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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.”

Phillies 2008 World Series Hero Brad Lidge Plans to Retire

The most iconic photo of Brad Lidge.

The most iconic photo of Brad Lidge.

Free-agent reliever and former Phillies Brad Lidge has informed his agents, Rex Gary & Jim Turner, that he plans to retire.

Lidge, who was a perfect 41-for-41 in the regular season and another 7-for-7 in save opportunities during the Phillies 2008 World Series championship season, will hang the cleats up after 11 seasons in the Majors.

Lidge’s career was filled with ultimate lows and highs, including the infamous home run he gave up to Albert Pujols in 2005 to his perfect season as a Phillie.

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Werth Has Kind Words For Manuel

Nationals RF Jayson Werth (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

WASHINGTON — Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth irritated Phillies fans last week when he faked a throw into the stands to a couple of children, claiming he was concerned with the drunk fans behind them.

Today, Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a piece that should enlighten Phillies fans on Werth’s real emotions on the organization and especially his former manager, Charlie Manuel.

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Phillies End Season at .500 With 5-1 Loss to Nationals

Phillies SP Cliff Lee in his final start of 2012. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nationals 5, Phillies 1
WP – Edwin Jackson (10-11, 4.03)
LP – Cliff Lee (6-9, 3.16)
SV – Michael Gonzalez (1)

WASHINGTON — The Phillies 2012 season ended in fitting fashion: in Washington to the NL East champs with a loss.

Cliff Lee went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and seven strikeouts. Lee finished the season 6-9 with a 3.16 ERA, 207 strikeouts and 28 walks in 211 innings.

Lee had a surprisingly history season, becoming the first ever pitcher to win less than eight games with a sub-3.20 ERA and over 200 strike outs.

Darin Ruf once again drove in the Phillies’ only run of the game. His sacrifice fly in the 4th inning gave him his eighth RBI in the last four games against Washington, providing 100% of the offense in each of those games.

The Phillies only lead disappeared in the bottom of the 4th. Lee gave up a lead-off homer to Ryan Zimmerman and back-to-back double to lead off the inning, giving Washington a 2-1 lead.

The Nats scored one more off Lee in the 6th with Tyler Moore’s solo shot.

2B: Schierholtz 2 (8), Ruiz (32), Frandsen (10).

Boxscore.

Ruf Homers Twice In Loss

Nationals 4, Phillies 2
WP – Zach Duke (1-0, 1.32)
LP – Josh Lindblom (3-5, 3.55)
SV – Drew Storen (4)

WASHINGTON — In last three games against the Washington Nationals, the Phillies have scored only seven runs.

All seven of those runs came from prospect Darin Ruf.

Ruf hit a pair of solo home runs in the Phillies 4-2 loss to Washington. It was Ruf’s first career multi-home run game.

In the 4th inning, the Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Ruf’s solo shot. They then surrendered runs in 4th and 6th inning to trail 3-1.

Ruf pulled the Phillies to within one run in the 8th with his second solo homer of the game.

2B: Frandsen 2 (9). HR: Ruf 2 (3).

Boxscore.

Like It Ruf: AA Prospect’s Two-Run Triple in 2nd Leads Phillies Past Nats

Phillies 2, Nationals 0
WP – Kyle Kendrick (
LP – John Lannan (
SV – Phillippe Aumont (2)

WASHINGTON — “That’s the first time I ever won and got beat.”

Those were the words Charlie Manuel used to describe the Phillies 2-0 win over the Nationals Monday night. Despite Philadelphia’s win, the Braves’ 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh clinched the Nationals their first NL East division crown.

Darin Ruf hit a two-run triple in the 2nd inning and that was all Kyle Kendrick needed.

Kendrick, who all but cemented a spot in the 2013 rotation, pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and a walk, striking out four. His effort dropped his ERA to 3.90, the fourth time in six years he had an ERA under 4.00.

Manuel said it himself that Kendrick, “is in there. Unless we get Price or someone like that.”

Phillippe Aumont recorded his second save of his career.

2B: Brown (11). 3B: Ruf (1).

Boxscore.

Series Preview: at Washington Nationals

PHI: 80-79, 3rd in NL East; WAS: 96-63, 1st in NL East

When: October 1-3
Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08) vs. John Lannan (4-0, 4.23)
Tuesday: Johnny Wholestaff vs. Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.12) vs Edwin Jackson (9-11, 4.13)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN 
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Phillies Drop Final Home Game of Season to Nats

Nationals 7, Phillies 3
WP – Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89)
LP – Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 4.91)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies fell to Washington in their final home game of the season, a season that they will soon long to forget.

In his last start of the season, Tyler Cloyd was less-than-impressive again and the Nationals capitalized in their 7-3 win over Philadelphia.

Cloyd was shelled for six runs in five innings of work. He will head into the off season as a candidate for the rotation next season, but his unimpressive stint with the Phillies will certainly be on the minds of the coaching staff.

The Phillies led 3-1 after a 1st-inning three-run double by Darin Ruff.

The Nationals chipped away at the lead. They got a solo homer from Michael Morse in the 2nd inning to make it 3-2 and an RBI ground out by Morse tied the game up in the 4th.

Washington took the lead in the 5th and didn’t look back on Bryce Harper’s RBI single.

2B: Ruf (1).

Boxscore.

Phillies Can’t Climb Out of Early Hole; Drop to Nationals

Nationals 8, Phillies 4
WP – John Lannan (4-0, 4.23)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Three home runs and five runs was just big enough of a lead for Washington to hold off the Phillies.

Tapping Kyle Kendrick early, the Nationals were able to beat Philadelphia, 8-4. Kendrick was done after two innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks with one strike out.

The Phillies bullpen shut the Nationals down for six innings until a few insurance runs in the 9th inning cut short a comeback attempt by the Phillies..

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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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