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Rosenthal: Phillies Reportedly Interested In Ibanez

Free agent OF Raul Ibanez (Tyson Trish/

Free agent OF Raul Ibanez (Tyson Trish/

The New York Yankees could possibly lose designated hitter/outfielder Raul Ibanez in free agency.

The Phillies are apparently one of the few teams interested in picking up Ibanez, according to Ken Rosenthal. Along with the Phillies, the Mariners and Rangers are interested in Ibanez.

The Phillies are the only National League club on that list, which is a bit of a surprise. A reunion with Ibanez would receive a mixed response from the fans, seeing as they don’t need another aging left-handed hitting corner position bat.

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Official Phillies v Rollins Post

This will be a running thread to update on the Jimmy Rollins situation.

Dec. 15

6:30 PM — Newly signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis believes his good friend Jimmy Rollins will re-sign with the Phillies.

“He was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis said of Rollins.

Willis and Rollins grew up together in Oakland.

Dec. 14

4:22 PM — Contrary to reports yesterday, the rumor that the Tigers were having negotiations with Jimmy Rollins’ agent were false and that the Tigers don’t have the money to sign Rollins.

Dec. 13

5:09 — Jimmy Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano told the Phillies there is a second team interested in Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Stark said that the Tigers are believed to be that second team.

Dece. 10

2:30 — St. Louis’ deal with Furcal could reach $14 million over two years.

Phillies are the last logical team in on Rollins.

12:26 — Ken Rosenthal reports that the St. Louis Cardinals are near a deal with short stop Rafael Furcal. If he signs there, it’s another suitor out of the race for Jimmy Rollins.

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Phils offer arbitration to Madson, Rollins, Ibanez

In a move to get compensation for possibly losing three crucial free agents this off season, the Phillies offered arbitration to closer Ryan Madson, short stop Jimmy Rollins and left fielder Raul Ibanez.

All three have until December 7 to accept or decline the arbitration. If they accept, they will sign a one-year deal with the dollar amount determined through arbitration. If they decline and sign elsewhere, the Phillies will be compensated for the loss.

Both Rollins and Madson are considered elite free agents. If they sign elsewhere, the Phillies will receiver two picks: one being a sandwich pick, and the other depending on where the signing team’s first-round selection falls – if it’s a top 15 pick, the Phils get a 2nd rounder. If it’s below, the Phils get that pick. In this case, they’d hope a good team signs one of the free agents.

With the Phillies signing Jonathan Papelbon last week, it looks like the Phils will be getting compensation from Madson, who will be seeking a nice pay day elsewhere.

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2011 Moments: #5 Howard propels Game 1 win

Ryan Howard watches his three-run homer leave the park in Game 1 of the NLDS on October 1, 2011. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

It was Kyle Lohse among all people.

And it didn’t take until the 6th inning before someone on the Phillies realized this. That person was Ryan Howard and his three-run homer in the 6th inning seemingly set the tone for the NLDS at the moment.

Lohse had a perfect game going through the first 10 batters while holding a 3-0 lead created by a three-run homer off the bat of Lance Berkman. But Chase Utley’s double that ended the hitless streak and Shane Victorino’s RBI single in the 4th gave the Phillies offense some life while cutting the Cardinals lead to 3-1.

The 6th inning marked end of Lohse’s night. After a pair of singles by Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence, the Big Piece stepped into the box and gave the Phils the 4-3 lead in a huge way.

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Phils give 100 reasons to love them

The switch has been flipped.

Many thought the eight-game skid was something to worry about. The logical ones knew there was a switch somewhere to be turned on.

It appears the Phillies have find this switch and have hopefully locked it in the “on” position.

With a 4-2 win in Atlanta, the Phillies earned themselves their 100th win of the season, a number Mr. Jimmy Rollins himself said the Phillies would hit. And why not 11 more, Mr. Rollins?

It was the 3rd time in franchise history the Phils hit the 100-win mark. And with one more win, the Phils will tie that franchise record of 101 wins with a shot at 102 with a series sweep of the Braves.

The Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead with Chipper Jones’ solo homer in the 1st and Alex Gonzalez’s RBI double in the 2nd. But Lee took command of the game, shutting down the Braves in his six innings of work. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six.

