Philadelphia Phillies

Stadium: Citizens Bank Park | Manager: Ryne Sandberg
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Phillies.2426191253.79
NL East2nd4th2nd5th
National League 8th9th9th11th

Schedule

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1:05 pm EST
Tue Mar 3
NYY
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Wed Mar 4
at NYY
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1:05 pm EST
Thu Mar 5
at HOU
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Fri Mar 6
NYY
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1:05 pm EST
Sat Mar 7
TOR
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1:05 pm EDT
Sun Mar 8
at TB
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Mon Mar 9
at BAL
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Tue Mar 10
DET
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Wed Mar 11
PIT
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Thu Mar 12
at DET
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Fri Mar 13
TB

Standings

NL
East
LEAGUE
W-L
Overall
W-L
Washington86-5696-66
New York68-7479-83
Atlanta72-7079-83
Miami64-7877-85
Philadelphia66-7673-89
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Phillies backup catcher spot up for grabs
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Phillies know Carlos Ruiz will be their opening day starter behind the plate. However, manager Ryne Sandberg is unclear as to who will backup Ruiz when the season begins, reports Philly.com.

"That's one of the areas in camp I think there's some competition," Sandberg said. "[I] need some game reps and game situations to really see them. I like the way that they're all going about it as a group. To get them into games and see how that goes, that will play big in that decision."

Cameron Rupp, Koyie Hill and John Hester are all vying for the position. Rupp is considered the favorite, according to the report, with the most pro experience, hitting .183 with six RBI and four runs scored in 60 plate appearances last season.

"Nothing's handed to anybody," Rupp said, "so I come out every day looking to get better, work on things that I need to improve on, and put my best foot forward."

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Phillies' Pettibone steadily progressing in recovery from shoulder injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Phillies pitcher Jonathan Pettibone is well on his way to bounce back in 2015. The 24-year-old hasn't made a major league start since 2013, when the shoulder eventually required surgery and forced him out of action, reports MLB.com.

"It's a little tight just grinding through these past couple days -- starting to throw bullpens, stretching out my long toss and everything," Pettibone said. "It's come along great. We haven't had any setbacks, so that's definitely a positive."

Now, the road to recovery begins for Pettibone.

"Anytime after surgery, you're kind of uneasy about the whole situation," said Pettibone. "But I've been kind of staying positive."

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Phillies' Buchanan 'working on being a complete pitcher'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies pitcher David Buchanan is "working on being a complete pitcher," manager Ryan Sandberg said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The team's coaches spoke with Buchanan in the fall about command and pitch sequencing, executing bunts and thwarting would-be base-stealers, and Sandberg noted while examining the players that arrived early that the pitcher had taken the advice to heart.

"My biggest goal [this spring] is to show our front office and our coaches that I can throw the ball over the plate," Buchanan said. "That's one thing I had success with last year. I wasn't walking guys. I was throwing strikes, and that's what I'm known for. That's why I succeeded in the minor leagues; I was throwing strikes. So that's what I want to do this spring training, is continue to do that, pound the zone, force early contact and keep the ball on the ground."

Buchanan is scheduled to pitch the team's Grapefruit League opener Tuesday against the Yankees.

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Melvin: Failed talks to acquire Papelbon led to K-Rod contract
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the decision to sign closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year contract happened because talks were going nowhere in their attempt to acquire Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

“We did engage them and didn’t come to a comparable deal for both sides,” Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We had a lot of conversations. It’s complicated because of next year with the $13 million (vesting option). Even if you agree to a deal, you have to go to the agent about the no-trade (clause to Milwaukee)."

Papelbon will be paid $13 million next season if he finishes 48 games in 2015.

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Phillies' McClure: Cliff Lee feels really good, right on schedule
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who missed the final two months of the 2014 season with an elbow strain, is slated to make his spring debut Thursday against the Astros. He is expected to throw two innings.

Lee, who will throw his second live batting practice session Saturday, is on schedule with the rest of the team's starting pitchers.

"He's thrown well," pitching coach Bob McClure said, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. "He feels really good, so he's right on schedule."

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGBen Revere , CF.306
HRMarlon Byrd , RF25
RBIRyan Howard , 1B95
OBPChase Utley , 2B.339
SLGMarlon Byrd , RF.445
RJimmy Rollins , SS78
SBBen Revere , CF49
WKyle Kendrick , SP10
ERACole Hamels , SP2.46
WHIPCole Hamels , SP1.15
KCole Hamels , SP198
SVJonathan Papelbon , RP39
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