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June 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE MODEST three-game winning streak the Phillies took into their weekend series with the Chicago Cubs didn't do much to dull the senses of the man in charge of maintaining the team's high-salaried-but-underachieving roster. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr., in his sixth year on the job, is well aware of the advantages of the July 31 trade deadline. He made impactful moves in each of his first 4 years on the job, trading for the likes to Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence, and also trading away Shane Victorino and Pence.
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May 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Phillies placed third baseman Cody Asche on the disabled list Sunday, Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke of top prospect Maikel Franco as a "possibility" to ascend to the majors. Two days later, the general manager was less convinced. "He's just not playing good enough baseball yet," Amaro said. "He's not really ready to be a big leaguer yet. " So, Ryne Sandberg started Cesar Hernandez at third Tuesday for the fifth straight game. Hernandez was 0 for 12 in his first four starts there.
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May 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Phillies reported to spring training a little over 3 months ago, the depth at third base was minimal. There was incumbent Cody Asche, who played 50 games as a rookie at the position last year. There was Kevin Frandsen, who was never known for his defense, which was one reason he wasn't even in camp anymore before camp broke in March. There was Freddy Galvis, a great option defensively but not really viewed as a starting candidate at third. And then there was Maikel Franco, the organization's top prospect, who hit 36 home runs between Class A Clearwater and Double A Reading last season.
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May 23, 2014
RUBEN AMARO JR., from beleaguered general manager of the Phillies to commissioner of baseball? Amaro laughed a little at the thought. But a story on the New York Post's pagesix.com on Wednesday night listed Amaro as a candidate for the job of Major League Baseball commissioner, a job title being vacated in January when Bud Selig is expected to retire. The Post's story centered on Bob Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, listing him as a favorite of MLB's succession committee.
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May 15, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES entered the ninth inning of Sunday's game at Citi Field against the Mets armed with a three-run lead, but with three of their top relievers unavailable. Jake Diekman and Mike Adams had thrown 51 combined pitches on Saturday, and had pitched Friday, too. Closer Jonathan Papelbon threw 21 total pitches in those games, but was also unavailable, since he said he was dealing with soreness. Antonio Bastardo blew the three-run lead, the Phillies lost in extra innings and failed to complete a sweep.
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May 6, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg had not entered the Broad Street Run. In fact, his plan was to stay as far away from it as possible. Instead, the Phillies manager became an involuntary participant for an instant because it was the only way he could get to work Sunday morning. The sad story with a happy ending started at his rented home in Rittenhouse Square. "I jumped in an Uber car and said, 'By the way, Broad Street is closed.' " Sandberg said he told the driver of the city's upscale taxi service.
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May 2, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR THE THIRD TIME in the season's first month, rain pushed back a baseball game in South Philly. The Phillies' scheduled contest with the New York Mets last night was postponed; it will be played on Monday, June 2, at 7:05 p.m. As a result of the rainout, the first month of the season is in the books for the Phillies (13-13). And, for the first time in three seasons, they won't have a losing record on May 1. When made aware of the fact, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. chuckled. His team was still in fourth place in a five-team division, of course.
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April 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Although the slick-fielding infielder was hitless in his last 17 at-bats, Ryne Sandberg inserted Freddy Galvis into his starting lineup against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. He wanted strong defense behind Cliff Lee and he obviously wanted to give Galvis a chance to get going offensively. Galvis went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He's hitless in his last 22 at-bats and hitting .033 (1-30) since returning from the disabled list more than 2 weeks ago. "He's struggling," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Galvis, who was out of yesterday's starting lineup.
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April 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - The Phillies were on the wrong end of a lopsided loss yesterday, so closer Jonathan Papelbon kept his coat on and stayed in his seat in the visiting bullpen at Wrigley Field. The embattled closer's next save appearance will likely come this week at Citizens Bank Park. In his most recent appearance, a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his first save of the season, Papelbon never threw a ball harder than 91 mph and saw nine of his 13 fastballs register at 90 or below on the ballpark radar gun. Coming off a first week when Papelbon was OK in one outing, awful in another and lacking velocity in the third, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. remains confident in his $50 million closer.
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