• Sandberg calls loss to Pirates 'unacceptable'
  • Ryne Sandberg's emotions are difficult to read, but he seemed relatively upset Monday afternoon at McKechnie Field. The Phillies lost to the Pirates in ugly fashion, 18-4.

  • Prospect Eflin's start part of Phils' focus on future
  • The Phillies have highlighted three of their better pitching prospects in the past week with Aaron Nola, Severino Gonzalez and Zach Eflin each getting a start.

  • Benches clear, two ejected in Phils-Bucs game
  • Benches and bullpens cleared before the bottom of the fifth inning of an 18-4 loss to the Pirates, but nobody threw any punches. Rodriguez thought Slowey quick-pitched him in his fourth-inning plate appearance, which Slowey won with a strikeout. Sean Rodriguez thought he had called time on the play, but home plate umpire Chad Fairchild never awarded it.

  • Galvis notches first spring homer as Phillies struggle vs. Bucs
  • Freddy Galvis hit his first spring homer in the sixth, a two-run shot to right field off Adrian Sampson.

  • Phillies looking outside for rotation help
  • Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday the Phillies are looking outside the organization for starting pitching help.

  • Phils' Gonzalez deal might not pan out
  • The Phillies thought so highly of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in the summer of 2013 that they offered him a six-year, $48 million contract. They fully expected him to jump into the 2014 rotation behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. But more than a year into his three-year, $12 million contract (Gonzalez lost $36 million because of concerns following his physical), the Phillies have received no return on their investment.

  • Amaro weighs in on Opening Day roster decisions
  • Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies have about four or five decisions to make before they finalize the Opening Day roster.

  • Herrera to start in center field, Revere in left on Opening Day
  • Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg announced that Odubel Herrera will be the team's Opening Day center field and Ben Revere will start in left field.

  • Phillies' offense seeking big improvement in '15
  • The Phillies did not score a lot of runs in 2014, and the expectation is that they will not be a great offensive team in 2015, so manager Ryne Sandberg is hoping his team can master the art of small ball.

  • Utley homers twice in tie with Tigers
  • Chase Utley hit two home runs and Russ Canzler also homered as Aaron Harang struck out five over 5 1/3 innings in the Phillies' 4-4 tie with the Tigers on Sunday.

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