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October 1, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danys Baez does not watch much baseball these days. He is paid $2.75 million to stay away from the game that once compelled him to spend 10 days in hiding to defect from his home country. "It's tough for me," Baez said Friday from his Miami home. But then he heard about Antonio Bastardo, and Baez was interested in baseball again. For the first five months of the season, Bastardo emerged as one of the game's most dominant relievers. It was something Baez, who mentored the 25-year-old Phillies lefty, took pride in watching.
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January 19, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before they had a chance to exchange salary-arbitration numbers Friday, the Phillies and reliever Antonio Bastardo came to an agreement on a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. The deal includes award bonuses and represents an $895,000 raise for the 27-year-old lefthander, who figures to play a major role in manager Charlie Manuel's bullpen in 2013. Bastardo was among the best lefthanded relievers in baseball two seasons ago, when he went 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA. He also converted eight of nine save opportunities.
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February 19, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The list of differences between a 102-win team and an 81-win team began with the health of Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay. But you can argue that the difference between the Antonio Bastardo who took the mound in 2011 vs. the one who took the mound in 2012 played almost as big a role in the Phillies' fall from grace last season. And while the health of their aging veterans certainly will prove to be a major theme during the 2013 season, the performance of their 27-year-old reliever also seems likely to play a critical role in their attempt to return to the top of the National League East.
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April 30, 2010 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies will have their closer back when the first-place Mets come to Philadelphia. Satisfied with his rehab from off-season elbow and knee surgeries, the Phillies will activate Brad Lidge from the disabled list before Friday's series opener against New York, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Thursday. To make space for Lidge, lefthander Antonio Bastardo will be optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Lidge pitched in eight rehab games between Lehigh Valley, double-A Reading and single-A Clearwater.
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July 27, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies billed Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Christmas in July, and the person getting the perfect stocking stuffer was shortstop Jimmy Rollins. With his second plate appearance in the 9-5 Phillies win, Rollins guaranteed his $11 million option for 2015, so long as he is not on the disabled list at the end of the year. He now has 437 plate appearances after going 0 for 5. While Rollins reached a financial mark, a number of his teammates came up big in helping the Phillies earn their second consecutive win. Grady Sizemore led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to center field, his 1,000th career hit. Sizemore would add hits 1,001 and 1,002, both doubles.
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July 24, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON MAY 28 against the Colorado Rockies, Antonio Bastardo walked four of the five batters he faced. He was booed off the mound. (The Phillies still won the game.) Two years ago, on the day Ryan Howard returned from his Achilles' injury, Bastardo entered the eighth inning of a scoreless game against the Atlanta Braves. He walked in a run and then served up a back-breaking grand slam to Brian McCann. Those are the moments most people are able to recall when they think of Bastardo's role in the bullpen in the last few years.
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May 29, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
BUFFALO - Antonio Bastardo scattered six hits over seven shutout innings to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs past the Buffalo Bisons, 7-1, yesterday in the International League. It was the righthander's second start for triple-A Lehigh Valley after being promoted from double-A Reading last week. He struck out 11 in six innings against Charlotte on Saturday but did not get a decision. Bastardo was 2-2 for Reading with a scintillating 1.82 ERA. Akron 6, Reading 5 Reading 2, Akron 1 AKRON, Ohio - A two-run single by Ozzie Chavez in the top of the seventh gave the Phillies a win in the second game of an Eastern League doubleheader.
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November 14, 2012
The Phillies made the official announcement Tuesday on their one-year contract worth $850,000 with infielder Kevin Frandsen. The deal was initially reported last week. Frandsen, 30, hit .338 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs in 55 games after being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley in late July. He made 49 starts at third base, second on the team to Placido Polanco. The one-year deal includes incentives and performance bonuses and allows the Phillies to avoid salary arbitration with Frandsen.
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May 1, 2011
Lefthander J.C. Romero said he would pitch in only one rehab game - Tuesday at single-A Lakewood - before being activated from the disabled list. He could return to the Phillies on Wednesday, which is the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. Romero strained his right calf April 18. He will throw a bullpen session and participate in pitchers' fielding practice to test the strength in his calf. He has been throwing to keep his arm strong. "I feel good," Romero said. When he does return, it will be interesting to see how Romero is used with the emergence of Antonio Bastardo, who has allowed only one run in 2011.
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July 2, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies convened Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to board a bus for their chartered flight to Miami. They will spend 10 days on the road, and it is not unreasonable to wonder whether the roster bears a different resemblance when it returns home. After another lost weekend, there is little doubt that Ruben Amaro Jr. will sell what pieces he can. The Phillies awoke Monday eight games out of first place in the National League East, their largest deficit of the season. The general manager deemed last week's homestand as a determining factor in whether he would sell.
