Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

The Phillies made a trade today, sending utility infielder – and one time reliever – Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for left-hander Jeremy Horst, according to Matt Gelb. Horst, 26, had an ERA of 2.93 in 12 games of relief for the Reds last season. Those were the first 12 games of Horst’s career … Continue reading Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

Phils tender their four arbitration-eligible players

The Phillies tendered their four arbitration eligible players at midnight on Tuesday. Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence, Kyle Kendrick and Wilson Valdez will all have contracts for the 2012 season because all four are arbitration eligible. Many believe that Hamels will have a nice fat contract extension before the start of next season. Pence could find … Continue reading Phils tender their four arbitration-eligible players

2011 Moments: #1 Baez, Valdez unlikely relief heroes for Phils

The beautiful thing about sports is that you’re never going to know what to expect. As a player, coach or fan, the game is built on mostly skill. But factored into that equation is a thing called luck. Like it or not, the luck factors into the bizarre and the bizarre factors into the shock … Continue reading 2011 Moments: #1 Baez, Valdez unlikely relief heroes for Phils

Series Preview: at Cincinnati Reds

PHI: 83-46, 1st in NL East; CIN: 67-66, 3rd in NL Central When: August 29-September 1 Where: Great American Ballpark (Cincy, OH) Probable Pitchers Monday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.62) vs Homer Bailey (7-5, 4.44) Tuesday: Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56) vs Bronson Arroyo (8-10, 5.02) Wednesday: Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71) vs Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10) Thursday: … Continue reading Series Preview: at Cincinnati Reds

Roy-Freshing: Oswalt K’s season-high 9 in win

Ryan Zimmerman punched the Phillies’ gut with a walk-off grand slam Friday night, but in typical Phillies fashion, they bounced back and took down the Nationals on, what I guess you could call ‘the road.’ It took until the fourth inning for a team to tally a run tonight’s game at Nationals Park, when Wilson … Continue reading Roy-Freshing: Oswalt K’s season-high 9 in win

You will never see this again

Last year I told my father that I would never witness anything like we just did again. That conversation came on the drive home from the Phils 16-inning loss to the Houston Astros last August. Ryan Howard almost killed an ump, Roy Oswalt played left field and Raul Ibanez played first. Boy was I wrong. … Continue reading You will never see this again

He Val-does it all!

The game went 19 innings. Wilson Valdez and Danys Baez look like heroes. Write a script better than this one. I dare you. In a game that seemed as though it would never end, Raul Ibanez sent Phillies fans home happy. With the bases loaded with one out in the 19th inning, Ibanez connected on … Continue reading He Val-does it all!

Utley expected to return to lineup Monday

The Phillies, who have gone eight straight games without scoring more than three runs, are about to get some much needed reinforcements. Second basemen Chase Utley will be in the clubhouse for today’s game against the Texas Rangers, and is expected to make his season debut on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds after missing the beginning of the season … Continue reading Utley expected to return to lineup Monday

Hamels makes most of two runs

You have to be damn near perfect the way the Phillies anemic offense has been of late. Cole Hamels was as good as you can expect him to be, pitching too good for the Phillies offense to squander his gem in their 2-1 win Wednesday night. The Phillies started off their nine-day home stand with … Continue reading Hamels makes most of two runs

Utley to make first official rehab start tonight

The Clearwater Bureau of the Daily News reports that second basemen Chase Utley will make his first official rehab start for Class A Clearwater. After going 5-7 with two home runs in an extended spring training game on Thursday, Utley went just 1-7 in another extended spring training game last night. While the bat wasn’t … Continue reading Utley to make first official rehab start tonight