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Spring Training Gameday: Tigers at Phillies

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Tue, March 10, 2015 11:20 AM Comments: 0

Detroit Tigers (4-3) at Philadelphia Phillies (3-3-1)

Phillies Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
DET: Alfredo Simon
vs.
PHI: Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Time: 1:05 EST, Bright House Field
TV: TCN, MLB Network
Weather: Sunny, 82 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: 

After having an MRI on his injured elbow, Cliff Lee was seen throwing today, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Lee who is still awaiting a second evaluation from Dr. James Andrews, has no timetable set for his return. After spending much of 2014 in AAA and the Phillies bullpen, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is slated to make his first start this spring. MAG was quoted by NJ.com’s Mike Lombardo as saying he sees himself as a starter. With Cliff Lee’s uncertain status for 2015 and beyond, MAG can make a statement for a rotation spot today against the Tigers.

Lineup: Revere, CF / Herrera, 2B / Brown, RF / Howard, 1B / Ruf, DH / Sizemore, LF / Ruiz, C / Galvis, SS / Phelps, 3B

 

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Spring Training Gameday: Phillies (1-3-1) at Rays (1-1-1)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Sun, March 08, 2015 12:55 PM Comments: 1

Philadelphia Phillies (1-3-1) at Tampa Bay Rays (1-1-1)

Phillies Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Kevin Slowey
vs.
TB: Chris Archer

Time: 1:05 EST, Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Florida
TV: None
Weather: Cloudy, 81 Cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: 

On the heels of the potential elbow injury of Cliff Lee,  a huge opportunity awaits veteran starter Kevin Slowey. Signed to a minor league contract back in December, Slowey spent his 2014 in the Marlins bullpen making 15 appearances before being released in mid-June. Slowey projects to be a flier option for making the big club as either a back-end starter or long reliever. As a starter for the Minnesota Twins, the 30 year old  posted a 39-21 record with a 4.41 ERA between 2007-2011. Upon his release from Miami last June, Slowey didn’t pitch again in 2014.

Lineup: Revere, CF / Galvis, SS / Ruf, LF / Howard, 1B / Ruiz, DH / Brown, RF / Franco, 3B / Rupp, C / Hernandez 2B

 

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Spring Training Gameday: Blue Jays (2-2) at Phillies (1-2-1)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Sat, March 07, 2015 08:56 AM Comments: 3

Toronto Blue Jays (2-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-2-1) 

NYY Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Jerome Williams (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA)
vs.
TOR: Mark Buerhle

Time: 1:05 EST, Bright House Field
TV: TCN, MLB Network
Weather: Cloudy, 68 Degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: 

Jerome Williams looks to build off of his solid outing on Tuesday, pitching two scoreless innings. David Buchanan is also slated to make his second appears this spring following Williams’ exit. Both starters are projected to round out the Phils rotation in April. Jonathan Papelbon will be making his spring debut this afternoon. This, on the heels of his comments about a preferred interest in being traded to Toronto late last month.

It’s also Roy Halladay bobble head day at Bright House Field. If you are lucky enough to score that sweet giveaway item, I envy you.

Update: Per Jake Kaplan, the Phillies pitching schedule for today’s game is: Williams, Buchanan, Jesse Biddle, Papelbon, Mario Hollands, and Jeanmar Gomez.

Lineup: Revere, CF / Galvis, SS / Ruf, LF / Howard, 1B / Ruiz, DH / Brown, RF / Franco, 3B / Rupp, C / Phelps 2B

 

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Spring Training Gameday: Yankees (1-1-1) at Phillies (1-1-1)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Fri, March 06, 2015 11:27 AM Comments: 6

New York Yankees (1-1-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-1-1) 

NYY Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Cole Hamels
vs.
NYY: Bryan Mitchell

Time: 1:05 EST, Bright House Field
TV: TCN, MLB Network
Weather: Cloudy, 74 Degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: 

The Phillies square off against the Yankees for the third time in four days. This contest marks the spring debut of Phillies ace and potential trade candidate Cole Hamels. Hamels, whose offseason comments regarding his place during the Phillies rebuild, will have each start scrutinized and magnified due to his possible willingness to be traded by the July deadline. Hamels posted a 9-9 record in 2014 with a career low 2.46 ERA in 30 starts.

