Crafting his 12th career shutout, Cliff Lee allowed three hits, two walks and struck out five in the Phillies' 3-0 series-clinching victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night at Marlins Park. Delmon Young hit his second solo homer in as many nights to provide Lee with all the run support he would need.
Phillies setup man Mike Adams took a step closer to his return Wednesday when he threw a bullpen session at Marlins Park. Adams is on the disabled list because of a strained back.
Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay reported Monday to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., to begin a rehab program following right shoulder surgery.
The Phillies announced Wednesday that Brad Lidge will formally retire as a member of the Phillies before their Aug. 1 game against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.
Chase Utley felt a burning sensation in his right rib cage taking swings in the batting cage before Tuesday's game at Marlins Park. He got scratched from the lineup a short time later, did not play in Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins and will have an MRI exam Thursday in Philadelphia.
The Nationals ended the Phillies' reign of five consecutive division titles a year ago, and Friday's game will be the first meeting between the two sides this season. Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound for the Nationals, opposed by Kyle Kendrick for the Phillies.
The Phillies will have Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning represent them in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft next month. Scott Palmer, the club's director of public affairs, will also represent the Phils at the Draft.
The Phillies did not seem terribly bothered that Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia spit on a baseball after allowing a home run Monday to Domonic Brown. "He did?" Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That's good. I didn't see it."
It will take much more than a penny for Cole Hamels' thoughts.Hamels signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension last summer, so he certainly doesn't need the money. He declined for a second day to discuss his frustrations following Monday's 5-1 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park.
Ryan Howard has thought about the long-term prognosis for his balky left knee. He tried his hand at gallows humor to discuss those concerns Tuesday at Marlins Park. "I guess if I blow up, then I'd be worried about that then," he said. But Howard was back in Tuesday's lineup, which is a positive short-term development.
Supporting Tyler Cloyd's strong seven-inning performance, the Phillies tied a season high with 15 hits in a 7-3 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. Ryan Howard led the attack in his return to the lineup, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Delmon Young and Domonic Brown each drove in a pair.
The Phillies placed Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a Grade 2 strained hamstring. He is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks, based on the size and location of the tear.
The Phillies lost to the lowly Marlins at Marlins Park, 5-1, on Monday night, wasting a fine pitching performance from Cole Hamels and erasing any warm, fuzzy feelings following Sunday's dramatic ninth-inning comeback against the Reds.
The Phillies placed right-handed reliever Mike Adams on the disabled list Monday because of a strained back. The move is retroactive to May 11, meaning Adams can be activated as early as Sunday.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard missed much of last season following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles. He then had a cortisone injection in his left knee Sunday in Philadelphia because of inflammation and changes in his meniscus. He was unavailable to play Monday, but the Phillies said he is day to day.
Ryan Howard will have a precautionary MRI on Monday to take a look at his sore left knee.
Stymied for most of the day, the Phillies came alive vs. Aroldis Chapman, as Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis hit back-to-back homers for a 3-2, walk-off win over the Reds on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies' bullpen is not just allowing small deficits to get out of hand, but the team's relievers are allowing inherited runners to score at a staggering rate.
The Phillies announced Sunday that they will call up right-hander Tyler Cloyd from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start Tuesday against the Marlins.
Ben Revere made his return to the Phillies' lineup Sunday after beginning the previous four games on the bench.
Michael Young has his first baseman's mitt in his locker every time he goes to the ballpark, but until Sunday, it had not served him a purpose this season.
Cole Hamels has done more than his fair share of giving back to Americans who have served during his time in the Major Leagues. The most recent example came Saturday, when the left-handed starting pitcher had 33 veterans join him on the field at Citizens Bank Park before the Phillies' afternoon contest against the Reds.
Michael Young played a critical role in the Phillies' 5-3 victory Friday against the Reds. He hit a two-out triple to score Cliff Lee in the fifth inning to give the Phillies a three-run lead. He then turned a 10-pitch at-bat in the eighth inning into his third walk of the game, which sparked a two-run rally.
Ryan Howard was in a 2-for-29 slump before an infield, check-swing single helped the Phillies score two runs in a 5-3 victory over the Reds at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. Howard had been hitting .322 (19-for-59) with five doubles, five home runs and 15 RBIs in his previous 17 games.
Charlie Manuel said he knows games like the Phillies had Saturday can have a snowball effect. Nothing went right, as Philadelphia was shut out for the sixth time this season and fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 10-0, at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies blew a one-run lead against the Reds in the eighth inning Friday but bounced back in the bottom of the frame to scratch across two runs and retake the lead for good in a 5-3 victory.
Phillies setup man Mike Adams has a "very mild" back strain and is day to day, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday. Adams, who received an MRI exam Friday, said his back still hurt on his right side whenever he twisted.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. can afford to be relatively patient for a few more months, but he has expressed concerns about an offense that has had trouble getting on base, hitting for power and scoring runs.
The Phillies recalled 27-year-old righty B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Left-hander Raul Valdes was sent down to make room on the Major League roster.
The Indians were in town for only two days, but John Mayberry Jr. most likely wished they stayed longer. Mayberry started both games against Cleveland, went 5-for-8, drove in three runs, scored three times and raised his batting average 35 points.