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Phils’ catcher Carlos Ruiz is named last week’s National League Player of the Week.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYesterday, Major League Baseball announced that Phils’ catcher Carlos Ruiz was named the National League Player of the Week for last week. Ruiz, during last week, batted 11 for 22 for a .500 average, and a .593 on-base percentage, while he lead the NL with seven  RBIs and was tied for first with 20 total bases. He was also ranked second among NL catchers with eight runs scored and a .909 slugging percentage, and was tied for second with eleven hits. He also went five for six with runners in scoring position.

In the Dodgers series, Ruiz would go 7 for 14 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBIs, with his six extra base hits in the four-game series being the most by a Major Leaguer since Jayson Werth had done it, reaching the same total from Sept. 28-31, 2008. He also helped the Phils in their victory over the D-backs this past Saturday night, as he went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and being a major part of the Phils four-run eighth inning rally.

This is Ruiz’s first weekly award, as he is presently ranked second among NL catchers with eight doubles, and is third in batting average with a .296 average.

Congratulations on winning the award, Carlos.

Four runs in the top of the ninth leads the Phils to a series win, as they defeat the Dodgers, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils earn a series win over LA thanks to four runs in the top of the ninth, as they defeat the Dodgers, 7-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Juan Uribe hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Adrian Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils got a run back in the top of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then moved up to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, would score on first baseman Gonzalez’s force attempt fielding error of Chase Utley’s grounder to first, making it a 2-1 Dodgers’ lead, while Ruiz, who had just singled, would move up to second base, as Utley would be safe at first. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard has hit into a ground out, 1-3, moving up both runners, the Phils took the lead on Marlon Byrd’s two-run double, knocking in both Ruiz and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Dodgers tried to tie the score in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via singles by Hanley Ramirez and Gonzalez, with Ramirez stopping at third base, and with one man out, Ramirez tried to score on Yasiel Puig’s grounder to third base, as third baseman Cody Asche grabbed the ball and threw it home to Ruiz, beating Ramirez to the plate, before he is tagged out at home plate by Ruiz on a 5-2 fielder’s choice force out for the inning’s second out, as Gonzalez moved up to second base and Puig was safe at first. Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly then comes out, and asks for the play to be reviewed, claiming that Ruiz had not given Ramirez a lane to enable him to score before he had the ball. The play was then reviewed and the ruling was confirmed, so Ramirez was out trying to score. The Dodgers would tie the game up at three-all in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, his second double of the night, knocking in Asche, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Revere’s single, and Revere, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils then made it a 7-3 lead as, three batters later, with the bases loaded, via an intentional walk to Utley, and Howard being hit by the pitch, moving up both runners, and with still one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruiz and Utley, while moving Howard up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would throw a scoreless ninth inning as he got Gonzalez to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jake Diekman received his third hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter whom he would face. Mike Adams blew his first save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out three. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Dan Haren also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Chris Withrow and Chris Perez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Withrow) between them, while striking out one (Perez). Brian Wilson (0-2, 15.75) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Jamey Wright pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, 2 Doubles, 2RBIs) and Marlon Byrd (Single, 2 Doubles, 4RBIs) both leading the team with three hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) with two. Chase Utley (RBI), Dom Brown and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had five walks (Ruiz (2), Utley, Brown (2)), a hit batter (Ryan Howard) and a stolen base (Brown (2)) in the game.

The Phils (11-11, 4th East) will start a three-game series with the D-backs (7-18, 5th West)  starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will start at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 5.75), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 20, as he pitched four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 10-9 win. He is still looking for his second win of the season, while trying to do better after his previous start. The D-backs will counter with Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.50), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on April 20, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the D-backs’ 4-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to end his two game losing streak. The Phils hope to take care of the D-backs while hoping not to enter the usual house of horrors while they are playing in Chase Field.

