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Buchanan front runs as bats explode in win against Atlanta


WP: David Buchanan (2-5, 6.44 ERA)  LP: Williams Perez (4-1, 4.14 ERA)

Philadelphia, PA -  In a busy day where Cole Hamels said goodbye to the city he's called home during his baseball career and where Pat Burrell was put on the Wall of Fame, the Phillies bats showed up in a big way.

The hitting started early in the 1st as both Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera singled of Braves starter Williams Perez. Maikel Franco drew a walk and then Ryan Howard sent them all home with a bases clearing double. Howard would see home himself when Freddy Galvis hit a sacrifice fly to give the Phils and early 4-0 lead. 

More runs would come in the 5th as Perez  completely fell apart. Howard singled and Domonic Brown hit a two run home run and the bottom of the line up would single Perez out of the game. He would leave giving up nine earned runs in 4.1 innings. 

David Buchanan front ran with the runs he was given. He kept the Braves off the boards for six innings and would escape the 7th allowing just one run. Buchanan was back out there for the 8th but ran into trouble as Freddie Freeman hit a two run homer to chase him from the game. Justin De Fratus would finish up the inning for his starter and Dalier Hinojosa made his Phillies debut in the 9th to close out the 9-3 victory. 

Another great win as the Phillies continue to play winning baseball here in the second half. Aaron Nola gets the ball tomorrow night against Braves starter Matt Wisler as Alumni Weekend continues. 


Starting Pitchers

Williams Perez 4.1  9  9  9  4  3  1  4.14
Dave Buchanan  7.1  8  3  3  0  4   1  6.44

Out of the 'Pen


  • Justin De Fratus: 0.2 IP, 2H
  • Dalier Hinojosa: 1 IP


  • Matt Marksberry: 1.2 IP, H, BB
  • Jake Brigham: 1 IP, K
  • Andrew McKirahan: 1 IP

What's Next

Saturday, August 1, 2015: vs. Atlanta Braves 7:05 PM ET

  • RHP Matt Wisler (5-1, 3.43 ERA) vs.  RHP Aaron Nola (1-1, 3.29 ERA)
  • TV: NBC 10; Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT,  1680 WTTM

Greg Vince (@GregVince) is a staff writer for

Cole and Heidi Hamels buy full-page Inquirer ad to thank fans


Today was a day of emotional thanks to his beloved city of Philadelphia from former Phillie pitcher Cole Hamels. After giving his final goodbyes in a press conference today, Cole and Heidi Hamels took out a full page in this Saturday Philadelphia Inquirer thanking the fans.

This message reads:

"You have given us memories that will last a lifetime. Philadelphia is the 'City of Brotherly Love' and we cannot thank you enough for the love that you have shown our family during our time here.

To the many fans, friends, and family that we have made here, we are eternally grateful. Philadelphia is where we made ouf first home and where we started our family, and it will always hold a special place in our hearts.

We wish the Philadelphia Phillies, their fans and the entire city of Philadelphia the very best. Thank you again for being an amazing part of our lives! We will never forget you!"

Cole and Heidi Hamels"


Although Hamels is now a member of the Rangers organization, he will always have a special place in many fans heart.


Andrew Shipotofsky

Staff Writer for Philliedelphia

Former slugging outfielder Pat Burrell inducted into Phillies Wall of Fame

One of the key players from the 2008 World Series Championship team, Pat Burrell, has been inducted as the 37th member of the Philadelphia Phillies' Wall of Fame.

Former manager of his, and last year's recipient of the honor, Charlie Manuel, introduced Burrell before the fans, as well as the previously inducted members, in attendance at Citizens Bank Park on Friday evening.

(Photo: @Phillies)

Burrell, 38, was the first overall pick in the 1998 amateur draft out of the University of Miami. He made his major league debut on May 24, 2000 against the Houston Astros, and never looked back.

In nine seasons in red pinstripes, Burrell played in 1,306 games, 1,185 of which were in his iconic position in left field.

Burrell ranks fourth and fifth respectively in franchise history for home runs (251) and walks (785).

Back in late February, when it was announced that Burrell would be inducted after receiving the most fan votes, he shared his appreciation and gratitude:

"It's a tremendous honor and privilege to be added to the Wall next to Philly's all-time greats. My family and I couldn't be more grateful for the support from fans. Their votes are the reason that I will now be enshrined in Phillies history."



Earlier today, our own Kevin Durso recounted Burrell's contributions from the 2008 playoff run:

In the 2008 World Series run, Burrell had plenty of memorable moments. He homered twice in the deciding Game 4 of the NLDS against the Brewers. In Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, Burrell belted the go-ahead and eventual winning home run.

In the deciding Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, Burrell led off the seventh inning with a double. He was removed for a pinch-runner, Eric Bruntlett, who would come around to score the winning run.

After 2008, the Phillies are Burrell chose to part ways. Long-time Seattle Mariner Raul Ibanez was
brought in as his replacement, and was an immediate impactful player for the franchise's quest to repeat as World Champions.

