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Philadelphia Phillies 

Potential Pap suitors fewer after K-Rod signs with Crew

The Phillies can remove another potential landing spot for closer Jonathan Papelbon. The Brewers and Francisco Rodriguez on Thursday agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract, effectively making him Milwaukee's closer this season.

Phillies to add Burrell to club's Wall of Fame

The Phillies offered Pat Burrell a pretty sweet farewell from Philadelphia in 2008. Burrell led the World Series championship parade down Broad Street. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Rays a short time later, ending his nine-year career with the Phillies. But the Phillies are bringing Burrell back to Citizens Bank Park on July 31 to induct the slugger onto the organization's Wall of Fame.

Sandberg impressed with Francoeur's intangibles

Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said last week he hopes to help Jeff Francoeur's swing and get him back to the big leagues.

Herrera taking aim at spot on Opening Day roster

Nearly every time a Rule 5 Draft pick enters Spring Training, somebody likes to mention Rule 5 success stories like Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, Shane Victorino and Joakim Soria. They are the best of the best. The Phillies hope Odubel Herrera, whom they drafted with the eighth overall pick in December's Rule 5 Draft, leans more toward Victorino (2004 pick) than Michael Martinez (2010 pick).

Sandberg encouraged by Howard's early work

Manager Ryne Sandberg seems to be impressed with how Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has looked during the team's first two full-squad workouts at Carpenter Complex.

Lee faces hitters for first time since July

Everything seems fine so far with Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. He threw to hitters Wednesday morning at Carpenter Complex, the first time he had faced hitters since his 2014 season ended in July because of an injured left elbow. If Lee is behind schedule compared to other starters in camp, it does not appear to be much.

Aumont, Hernandez among Phillies without Minors options

Projecting the Phillies' Opening Day roster is an annual rite of spring. For that reason it is worth knowing the players in camp without options.

Phillies were interested, had contacted Moncada's agent

The Phillies said they had interest in the Cuban prospect, but how much is uncertain.

In Manuel Phillies' hitters still trust

Former Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel still has the ear of some of his former players as a guest instructor in Spring Training.

Davis to serve as analyst in Phillies' booth

Ben Davis will replace Jamie Moyer as the color analyst in the Phillies' broadcast booth.

Seeking baseball rebirth, Francoeur turns to Manuel

Jeff Francoeur, trying to get his career back on track, is a non-roster invitee with the Phils. Former skipper Charlie Manuel is back as a senior adviser. This spring he's working with hitters; Francoeur may just be his passion project.

Sandberg, Amaro encourage Phillies to 'move forward'

Philadelphia is looking to move past an offseason full of moves and rumors.

Sandberg sees 'fresh year' for Howard

Ryan Howard declined to speak to reporters on the eve of the Phillies' first full-squad workout Tuesday at Carpenter Complex. But Howard is here and will try to prove his doubters wrong.

Utley talks 'respect;' no plans to ask for trade

Chase Utley has not changed his mind. Not yet anyway. The veteran second baseman said Monday afternoon at Bright House Field that he still has no desire to waive his no-trade rights and play for anybody other than the Phillies.

Brown downplays talk of make-or-break year

If Domonic Brown is concerned about his future in Philadelphia, he kept those thoughts to himself Monday at Bright House Field. Brown is getting a chance to play because the Phillies need to see if he can be the player they saw in 2013, when he hit .272 with 27 homers, 83 RBIs and an .818 OPS. If he is, then they know they have a right fielder for the foreseeable future. If not, then they know the

Oft-injured Dugan sidelined with stress reaction

Kelly Dugan, who Philadelphia selected in the second round of the 2009 Draft, strolled through the Phillies' clubhouse Monday morning at Bright House Field with a walking boot on his right foot. He sustained a mild stress reaction while running sprints recently.

Daulton cancer-free after two-year battle

Former Phillies All-Star catcher Darren Daulton, who was one of the heroes of the 1993 NL Pennant-winning club, is cancer-free -- two years after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Despite time in left, Asche's immediate future at hot corner

Versatility defensively could help Cody Asche in the future, especially if Maikel Franco fulfills his promise and the Phillies want him to be the regular at third. But while Asche is getting some work in left, manager Ryne Sandberg said Sunday it is unlikely Asche gets a lot of work there.

Sandberg hopes to find right hitter for two-hole

It is tough to figure out a Phillies lineup without Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd. It is early, but Ben Revere figures to hit first. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard could hit third and fourth, respectively. But if that holds true, who hits second?

Galvis ready to step up as everyday shortstop for Phillies

When the Phillies traded Rollins to the Dodgers in December for Minor League pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle, Galvis became the organization's first everyday shortstop other than Rollins since Desi Relaford in 2000.

Trade talks put Hamels in difficult position with Phillies

Though Cole Hamels said Wednesday that he wants to win and knows "it's not going to happen here," he stepped back a bit from those words and praised the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia on Saturday.

Hamels 'fully committed' to Philly as season approaches

What is Cole Hamels supposed to say? That he doesn't want to be here? Zero chance of that. Hamels' feelings for the Phillies run too deep. For the City of Philadelphia, too, as he has come to love the place.

Strong camp could give Gonzalez edge in rotation battle

Though David Buchanan is the favorite for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will get a chance to prove himself in Spring Training.

Hollands committed to improve on rookie campaign

Mario Hollands is a favorite to win a bullpen job following a mostly successful rookie season, when the lefty surprised people and made the Opening Day roster. He posted a a 4.40 ERA in 50 appearances, but he finished the season on the disabled list with an injured left elbow.

Schmidt expected back in Phillies' TV booth

Mike Schmidt will be in Phillies' camp working with hitters like Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Darin Ruf. Then, he is expected to return to the Phillies' broadcast booth.

Schmidt set to help Brown, other Phils bats this spring

The Hall of Fame third baseman will be working with left fielder Domonic Brown and other Phillies' hitters this spring as a guest instructor but he sees Brown as a challenge.

Amaro, Sandberg: Papelbon is 2015 closer

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Ryne Sandberg have said unequivocally that Jonathan Papelbon will be their closer in 2015.

Papelbon believes Phillies can still compete

Jonathon Papelbon refuses to believe the Phils' are rebuilding for the future, despite the president and general manager having said socountless times.

Morgan embracing opportunity at big league camp

If everything had happened as planned, if there had been no setbacks, no shoulder surgery, no rehab, this could have been Adam Morgan's third consecutive Spring Training with the Phillies.

Magic man: Lee seeks winning answers with Phillies

Left-hander Cliff Lee has hinted in the past that he would like to leave the struggling Phillies and play for a World Series contender, but he used a Magic 8 Ball that he said he found in his locker to deflect those inquiries on Thursday.


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