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Philadelphia Phillies

Stadium: Citizens Bank Park | Manager: Ryne Sandberg
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Phillies.238386813.99
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National League 10th11th9th12th

Next Game

Thu, July 24, 1:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN-Bay Area
San Francisco Giants
at
Philadelphia Phillies
+110
Line
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Probable Pitchers

SFW-LERASO
T. Hudson 8-6 2.7881

PHIW-LERASO
C. Hamels 4-5 2.83115

Schedule

Thu Jul 10
W 9 - 1at MIL
Recap
Fri Jul 11
W 6 - 2WAS
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Sat Jul 12
L 5 - 3WAS
Recap
Sun Jul 13
L 10 - 3WAS
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Fri Jul 18
L 6 - 4at ATL
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Sat Jul 19
W 2 - 1at ATL
Recap
Sun Jul 20
L 8 - 2at ATL
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Mon Jul 21
L 7 - 4SF
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Tue Jul 22
L 9 - 6SF
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Wed Jul 23
L 3 - 1SF
Recap
1:05 pm EDT
Today
MLB Network RegionalSF
Preview
7:05 pm EDT
Fri Jul 25
ARI
7:05 pm EDT
Sat Jul 26
ARI
1:35 pm EDT
Sun Jul 27
ARI
7:10 pm EDT
Mon Jul 28
at NYM
7:10 pm EDT
Tue Jul 29
at NYM
12:10 pm EDT
Wed Jul 30
at NYM
7:05 pm EDT
Thu Jul 31
at WAS
7:05 pm EDT
Fri Aug 1
at WAS
7:05 pm EDT
Sat Aug 2
at WAS

Standings

NL
Central
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Milwaukee48-3957-45
St. Louis49-3854-47
Pittsburgh48-4054-47
Cincinnati48-4251-50
Chicago36-5241-58
NL
West
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
San Francisco50-3957-44
Los Angeles48-3956-47
San Diego36-4644-56
Arizona39-5144-58
Colorado35-5141-60
NL
East
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Washington47-3655-44
Atlanta51-3855-46
New York40-4648-53
Miami39-4947-53
Philadelphia42-5043-58
1406217677
Phillies manager eyeing platoon with Ryan Howard
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Thursday against the Giants in favor of Darin Ruf, and manager Ryan Sandberg told MLB.com this might become a recurring theme.

"The way I see things," Sandberg said. "I basically wanted to give Ruf two days in a row, just to get his feet wet, see him against a right-handed pitcher, then go from there. But in all likelihood, at least after today it will be a scenario of ... I'd be considering a platoon system at first base."

Howard was actually out of the lineup against a right-handed pitcher Thursday, but Sandberg said he wanted to give Darin Ruf two consecutive starts after his callup. The Phillies face two left-handed pitchers during a three-game series against the Diamondbacks beginning Friday, so Sandberg may also get him some time off then.

Howard is struggling against both right and left-handed pitchers this season, but has 10 of his 15 home runs against righties. He is hitting .229/.314/.368 against righties, compared to .209/.275/.407 vs. the opposite hand. 

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Jonathan Papelbon takes loss Wednesday vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was charged with a loss Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on one hit and two walks while striking out two in an inning of work in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Giants.

Papelbon (2-2) came into a scoreless game in the ninth inning. He walked a pair of batters and hit another to load the bases with two outs before Hunter Pence came through with a bases-clearing double. Papelbon has a loss and a blown save in his last two starts, but he still owns a 1.96 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 37:11 K:BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings.

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A.J. Burnett twirls eight scoreless innings vs. Giants
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett didn't factor into Wednesday's decision, giving up four hits and four walks in eight scoreless innings while striking out six in his team's 3-1 loss to the Giants.

Burnett turned in his first scoreless outing since the end of April but was matched across the diamond by Madison Bumgarner. He owns a 3.86 ERA and 119:62 K:BB ratio in 144 2/3 innings. Burnett is scheduled to square off against the Mets in New York Monday.

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Phillies scouting Tigers prospect Jake Thompson
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Phillies had a scout at Double-A Erie's game Wednesday to watch Tigers pitching prospect Jake Thompson, MLB.com reports.

Thompson, who struck out the only two batters he faced in the All-Star Futures Game earlier this month, gave up one run in five innings and struck out five in this outing. The Tigers are on the lookout for bullpen help and could be a match with the Phillies, who have Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo on the market.

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Report: Phillies have discussed parting ways with Ryan Howard
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies team officials have discussed buying out the remainder of first baseman Ryan Howard's contract and moving forward without him after the season, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reports.

The Phillies have floated Howard's name in trade walks, but no teams are interested in taking on the $60 million owed to the first baseman over the next two seasons. Howard has hit just .224/.305/.377 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 371 at-bats, and he may be looking at a role as a platoon player over the remainder of the season, as he is out of the lineup against a lefty Wednesday.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGBen Revere , CF.298
HRMarlon Byrd , RF19
RBIRyan Howard , 1B60
OBPChase Utley , 2B.342
SLGMarlon Byrd , RF.478
RChase Utley , 2B52
SBBen Revere , CF28
WA.J. Burnett , SP6
ERACole Hamels , SP2.83
WHIPCole Hamels , SP1.17
KA.J. Burnett , SP119
SVJonathan Papelbon , RP23
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