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2013 Phillies Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 21, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 6

Baseball overload is right around the corner.  Beginning with Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Astros, the Phillies will play 35 games in 36 days and all but three of those exhibition contests will be available to watch or listen to in the Philadelphia region and beyond.

The Comcast Network, Comcast Sportsnet, WPHT 1210 AM and MLB Network will team up to serve heavy doses of the Phillies spring baseball to fans over the airwaves and via your cable feed.  In the absence of televised games and terrestrial radio transmissions, the Phillies broadcast team is set to bring live play by play to internet users everywhere on MLB.com (and, of course, Phillies.com).

The availability of so many spring contests, including the team’s two “On Deck Series” games, played at Citizens Bank Park on March 29th and 30th, speaks volumes to the devoted following that the Phils have developed in recent years.  The success of the organization has grown the interest of the Phillies Nation for sure and, as such, many games will be available.

Below is a full list of the team’s upcoming spring match ups and how baseball hungry fans can catch their team on a daily basis.   You may wish to bookmark this for future reference.
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Utley Will Start at 2B for Intrasquad, Spring Opener

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, February 20, 2013 05:40 PM Comments: 9

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Utley will play in the Spring for the first time in three seasons. Photo: AP

For the first time in three years, Chase Utley will play second base for the Phillies in their five inning intrasquad scrimmage on Friday and their Spring Opener on Saturday as first reported by Ryan Lawrence. According to Lawrence, Utley will start at second in both games and will rest Sunday. As normal with Spring Training, veterans often do not play every inning.

Lawrence pulled a particularly interesting quote from Charlie Manuel:

I think (Utley) really put a lot of hard time in last year. He went to Arizona. And I think after the season was over, with the way he’s swinging right now and the way he looks, you could tell he’s definitely willing to pay the price to get back to where he was. I think Utley wants to play quite a few more years. And that’s good.

With Utley having built in rest, and Pete Orr leaving to play with Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic at some point, Cesar Hernandez may have his first true extended Spring Training audition as a member of the 40-man roster.

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Hamels to Start Spring Opener

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, February 20, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 18

http://www.delcotimes.com/content/articles/2009/03/17/sports/doc49bf10e3bf297520475645.jpgIt’s official: according to Ryan Lawrence, Cole Hamels will start the Grapefruit League opener against the Houston Astros this Saturday, with speculation running rampant that Hamels will also be pegged the Opening Day starter. Pitching coach Rich Dubee believes he will use Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee in the opening series against Atlanta, with a preference to splitting his lefties according to Matt Gelb. In addition, Gelb reports that Hamels, Halladay, Lee, Kyle Kendrick, and John Lannan are all slated to pitch in order starting Saturday, with Halladay squaring off against Justin Verlander on Sunday.

Adam Morgan and Ethan Martin will start for the opposing sides of Friday’s intersquad game and the following are anticipated pitchers for the rest of the week, courtesy of Gelb:

Friday (Intrasquad): Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin, Cesar Jimenez, Jonathan Pettibone, Mauricio Robles, Kyle Simon and Justin Friend.

Saturday vs. HOU: Cole Hamels, B.J. Rosenberg, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer and Justin De Fratus.

Sunday at DET: Roy Halladay, Rodrigo Lopez, Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Ramirez, Jake Diekman and Joe Savery.

Monday vs. DET: Cliff Lee, Tyler Cloyd, Mike Stutes, Phillippe Aumont, Jonathan Papelbon and Raul Valdes.

Tuesday vs. NYY: Kyle Kendrick, Aaron Cook, Chad Durbin, Miner and Horst.

Feb. 27 at MIN: John Lannan, Morgan, Bastardo, Rosenberg, Schwimer and De Fratus.

Feb. 28 vs. ATL: Hamels, Martin, Pettibone and Diekman.

Mike Adams is the only pitcher invited to camp who is not slated to pitch. According to Gelb, this was planned: traditionally Adams requests to throw less in the Spring.

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Play Free Fantasy Hockey with Phillies Nation

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, February 20, 2013 11:22 AM Comments: 0

Look, we get it. You’re bored waiting around for the Phillies to kick into high gear. We also know you’re a Flyers fan. So, why not use your hockey knowledge to win a few bucks?

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You draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night.  DraftStreet.com is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is giving us a great promotion: a FREE one-day fantasy league with $200 in prizes exclusively for Phillies Nation fans.

This free contest will be salary-cap style drafting where everyone tries to assemble the best team out of the available players.You will have a $100,000 budget to build a team of 2 LW’s, 2 RW’s, 2 Center’s, 2 Defensive players, 1 Goalie, and a FLEX. Each NHL player has been allocated a price based on their expected fantasy performance.

You can adjust your roster up until the contest starts on Saturday, February 23rd at 7pm, at which time your rosters will lock and the Live Scoreboard will be available.

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Prospect Nation 2013: #9 OF Tyson Gillies

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, February 20, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 6


Outfielder Tyson Gillies has struggled to stay on the field since he was acquired by the Phillies in the December, 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle. With a series of ailments and setbacks, the lefty batter has not been able to prove himself worthy of the high praise that led to his inclusion in that deal and earned him a spot among the well regarded players in the 2009 MLB All-Star Futures Game.

Growing up in Canada, Gillies played both hockey and baseball. However, in his teenage years, Gillies felt that it was best to choose one sport to focus on and, as determined by his size at the time, he selected baseball. As Gillies progressed as a player, his love and passion for that great game developed along with his talents and he has never looked back.

