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The Phils will begin a three-games series with the last place Marlins.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils (4-5, 4th), after leaving Citizens Bank Park with their first series win of 2013, will start a three-games series with the last place Marlins (1-8, 5th), the team with presently the worst record in the National League. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 EDT.

The Phils will put on the mound their fifth-game starter John Lannan (0-0, 3.86), who is coming off a rather good start against the Royals on April 6, in his first start as a Phil, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out five, holding off the Royals until the Phils were able to make a comeback in the ninth inning to win the game by the score of 4-3. He will be trying to win his first start as a Phil, while trying to lead the club to their first three-game winning streak. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.97), who is making his third start of the season, as he comes off a no-decision against the Mets on April 6, as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 7-3 lost. He will once again be looking for his first win of the season, while the fish will be looking for their second win of 2013. The Phils will be trying to take advantage of the Marlins’ early season woes, while trying to move up in the NL East standings, while trying to keep from falling any further behind the first place Braves.

After nine games, the Phils have three regulars with a .300 or better batting average, third baseman Michael Young (.375 (12 for 32)), second baseman Chase Utley (.333 (11 for 33)) and shortstop Jimmy Rollins (.316 (12 for 38)), with Utley presently leading the team with nine RBIs and is tied for the team’s lead in home runs with two (tied with Dom Brown) and for the team’s lead in triple with one (along with Young), while Rollins is the team’s leader in doubles with five. Utley and Rollins are tied for second place in stolen bases with three each, both trailing Ben Revere, who presently has four. Rollins is tied for second in RBIs with five with both Ryan Howard and Brown, as they all trail Utley. Rollins, for now, is batting a lot better as the second batter in the Phils’ line-up, looking like the Rollins of 2007-2008, while Utley appears to have gone back to what he was doing before his foot problems of the last two seasons (2011-2012). The biggest disappointment, at the moment, is Howard, who is presently batting (.200 (7 for 35)), despite him showing that he might have finally gotten it during spring training (.322 (28 for 87)), but seems to have gone back to swinging at the junk pitches of breaking balls out of the strike zone and high fastballs, as he have collected only one extra-base hit, a home run, as he has struck out a team leading twelve times. As long as he continue to go after the junk, opposing pitchers will not throw him any good pitches to hit, unless Young start to force them to start pitching to Howard by continuing to hit.

Cliff Lee just miss pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats come to life to beat the Mets, 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee is one out short of pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats wake up to rout the Mets, winning 8-3.

The Phils take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on left fielder Lucas Duda’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with Mayberry still on second base, and now with two men out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause with an RBI single to center, knocking in Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later, after Ben Revere had hit a single, moving Lee up to second base, as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Lee, while sending Revere on to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Young followed Howard with a solo shot of his own, his first home run of the season, and his first as a Phil. Two batters later, with one  man out, the Phils make it a 7-0 lead as Mayberry hits his own solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Mets got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring David Wright, who had started the inning off by reaching base on Rollins’ throwing error, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Mets got the run back in the top of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jordany Valdespin, after having first tripled, would score on catcher Erik Kratz’s passed ball, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Mike Adams would record the final out in the ninth by striking out Ruben Tejada looking.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.08) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits, while he struck out six. Mike Adams pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, as he struck out two. Greg Burke pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Scott Rice, LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rice) between them, while striking out three (one batter each).

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Michael Young leading the team (Single, Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs), being a double short of hitting the cycle, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Erik Kratz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley (2)) and two stolen bases (Utley (2 & 3)) in the game.

The Phils (3-5, 4th) will conclude their series with the Mets (5-3, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94) who is coming off a bad start against the Royals on April 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings. giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 13-4 lost. Kendrick will be trying to regain the form he had early in the game, before the floodgates suddenly opened. Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50) will pitch for the Mets, as he is coming off a lost to the Marlins on April 5, as he threw six innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to even his record while trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils look to end the series with a win.

