8, 2.40) Game 3: Tuesday, TBA Philadelphia (LHP Cole Hamels, 14-9, 2.79) at St. Louis (LHP Jaime Garcia, 13-7, 3.56) Game 4: Wednesday, TBA* Philadelphia (RHP Roy Oswalt, 9-10, 3.69) at St. Louis (RHP Edwin Jackson, 12-9, 3.79)
September 17, 2011 |
Reporting from Baltimore -- Ruben Amaro Jr. was hired as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies two weeks after the team celebrated the second World Series victory in franchise history. He replaced Pat Gillick, who was voted into the Hall of Fame two years later. Talk about a tough act to follow. "I thought to myself, 'OK, this is a pretty good situation. Just don't screw it up,'" Amaro says nearly three years later. He's done better than that. Backed by ownership that supported a $60-million payroll jump over the last two seasons, Amaro has turned the Phillies into the winningest team in baseball.
July 11, 2011 |
Let's see, CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander aren't here, but Aaron Crow and David Robertson are. Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols weren't invited, but Pablo Sandoval and Miguel Montero were. And they call this an All-Star game? How about a Some-Stars game? Better yet, call it what it is: an exhibition. Baseball's "midsummer classic" used to be just that — the best of the major sports' All-Star contests. Now, however, it's in danger of being destroyed from within, by its own uncertainty about what exactly it's supposed to be. So let's cut the seriousness and bring back the fun. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, embarrassed by the circumstances that led to the 2002 game's ending in a tie in his hometown of Milwaukee, has tried to imbue the game with false meaning by rewarding the winning league with home-field advantage in the World Series.