Gillies began his professional playing career in 2007, as a member of the Arizona League Mariners and later with Everett of the Class A Northwest League. Combined at the two levels that season, Gillies posted a .255 batting average with 11 steals and a .688 OPS in 39 games.

In 2008, Gillies continued to show improvement, spending time with Everett before earning a promotion to Class A Advanced High Desert. In 72 combined games, Gillies batted .302 with 25 stolen bases and an .831 OPS in 72 games. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #9 OF Tyson Gillies

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Biddle, Quinn Lone Phils in BA Top 100

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, February 19, 2013 01:16 PM Comments: 21

Biddle is Baseball America's best Phillies' Prospect, ranked #89 overall. Photo: Jay Floyd

Baseball America released their Top 100 Prospects list today and Phillies prospects LHP Jesse Biddle and SS Roman Quinn both narrowly made the cut. Biddle, who Baseball America named the Phillies top prospect, ranked 89th while Quinn was #100.

For a more extensive look at the Phillies Top 10 according to Baseball America, check out our review from December and be sure to follow along with Jay Floyd’s Prospect Nation to see where Biddle and Quinn fall on his list!

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The Cody Chronicles: Prospect Asche Talks About Big League Camp

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, February 19, 2013 07:30 AM Comments: 1

Fans, join us in welcoming Phillies 3rd base prospect Cody Asche aboard, as the 22-year-old will be taking time throughout the preseason to share his thoughts directly from big league spring training.

Selected in the 4th round of the 2010 amateur draft, Asche debuted that year, playing with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters.  After an unimpressive debut campaign in which he batted .192 with two homers and 19 RBI in 68 games, the lefty batting Asche spent time in the Florida Instructional League, picking up some key hitting tips from then minor league hitting instructor Steve Henderson, who is coaching with the big league Phillies this year.  Considerable strides were taken, and the youngster made quite an impact in the Phils system last year, posting a .324 average with 12 home runs and 72 RBI in 130 combined games at Class A Advanced Clearwater and Double-A Reading.

As the new season approaches and the 6-foot-1 180-pound Asche strives to stand out among a host of veteran infielders in front of Phils brass and coaches, he’ll be checking in regularly to offer his personal insight and feedback directly from Clearwater, FL exclusively for you, Phillies Nation.  Read ahead for the initial volume of The Cody Chronicles.

Describing the first few days in camp with the big leaguers…

“It’s a blast, really. Just being around the guys, everybody’s real nice. It’s cool to be around the big leaguers. Just to be around them, it’s a blast. I love it. Continue reading The Cody Chronicles: Prospect Asche Talks About Big League Camp

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What to Expect From Howard in 2013

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, February 18, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 91

Ryan Howard seen here in happier times. Photo by Ian Riccaboni

Let us pause for a second for a moment of self-acknowledgement: in 2011, I joined Phillies Nation after years of running a lightly traffic’ed blog about the Phillies and music, while posting pictures of Greek Yogurt and other healthy foods I was convinced I was going to try to incorporate into my daily diet. After a few months analyzing the performance of the likes of Michael Schwimer and writing fluffy pieces about John Bowker, I wrote a speculative-but-factually-grounded piece that prompted much discussion : “What If” The Platoon Works at First Base?

For those who don’t remember, the piece functioned around the idea that a combination of John Mayberry, Laynce Nix, Jim Thome, and Ty Wigginton could not only match Howard’s 2011 production but outperform his production. The piece drew up a lot of good discussion and was based on the assumption that a true platoon, which Charlie Manuel was unlikely to put together, could put together a line close to .280/.380/.550.

To say quite a few things happened last year would be an understatement. Let’s reflect.

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Prospect Nation 2013: #10 OF Carlos Tocci

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, February 18, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 1

Carlos Tocci- AP Photo

Outfielder Carlos Tocci was signed by the Phillies for a reported signing bonus of $759,000 in the summer of 2011 on his 16th birthday. The native of Maracay, Venezuela participated in the Florida Instructional League that year, but made his official pro debut in 2012 as a member of the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Last season, Tocci posted a .278 average with two doubles and nine RBI in 38 contests in the GCL, with all but one of his games played before his 17th birthday.

Having displayed little power in his debut season, Tocci, who hits from the right side, developed a bit of a reputation for being too skinny. The player known as “Toch” added a good amount of muscle this off-season, thanks to a training routine provided by the Phillies. He now has his 6-foot-2-inch frame up to a more desirable 170 pounds. Continue reading Prospect Nation 2013: #10 OF Carlos Tocci

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Phils Add Corey Young

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, February 17, 2013 01:00 PM Comments: 9

Young will likely help round out the Clearwater or Reading relief corps. Photo by: Scott Lucas

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Phillies signed left-handed pitcher Corey Young, 26, last week to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Minor League camp. Young, a Seton Hall alum, comes to the Phillies organization after being released by the Rangers in June 2012. Young spent most of the last four seasons in Double-A Frisco where a dip in velocity from his low 3/4 arm slot contributed to him failing to maintain high strikeout rates that put him on the map as a potential Major League reliever. Young struggled to keep runners off base in Double-A (1.613 WHIP, 4.4 BB/9 IP). Young is likely to start the year in either High-A Clearwater or Double-A Reading.

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