Time for Ruben Amaro to earn his keep


Ruben Amaro stated that change is good when holding court after the end of the Phillies’ disappointing 2011 season.

Expect a change in philosophy, not personnel.

“In my mind, this is a championship caliber lineup,” Amaro said. “We just have to go about it a little differently.”

Amaro won’t seek a replacement for Ryan Howard, who might miss the start of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon.

“I don’t think we’ll do that unless they [doctors] say it’ll be a year,” Amaro said.

Considering the state of the bullpen, it’s not surprising Amaro wants to re-sign closer Ryan Madson.
“We’d like to bring him back as our closer,” Amaro said. “But it takes two to tango.”

If Madson signs elsewhere, expect Amaro to sign a free agent to close.

“I don’t feel comfortable with the guys we have internally,” Amaro said.

Amaro reached out to Roy Oswalt’s agent, but the Phillies’ brain trust is unsure if ‘Little Roy’ will be back next season.

“He’s still one of the better starting pitchers in baseball,” Amaro said. “We have to make a decision on that one, it might be a tough one.”

Looking to the future, the Phillies are pondering a megadeal to its youngest ace, Cole Hamels.
“We would like to keep him in our uniform,” Amaro said. “He’s one of the more effective and better left-handed pitchers in the game.”

Amaro faces the most difficult offseason of his career. There are a lot of questions and the clock is ticking. It’s 122 days until pitchers and catchers.


Is #JusticeForAvaLynn a case of bullying?

On Saturday, the hashtag #JusticeForAvaLynn became one of the trending topics on Twitter. Users circulated the above photo of 5-year-old AvaLynn, posted by her mother…


Terrorism could spread to US and Europe in…

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said terrorism would soon spread to Europe and the United States unless it is quickly dealt with in the Middle East,…


Ex-Bitcoin official to plead guilty to Silk Road…

Bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem has reached a plea deal to resolve U.S. charges that he engaged in a scheme to sell over $1 million of…


China's army changes tactics to prepare for war…

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for "information warfare" as…


Joan Rivers on life support: Report

TMZ reports that comedian Joan Rivers has been placed on life support, "completely reliant on machines to stay alive." Rivers has been hospitalized since she…


What's new on Netflix in September

September has a supernatural theme for Netflix. UFO "documentaries" and the survivalist reality series "Doomsday Preppers" are among the new series coming to the online…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…


Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.


3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.


NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.


Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.


VIDEO: Still not wearing sunscreen? You will after…

Sunscreen is possibly the most often repeated - and ignored - piece of skincare advice. But Thomas Leveritt took a different tactic. With a short…


Twitter used to track down sources of food…

When Chicago health officials saw Twitter users complaining about local food poisoning episodes, they reached out on Twitter to those users and often ended up…


Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.


Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…