Cliff Lee’s eight innnings of two-hit pitching help lead the Phils to their first win of 2013 as they blank the Braves, 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesEight scoreless innings by Cliff Lee help lead the Phils to their first victory of the 2013 season, as they beat the Braves, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Laynce Nix, leading off the inning, a double by Erik Kratz, with Nix stopping at third base, and a walk to Cliff Lee, and with nobody out, Nix would score on Ben Revere’s force out grounder to the shortstop, 6-4, for the inning’s first out, as Lee is wiped out at second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as Kratz moved up to second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases once again loaded, after Revere steals second base, and Jimmy Rollins gets on base with a walk, and with one man still out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Kratz, who beats the throw home, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would end up being all the run the Phils would need as Lee would keep the Braves’ offense under control for eight shutout innings, allowing only three men to reach base, a two-out single in the bottom of the second to Dan Uggla, a one-out single by Justin Upton in the bottom of the fourth, before he is wiped out on a 6-3 doubleplay grounder hit by Freddie Freeman, and Gerald Laird who, in the bottom of the sixth, lead off the inning by reaching base on a fielding error by Utley, before being left stranded. Jonathan Papelbon would then take over in the ninth and collect his first save of the season as he throws a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw eight scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kris Medlen (0-1, 3.60) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. Cory Gearrin, Jordan Walden and Anthony Varvaro combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Walden (1), Varvaro (1)) between them, while striking out only one Phil (Varvaro).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Laynce Nix (Single) and Erik Kratz (Double) had the other six Phils hits, as the offense continue to squander scoring opportunities. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Utley, Michael Young, Cliff Lee) and two stolen bases (Revere (2), Rollins (2)) in the game.

The Phils (1-2, 4th NL East) begins their first series at home with an interleague series with the Royals (1-2, 5th AL Central) in a game already in progress.

The Phils make a quick roster move as they claim outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of waivers from Cleveland, then placed Ender Inciarte on waivers.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils made their first roster change for 2013 as they claim off of the waiver wire outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from the Indians, the placed Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte onto the waiver wire.

Yesterday the Phils announced that they had picked up outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of the waiver wire, after he had been placed there by the Cleveland Indians. Carrera, who last year appeared in 48 games with the Indians, batted .272 (40 for 147), as he had six doubles, three triples and two home runs, knocking in 11 RBIs, while scoring 20 runs. He also had 8 stolen bases. In 116 total MLB games with the Indians in 2011-12, he had a batting average of .255 (89 for 349), with 14 doubles, six triples and two home run, as he knocked in 25 RBIs, while crossing the plate 47 times. Carrera also had 18 stolens bases. He should join the team in Atlanta for tonight’s game, as the Phils’ fifth outfielder.

To make room for him on the roster, the Phils have placed Ender Inciarte on waivers. Inciarte, whom the Phils had picked up from the Diamondbacks during last season’s Rule 5 Draft, made the opening day roster as their fifth outfielder, after a spring training in which he hit .273 (9 for 33), as he appeared in 27 games, hiting a double, and knocking in one run, while scoring 5. The news is that if he is not claimed off of the wire, the Diamondbacks might take him back, although it would cost them $25,000, which would be half of what the Phils had paid for drafting him.

Welcome to the club, Carrera. Hopefully you’ll have a future here.

The Phils win their final Grapefruit League road game for 2013 as they defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind good pitching from Cole Hamels and the bullpen, the Phils win their last spring training game on the road, as they defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Justin Verlander’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, then stopped at third base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, three-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ender Inciarte hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had earlier walked, on to third base, before moving up to second base on the right fielder’s wide throw to the plate. The Tigers got on the board in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Austin Jackson hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Alex Avila, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Zach Minor’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Omar Infante’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Young hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Inciarte, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as, with runners on the corners, as Lynce Nix walked, and now with two men out, Revere would score on Bruce Rondon’s balk, while Nix moved up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Chris Nichols ended the game by getting pinch-hitter Corey Jones to ground out, three-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-0, 0.95) got the win as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Durbin recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Zach Miner recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his fourth hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brandon Erbe recorded his first hold of the spring as he went one and two-thirds innings, striking out a batter. Chris Nichols pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Justin Verlander (1-3, 4.01) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jess Todd pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Bruce Rondon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a balk, while striking out a batter. Darin Downs pitched one and a third innings, striking out three batters. Luis Marte pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Ender Inciarte (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Michael Young (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Troy Hanzawa (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Laynce Nix,  Ruiz and Mayberry), a hit batter (Kevin Frandsen) and three stolen bases (Revere 2 (9) and Inciarte (2)) in the game.

The Phils (15-15) will play their final spring training game at Clearwater against the Blue Jays (14-16) tomorrow. Game time is 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be trying to end their Grapefruit League season on a high note.

The Phils end their three-game spring slide by beating the Astros, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils put a stop to their three-game losing streak as Cole Hamels help lead them to a 7-1 victory over the Astros.