The Dodgers spoil Cole Hamels’ return, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCole Hamels’ return is spoiled by the Dodgers, as the Phils lose to LA, 5-2.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Matt Kemp, who had started the inning off with a double, then went on to third base on Scott Van Slyke’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 6-3. The Dodgers would retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Butera, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Zack Greinke’s walk, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Greinke, who had just walked, up to second base. The Dodgers then added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Puig hits an RBI triple, knocking in Greinke, who had just doubled, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the eighth as Jayson Nix hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers would get the run back in their half of the eighth as Hanley Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers would then make it a 5-2 lead four batters later as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Justin Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Van Slyke, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Uribe’s ground out, 5-3. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Dom Brown, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jeff Manship pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Shawn Camp also went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. Zack Greinke (4-0, 2.45) got the win as he pitched seven innings, plus a batter, as he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out eleven. J.P. Howell received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Chase Utley, an RBI single by Ryan Howard, a single by Cole Hamels and a solo home run by Jayson Nix. The Phils also had a walk (Howard) in the game, while Hamels picked-off a runner.

The Phils (10-11, 4th East) will conclude their four-game series with the Dodgers (13-9, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will start Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on April 19, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win, while hoping to give a good enough performance to help the Phils win the series. The Dodgers will send to the mound Dan Haren (3-0, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on April 19, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 8-6 win. He will be trying to help lead the Dodgers to a series split. The Phils will be trying to leave LA with a series win.

The Phils take advantage of a Dodgers error in the top of the tenth to win in extra-innings, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win in extra-innings thanks to a Dodgers’ error in the top of the tenth, as they defeat LA, 3-2.

The Phils break up a o-o tie in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in A.J. Burnett, with had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Revere. The Dodgers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Carl Crawford hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Tim Federowicz, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Hyun-Jin Ryu’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Dodgers would tie the game up at two-all in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Justin Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Dee Gordon, who had earlier doubled, then stole third base. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the tenth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reached second base on left fielder Crawford’s two-base fielding error, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting Hanley Ramirez to pop up to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett received a no-decision as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while he struck out five. Jake Diekman pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Mike Adams pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Antonio Bastardo (3-1, 4.35) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Hyun-Jin Ryu also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out three. Chris Withrow, Brian Wilson and Kenley Jansen combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jensen) and hitting a batter (Wilson) between them, while striking out four (Withrow (2), Jensen (2)). J.P. Howell (1-2, 1.00) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by A.J. Burnett (Singles) with three. Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Dom Brown (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Ruiz, Brown), a stolen base (Revere (6)) and a caught stealing (Jayson Nix) in the game.

The Phils (10-10, 4th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (12-9, 1st West) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–) who will be making his first start of 2014. He will be trying to help lead the Phils to their fourth straight win, and the series win. The Dodgers will counter with Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.42), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on April 18, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Dodgers’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the Dodgers’ current losing streak. The Phils will be trying to give some support to Hamels in his first start of 2014, as well as win the series against the Dodgers.

The offense gives Cliff Lee some much needed runs support as the Phils four hits the Dodgers, 7-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense supports a four hit performance by Cliff Lee, as they blank the Dodgers, 7-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run double, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had started the game off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. The Dodgers tried to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits an infield single to second baseman Chase Utley, near the second base bag, who was unable to make a play to first, but who then threw home as he saw Yasiel Puig, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Justin Turner’s fly out to center field, and had just moved up to third base on the play, tried to score. Catcher Ruiz, after he had caught the throw from Utley, ran Puig back to third base, before tagging him out as Puig attempted to slide bag into third base, head first, for the inning’s final out, 4-2, which would turn out to be the Dodgers’ best chance to score a run during the game. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with a man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his second home run in two games, knocking in Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead three batters later as, now with two men on, via singles by John Mayberry, Jr., and Dom Brown, moving Mayberry up to second base, and with still two men out, Mayberry would score on pitcher Paul Maholm’s throwing error of Freddy Galvis’ grounder near the mound, as Brown moved up to third base, while Galvis would stop at second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had just doubled. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth inning, getting Gonzalez to hit into a force out, 6-unassisted, as Turner, who had just walked, is forced out at second base for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.09) gets the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits, while he strikes out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter. Paul Maholm (0-2, 5.60) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out two. Brandon League pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jose Dominguez pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, Home Run, 4 RBIs) leading the ballclub with three hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles) with two hits each. Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single), Chase Utley (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils also had three walks (Gwynn, Ruiz, Mayberry) in the game.

