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Olney: Ichiro Rejects Phillies Offer; Signs With Yankees

In an interesting report from ESPN’s Buster Olney, the New York Yankees will bring back Ichiro Suzuki for another season.

But what’s interesting about that is that Suzuki reportedly declined a two-year, $14 million offer from the Phillies to sign the one-year deal with New York.

The Phillies are in need of another corner outfielder and the pursuit of Ichiro became a curious one. Ichiro isn’t exactly known for his pop, especially with Cody Ross, Nick Swisher and Josh Hamilton still out there.

The price tag and years that Ross, Swisher and Hamilton are asking for must be turning off the Phillies. Hamilton is still trying to land a five-year deal somewhere while Swisher and Ross want four and three years respectively.

Suzuki, 39, would have made a nice lead-off hitter, but that would have given the Phillies an outfield of Suzuki, Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Darin Ruf. The only way that deal would have made sense is if the Phillies then traded Brown for 36-year-old Alfonso Soriano, which would have continued to increase the age of the team.



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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2012 ALCS Preview: New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

New York: 95-67; 1st in AL East
Detroit: 88-74; 1st in AL Central

Game 1: Oct. 13, 8:00 – (Andy Pettitte vs Doug Fister)
Game 2: Oct. 14, 4:00 PM – (TBA vs Anibal Sanchez)
Game 3: Oct. 16, 8:00 PM – (C.C. Sabbathia vs Justin Verlander)
Game 4: Oct. 17, 8:00 PM – (TBA vs Max Scherzer)
Game 5*: Oct. 18, 4:00 PM
Game 6*: Oct. 20, 8:00 PM
Game 7*: Oct. 21, 8:00 PM

Position Players (13): R Martin, M Teixeira, R Cano, D Jeter, A Rodriguez, I Suzuki, C Granderson, N Swisher, J Nix, R Ibanez, B Gardner, C Stewart, E Chavez.

Pitchers (12): C Sabbathia, H Kuroda, D Phelps, P Hughes, A Pettitte, B Logan, C Rapada, J Chamberlain, C Eppley, D Lowe, D Robertson, R Soriano (CL).

Position Players (14): A Avila, G Laird, M Cabrera, P Fielder, O Infante, J Peralta, R Santiago, D Worth, Q Berry, A Dirks, A Garcia, A Jackson, D Kelly, D Young.

Pitchers (11): A Alburquerque, J Benoit, P Coke, O Dotel, D Fister, R Porcello, A Sanchez, M Scherzer, D Smyly, J Valverde (CL), J Verlander.

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Phillies Swept By Marlins With 5-2 Loss

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run off Joe Blanton in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Marlins 5, Phillies 2
WP – Ricky Nolasco (7-6, 4.62)
LP – Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85)
SV – Heath Bell (17)

MIAMI — The Marlins pulled out the brooms and successfully swept the Phillies in their home park.

Philadelphia, making its first trip to Miami’s new stadium, fell again, 5-2, and were swept but the 4th place Marlins. The Phillies started the series only half a game behind Miami to get out of the cellar but they instead distanced themselves further in the bottom of the NL East.

Joe Blanton rebounded from a rocky first three innings to pitch a solid effort. He went six, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Blanton gave up back-to-back doubles and an RBI single in the 2nd inning to cough up a 1-0 lead created in the first by Juan Pierre’s triple and Hunter Pence’s RBI on a fielder’s choice.

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Spring Training: Yankees 13, Phillies 9

It was a bullpen outing for the Phillies today against the Yankees.

With several spots up in the air with an injury to Michael Stutes and the unreadiness of Jose Contreras from last year’s injury, a couple of surprises could make the Opening Day roster.

Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Papelbon, two locks for the bullpen, struggled the most in the Phillies 13-9 loss to the Yankees. Papelbon was hit around for four runs on three hits and a walk with two strike outs in only 2/3 innings of work. Kendrick put two on the board, allowing five hits and two walks.

On the other hand, Chad Qualls needed to impress and he looked less than impressive, allowing a run on one hit and two walks.

Lastly, Juan Pierre had himself a fine spring game. A day after making the roster, he went 4-for-5 with four singles. He was caught stealing once in the game as well.