The Astros took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Tyler Greene, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jose Altuve’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils took the lead for good in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as, with two men on, via a double by Michael Young and Darin Ruf being hit by a pitch, before being replaced by pinch runner Jermaine Mitchell because of an injured elbow, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Young and Mitchell. The Phils then increased to their lead as Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Kratz. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Bentancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then moved up to third on Jarred Cosart’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead in the eight as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Galvis hits an RBI double, knocking in Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before going on to third on shortstop Jonathan Villar’s interference error. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Cole Hamels (2-0, 0.90) gets the win as he went five innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyler Cloyd, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst and Justin De Fratus would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Miner) between them, while striking out six (Cloyd (1), Miner (2), Horst (2), De Fratus (1)) Astros. Brad Peacock received a no-decision as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sergio Escalona blew his first save attempt of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Josh Fields (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jerred Cosart pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and two hit batters, while striking out a batter. Hector Ambriz pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Brett Oberholtzer pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Freddie Galvis leading the team with three hits (two singles, one double, 2 RBIs), followed by Michael Young (Single, Double) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Double, RBI), Yuniesky Betancourt (Single, RBI), Jermaine Mitchell (Single) and Erik Kratz (Triple, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Cesar Hernandez, Kratz), two stolen bases (Hernandez (2), Mitchell (2)) and two hit batters (Darin Ruf, Josh Fields) in the game.

The Phils (7-8) have the day off.

The Phils are done in again by the bullpen as they lose to the Twins, 12-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bullpen allows 11 runs to score, doing in the Phils as they lose their third spring training game, dropping this one to the Twins, 12-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Dom Brown, who had just walked, on to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. The Twins got a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Aaron Hicks hits an RBI single to third, knocking in Chris Parmelee, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second base on Chris Colabello’s walk, then stopped at third base on Pedro Florimon’s force out, 5-4, wiping out Colabello at second base, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, who had reached base on first baseman Colbello’s fielding error, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Twins cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the fourth as, with a man on third, via a three base fielding error by right fielder John Mayberry, Jr. and with nobody out, Hicks hits an RBI double, knocking in Florimon, who had gone to third on Mayberry’s error. Four batters later, with men on the corners, as Hicks stopped at third base on Josh Willingham’s single, and with two men out, the Twins took the lead as Ryan Doumit hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Hicks and Doumit, giving the Twins a 6-3 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Ray Olmedo’s fielding error, making it a 6-4 Twins’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-5 Twins’ lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, via a Howard’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and wth two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Brown. The Twins increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, via a double by Wilkin Ramirez and a walk by pinch hitter Joe Benson, and with one man out, Drew Butera hits an RBI single, knocking in Ramirez, giving the Twins a 7-5 lead, while sending Benson all the way to third base. The Twins then took an 8-5 lead as Mark Sobolewski hits an RBI single, scoring Benson, while moving Butera up to second base. Two batters later, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Jeff Clement hits an RBI single, knocking in Butera, making it a 9-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Sobolewski on to third base, before going up to second base on the late throw to third. The Twins increased their lead again in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits an RBI infield single, scoring Brandon Boggs, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Olmedo’s double, giving the Twins a 10-5 lead, while sending Olmedo, who had just doubled, over to third. Three batters later, after Benson had walked to load up the bases, and Butera had hit into a 5-2 force out for the inning’s first out, as catcher Sebastian Valle touched home plate in front of Olmedo, while Ramirez and Benson both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, and now with one man out, Sobolewski hits a two-run infeld single to short, scoring both Ramirez and Benson, giving the Twins a 12-5 lead, while sending Butera on to second base. That would be the final score as Caleb Thielbar pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out the side.

John Lannan received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Adam Morgan blew his first save attempt of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 5.40) as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits , while striking out four. Kyle Simon pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. B.J. Rosenberg also pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks. Maurice Robles pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Correia also received a no-decision as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Brian Duensing (1-0, 10.13) got the win as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Jared Burton recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Glen Perkins recorded his first hold of the spring as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. P.J. Walters, Andrew Albers and Caleb Thielbar would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Albers) and a walk (Walters) between them, while striking out six batters (Walters (1), Albers (2), Thielbar (3)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Dom Brown (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Pete Orr (Single) had the other four Phils hits. The Phils also had two stolen bases (Revere (2), Orr (1)) and three walks (Brown (2), Howard (1)) in the game, along with a sacrifice fly (Ruiz).

