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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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August 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - There is no more appropriate cross section to illustrate Antonio Bastardo's maddening fluctuation than the previous eight days. He struck out six batters in two innings on Aug. 5; pitched a scoreless inning on Friday; suffered an 11th-inning loss the next day; rebounded with a scoreless inning on Monday; and endured the ignominy of a five-run disaster on Tuesday night. Ryne Sandberg heaped praise upon Bastardo for the better part of two weeks in July, a time when the Phillies shopped their lefthanded reliever.
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August 7, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
LET'S TAKE a break from the doom and gloom and try to figure out what this roster could conceivably look like next year. The Phillies currently have $131.7 million committed to nine players: Ryan Howard ($25M), Chase Utley ($15M), Jimmy Rollins ($11M), Carlos Ruiz ($8.5M), Marlon Byrd ($8M), Cole Hamels ($22.5M), Cliff Lee ($25M), Jonathan Papelbon ($13M), and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez ($3.7M). Factor in $3 million for Antonio Bastardo via arbitration and $500,000 salaries for Cody Asche, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands and the payroll is up to $137.2 million.
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August 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When the Phillies called Jerome Williams Sunday to tell him he would start Tuesday at Angels Stadium, the 31-year-old pitcher missed the call. It was his son Tai's fifth birthday; the Williams family visited a water park near Dallas to celebrate. He threw 60 pitches to complete five scoreless innings against Los Angeles, which entered Tuesday with the second-best record in baseball. Kole Calhoun bashed Williams' 63d pitch for a solo homer, and Ryne Sandberg came with the hook in the sixth inning after the 72d pitch.
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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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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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August 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - There is no more appropriate cross section to illustrate Antonio Bastardo's maddening fluctuation than the previous eight days. He struck out six batters in two innings on Aug. 5; pitched a scoreless inning on Friday; suffered an 11th-inning loss the next day; rebounded with a scoreless inning on Monday; and endured the ignominy of a five-run disaster on Tuesday night. Ryne Sandberg heaped praise upon Bastardo for the better part of two weeks in July, a time when the Phillies shopped their lefthanded reliever.
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August 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When the Phillies called Jerome Williams Sunday to tell him he would start Tuesday at Angels Stadium, the 31-year-old pitcher missed the call. It was his son Tai's fifth birthday; the Williams family visited a water park near Dallas to celebrate. He threw 60 pitches to complete five scoreless innings against Los Angeles, which entered Tuesday with the second-best record in baseball. Kole Calhoun bashed Williams' 63d pitch for a solo homer, and Ryne Sandberg came with the hook in the sixth inning after the 72d pitch.
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August 8, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time Grady Sizemore crossed the plate early Wednesday morning to mercifully end the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Astros in 15 innings, the effort of the man who started the game more than five hours before was all but forgotten. But Ryne Sandberg did not want Kyle Kendrick's strong work to go unnoticed. Kendrick pitched through seven innings for the first time in more than a month. He allowed one run, his best outing in 10 starts. Kendrick threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 25 batters.
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August 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TWO WEEKS ago, with the days leading up to baseball's non-waiver trade deadline winding down, Antonio Bastardo said he honestly hadn't given much thought to being traded and he wasn't worried about it one way or another. But less than a week after the deadline passed, with some time to reflect on it more, Bastardo may be just as confused as anyone else is that he's still a member of the Phillies. Prior to last night's game at Citizens Bank Park, Bastardo said he'd probably be better off had he been traded as opposed to wasting away with the Phillies.
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August 7, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
LET'S TAKE a break from the doom and gloom and try to figure out what this roster could conceivably look like next year. The Phillies currently have $131.7 million committed to nine players: Ryan Howard ($25M), Chase Utley ($15M), Jimmy Rollins ($11M), Carlos Ruiz ($8.5M), Marlon Byrd ($8M), Cole Hamels ($22.5M), Cliff Lee ($25M), Jonathan Papelbon ($13M), and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez ($3.7M). Factor in $3 million for Antonio Bastardo via arbitration and $500,000 salaries for Cody Asche, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands and the payroll is up to $137.2 million.
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August 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Marlon Byrd was between pregame workouts, sitting in the visiting clubhouse at Nationals Park late yesterday afternoon when his cellphone began to light up. "Have you been traded?" "What's going on?" "Is this legit?" Byrd worked his fingers feverishly in an attempt to figure out what the people on the other end of his phone were talking about. He hadn't heard a word from his boss, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. But his mind was still racing as he tried to uncover the truth.
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July 28, 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 28, 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 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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