• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Darin Ruf powers Phillies to sweep over Mets with two-run HR Thursday

    Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf went 1 for 3 with a two-run home run in a 3-0 win over the Mets on Thursday.Ruf is finally getting regular at-bats down the stretch run and responding well. The righty has four home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI over his last nine games. Ruf has always shown potential, but has struggled against right-handed pitching this season. In fact, Ruf is hitting .164 against righties and .374 off lefties this season. The 1.091 OPS against southpaws is an absurd number and if he could just carry some of that power over to right-handed pitching, Ruf would become a fantasy asset.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Darren Ruf set for more starts at 1B with Ryan Howard down

    Darin Ruf will get some additional starts at first base while Phillies teammate Ryan Howard (knee) is sidelined, CSN Philadelphia reports. Howard had his knee drained Monday and is currently considered day-to-day. Ruf has already been starting against lefties, but he will now pick up some at-bats against righties until Howard can return.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Phillies 1B Darin Ruf drives in six runs in Tuesday's win

    Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf drove in a season-high six runs to help send the Phillies to a 14-8 win over the Mets on Tuesday. Ruf went 3 for 5 at the plate with six RBI and two runs scored. His biggest hit came in the third when he connected for a three-run shot off Jonathon Niese.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Phillies' Ryan Howard gets rest, Darin Ruf gets start

    Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard isn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game. Howard has started the last five games and 77 games on the year. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Darin Ruf, who gets his 14th start.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Phillies' Darin Ruf blasts three-run home run in loss on Saturday

    Making his first start in nearly a week, Phillies left fielder Darin Ruf connected for a three-run home run on Saturday against the Braves. It wasn't enough, however, as the Braves would hang on for the 9-5 victory. Ruf's home run came in the fifth inning, but the Braves were already comfortably ahead 9-1 at the time. It was his only hit of the evening, and his fourth home run of the season--his first since May 17.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Darin Ruf, Odubel Herrera draw starts in Game 2 vs. Nats

    Phillies outfielder Ben Revere and first baseman Ryan Howard are not in the lineup of the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals. In Game 1, Revere went 0 for 4 and Howard went 0 for 3 with a walk. Howard's performance saw him strike out three times. Playing first base for the Phillies in Game 2 will be Darin Ruf and manning center field will be Odubel Herrera.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Phillies place Chase Utley on DL; recall Darin Ruf

    The Phillies placed second baseman Chase Utley on the disabled list with inflammation in his right ankle, the team announced. "It's hard to tell," Utley said, per MLB.com when asked how much the ankle has affected him at the plate. "Obviously, it's been bothering me for a little while. Most players have aches and pains through the year. So I'm not shocked with that. It's really showing no improvement. So I think it's a good time to get it right. We will have a cortisone shot tomorrow. We'll take a little time off and hopefully, that will get it squared away." Utley has just four hits in his last 28 at-bats. The team will call up outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf to replace Utley. Ruf is hitting .235 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 43 games this season for the Phillies.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Phillies recall Domonic Brown, option Darin Ruf to Triple-A

    The Phillies announced that they have recalled outfielder Domonic Brown from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, who will be available for Sunday afternoon's game against the Pirates. The corresponding move was to swap him out with outfielder Darin Ruf, who will head down to Lehigh Valley. Brown began the year with an Achilles injury and was demoted to Triple-A following the completion of his rehab. With Lehigh Valley, Brown hit .257/.307/.352 with two home runs and 26. He'll start in right field with the Phillies.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Phillies option OF/1B Darin Ruf to Triple-A on Saturday

    The Phillies have optioned outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Saturday's game, according to MLB.com. Ruf had been getting intermittent playing time lately for the Phillies, but he had been swinging the bat well when he got the chance. Ruf has six hits in 14 at-bats this month, including the 0-for-1 effort on Saturday. "You never know with things like this," Ruf said, per MLB.com. "Hopefully I can go down and swing the bat well." Overall this season, Ruf is batting .235 with three home runs. "It is what it is," Ruf said. "Everyday at-bats don't really matter if I'm just going to come up and resume the same role." His demotion opens up a roster spot for outfielder Domonic Brown, who will be recalled from Triple-A on Sunday.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Darin Ruf delivers walkoff single to snap Phillies' losing streak

    Darin Ruf delivered a pinch-hit walkoff single with one out in the ninth inning to snap the Phillies' season-worst seven-game losing streak Tuesday night at home against Cincinnati. "I had a lot of confidence in that spot with him and he came up big," manager Ryne Sandberg said, per the Associated Press. Ruf's big hit came after Maikel Franco tied the game in the eighth with a two-run homer. In the ninth, Odubel Herrera ripped a a double, and advanced to third on sacrifice bunt from Carlos Ruiz. Ruf brought Herrera home on a pinch-hit single off Tony Cingrani. "With [Herrera] running at third, you've got a fast runner, so anything semi-deep in the outfield will probably score," Ruf said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I was just trying to barrel it up or get jammed and break my bat like I did."