UntitledBurrell's numbers declined gradually in the three years he played outside of Philadelphia, almost equally split between the Tampa Bay Rays (146 games) and the San Francisco Giants (188).

With the Giants in 2010, Burrell won his second World Series championship. He hit .211/.318/.316 against the Phillies in the National League Championship Series that year, which lasted six games.

Burrell returned to Philadelphia on a one-day contract to retire as a Phillie on May 19, 2012.

The Wall of Fame induction ceremony is the first major event of Toyota Alumni Weekend, which has become a staple, mid-summer tradition for the organization.

Tomorrow evening, Burrell and 40-50 other alumni will take part in Toyota Phillies Alumni Night. According to, the annual Garry Maddox BBQ Challenge will not be held this Saturday for the first time since 2001, because of the event not generating 'robust proceeds for the charity' in recent years.

All fans who attend Sunday's series finale matinee will receive a 13" x 26" Toyota Phillies Wall of Fame Fathead, which includes Burrell and the following four players who are also on the wall: Steve Carlton, Darren Daulton, Dick Allen and Mike Schmidt.

Since retiring, Burrell has served as a scout with the San Francisco Giants. His English Bulldog iconic to the parade on October 31, 2008, Elvis, unfortunately passed away in September of 2014.

Burrell is the first player from the 2008 World Series Champion team to be inducted. Harry Kalas (broadcaster) and Charlie Manuel (manager) were inducted in 2009 and 2014 respectively. Expect many more players from the team to be enshrined in the future, including the recently traded Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels.

Matt Rappa (@mattrappasports) is managing editor of

From @billmeltzer: Schenn's Flyers Future Depends on 2015-16 Performance

Brayden Schenn


The Philadelphia Flyers ticked two major items off their 2015 offseason agenda with the re-signings of Sean Couturier (six years, $25.98 million) and Jakub Voracek (eight years, $66 million) to contract extensions that kick in for the 2016-17 season. The deals pre-empt Voracek's unrestricted free agency (UFA) eligibility next summer as well as Couturier's restricted free agent (RFA) status.

Will an off-season or in-season extension for impending RFA center/winger Brayden Schenn follow next? Probably not, said Flyers general manager Ron Hextall during a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

"I'm not sure there will be a push," Hextall said. "I've spoken with Brayden's agent a number of times over the summer about different things and the subject's never come up. It's not something we're in a hurry to do and I'm assuming they feel the same way."

Schenn, who turns 24 on August 22, will enter the second and final year of a two-season bridge contract signed in 2014.  His current deal carries a $2.5 million cap hit.  The 2015-16 season will be his fifth full year of pro hockey. It is not an exaggeration to say the upcoming campaign will be crucial to his future in Philadelphia.

Schenn has made progress over the course of his three NHL seasons to date. It hasn't been a fast process from year to year, and he still has yet to show the sort of consistency the team hopes to see him develop. He's headed in the right direction, but has not reached the destination nearly as soon as some folks hoped when the Flyers acquired him as a crucial piece of their long-term succession plan for Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

One of the biggest conundrums that teams in all sports face is knowing when to be patient through a young player's learning curve. Progress isn't always rapid from year to year, and there are sometimes seeming backward steps along the way.

Charting improvement isn't always a straight upward arrow from a player's first training camp to the point where he reaches his maximum potential. On the other hand, many players never reach the full potential that was initially envisioned for them. It's tough to know when a player is still in his early 20s whether what you see now is the most you're likely to get in years to come.

As a player whose primary value comes from his point production, this has been Brayden Schenn's NHL-level statistical evolution to date:

2011-12: 54 GP, 12 G, 6 A, 18 PTS, -7 34 PIM, 4 PPG, 1 PPA, 14:07 TOI, 46.1 FO%, 136 hits
2012-13: 47 GP, 8 G, 18 A, 26 PTS, -8, 24 PIM, 2 PPG, 8 PPA, 15:31 TOI, 45.5 FO%, 109 hits
2013-14: 82 GP, 20 G, 21 A, 41 PTS, E, 54 PIM, 4 PPG, 5 PPA, 15:44 TOI, 43.2 FO%, 200 hits
2014-15: 82 GP, 18 G, 29 A, 47 PTS, -5, 34 PIM, 7 PPG, 12 PPA, 17:04 TOI, 46.7 FO%, 199 hits

As he nears age 24, Schenn has a 20-goal season under his belt and flirting last year with his first 50-point season. There have been stretches of games where he has looked like a burgeoning heart-and-soul player who wins key puck battles and produces points while also playing a bit of a mean streak in his game.

On the other hand, Schenn is still very inconsistent. He's prone to lengthy droughts in his offensive production and other parts of his game are still works in progress.

