Lookout Landing "was a little worried writing about Hisashi Iwakuma today. I'd been planning to praise Jack Zduriencik for the signing and subsequent extension of Iwakuma for a few weeks, but hadn't found the right time to write about it. Penning it today, hours before his start in an important game, didn't seem..." August 20
Boston Herald "Curt Schilling revealed this morning that he has been suffering from oral cancer — the result of a 30-year chewing tobacco habit that the former Red Sox ace said he wishes he never began. “I do believe without a doubt, unquestionably, that chewing is what gave me cancer,” Schilling said during..." August 20
CSN Philly "A.J. Burnett’s major league-leading walks total wasn’t the only number that rose in the Phillies’ 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. With his 27th start of the season, Burnett passed a plateau that took his contract from $8.5 million to $10 million if he decides to pitch next..." August 20
CSN Philly "After just two starts with the Phillies this season, Jerome Williams has a new lease on life. More interestingly, he has had an epiphany of sorts and it comes just in time. Yes, nine years into his big-league career while pitching for his seventh different team, including his third team this..." August 19
CSN Philly "The morning after he angrily stormed off the mound after a defensive collapse by teammates, Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick apologized to manager Ryne Sandberg for his actions. “We talked,” Kendrick said before Sunday afternoon’s game. “I know it wasn’t the right thing to do.” Kendrick took a..." August 18
San Francisco Chronicle "Maybe the Giants have their second baseman. "I think he's earned going out there every day, the way he's played," manager Bruce Bochy said of Joe Panik. "It certainly helps your decisions at the end of the year when looking at your needs." The Giants didn't find a second baseman before the..." August 17
Philly.com "The rumors of Cole Hamels' departure will not soon subside. The ace lefthander cannot be traded until November. Whether or not to deal Hamels to replenish a depleted pool of young talent will be the winter's most significant dilemma. Hamels has made his intent clear: He wants to remain in..." August 17
CSN Philly "Cody Asche belted a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th as the Phillies rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the San Francisco Giants, 5-3, at AT&T Park on Friday night. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the..." August 16
Halos Heaven "Jered Weaver allowed eight hits and two walks in six innings but he struck out five and only ended up allowing two runs. The Angels turned a 2-1 Philly lead into a 4-2 lead of their own with a three-run sixth inning. With Weaver in line for the Double-You, Mike Scioscia rolled out Kevin Jepsen,..." August 14
MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14
Los Angeles Times "In his 15 years as the Angels' manager, Mike Scioscia never has used a position player to pitch, no matter how lost the cause. So it took about a second for him to reject the slump-busting trick of picking the batting order out of a hat. "I don't think so," Scioscia said. No major changes..." August 13
CSN Philly "The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, and the Phillies were subsequently unable to come to an agreement with the Cubs on a deal for Cole Hamels after Chicago reportedly claimed him last week. But still, a blockbuster could be in the works. The Phillies have been heavily scouting the Red..." August 13
SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13
Courier-Post "Ken Giles can still recall the first time he threw a 100-mph pitch. Giles was a sophomore at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona when he clocked a triple-digit heater, which had been a long-time goal of his. The 23-year-old rookie's emergence this season has added a power arm to what has..." August 13
Hardball Talk "From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer … Two of the worst pitching staffs in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams this season, but the veteran righthander has found a new home with the pitching-starved Phillies. On Sunday, they claimed Williams off waivers from Texas. The..." August 11
New York Post "Lucas Duda was under the microscope Saturday night to produce against a tough lefty starter. That he won the game against a respectable lefty reliever should count for something. With Duda’s RBI single against Antonio Bastardo in the 11th inning responsible for the go-ahead run, the Mets beat..." August 10
New York Post "Bartolo Colon has stuck around long enough to pitch for eight different major league teams and earn $84 million in his career. But as far as numbers go, the most significant attached to Colon is 200. The veteran righty on Friday became the third active pitcher to reach that plateau in career..." August 09
Domonic Brown is not in the Phillies lineup for the ninth straight game.
CBSSports.com "The Cubs and Phillies have engaged in talks on a trade for star Philly pitcher Cole Hamels, but are not especially likely to complete a deal, according to people familiar with the situation. Chicago claimed Hamels on revocable waivers, as Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic originally reported,..." August 08
CSN Philly "The last two weeks have been filled with highs and lows for Ryan Howard. This was most definitely a high. Howard capped a terrific at-bat -- “A battling at-bat,” manager Ryne Sandberg said -- with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Phillies to a 6-5 win over the..." August 08
CBSSports.com "The Cubs have claimed left-hander Cole Hamels off revocable trade waivers from the Phillies, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic first reported the claim. One of three things will happen now: The Phillies pull Hamels back off trade waivers and..." August 08
MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies announce that they have traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players to be named later." August 08
My info sez the CUBS put in the waiver claim on Cole Hamels. Would the Phils trade him there now and would Cole accept?