Lineup: Herrera, CF / Galvis, SS / Sizemore, DH / Howard, 1B / Ruf, LF / Asche, 3B / Ruiz, C / Francoeur, RF / Phelps 2B

 

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Spring Training Gameday: Phillies (1-0-1) at Astros (0-0)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Thu, March 05, 2015 11:22 AM Comments: 1

Philadelphia Phillies (1-0-1) at Houston Astros (0-0)

Houston Astros Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Cliff Lee
vs.
HOU: Mark Appel

Time: 1:05 EST, Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, Florida
TV: None
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: 

Cliff Lee’s makes his first start today since being shut down at the end of July due to a strained right elbow. Lee, who spent most of 2014 injured between May-July, went 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 13 starts last season.

Lineup: Revere, CF / Hernandez, 2B / Brown, DH / Francoeur, RF / Asche, 3B / Franco 1B/ Althierr, LF / Rupp, C /Blanco, SS

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Phils Improve By Playing Yankees To A Tie, Howard Speaks

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Tue, March 03, 2015 06:08 PM Comments: 5

The Phillies played the Yankees to a 5-all tie in nine innings at Bright House field this afternoon. The Yankees battled back from down 5-1 in the 9th, assisted by Aaron Judge’s three-run homer. A valiant effort was made by left-fielder Aaron Altherr, where Judge’s smash sailed just beyond his outstretched glove against the outfield wall.  The Phils fall to 0-1 in Grapefruit League play and face the Yankees again tomorrow in Tampa at Steinbrenner field.

Ryan Howard had two hits in his 2015 spring debut, driving in a run in the fourth inning. After the game, as recapped by Ryan Lawrence, Howard addressed the media answering myriad topics including his new batting stance and health:

On his stance:

Q: Your stance is pretty closed now – is there a comfort level with it already?

Howard: You mean standing taller a little bit? Yeah, yeah. I was working on that this offseason, so yeah, it definitely feels more comfortable. How does it look? Look good? That works.

Q: Who recommended standing more erect?

Howard: (I) just looked at some old video and stuff. Some in ’06 I was way down, and then it looked like I suddenly began creeping up over the years. So just video over the years, finding what was comfortable.

Health: 

Q: Your legs have been through a lot, but you look to be running well. Best they’ve felt in last 4-5 years?

Howard: They feel good, they feel good. Obviously you guys have watched camp, we’ve had a pretty busy workload. For them to be able to withstand the kind of workload that we’re doing right now, it’s a good sign.

Q: How did you feel at first base?

Howard: It felt good. Getting into game situations now where you’ve got to put the crowd in effect and everything, picking up balls, that kind of stuff, reaction time, it felt pretty good.

2015 Expectations 

Q: What are the expectations after talking to Amaro, Sandberg?

Howard: Our expectations are to go out and try to win baseball games. That’s the goal. The goal has never changed. The goal is to go out there and try to win. I think everyone in this clubhouse is here for that reason and that reason alone. Like I said before, everything that happened in the past is in the past. We’re all moving forward. The media is moving forward, we’re all moving forward. 

Q: Ruben and Ryno said 1st base is yours but there could be competition?

Howard: It is what it is, man. I’m going out here trying to prepare myself for the season. I’m going to use these games to get ready and do what I need to do. If people want to look at it as competition or whatever it is, that’s fine. That doesn’t affect me. My thing is taking care of my business in front of these white lines.

 Per Lawrence, Howard set ground rules with the media to only discuss topics pertaining to today’s game. The full transcript of the media scrum obviously skews from those rules. As Lawrence points out, Howard most certainly wouldn’t discuss any off his offseason legal issues with his family or Amaro’s now infamous “we are better off without him” comment.

