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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.

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.

Injury Update: Polanco, Ruiz, Worley

POLANCO’S SEASON DONE — The 2012 season has come to a close for third baseman Placido Polanco.

The Phillies put Polanco on the 15-day DL with back inflammation, but with it being in September it is easy to think he will stay there for the remainder of the season. This will enable Kevin Frandsen to play every day until the season ends.

Polanco did say he hopes to play again next season. He has an option for $5 million with the Phillies next season, but a $1 million buyout that Ruben Amaro is likely to use.

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Carlos Ruiz Out 4-6 Weeks With Plantar Fasciitis

PHILADELPHIA — If things couldn’t get any worse for the Phillies season.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz was diagnosed with platar’s fasciitis and will be out four-six weeks. He was placed on the DL this afternoon.

Hector Luna was called up from Lehigh to replace Ruiz.

Ruiz is having a career season in which he’s hitting .335 with 28 doubles, 14 home runs, 58 RBIs. He also has a .959 OPS, a top 10 mark in all of baseball.

From Todd Zolecki:

He ranked fourth in the National League in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging percentage and sixth in OPS.

Unfortunately for Ruiz, he will not finish the season with enough plate appearances to qualify among the league leaders in those categories.

8th Inning Rally Gives Phils 7-6 Win Over Brewers

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.01)
LP – Kameron Loe (4-4, 4.04)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (22)

PHILADELPHIA — There is a bit of swagger left in the Phillies tank and it showed again.

Looking like a completely different team, the Phillies showed no lead is safe. They scored six runs in the 8th inning to come all the way back from being down 6-1 to beat the Brewers 7-6 Tuesday night.

After Erik Kratz’s pinch-hit two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 8th of Brewers reliever Manny Parra made it a 6-3 game, the Phils attempted a two-out rally.

Parra got Jimmy Rollins for the second out. But then Para walked Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to load the bases for Carlos Ruiz.

Chooch, who is having an MVP-caliber season, smacked a bases-clearing double into the gap in left center to tie the game up. Hunter Pence followed with an RBI single to score Ruiz and give the Phillies a 7-6 lead.

It erased another dismal Phillies start, this time from Cliff Lee. Lee got roughed up for six runs on 12 hits and a walk in seven innings for the no-decision.

2B: Victorino (16), Ruiz (26). HR: Kratz (3).


Series Preview: at Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 39-51, 5th in NL East; LAD: 48-42, 1st in NL West

When: July 16-18
Where: Dodgers Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98) vs Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21)
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98) vs TBA
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.92) vs Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 2.84)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 10:10, CSN
Tuesday, 10:10, CSN
Wednesday, 3:10, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Cole As the Rockies: Hamels Leads Phils To Series Win

Phillies SP Cole Hamels allowed one run in eight innings in the Phillies 5-1 win over the Rockies. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Phillies 5, Rockies 1
WP – Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.07)
LP – Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 3.79)

DENVER — The Phillies got their second half off to a good start with a series win in Colorado.

Backed by Hunter Pence’s three-run homer and Cole Hamels’ eight innings of brilliance, the Phillies beat the Rockies, 5-1, Sunday afternoon. The win was the Phillies second in a row, giving them a series win in the rubber match.

It was an ordinary pitcher’s dual through the four innings with the Phillies holding a 2-0 lead. But Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz got himself into a little but of trouble in the 5th and Hunter Pence made him pay.

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Phillies Post-Game Soundbites


“It’s bad, folks.”

Exactly how Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki worded it in his blog post title after the Phillies lost another downer, 5-2.

Phillies All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Zo posted up on his site a few quotes from Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay, closer Jonathan Papelbon and All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz. Each talked about their current state at the season’s midway point as well as how this team can rebound.

Currently the Phillies are 36-45 and 11 games out of first. This is the team’s worst record through the first 81 games since going 23-58 to start the 1997 season.

With half a season left, some of the team’s biggest names are still keeping their heads up. There is plenty of time left in the season and there is an extra playoff spot this year.

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