The Phils (9-10, 4th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (12-8, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is scheduled to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on April 17, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. He will be trying once again for his first win of the season, while trying to add on to his previous good start. The Dodgers will counter with Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93), who is coming off a win against the Giants on April 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win. He’ll be going for his fourth win of the year, while hoping to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight win while trying to give another of their starters a win.

The Phils’ bats finally come alive, before they hold on to defeat the Rockies, 10-9.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bats wake up before they end up winning a slugfest with the Rockies, defeating Colorado, 10-9.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Barnes, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Troy Tulowitzki’s walk, while Tulowitzki, who had just walked, would stop at second base. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Rockies got a run back in their half of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tulowitzki hits an RBI double, knocking in Charlie Blackmon, who had started the inning off being hit by the pitch, went to second base on Barnes’ single, then moved up to third base on Carlos Gonzalez’s force out, 4-6, as Barnes is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Gonzalez, who had been safe at first on the force out, up to third base. The Rockies then tied the game at three-all as Morneau grounded out, 3-unassisted, scoring Gonzalez, while moving Tulowitzki up to third base. The Rockies then took the lead as Nolan Arenado followed with an  RBI single, knocking in Tulowitzki, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead. The Rockies then increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Gonzalez hits an RBI double, knocking in Barnes, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Rockies a 5-3 lead. The Rockies then made it a 6-3 lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, after Tulowitzki’s single, sending Gonzalez up to third base, and with still no one out, Morneau hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 6-4 Rockies’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Rockies lead three batters later as, with runners on second and third, after Dom Brown had followed with a single, moving Byrd up to second base, and then both runners have both moved up a base on pitcher Jordon Pacheco’s wild pitch, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Byrd. The Phils would tie the game up at six-all in the top of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Utley would hit a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a bunt single, then stopped at third base on Rollins’ double, while sending Rollins, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard would hit an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, before moving up to second base as the ball gets past right fielder Barnes for a fielding error, after he had earlier tried to catch the ball and it dropped in, a single that might later be declared a double based on the fact that the ball never touched Barnes’ glove, and if so, would give Howard the cycle, since he had also singled by that point in the game.  The Phils then made it an 8-6 lead two batters later, after Byrd had reached base on second baseman Josh Rutledge’s fielding error, while Howard would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Howard. The Rockies retied the game at eight-all in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Morneau hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Tulowitzki, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils retook the lead again in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead, while sending Revere, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 10-8 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Utley hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, as Rollins is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, as he beats the throw from second base, while Revere scores. The Rockies would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man out, Blackmon hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 10-9 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his fifth save of the season as, with two men on, and with two men out, Blackmon grounded out, 5-3, for the game’s final out, on a throw that was caught by John Mayberry Jr., as he kept his foot on the bag, a call that was upheld by the umpires when the Rockies asked for the call to be review.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out three. Mario Hollands threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Jake Diekman (2-1, 8.38) got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon received his fifth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a hit batter. Juan Nicasio also received a no-decision as he went five innings, plus two batters, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out five. Rex Brothers collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Boone Logan blew his first save of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits. Adam Ottavino pitched two thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Matt Belisle (0-2, 6.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a wild pitch. Chad Bettis pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils banged out fifteen hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (2 Singles, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with three hits and Ben Revere (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Wil Nieves (Double) and Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Rollins) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and picked off a runner (Roberto Hernandez).

The Phils (8-10, 5th East) will start a four-games series with the Dodgers 12-7, 1st West), starting with a ballgame later tonight. The game will be play at Dodgers Stadium, and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-0, 4.00) who is coming off a complete game lost to the Braves on April 16, as he gave up a run on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out thirteen, in the Phils’ 1-0 lost. He will be trying for the third time to collect his third win of the season, while trying to continue lowering both his ERA and the numbers of hits he give up. The Dodgers will counter with Paul Maholm (0-1, 4.97) who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on April 16, as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 2-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to stop the reawakened Phils’ offense. The Phils will be out to start this series on the right foot.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. 🙂