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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Some changes to the site

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 7 2014, 12:15PM EST.
@Philabaseball

Articles have been a bit sparse lately, but that's because the site has undergone numerous cosmetic and coding improvements over the past week.

The most visible addition is the news ticker that you see scrolling just under the menu near the top of the page. Moving forward, we will include breaking news in the ticker and use it as a way get a headline to you while we write and complete the story.

Another addition to the site is the footer down below. We've added a contact form and some additional links to assist in navigation of our site. We also included a weekly publishing schedule, but as with any news outlet it's subject to change.

We will be releasing weekly audiocasts each Sunday beginning September 14, so to the right you see the SoundCloud logo and play button.

Perhaps the biggest change, however, is the responsiveness of the site.  Web site responsiveness essentially means a site optimally responds to the technology and browser of the end user. Having a responsive Web site allows everyone, despite differences in technology, the chance to have a similar viewing experience.

Updates and articles will return Sunday night.

- The Philadelphia Baseball Review is the top baseball news source in Philadelphia, providing news coverage and analysis of all things baseball in the Philadelphia region.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Maikel Franco among Phillies September call-ups

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 1 2014, 6:00PM EDT.
@Philabaseball

Maikel Franco will wear a Phillies uniform on Tuesday in Atlanta.

The 22-year-old is one of seven players the Phillies added to their roster following Monday's 7-0 no-hit win over the Braves. 

Franco was named Lehigh Valley’s Player of the Year after hitting .257 with 33 doubles, four triples, 16 home runs and 78 RBI in 133 games. He entered the 2014 season rated the top prospect in the Phillies’ minor league system by Baseball America and since July 2 has batted .324 with 11 home runs and an International League-leading 47 RBI.

Joining Franco as September call-ups are outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., pitchers Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Luis Garcia, catcher Cameron Rupp and infielder Cesar Hernandez. The club also activated reliever Mike Adams from the disabled list.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the club transferred Cliff Lee to the 60-day disabled list.

- The Philadelphia Baseball Review is the top baseball news source in Philadelphia, providing news coverage and analysis of all things baseball in the Philadelphia region.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hamels and Phillies bullpen toss no-hitter in Atlanta


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 1 2014, 4:25PM EST.
@Philabaseball

Cole Hamels tossed six innings without surrendering a hit and the Phillies bullpen chipped in with another three en route to a 7-0 victory and a combined no-hitter of the Braves on Monday at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Hamels labored through six innings, tossing 108 pitches while walking five. He also hit a batter but struck out seven.

Jake Diekman and Ken Giles combined for five strikeouts over two innings of relief before Johnathan Papelbon hurled a perfect final frame to cement the victory.

The combined no-hitter is the first of its type franchise history for the Phillies and just the 11th in Major League history.

"It feels really good to be a part of something special and that's just what this was," Hamels said. "The Braves are very good and at any point they can put a ton of runs on the board."

Ben Revere, who entered the contest with 15 RBIs on the season, drove in five in the winning effort.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Cody Asche doubled and eventually scored on a Revere sacrifice fly to left field.

The Phillies added to their lead in the sixth with Hamels opening the frame with a single before advancing to second a Revere sacrifice bunt. Jimmy Rollins then tripled, scoring Hamels to push the Phillies ahead 2-0.

The offense then erupted for three runs in the seventh and another two in the ninth.

"It was a total team effort today," Hamels said. "From the offense to knowing I could hand the game over to the bullpen because they've been outstanding, that's a good feeling."

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Phillies trade Mayberry Jr. to Toronto for minor leaguer


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
August 31 2014, 9:45 PM EDT.
@Philabaseball 

The John Mayberry Jr. era in Philadelphia has come to a close.

The Phillies traded the 30-year-old outfielder on Sunday to Toronto in exchange for minor league infielder Gustavo Pierre.

Mayberry hit. 213 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 63 games for the Phillies this season. He'd been on the disabled list since July 21 because of inflammation in his left wrist, and was expected to be activated Monday.

Over six seasons in Philadelphia Mayberry hit .242 with 52 homers and 169 RBIs.

Pierre, 22, hit a combined .260 with eight homers and 43 RBIs this season at Class A and Double-A. Over his six year minor league career he's a .247 hitter with a .282 on-base percentage.

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