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Phillies Sign Ex-Nat John Lannan

 

LHP John Lannan

LHP John Lannan

The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with left-handed starter John Lannan.

Lannan is a “low-risk, high-reward” move for Ruben Amaro, who said that was the type of player he was pursuing for his fifth starter. Kyle Kendrick will most likely be the fourth starter in the rotation now.

Lannan, 28, has a 42-52 record and 4.01 ERA in his six Major League seasons, all with the Nationals. Last year, Lannan went 4-1 with a 4.43 ERA in six starts.

Lannan’s history against the Phillies is almost infamous. Lannan is 3-13 against the Phillies with a 5.53 ERA in 19 career starts.

But the stat that really stands out are the 11 times Lannan hit a Phillies batter. The most famous was when he plunked Chase Utley in Lannan’s Major League debut on July 26, 2007, breaking his hand. On the next pitch, Lannan hit Ryan Howard and was immediately ejected.

“I don’t think he was trying to hit me,” Utley said after that game. “It kinda got away from him. He’s a young guy. He hit two guys in a row. I don’t think he was throwing at us.”

Howard Breaks Toe; Season Over

MIAMI — An unfortunate end comes to Ryan Howard’s season.

During yesterday’s game, Ryan Howard dropped the led pipe that he swings in the on-deck circle on his foot, breaking his toe. Manager Charlie Manuel said his season is over.

In 71 games Howard hit .219 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs.

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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Wild 1st Sets Tone In Phillies Rout

A victimized RP Josh Edgin looks down while Ryan Howard (background) circles the bases after hitting a 9th inning grandslam. It was Howard’s second 9th inning homer off Edgin in as many days. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Phillies 16, Mets 1
WP – Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86)
LP – Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79)

QUEENS, NY — The Phillies were held to six scoreless innings. Fortunately for them, the other three innings provided a lot of damage.

An eight-run 1st inning and a seven-run 9th propelled the Phillies to a 16-1 pounding of the Mets. The win gave them the sweep, and kept them in pace with St. Louis, who won again earlier in the day.

The Phillies had 21 hits in the game — of those 21 hits, 19 of them were singles. The only extra base hits came from Chase Utley’s double and Ryan Howard’s grand slam.

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Howard’s Power Pushes Phillies Past Mets

Phillies 3, Mets 2
WP – Jeremy Horst (2-0, 1.11)
LP – Josh Edgin (3-6, 3.86)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (36)

QUEENS, NY — Ryan Howard knew it. Josh Edgin knew it. Heck, everyone in the stadium knew it.

Howard’s two-run blast off Edgin in the 9th inning gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead and win, helping them in their chase for the post season.

Howard struggled at the dish, striking out twice before his 9th inning at bat.

“I was struggling, period. There’s no secret about it,” Howard said. “Even throughout the entire game today, I struggled trying to catch up to the fastball. My swing was a little long. I just caught up to a fastball and was able to get a big hit.”

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Bullpen Blows Lead; Phillies Winning Streak Snapped

Astros 6, Phillies 4
WP – Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33)
LP – Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 3.00)
SV – Wilton Lopez (5)

HOUSTON — Throwing strikes killed the Phillies bullpen and their seven-game winning streak.

Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman looked bad in the 8th inning and Jed Lowries two-out, two-run double was the result of that. The double gave Houston a 5-4 lead en route to a 6-4 win over the Phillies Thursday night, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

After walking the tying run and hitting the go-ahead run in the 8th, Charlie Manuel pulled a gassed Aumont from his fifth appearance in five days. Diekman followed up by surrendering a two-run double to Jed Lowrie and RBI single by Brandon Barmes to make it a 6-4 game.

Erik Kratz got the Phillies offense going in the 2nd inning with his RBI double.

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Rocky Mountain Sweep: Phillies Hammer Rockies; Sweep Doubleheader, Series

Phillies 7, Rockies 4
WP – BJ Rosenberg (1-2, 11.37)
LP – Josh Roenicke (4-2, 2.83)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are rolling, breathing new hope into their season that seemed lost a month ago.

The Phillies won the night-cap of the day/night doubleheader, sweeping the Rockies in the series with a 7-4 win. With those wins, the Phillies are six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with 22 games to play.

Colorado scored all four of its runs in the 3rd inning against Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd, making his third career start, was done after four, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.

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Phillies Walk-Off Again vs Rockies

Phillies 2B Chase Utley scores on Ryan Howard’s two-run double in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Rockies 2
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (5-6, 2.56)
LP – Matt Belisle (3-6, 3.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Late-inning drama has become the Phillies forte as of late, and it’s become a bit of a pest to the Rockies.

For the second time this series, the Rockies blew an early 2-0 lead, only to be walked-off, and again the final score being 3-2 in favor of the Fightins.

Rockies catcher Wilton Rosario had a problem handling pitches all day and it hurt the Rockies in the end.

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Phillis Epically Collapse In 9th

Braves 8, Phillies 7
WP – Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-6, 3.02)

ATLANTA — Words still can’t describe what happened to the Phillies Sunday evening.

In a season filled with lows and late-inning collapses, the lowest point hit Sunday. The Phillies bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in the 9th inning, ultimately surrendering a game to the Braves in epic melt down fashion.

Possibly a bad idea, Jeremy Horst started the 9th after pitching an inning and a third. Holding a 7-3 lead, he gave up a one-out walk and single before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon quickly struck out Lyle Overbay for the second out, but walked Michael Bourn to load the bases.

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Kratz Ties It and Mayberry Ends In It Comeback Win

Phillies 8, Braves 5
WP – Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58)
LP – Christhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (31)

ATLANTA — Erik Kratz may have won the backup catcher spot for the 2013 season.

The 31-year-old catcher, getting plenty of time during Carlos Ruiz’s injury, hit a towering home run in the top of the 9th to tie the game up, 5-5. The homer was Craig Kimbrel’s third blown save of the season.

One inning later, John Mayberry hit a three-run homer to left field to put the Phillies ahead 8-5 and Jonathan Papelbon nailed the door shut in the win. It was Papelbon’s 31st save of the season and 250th in his career.

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