CSN Philly "Here’s a fun fact. Or maybe it’s a depressing fact. Depends on your perspective. Either way, hey, it’s a fact: At present, Cole Hamels is the only Phillies pitcher who is 1) healthy and 2) under contract for next year. A.J. Burnett, who will turn 38 in January, has an option. So it’s pretty much..." August 07
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07
Fox Sports "Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will not pitch again this season but will avoid surgery on his injured elbow, MLB.com reports. Lee, on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 flexor pronator strain, lasted only 2 2/3 innings in his most recent start on July 31. That was his third..." August 07
SI.com "An unidentified team has claimed Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels off waivers, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Phillies have two days to construct a deal with that team or pull him back off waivers. Hamels has a partial no-trade clause and can only be traded to nine teams..." August 07
TheScore.com "Cliff Lee's locker at Citizens Bank Park was cleaned out before Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros, a foreboding sign that suggests the injured 35-year-old will not return this season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee returned from the disabled list July 21 after missing more than two..." August 07
CSN Philly "For Ryan Howard, manager Ryne Sandberg knew it was just a matter of time. Little did Sandberg realize that Howard was going to hit his way out of a slump and then back into one before delivering the winning hit all in the same game. Given the Phillies’ penchant for playing extra-inning games..." August 06
USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.
Tony Gwynn Jr is back w Phillies on minor league deal. Goes to triple A
CSN Washington "Before the Phillies bullpen allowed the Nationals to secure a comfortable lead in the eighth inning on Sunday, much of the afternoon was the Stephen Strasburg vs. Cole Hamels show. Both starters were locked in, neither giving an inch to their opponent. Hamels was the one to blink with a run..." August 04
Source: #Phillies put their first set of players on revocable trade waivers Saturday - Burnett, Bastardo, Howard, Kendrick, R. Hernandez.
A.J. Burnett admitted he threw the first pitch outside to Jayson Werth on purpose so he could tell Chris Guccione, "That's outside."
CSN Washington "By the fourth inning, the Nationals led by 11 runs, turning the Phillies pitching staff into mincemeat and allowing everyone to breathe a sigh of relief and just play out the string under no pressure. But when Saturday night’s game was only two batters into the bottom of the first, when the..." August 03
CSN Philly "Three of the standouts in the Phillies’ win over the Washington Nationals Friday night would not have been Phillies if things had gone differently earlier in the week. Any team in baseball could have Roberto Hernandez, Jonathan Papelbon and Marlon Byrd. Of course, by now you know that GM Ruben..." August 02
RAJ also said Cliff Lee is likely to see James Andrews at some point, although there is no evidence of ligament damage
Dom Brown sits for a third straight night
CSN Philly "The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals, 10-4, Thursday night, but suffered a significant loss in the process. Three starts after coming off the disabled list, Cliff Lee had to leave the game with a recurrence of the flexor-pronator strain that cost him two months earlier in the season. His..." August 01
Cliff Lee is exiting the game with an injury.
CBSSports.com "The asking price for Marlon Byrd is said to be extremely for Marlon Byrd, with interested teams saying Philly would have to lower it to move him. Byrd should be among the Phillies most movable pieces, but there's no certainty he goes at this point. Word is, the Phillies handed Seattle a list..." July 31
Fox Sports "The back-and-forth began late Wednesday night, after I reported that the Phillies had not received acceptable trade offers for any of their players. Rival executives responded by saying the Phillies were setting unrealistic values on older, expensive talent. And sources countered with the..." July 31
USA Today "The Tampa Bay Rays want to do it, but come on, man, how can they? The Boston Red Sox don't really want to do it from an emotional standpoint, but from the business side, they've got no choice. The Philadelphia Phillies sort of want to do it, know they don't have to, but are wondering if they..." July 31
CBSSports.com "The Phillies are said to be willing to pay down some of Cliff Lee's rather large and backloaded contract to facilitate a trade, if they can get the right prospects. Lee is the highest-paid player in baseball through next year in terms of guarantee (about $48 million), and with him just back for..." July 30
CSN Philly "The only thing hotter than Cole Hamels’ name in trade rumors is his pitching hand. Hamels turned in another ace-level performance in leading the Phillies to a 6-0 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday night. The left-hander delivered eight shutout innings. He scattered six hits, walked none..." July 30
CBSSports.com "Everyone who has talked to the Phillies about star left-hander Cole Hamels comes to the same conclusion: Philliy isn't serious about trading the lefty. The Phillies are said to have requested packages of multiple top prospects from at least the Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees, with no suggestion..." July 30
CSN Philly "National reports surfaced Monday night that the Phillies "have made Cole Hamels available" and the Dodgers are interested. It makes sense since L.A. is one of few teams -- maybe the only team -- equipped with the finances and elite prospects to pull off a blockbuster for the Phils' lefty..." July 29