The Phils (1-3-1) next game will be played at home at Bright House Field against the Braves (3-3) tomorrow afternoon. The game is to start at 1.05 pm EDT. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (0-0, 0.00), who’d pitched a couple of scoreless innings in his start against the Astros on February 23, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying to continue his strong showing on the mound. The Braves will send to the mound Paul Maholm (0-0, 0.00), who is also coming off a strong start on February 23, throwing a pair of 1-2-3 innings, in the Braves’ 8-3 lost to the Yankees. He will be trying to add to his previous start. The Phils will be trying to put a second win under their belts.

The Phils have made several changes towards the end of 2012, which they hope will lead them back into the payoffs in 2013.

Philadelphia_PhilliesFirst off, I would like to take the time to say, Happy New Year’s, folks. Second, sorry for the lack of posts, but, I got too busy with other things to get myself in gear to do new posts. But, I now got the time, and boy, do I have a lot to cover, as the Phils made some wheeling and dealing and small-scale free agent signings which they hope will put them into position to get back into the playoffs this upcoming October.

First, in the Rule Five Draft they picked up outfielder Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks, whom they hope will anchor centerfield in a few seasons, while drafting in the Triple-A Phase of the draft right-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty from the Kansas City Royals organization, while not losing a player to the draft.

On the same day, December 6, they made a trade with the Minnesota Twins, getting centerfielder Paul Revere, in exchange for minor league right-handed pitching prospect Trevor May and, coming as a complete surprise to most, right-handed starter Vance Worley. Revere, who appeared in 124 games for the Twins, batted .294 (150 for 511), hitting 13 doubles and 6 triples, as he scored 70 times, while knocking in 32. He had also stole 40 bases, ranking him third in the AL for 2012, being caught just 9 times. May spent 2012 pitching for the Reading Phillies (now the Fighting Phillies). Worley, who was placed on the disabled list towards the end of the 2012 season, before having an operation to remove bone chips from his elbow, would pitch in 23 games for the Phils before being shut down, all starts, as he collected a 6-9 record, with a 4.20 ERA and a WHIP of 1.51, as he pitched in 133 innings, giving up 154 hits and 69 runs, 62 of which were earned, as he struck out 107 batters, while walking only 47. Sorry to see you go, Vance, and I wish you luck in Minnesota, as long as you don’t pitch against the Phils. And, welcome to the team, Paul. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay here.

Then, on December 8, the Phils announced that they had made another trade, this one with the Texas Rangers, as they brought in Michael Young to take over duties at third base, in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and pitching prospect Lisalverto Bonilla. Michael Young, who has also played first base, second base and shortstop, appeared in 156 games for the former American League Champs (2010-11) batting .277 (169 for 611), as he hit 27 doubles, 3 triples and 8 home runs during the season, knocking in 67 runs, while scoring 79 times. He also walked 33 times. Josh Lindblom, who had started the 2012 season pitching relief for the Los Angeles before being traded to the Phils as part of a trade involving Shane Victorino, appeared in 74 games for both clubs, all in relief, posting a combined record of 3-5 with one save in four save opportunities, as he fielded an ERA of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.35. He pitched in 71 innings, allowing 61 hits and 31 runs to score, of which 28 were earned. He walked 35 batters while striking out 70. Bonilla spent 2012 pitching for Clearwater and then Reading in the Phils’ farm system. Welcome to the team, Michael. I hope that you can help the team via both your bat and your glove, especially the later, as it looks like you may not just be covering the hot corner of third base during the season.

After the two trades, the Phils then made a pair of minor free agent signings, both pitchers, one a reliever and the other a starter. First, they signed to a two-years, $12 million dollars contract, with relief pitcher Mike Adams, formerly of the Rangers, who will be acting as the eight-inning bridge to Jonathan Papelbon, as he plans to take over an inning that was a major problem for the ballclub all season long. For the Rangers, Adams pitched in 61 games, compiling a 5-3 record with a 3.27 ERA and a WHIP of 1.39, as well as collecting a save in two save attempts. He would pitch in 52 and a third innings, giving up 56 hits and 21 runs, 19 of which were earned, as he struck out 45 batters, while walking only 17. The Phils then signed former Washington Nationals’ starter John Lannan, who is to become the Phils’ fifth starter, to replace Worley in the rotation, to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars. Lannan, who had spent his entire career with the Nats, before becoming a free agent, appeared in only six games last year, all of them starts, as he compiled a record of 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44, as he pitched a total of 32 and two-thirds innings, giving up 33 hits and 15 runs, all earned. He struck out 17 batters, while walking 14. During his six seasons with the Nats, Lannan had a win-lost record of 42-52, as he compiled an ERA of 4.01 and a career WHIP of 1.42, as he pitched a total of 783 and two-thirds innings, while appearing in 134 games, all starts. He would give up a total of 820 hits, as opponents scored 393 times, with 349 of those runs being earned. He would strikeout a total of 410 batters, while walking just 296. Welcome to the ballclub, guys. I hope that you two were worth the money spent.