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July 27, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies billed Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Arizona Diamondbacks as Christmas in July, and the person getting the perfect stocking stuffer was shortstop Jimmy Rollins. With his second plate appearance in the 9-5 Phillies win, Rollins guaranteed his $11 million option for 2015, so long as he is not on the disabled list at the end of the year. He now has 437 plate appearances after going 0 for 5. While Rollins reached a financial mark, a number of his teammates came up big in helping the Phillies earn their second consecutive win. Grady Sizemore led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to center field, his 1,000th career hit. Sizemore would add hits 1,001 and 1,002, both doubles.
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July 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF BEING around the same group of people, at home and on the road, in the dugout, clubhouse and on charter planes, makes a baseball team one big family, relievers are its band of brothers. They have their own hideout in every ballpark they enter - the bullpen, a place to mess around like a bunch of kids in a treehouse. They hang out together, joke around with one another, and like nothing less than to give up a fellow pitcher's runs. Antonio Bastardo did that last night. The veteran lefthander entered a game with the bases loaded but with a healthy lead.
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July 27, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard were back Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, but it's difficult to say what their returns during the Phillies' fall-from-far-ahead, 10-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks mean for their immediate futures. The bad bullpen is also back at the Bank. The Diamondbacks, after trailing by 6-2, won in 10 innings with Martin Prado hitting a sacrifice fly off Antonio Bastardo to score Ender Inciarte with the game-winning run. Nick Evans' pinch-hit, three-run homer gave Arizona a four-run cushion and provided the last of his team's eight unanswered runs.
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July 24, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies summoned Darin Ruf to the manager's office June 1. He was being optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley because a taxed bullpen required another arm. Go to the minors for the mandatory 10 days, the Phillies told him, and come back primed for more playing time. Ruf returned Tuesday, 51 days after his demotion. He crashed into a wall at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown in the first inning of his first minor-league game June 2. He fractured his left wrist and cut his right knee. "It's definitely been a mentally challenging season for me," Ruf said.
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July 24, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON MAY 28 against the Colorado Rockies, Antonio Bastardo walked four of the five batters he faced. He was booed off the mound. (The Phillies still won the game.) Two years ago, on the day Ryan Howard returned from his Achilles' injury, Bastardo entered the eighth inning of a scoreless game against the Atlanta Braves. He walked in a run and then served up a back-breaking grand slam to Brian McCann. Those are the moments most people are able to recall when they think of Bastardo's role in the bullpen in the last few years.
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July 2, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies convened Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to board a bus for their chartered flight to Miami. They will spend 10 days on the road, and it is not unreasonable to wonder whether the roster bears a different resemblance when it returns home. After another lost weekend, there is little doubt that Ruben Amaro Jr. will sell what pieces he can. The Phillies awoke Monday eight games out of first place in the National League East, their largest deficit of the season. The general manager deemed last week's homestand as a determining factor in whether he would sell.
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June 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean O'Sullivan, the 43d man to wear a Phillies uniform in half a season's worth of games, took the ball with little expected of him in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday. Manager Ryne Sandberg labeled O'Sullivan, owner of a 5.89 ERA in 50 career games, "an experienced guy. " For five innings in a 5-1 loss to Atlanta, O'Sullivan fired strikes. "I feel like I came right after them," O'Sullivan said. But these Phillies are not permitted cheerful narratives, not when they lack aptitude in the game's most crucial skill.
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June 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two days after Carlos Ruiz was struck in the head by a 78-m.p.h. curveball, there was scant clarity on the extent of his concussion. The Phillies catcher was placed on the seven-day disabled list Friday, arrived early Saturday for an examination, and was sent home prior to the team's doubleheader against Atlanta. Ruiz can be activated Friday at the earliest. When asked if there was an indication as to how much time Ruiz would miss, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said: "No. Not at all. " The Phillies started 35-year-old veteran Koyie Hill at catcher in Saturday's first game.
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June 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before a pitch was thrown Monday, Jimmy Rollins cradled Camryn, his 2-year-old daughter, as both dugouts at Citizens Bank Park filled to the top step. Players were instructed to report by 6:55 p.m. to celebrate Rollins' ascension to Phillies hit king. The shortstop welcomed guests and accepted gifts in an 18-minute ceremony. To conclude, he grabbed a microphone. "Thank you," Rollins said, "and now let's go play some baseball. " To start the first inning, Rollins rapped a single to right for his 2,242d career hit. But the Phillies trailed before he squeezed the bat. Five straight wins had generated optimism in a moribund National League East.
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June 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Cole Hamels lingered in the on-deck circle as the Phillies batted in the eighth inning Monday night. Cesar Hernandez popped from the dugout, instructed Hamels to retreat, and that is when a mediocre team remembered its shortcomings. Jonathan Papelbon blew a save with 28 ninth-inning pitches. Domonic Brown committed one of the more embarrassing defensive blunders possible in the 10th inning. The lineup stranded at least one runner on base in every inning from the eighth to the 12th.
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