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Phillies left-handed pitching prospect Jesse Biddle struck out 10 batters in seven innings on Wednesday for Double-A Reading.

Biddle allowed two hits and walked one batter in his best start of the season. Biddle threw 111 pitches, inducing seven groundouts, six flyouts, zero line drives, and two popups. He sports a 2.86 ERA and a 12.1 K/9 rate, while batters are hitting .213/.265/.352 off him. Biddle is rapidly climbing the Phillies pitching depth chart, and could make his appearance with his hometown Phillies later this season.
Apr 24 - 8:27 AM

In his season debut Wedneday, Cole Hamels allowed two runs on six hits over six innings in a loss against the Dodgers.

Activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, the southpaw struck out five and walked one. He showed no ill-effects from the biceps tendinitis that robbed him of the first three weeks of the schedule, but that wasn't a surprise after his strong showing on a rehab assignment. Hamels will toe the rubber at home against the Mets on Tuesday.
Apr 24 - 1:04 AM

Phillies optioned RHP B.J. Rosenberg to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies elected to keep Jeff Manship and Shawn Camp in the bullpen instead. Rosenberg earned the demotion after allowing six runs -- five earned -- across 6 1/3 relief innings for Philly.
Apr 23 - 3:55 PM

Phillies activated LHP Cole Hamels from the 15-day disabled list.

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.
Apr 23 - 3:53 PM

Jonathan Papelbon fired a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday in a 3-2, 10-inning win against the Dodgers for his sixth save of the season.

The veteran closer had the flu on Monday, but wasn't needed in a 7-0 victory against Los Angeles. He showed no ill-effects 24 hours later, needing only seven pitches to turn out the lights. Paps retired the first two batters before Yasiel Puig slapped a single to right. Hanley Ramirez lofted a harmless fly to second shortly thereafter to end the affair. Papelbon's ERA sits at a so-so 3.24, but he's hurled eight scoreless appearances around April 2's three-run blown save against the Rangers.
Apr 23 - 2:04 AM

Ben Revere went 4-for-5 with a run scored and a steal in a 10-inning win versus the Dodgers on Tuesday.

All four hits were singles, which is par for the course with Revere. The speedy but punchless outfielder is now slashing .300/.319/.329 through 18 games, a pinch above his career averages. Revere has never hit an MLB homer, but he's sixth in the NL with six steals after swiping 96 the past three seasons.
Apr 23 - 2:00 AM

A.J. Burnett surrendered two runs over 6 2/3 frames, striking out five, in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

The veteran right-hander walked one and surrendered five hits. He aided his own cause at the dish, going 3-for-3 with a run scored. Burnett was in line for the victory, but he couldn't manage to work around a Dee Gordon double and steal in the seventh. With two outs, Justin Turner singled the speedster home to tie the game 2-2, and skipper Ryne Sandberg summoned reliever Jacob Diekman. Burnett, 0-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, has a date in Arizona against the sinking Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Apr 23 - 1:49 AM

Chase Utley is not in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday.

It appears to just be a routine day of rest. Freddy Galvis is starting at second base in Utley's place. Cody Asche is also sitting out, with Jayson Nix covering the hot corner.
Apr 22 - 6:35 PM

Ryan Howard finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Monday's 7-0 romp over the Dodgers.

After finishing Easter Sunday's 10-9 win over the Rockies one double short of the cycle, Howard showed no hangover, this time doing his damage against a left-hander. Southpaws have always played the Globetrotters to Howard's Generals (.198/.254/.350 slash line the past three seasons), so it's nice to see him take a left-hander deep, even if he only gets partial credit because it was Paul Maholm. Howard could reward owners nicely if he stays healthy this season. He's hitting .271/.363/.543 with five homers and 12 RBI through 70 at-bats.
Apr 22 - 1:30 AM

Carlos Ruiz broke out in Monday's win against the Dodgers, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, a homer, two runs scored and four RBI in a 7-0 win.

Between Cliff Lee's eight shutout innings and Ruiz's Mike Piazza impersonation in the cleanup slot, Philadelphia didn't need more than their battery duo to dispatch the Dodgers easily. Ruiz entered this contest with an ugly .204/.328/.286 slash line. In those 49 at-bats, he'd managed zero RBI, four doubles and zero homers.
Apr 22 - 1:25 AM

Cliff Lee fired eight shutout frames, striking out 10, in a 7-0 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Los Angeles was flummoxed, eking out four singles and zero walks against the perennial Cy Young contender. Do you remember when Lee coughed up eight runs in five innings on Opening Day against the Rangers? No? Good, because we don't either. In the four starts since, he's surrendered just four runs over 30 innings, and posted an utterly insane 37/1 K/BB ratio in so doing. Lee faces a dangerous lineup in a difficult environment this weekend, but his odds for a win against the demoralized Bronson Arroyo and the punch-drunk Diamondbacks are high.
Apr 22 - 1:19 AM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said that Jonathan Papelbon is "a little iffy" for Monday's game due to flu-like symptoms.

If Sandberg stays away from Papelbon, Mike Adams or Antonio Bastardo could be used in a save situation Monday. Papelbon should be fine in a day or two.
Apr 21 - 9:51 PM

Ben Revere is not in the Phillies' lineup Monday.

He had started six straight after a three-game streak where Tony Gwynn Jr. was in center field, but Gwynn is back in there tonight. Revere is batting just .262/.284/.292 with five steals this season.
Apr 21 - 6:30 PM

Phillies prospect 3B Maikel Franco had his best game of the season Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Franco, 21, had gotten off to a brutal start at Lehigh Valley, so his multi-hit performance on Sunday was certainly encouraging. Through 16 games, he's batting .153/.231/.186 with two extra-base hits and a 15/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Franco put himself on the big-league radar last season by posting a .926 OPS with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 103 RBI in 134 games between High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. He's expected to take over at the hot corner for the Phillies later this season.
Apr 21 - 2:45 PM

Ryan Howard went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's 10-9 win over the Rockies.

The game was an absolute slugfest, and Howard provided plenty of punch. The first baseman hit a two-run homer in the third inning before legging out his first triple of the season in the sixth inning. He finished with three runs scored in the game. It was Howard's first four-hit game since July 30, 2011.
Apr 20 - 9:44 PM


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