Season Preview: AL East

Expectations: Better than the Yankees
Key Addition: 1B Carlos Pena (signed from Chicago Cubs)
Key Loss: OF/DH Johnny Damon (free agent)
Projected Record: 103-59
Summary: The odds on favorite to win the division, the Rays have it all: great young hitting, great young pitching, solid veteran presence. With guys like Evan Longoria, BJ Upton, and Desmond Jennings anchoring the offense along with key players like Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez, it will power them to a division crown.

They can also pitch with any team. David Price (my pick for CY Young in 2012) combined with James Shields and youngster Jeremy Hellickson can pitch with the big boys any day of the week. Most exciting prospect to watch is in their rotation too: Matt Moore. The kid has electric stuff.

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Spring Training: Yankees 5, Phillies 3

The Phillies offense has died this spring. That’s why sarcastic cheers were heard when John Mayberry’s bloop single in the 6th inning put the first Phillies runner across the plate since Tuesday.

The Phils dropped the game to the Yankees, 5-3.

Vance Worley got off to a rocky start but finished up the day nicely. After allowing three runs on four straight hits to start off the 1st inning, Worley cruised through the next five. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out seven in six innings.

Hunter Pence drew a walk with one out in the 6th. He then stole second base to set himself up for Mayberry’s RBI single.

Miguel Abreu’s RBI double in the 7th and Erik Kratz’s deep bomb to left were the only other runs scored.

Jonathan Papelbon was the only pitcher to not allow a run for the Phils, pitching a clean 9th inning with a pair of strike outs.

Phils partake in Split Squad action

BLANKED BY YANKS — Kyle Kendrick got the start in the Phillies 3-0 loss to the Yankees. The right-hander went three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.

Austin Hyatt allowed a two-run single to Chris Dickerson in the 4th inning.

The Phillies were held to three hits (Scott Podsednik, Lou Montanez and Eric Kratz).

PHILS, TIGERS TIE — After being down 2-0, the Phillies forced a tie with the Detroit Tigers in their home park in Clearwater.

Laynce Nix went 2-for-3 and Pete Orr went 3-for-4 with a run scored apiece on the afternoon.

Cliff Lee allowed a couple runs on six hits, including a two-run homer to Ryan Raburn in the 1st. He struck out three in three innings of work.

Yankees sweep opening weekend series

It’s opening weekend and the standings show that the Phils are 0-2 to start Grapefruit League play.

Be it that standings don’t matter, there are positives to consider in today’s 7-4 loss to the Yankees in Tampa.

Hunter Pence crushed another two-run homer this spring in as many days, this one coming off Yankees starter Freddie Garcia. Antonio Bastardo pitched a five-pitch 1-2-3 inning in the 6th.

Roy Halladay got the start, going two innings. He allowed a first-pitch solo home run to Alex Rodriguez in the 1st. He only gave up a run on two hits, striking out three.

Domonic Brown went 2-for-4. He was caught trying to steal in the 4th inning.

Michael Martinez had a terrible game in the field, commiting two errors at second base. Ty Wigginton and Brown also committed errors at third base and left field respectively.

Phillies play the Yankees one more time on Monday back in Clearwater. Joe Blanton will get the start.

GFL action kicks off today vs Yankees

New York Yankees' Ivan Nova. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Real baseball is officially back today with the start of Grapefruit League Play.

For the Phillies, play will kick off against the New York Yankees. Cole Hamels will take the hill against Yankees young phenom Ivan Nova. Both pitchers will likely go only two innings at the most.

Former Phillie left fielder Raul Ibanez will be in the line up for the Yankees, hitting DH. Also, Laynce Nix’s brother Jayson Nix will start at third base today.

Notable players not playing today for either team are the Yankees’ Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira as well as Placido Polanco and Chase Utley for the Phillies.

Today’s line ups for each team:

  • NYY: Gardner LF, Granderson CF, Swisher RF, Ibanez DH, Chavez 1B, Martin C, Nunez SS, Hall 2B, Nix 3B.
  • PHI: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Thome DH, Wigginton 3B, Mayberry 1B, Brown LF, Kratz C, Martinez 2B.

The game will air at 1 PM on CSN Philly as well as MLB Network.