The Phils answered back with an RBI single by Placido Polanco and a solo homer by Rollins to tie the game 2-2. Raul Ibanez put the Phils ahead for good with RBI singles in the 6th and 8th to give the Phils a 4-2 win.

2B: Victorino (27). 3B: Victorino (16)). HR: Rollins (15).

WP: Lee (17-8). LP: Martinez (1-3). S: Madson (32).

The Hangover 3: Zimmerman’s PH wins it for Nats

Phils RF Hunter Pence makes a diving catch in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Your 2011 NL East Phillies are 0-3 when playing meaningless baseball.

Ryan Zimmerman’s pinch-hit single in the top of the 10th drove in the winning run on Michael Stutes to give the Nationals a 4-3 lead and win.

The result took away from an impressive start from Kyle Kendrick, who may just take Vance Worley’s spot in the rotation if they move Worley to the bull pen to prepare him for the post season.

Kendrick pitched six shut out innings, allowing only four hits while striking out four. His outing was matched by Nats starter Tom Milone, who also pitched six scoreless innings with four hits and two strike outs.

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Hawkins’ error costs Crew in 10th

Phils SP Cliff Lee allowed two runs, one earned in seven strong innings during his no-decision. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

The Phils needed just a little bit of luck on their side in this game.

That luck came in the 10th. Carlos Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt-turned-single, thanks to a throwing error by Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins, allowed Raul Ibanez to score from third base and give the Phils a 3-2 win in Milwaukee.

The Phils struck immediately in the 1st inning, and again with two outs. Hunter Pence, who was batting clean up against a left-handed starter, took Randy Wolf deep to give the Phils a 1-0 lead.

But Milwaukee tied the game up in the 2nd when Yuniesky Batencourt singled home Casey McGehee, who ran over Chooch at the plate. McGehee then gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead when he grounded out to score Ryan Braun.

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Series Preview: at Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 91-48, 1st in NL East; MIL: 85-59, 1st in NL Central

When: September 8-11
Where: Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) vs Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26)
Friday: Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49) vs Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) vs Randy Wolf (12-7, 3.47)
Sunday: Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85) vs Yovani Gallardo (15-10, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 8:1o, CSN
Friday, 8:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, PHL 17
Sunday, 2:10, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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Gload walks it off

Phils SP Roy Oswalt allowed two runs through seven innings in the Phils 3-2 win. (Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

Ross Gload and his fraying hip is alive!

The league leader in pinch hits, despite entering the game with only four hits in his last 33 at-bats, came through with another timely pinch hit, leading the Phils to a series sweep of the rival Braves with a 3-2 come-from-behind win.

Gload ripped a fair ball down the first base line, just under the glove of a diving Freeman to win the game.

The sweep put the Phils at a commanding 10.5-game lead on the Braves, who are still in strong control of the Wild Card.

Roy Oswalt, who is statistically poor versus Atlanta, was strong tonight in his no-decision. Oswalt pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven. He had a no-hitter through five innings, losing it in the 6th when Michael Bourn led off with a double.

Much like the first two games of the series, the Phils struck first early. Raul Ibanez’s solo home run off Brandon Beachy came in the 2nd. But it was lights out ball for Beachy from that point on, who tossed 5 2/3 two-hit ball with seven strike outs.

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Explosive 3rd gives Doc support

Phils 3B Michael Martinez makes a nice play in the Phils 5-3 win over San Diego. He's been filling in well for the injured Placido Polanco. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It was another scorcher in Philadelphia, but this time, thankfully not as hot as it was last week in Chicago.

Coming off a poor outing mired by heat and a stomach ailment, Roy Halladay needed to bounce back on another hot day in Philadelphia. The right-hander made it to eight innings as the Phillies beat the Padres, 5-3, and locking down their ninth straight series win.

Halladay was at 91 pitches through five innings, showing signs of another short start. But he got three quick innings in the 6th, 7th and 8th to finish with 116 pitches. He allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out eight, tying Cole Hamels for a team-high 12 wins.

Halladay’s resources were tapped in the 1st inning. He allowed a lead off single on the first pitch to Cameron Maybin, who stole second to get into scoring position. Chase Headly drove in the run with Maybing scoring easily thanks to a wide throw by Domonic Brown.

The Phils answered right back in the 1st, tying the game on an RBI single by Shane Victorino and taking the 2-1 lead on an RBI double by Raul Ibanez.

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