For whatever reason, he did not particularly click offensively during a lengthy stretch on a five-on-five line with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek during the 2014-15 season. He had his two most productive stretches while playing a wing (left wing early in the season,right wing near the end) on a line with Couturier. While Schenn was not a disaster as Scott Hartnell's replacement on the Flyers top power play unit --  7 power play goals, 19 power play points compared to Hartnell's 9 PPG and 20 PPP in 20113-14 -- he also did not especially stand out.

Schenn has become a more physical player from his rookie year to his fourth year but could still win battles on a more frequent basis. He is an average skater. He creates the occasional scoring chance for himself or for linemates but is not not exceptionally creative in finding space. When slumping, Schenn still gets impatient with the puck on his stick and puts it in low-percentage areas. 

On the defensive side of the puck, Schenn was a below-average NHL player during his rookie year of 2011-12. He has improved over his career to date and is now at least an average for a player in a second-line role. There is still further improvement needed to get Schenn to the point where he is a two-way asset in other areas of the ice even when he's in an offensive slump. His forechecking game has improved and, at times. he can be effective in forcing turnovers and creating room for linemates but greater consistency is needed.

Hextall has not entirely ruled out the possibility of signing Schenn during the 2015-16 season to a preemptive extension. 

"It's not that we wouldn't like to get him signed," said Hextall. "Probably [want to] get him another year to see where things flesh out. I don't anticipate signing Brayden, which never means that you're not going to but it's not something we'll actively pursue. We'll wait and see how the year goes and probably talk at some point during the year or next summer."

In other words, the upcoming season will go a long way toward setting Schenn's monetary value on his next contract but will also determine whether he will continue to be counted on as part of the core group around which the team is building. He is rapidly reaching the age and development level at which what the Flyers see next season is more or less what they can expect to get (assuming good health) as he reaches what should be the prime years of his NHL career. 


Buchanan, Phillies look for two in a row on Wall of Fame Night

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to continue their solid play since the All Star break tonight as they host the Atlanta Braves in the second game of a four-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Last night, Aaron Harang made a successful return from the disabled list in Philadelphia's 4-1 series opener victory.

Veteran slugger and two-time World Series champion, Pat Burrell, will be inducted as the 37th member of the Phillies Wall of Fame tonight, prior to the game commencing

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Phillies add pitchers David Buchanan and Dalier Hinojosa, outfielder Jordan Danks

The Phillies had pitcher David Buchanan on a set schedule: be ready to pitch when Cole Hamels pitches.   With Hamels heading to the Texas Rangers, Buchanan will start tonight against the Atlanta Braves in Hamels' former rotation slot.  But Buchanan will not be making the trip down the Northeast Extension alone.

The Phillies announced the pair of moves:

Hinojosa was acquired on waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

Buchanan pitched very effectively in his Major League return before being sent back down to AAA Lehigh Valley.  Buchanan went six and one-third innings, surrendering three earned runs en route to a win.  In the majors this season Buchanan is collectively 1-5 with a 7.00 ERA.

Hinojosa hails originally from Cuba.  For AAA Lehigh Valley, Hinojosa was 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA in five appearances.  Including his time at AAA Pawtucket, Hinojosa was 3-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 22 games, all in relief.  Hinojosa also made one appearance for the Boston Red Sox, going one and two-thirds innings and allowing no runs.

Additionally, outfielder Jordan Danks will replace Ben Revere on the Major League roster, the Phillies official account tweeted.  Danks was claimed from the Chicago White Sox this past offseason and will be a bench player.  Aaron Altherr remains at AAA getting regular at bats while the Phillies appear t this time to prefer to start Cody Asche, Odubel Herrera, and Domonic Brown in the outfield.

Cubs may be interested in Chase Utley as trade deadline fast approaches

Long-time second baseman of the Philadelphia Phillies' organization, Chase Utley, could be on the move according to 'light buzz' heard from Jim Salisbury of

Nearly 30 minutes after his original report, Salisbury added:

Todd Zolecki, Phillies beat writer for, soon advised to keep an eye on Utley possibly being dealt next month on the waiver wire:

Stay tuned.

Champion Phillie Burrell takes place among franchise legends

The wave of 2008 Phillies are starting to join the Wall of Fame.

Last season, it was Charlie Manuel. This season, it is Pat Burrell.

Burrell is just the first of many players from the 2008 Phillies – some whose time must wait until their playing careers are complete – that will likely be enshrined as legends on the Wall of Fame.

What makes Burrell’s induction so special is that he was the first piece in place of the team that would eventually claim a World Series title, the second in franchise history.

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Phillies send Revere to Toronto for two minor leaguers

After the Orioles acquired Gerardo Parra from the Brewers this morning, the Phillies went to other suitors to find a trade for Ben Revere, most notably the Blue Jays. CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury first reported that talks between the Phils and Jays were heating up, but ESPN's Buster Olney said Toronto wasn't interested in Revere at their current asking price. Well, it seems the asking price has changed. Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki tweets Revere will indeed be sent to Toronto.

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