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Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Howard.’

Phillies finally get Howard back from DL to help offense

 

Ryan Howard (file photo)

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated slugging first baseman Ryan Howard from the disabled list and he is expected to make his season debut tonight, Friday, July 6 against Atlanta.  Hector Luna was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Howard.

The always-smiling Howard has been out of action the entire 2012 season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon while making the final out in the Phillies loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series this past October.

Howard played in seven rehab games in the minor leagues, going 10-for-20 with a home run.

 

Info compiled from MLB & Philadelphia Phillies news

 

Thome bypasses Indians offer to stay; returns to Philadelphia

 

Jim Thome (file)

The Cleveland Indians brought Jim Thome back home to his original team during the second half of 2010. They even invited him to come back in 2011. He kept giving signals in the media that he was going to retire. But then, the Philadelphia Phillies called and he accepted.

The Phillies need Thome’s bat and ability to play first base due to the fact that they’re superstar first baseman Ryan Howard is recovering from surgery on his left Achilles tendon. Thome has not played first base since 2007, but says he’ll work all off-season working on his defense.

The 41-year-old Thome was a big  hit during his first stint in Philadelphia. He led the NL in homers with 47 in 2003 and 42 in 2004. Overall with the Phillies, he hit .260 with 96 home runs and 266 RBI’s.

He and the Phillies agreed on a $1.25 million, one-year contract last weekend.

In 2010, with the Minnesota Twins and Indians, the Illinois native hit .256 with 15 homers and 50 RBI’s in 93 games. He hit .350 with runners in scoring position.

In his career which also includes Cleveland twice, the White Sox and the LA Dodgers. He has a career average of .277 with 604 homers and 1,674 RBI’s. He is one of only eight players to hit more than 600 homers joining, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey, Jr.

 

Info courtesy of MLB & Philadelphia Phillies news

 

Phillies 1B Howard gets achilles’ tendon repaired

Phillies' star Ryan Howard (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Philadelphia Phillies slugging first baseman Ryan Howard could miss the start of next season after he had surgery this week to repair his torn achillies’ tendon.

The injury requires five to six months to heal before an athlete can be given the to-ahead to resume full-time action on the field.

Howard ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon while coming out of the batter’s box as he made the final out in the Phillies 1-0 loss to St. Louis last Friday night.

Info compiled from Philadelphia Phillies & MLB news

NLCS GAME 6: Giants dethrone Phillies to win NL pennant

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The San Francisco Giants did what nobody thought they would, beat Atlanta and Philadelphia to become National League champions.

The two teams nobody picked to get to the World Series will be participating. The Texas Rangers and the Giants will square off on Wednesday in San Francisco. The series will match the Giants, who are deep in pitching against the Rangers who have speed and power.

Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking home run off Ryan Madsen in the eighth inning and San Francisco held off the Philadelphia 3-2 Saturday night in Game 6 of the National League championship series. The Giants win 4 games to 2.

Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was called out on strikes with runners at first and second to end the game. Giants closer Brian Wilson had a five-out save.

NLCS MVP Cody Ross (MLB)

San Francisco overcame a 2-0 first inning deficit, tied it in the third and went ahead when Uribe hit an opposite-field drive that barely cleared the fence in right-field.

Benches cleared in the third inning after San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez hit Chase Utley with a pitch and then yelled at him for tossing the ball back towards the mound on his way to first base. There were no punches or ejections, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulled the iritated Sanchez from the game.

compiled from staff, MLB & San Francisco Giants news

NL DIVISION SERIES: Veteran Phillies close out Reds, 2-0; move to NLCS vs. Giants

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO –

(megasportsnews.com)

The young Cincinnati Reds  team, got a lesson in playoff baseball. It’s pitching, defense and clutch hitting.

The Reds pitching was good enough to win Games 2 & 3, but all components have to work in the playoffs.

The Philadelphia Phillies eliminated the Reds, 3 games to 0.

A pitcher the Reds never beat, lefty Cole Hamels, pitched a complete game shutout, with 9 strikeouts, allowing five hits.

Great American Ball Park hosting its first playoff game ever, set a record for attendance, 44,599.

Cincinnati really had just one chance to score in the game against Hamels. Drew Stubbs led off the first inning with an infield single, and Brandon Phillips came up next and hit a line drive to left-centerfield. Speedy center fielder Shane Victorino ran the ball down in the gap. If he misses that ball, it’s at least a triple or even an inside-the-park home run with Phillips’ speed.

Media interview room backdrop (megasportsnews.com)

The Phillies scored in the first inning against Reds starter Johnny Cueto, who was victimized by shoddy defense. With one out, Placido Polanco singled to center, Ryan Howard singled to left and with two down Jayson Werth hit an easy third-out grounder to shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who threw high to first base, pulling Joey Votto off the bag scoring Polanco to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

Two topics of conversation was brought up in the pressbox at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati after that play. One, the Reds were in trouble because they have trouble scoring against Cole Hamels all the time and second of all, why was Orlando Cabrera playing shortstop with a right oblique problem. Backup shortstop Paul Janish was in the starting lineup on the game sheets but somehow Cabrera talked himself into the lineup. Bad choice.

Reds banner outside stadium (megasportsnews.com)

The final run came in the top of the fifth inning when Phillies second baseman Chase Utley homered to right-center field into the first row of seats to make it 2-0. The play was reviewed by the umpires because a fan had reached out and caught the ball as Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs was making a play on the ball. The umpires deemed it a homer and not a ground rule double. The delay lasted for 1 minute, 13 seconds.

That was Utley’s 10th playoff series home run of all-time, which moves him past Jayson Werth for first on the Phillies list.

The Reds were making their first playoff appearance in 15 years and finished the regular season as the National League’s Number 1 offense and Number 2 defensive team. During the playoffs, they committed 8 errors, 6 in the last two games which simply killed them.

The National League Central Division, which the Reds were the champions of in 2010, has not done well in the playoffs losing 15 of their last 16 games.

The Philadelphia Phillies will be seeking their third straight NL Pennant when they face the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.

GAME NOTES:

* The Phillies are 10-2 all-time in clinching games (games in which the series ends with a Phillies win). The Phillies have won their last 6.

* Philadelphia is 4-0 on the road in the postseason when Cole Hamels pitches (4-3 at home).

* Cole Hamels joins Roy Halladay and Curt Schilling as the only 3 pitchers to throw a shutout in the Phillies postseason history.

* This was the first ever postseason series sweep in Phillies franchise history.

* In Cincinnati Reds postseason history, they have been swept 4 times, 1939 World Series vs. the Yankees; 1979 NLCS vs. the Pirates; 1995 NLCS vs. the Braves and now the 2010 NLDS vs. the Phillies.

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM CINCINNATI REDS CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 718 to 45 722 Drew Stubbs Reds RF On the Phillies being tough (WPKO WBLL )

45 730 TO 45 732 Walt Jocketty Reds GM On Reds played hard (WPKO WBLL)

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