Howard took he optimistic high road in regard to his offseason conditioning regiment, where he admitted to shredding 15-20 pounds. He cited his weight loss as giving him more confidence his ability to perform in “game type” situations. When prompted if he had something to prove this season, an allusion to his statistical unproficient seasons as compared to the playoff Phillies, Howard said “I’m just here to play ball.”

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Spring Training Gameday – Yankees at Phillies (0-0)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Tue, March 03, 2015 10:03 AM Comments: 4

After a meaningless, yet equally embarrassing loss to a college baseball team, the local nine hit the field against a professional team whilst using a professional lineup. Hopefully the outcome as 180 degrees different from yesterday.

New York Yankees (0-0) at Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) 

NYY Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Jerome Williams
vs.
NYY: Adam Warren

Time: 1:05 EST, Bright House Field
TV: CSN, MLB At Bat
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 79
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: Chase Utley’s sprained right ankle will keep him out of Grapefruit League action for at least a week. Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Utley rolled his ankle in January and it has been swollen ever since. But, there is no set timetable for Utley’s return this March. 

Lineup: CF Revere / SS Galvis / LF Sizemore / 1B Howard / DH Ruiz / RF Brown / 3B Asche / 2B Hernandez / C Rupp

 

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Spring Training Gameday 2015 – U of Tampa at Phillies (0-0)

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Sun, March 01, 2015 09:25 AM Comments: 12

For the first time in 153 days, the Philadelphia Phillies take the field to play a game of baseball. This game will be comprised of unheard players to most of the mainstream fan-base; equivalent to when Virgil was in the nWo. The Phils face the University of Tampa this afternoon in exhibition play to kick off their Grapefruit League season. The Spartans are 13-1 in non-conference play thus far in 2015.

Baseball will be a refreshing reprieve from the impending snow and ice storm for much of the Delaware Valley today. Baseball is back!

University of Tampa Spartans at Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) 

Atlanta Braves Phillies

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Paul Clemens
vs.
TB: David Heintz (3-0, 0.70 ERA)

Time: 1:05 EST, Bright House Field
TV: Unavailable, MLB At Bat
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 79
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A note for today: There may be a familiar face in the crowd today when Andrew Amaro steps in to the batters box leading off for the Spartans today. The William Penn Charter grad and 47th round pick of the Phillies in 2011 (did not sign) is the nephew of current Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Lineup: CF Herrera / 2B Hernandez / 3B Phelps / LF Ruf / 1B McGuiness / DH Canzler / RF Altherr / C Joseph / SS d’Arnaud

 

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We Predict The Outcome to A Phillies Royal Rumble Match

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Fri, January 23, 2015 02:55 PM Comments: 5

This Sunday Night, World Wrestling Entertainment presents its 28th annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view right here in Philadelphia. The main attraction on the card is the always hotly contested Royal Rumble match.

According to the match description “entry numbers, usually via a lottery… … usually staged right before the event begins. The match begins with the two wrestlers who have drawn entry numbers one and two, with the remaining 28 wrestlers entering the ring at regular timed intervals, either 90 seconds or two minutes, according to their entry number.”

The Royal Rumble match is one of the most highly regarded, star making, and historically significant matches in WWE history. For me personally, this will be my second straight Royal Rumble that I will be live in attendance for. My affinity for the Royal Rumble started as a child when imagining who would emerge victorious after all 29 eliminations. Trying to figure out if friend and foe alike would forge alliances or backstab one another for a chance to win the match. Afterall, the winner of the Royal Rumble match is guaranteed a title shot at Wrestlemania, the Super Bowl of American wrestling.

So, I thought I would combine my two favorite distractive hobbies, wrestling and Phillies baseball, and attempt to find the answer to an outrageous scenario: What if the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies were booked to compete in a Royal Rumble match?.

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De Fratus’s Hobby Lobby Comments Cause Controversy on Twitter

Posted by R.C. Cowie, Wed, July 02, 2014 11:26 AM Comments: 9

Phillies relief pitcher Justin De Fratus took to Twitter to share his opinion on the ground breaking Burwell v. Hobby-Lobby ruling on Tuesday.

 

 

De Fratus continues his discourse in the exchange below and received some spirited feedback from some of his 14,500 followers.

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