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Quintero Heads List of Nine Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees for Phillies

The Phillies invited nine non-40-man roster players to Spring Training this season.

The list is headed by free agent catcher Humberto Quintero, who is the top candidate to back-up Erik Kratz while Carlos Ruiz serves his 25-game suspension. Quintero will compete with prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle for that spot.

Quintero, 33, hit .232 in 43 games with the Kansas City Royals last season.

The other eight guys invited to Spring Training are infielders Andres Blanco, Josh Fields, Michael Martinez and Pete Orr; catcher Steven Lerud; outfielder Jermaine Mitchell; pitchers Cesar Jimenez and Zach Miner.

Martinez, Orr and Lerud all played with the Phillies during the 2012 season while Blanco spent all of last year with the IronPigs in Triple-A. The rest have not been invited before.

As per the Phillies PR, here is information on the other eight invitees to Spring Training:

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Phillies Catcher Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games For Amphetamines

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, coming off of a career season, was suspended 25 games today.

The All-Star catcher was said to have been using and amphetamine called Aderall, which is an energy booster, an agent used to mask steroid use. He will miss the first 25 games of the 2013 season.

Ruiz released a statement after the announcement:

“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a statement. “I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization, and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.”

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Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins Wins 4th Gold Glove

Photo via egraphs

In a season filled with losing, Jimmy Rollins was a winner.

The 33-year-old short stop has won his fourth career Gold Glove award, his first since winning from 2007-09.

Rollins posted a .978 fielding percentage, the highest among short stops in all of baseball. His 13 errors in 594 chances gave him the lowest total among short stops with at least 500 attempts.

Rollins’ four Gold Gloves rank him third in Phillies history. He stands behind 10-time winner Mike Schmidt at third base and eight-time winner Garry Maddox in the outfield.

Rollins beat out Miami’s Jose Reyes, Washington’s Ian Desmond and Cincinnati’s Zach Cozart.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz was a finalist for the NL Gold Glove but lost out to Yadier Molina of the Cardinals.

Phillies Exercise Ruiz’s 2013 Option

The Phillies have exercised the option of Carlos Ruiz’s option for 2013.

Ruiz, who enjoyed a career season, will make $5 million next year. He hit .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs along with a .935 OPS, all career highs.

Chooch’s Three-Hit Day Leads Phillies Past Marlins

Phillies SP Cole Hamels went seven innings, allowing one run for his 17th win of the season. He ended the year with a 3.05 ERA. (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Marlins 1
WP – Cole Hamels (17-6, 3.05)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (4-13, 4.30)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (38)

MIAMI — The Phillies are on a mission to end their season on a high note.

With a 4-1 win over the Marlins, the Phillies put themselves at one game above .500. If they can win two in Washington, that will give them 83 wins and a winning season.

Cole Hamels capped off a tremendous season with a seven innings of one-run ball. The left-hander fanned eight, surrendering only one run on five hits and a walk.

Hamels finished the season with a career-high in wins with 17 as well as a career-high 216 strikeouts. To go along with that, Hamels finished with a 3.05 ERA and 215 1/3 innings pitched.

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Phillies Back Halladay’s Final Start of 2012 With Win

Phillies 9, Marlins 5
WP – Roy Halladay (11-8, 4.49)
LP – Ricky Nolasco (12-14, 4.48)

MIAMI — Roy Halladay finished the 2012 season with a 4.49 ERA. But he also finished with a win.

In a performance that was again mediocre by Halladay’s standards, Doc got the win in the Phillies 9-5 win over Miami. Halladay allowed five runs on six hits and three walks, striking out seven in five innings to bring his final record to 11-8.

Miami jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Halladay surrendered four singles and a walk in the inning.

Pete Orr’s two-run double in the 2nd inning brought the Phillies to within 3-2. But after a Giancarlo Stanton’s solo homer in the 4th, the Marlins made some room with a 4-2 lead.

The Phillies got Halladay the only lead he would need in the 5th inning. Chase Utley hit a two-run single and Domonic Brown had an RBI triple to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

The Phillies padded the lead in the 7th with a Carlos Ruiz two-run single, making it a 7-4 game.

2B: Orr (5), Ruiz (30), Ruf (2). 3B: Brown (2).

Boxscore.

Ruf’s First Major League Homer Sparks Phillies Win Over Nationals

Phillies rookier LF Darin Ruf hits his first Major League home run off Washington starter Ross Detwiler in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies 6, Nationals 3
WP – Cole Hamels (16-6, 3-11)
LP – Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (37)

PHILADELPHIA — Seeing his name penciled into the starting line up for the first time as a Major Leaguer had to have felt good for Darin Ruf.

Blasting a solo homer in the 2nd inning for his first career hit in the Majors had to have felt even better.

Ruf hit the first of three Phillies home runs – the shot coming off of Nationals starter Ross Detwiler –  in their 6-3 win over the Nationals, backing Cole Hamels on a night he didn’t have his best stuff.

After a pair of pinch-hit at-bats, Ruf finally made his first start in left field. He finished the game going 2-for-3 with a homer and a single.

 

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Phillies Award Ruiz With Team MVP

According to the Phillies Twitter account, Carlos Ruiz has won the Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player Award.

Ruiz had a career year, hitting .328 with 16 homers and 62 RBIs and a team-high .938 OPS. All of those numbers were career highs for Chooch.

Phillies Sit Three Games Back With Win

Phillies 6, Braves 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)
LP – Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies knew they needed a win with St. Louis losing earlier in the day.

They capitalized, hitting four home runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Braves Friday night in Philadelphia. It was their fourth straight win and it pulled them to three games back of the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot.

The Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. Juan Pierre hit a one-out triple and scored on Chase Utley’s ground out to make it a 1-0 game.

Atlanta responded with an RBI ground out by Brian McCann to tie the game up.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Kevin Frandsen hit a solo home run to make it a 2-1 game. The Phillies added onto the lead in the 4th with back-to-back homers by Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.

Utley also homered later in the game to make it a 6-2 game. Howard and Utley’s shots gave them 299 and 199 career homers respectively, pulling the two within one of mile stones.

Kyle Kendrick pitched into the 7th, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six for his 10th win of the season.

It was the fourth time in Kendrick’s career he won 10 games. In 2008 and 2010, Kendrick won a career high 11 games. He has a shot at tying it this season.

3B: Pierre (6). HR: Frandsen (2), Howard (13), Ruiz (15), Utley (11).

Boxscore.

Mayberry’s Three-RBI Night Paces Phils

Phillies 12, Astros 6
WP – Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06)
LP – Edgar Gonzalez (2-1, 4.40)

HOUSTON — A night after blowing a 4-0 lead, the Phillies made sure that they didn’t suffer a similar fate against the Astros this time around.

After the Astros cut the Phillies lead to 5-3 courtesy of a Matt Downs two-run home run, the offense showed up in a big way. The Phillies tacked on four insurance runs on their way to a 12-6 victory on Friday night.

John Mayberry Jr. led the charge as he went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Each Phillies starter minus Carlos Ruiz, had at least one hit.

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