The Phils have during the month mention that they would like to add a veteran corner outfielder, either via free agent signing or another trade, but it looks like they have the club they want before they enter spring training next month. I’m just hoping this team will improve on their third place finish last year.

Jimmy Rollins wins his fourth Gold Glove Award.

Phils’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins have just won his fourth Gold Glove Award. Jimmy, who have won previous gold gloves in 2007-09, with his win is now ranked third in franchise history with the most gold gloves won by a Phil, trailing only Mike Schmidt (10) and Garry Maddos (8).

During the season, Rollins, who continued to be an outstanding defensive player, only batted .250, with a .427 Slugging Percentage and a very low .316 On-Base Percentage (.743 OPS), as he went 158 for 632, including 33 doubles, 5 triples and 23 home runs, knocking in 68 runs, while scoring 102 times, as he appeared in 156 games. He also had 30 stolen bases, being caught only 5 times during the season.

Carlos Ruiz missed winning a gold glove as he was beaten out by the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina.

The Phils come back from an early Marlins’ lead to defeat the fish, 9-5.

The Phils overcomes an early Marlins’ lead to end up beating the fish, 9-5.

The Marlins took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Bryan Petersen and Donovan Solano, with Petersen stopping at second base, and a walk to Jose Reyes, and with nobody out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a two-run single, knocking in Petersen and Solano, while sending Reyes up to second base. Three batters later, the Marlins added to their lead as, with runners still on first and second, and now with two men out, Rob Brantly hits an RBI single, knocking in Reyes, while sending Stanton over to third base. The Phils got two of the runs back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pete Orr hits a two-run double, knocking in Dom Brown, who was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, as Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, and then moved up to third base on Nate Schierholtz’s single, and Schierholtz, who had just singled, making it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as Stanton hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-fifth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 4-2 lead. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Roy Halladay, who had reached first base on an infield single near home plate, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then went to third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Pierre’s sac bunt. The Phils then took the lead two batters later, after Utley had moved up to second base on Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, as Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Pierre’s second sac bunt of the night, 2-3, and Utley, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Pierre’s walk, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead, while sending Pierre, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a strikeout-wildpitch that allowed Stanton to reach first base, then moved up to second base on Ruiz’s throwing error, a walk to Carlos Lee, then both runners moving up a base on Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, and a walk to Greg Dobbs, and with one man out, Gil Velazquez hits an RBI single, knocking in Stanton, making it an 8-5 Phils’ lead, while moving up a base both Lee and Dobbs, leaving the bases loaded. But, the Phils then gets out of the inning as pinch hitter Austin Kearns strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, but the ball gets away from Ruiz, and Lee attempts to score from third, but Ruiz gets to the ball, and throws to the plate, which was covered by Bastardo, who then tagged out Lee for the inning’s final out, for a strikeout-doubleplay. The Phils got that run back in the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 9-6 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning.

Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. Jeremy Horst collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus collected his fourth hold of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Phillippe Aumont pitched to two batters, getting neither officially out, as he gave up a run on a walk, while striking out one, who would get on base on a wild pitch. Antonio Bastardo received his twenty-fifth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up three hits, while striking out two. Ricky Nolasco (12-13, 4.48) took the lost as he pitched five innings as well, giving up five runs on nine hits, while striking out four. Dan Jennings pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Mike Dunn pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Tom Koehler pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Chad Gaudin pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Chris Hatcher pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the ballclub with three hits, all singles, followed by Chase Utley (Singles, 3 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Nate Schierholtz (Singles) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles, RBI) all with two hits apiece. Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double), Pete Orr (Double, 2 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and three stolen bases (Pierre (2, 36 & 37), Utley (11)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (79-79, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Marlins (67-91, 5th) with a game now in progress.

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