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Philadelphia Phillies 

Phillies could be in market for Cuban talent

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week the Phillies need to make serious upgrades to their offense. Multiple sources indicated recently the Phillies will take a shot at Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo, but they are not expected to sign him.

Schilling: Cancer caused by smokeless tobacco

Curt Schilling said Wednesday that he believes his use of smokeless tobacco led to oral cancer that required radiation and chemotherapy. Schilling revealed the type of cancer he had while speaking on WEEI Radio during the Boston station's annual fund-raising broadcast for the Jimmy Fund.

Phils president: GM Amaro 'not on the hot seat'

Phillies president David Montgomery's support for GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has not wavered publicly, including Tuesday at the organization's Baseball 101 Clinic and Luncheon for Women at Citizens Bank Park. "Ruben is not on the hot seat," he told a large group of Phillies fans during a question-and-answer session.

Ruf looking to prove worth as everyday option

Right-handed-hitting Darin Ruf continues to make strides at the plate, but it hasn't translated into more than a platoon and pinch-hit role for the 28-year-old.

Matter of time: Cano thanks Bowa with watch

On Monday, Robinson Cano surprised Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa by sending over a new Rolex watch to the former Yankees infield coach as a quiet thank you for helping him as a youngster when he was first breaking into the Majors.

Burnett ponders future after setback for Phils

A.J. Burnett struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings on Tuesday, but his problems with walks continued and the offense was held silent by Hisashi Iwakuma in a 5-2 loss to the Mariners.

Blanco goes deep as Rollins gets break

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg felt he needed to give Jimmy Rollins "a little break" on Monday, so the shortstop did not play in a 4-1 victory over the Mariners at Citizens Bank Park.

Williams' solid outing lifts Phillies past Mariners

Jerome Williams threw seven innings of one-run ball and Andres Blanco hit a three-run homer to power Philadelphia to a 4-1 victory and halt the streaking Mariners on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Mayberry set to begin rehab assignment at Triple-A

Outfielder John Mayberry Jr., on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left wrist, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.

Even hobbled, Revere contending for batting title

Based on the grimaces on his face, Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is playing with plenty of pain these days. His surgically repaired right ankle is causing him fits. But he's still managing a run at the National League batting title.

Panik confirmed safe after Phillies' challenge

The Phillies lost a replay challenge in the eighth inning Sunday at AT&T Park. Giants second baseman Joe Panik tried to take the extra base on a single and was called safe, but Jimmy Rollins thought his tag beat him to the bag. Umpires reviewing the play confirmed the call.

Phillies can't take advantage vs. Lincecum

The Phillies chased Tim Lincecum from the mound after just five innings Sunday at AT&T Park. But Lincecum left with a one-run lead and the Phillies lost, 5-2.

Kendrick expresses regret for storming off field

Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick apologized to Ryne Sandberg early Sunday morning at AT&T Park for almost leaving the mound before his manager arrived during a pitching change in the sixth inning Saturday.

Phillies happy to get Valentin from Dodgers

The Phillies hope Jesmuel Valentin is one of two quality players to join the organization following the Roberto Hernandez trade with the Dodgers. The Phillies acquired him Saturday as the first player to be named in the deal.

Biddle strains quad in return to Reading

Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle strained his right quadriceps in Saturday's start with Double-A Reading.

Phils acquire 2B prospect as part of Hernandez deal

The Phillies announced Saturday evening they acquired Class A second baseman Jesmuel Valentin from the Dodgers as the first of two players to be named in the Roberto Hernandez trade.

Howard keeps up hot hitting vs. SF's Hudson

One sure bet in baseball Saturday had Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard in the lineup against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson. Howard hits Hudson. Always has.

After strong start, Kendrick, Phils let lead slip away

Kyle Kendrick settled down after giving up a first-inning homer, but he was pulled in the sixth, as the Giants came back from a four-run deficit to tie the game and later win, 6-5, at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon. Kendrick was charged with four runs (three earned), thanks in part to some faulty defense behind him.

Top prospect Crawford still sidelined with ankle sprain

Class A Advanced Clearwater shortstop J.P. Crawford has not played since Monday because of a sprained left ankle.

Asche comes up big as Phillies win in 10th

Cody Asche offered a glimpse of what the Phillies think he can be Friday night in a 5-3 victory over the Giants in 10 innings at AT&T Park.

Replay confirms Rollins caught stealing by Giants

The Phillies lost a replay challenge in the fourth inning Friday night at AT&T Park. Jimmy Rollins was caught stealing third base, and replay officials in New York confirmed the call.

Phillies could have interest in retaining Sizemore

Grady Sizemore has played well, maybe better than expected, since he joined the Phillies in July. But does he have a future in the organization?

Mayberry still dealing with sore left wrist

Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is getting a little closer to rejoining the team. He has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 21 with inflammation in his left wrist. But Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg also said Mayberry "keeps getting slowed up a little bit" following his workouts.

Phillies trying to determine Ruf's ceiling

Darin Ruf, who started in left field Friday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, has been in lineup purgatory lately. The Phillies say the need to see more of Ruf, but he hasn't played much as the organization says it is trying to win as many games as possible.

Philly powerhouse ready for Little League World Series

The Taney Dragons of Philadelphia, who play their first game in the Little League World Series on Friday, are a tournament-tested group of 12- and 13-year-olds led by their star pitcher, and her name is Mo'ne Davis.

Manfred to succeed Selig as next Commissioner

Rob Manfred was elected in a 30-0 vote Thursday to succeed Commissioner Bud Selig in January, becoming the 10th person to hold the industry's highest office.

Amaro formulating plan for Phillies' future

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says the Phillies have a plan for this year and beyond, but everybody will have to wait and see how it plays out.

Burnett's gem is derailed by Angels' rally

Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett, seeking his first win since July 11, was working on a gem before the Angels' three-run sixth inning sunk him in a 4-3 loss at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.

No. 4 prospect Biddle returning to Double-A

Jesse Biddle's next start will be Saturday with Double-A Reading. Biddle, who was selected by the Phillies in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, opened the season with Reading before struggling and ultimately being placed on the inactive list.

Ruf's playing time continues to be sporadic

It sounded a few weeks ago like the Phillies' Darin Ruf would receive fairly consistent playing time the rest of the season, but it hasn't happened that way.

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