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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 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
B.J. Rosenberg retreated early Tuesday morning to his South Jersey residence, turned on the TV, and flipped to A&E. The channel showed two hours of Duck Dynasty repeats. "I stayed away from all the sports networks," the Phillies pitcher said. This was catharsis. Relievers often preach the value of zero short-term memory. That was essential Tuesday for Rosenberg, who, after making two sterling appearances in two days, hurled one of the worst relief outings in baseball history.
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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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April 14, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
YOU DON'T NEED numbers to understand the amount of talent that exists inside Jose Fernandez. But the numbers are fun. Heading into last night's game against the Phillies, the 21-year-old righthander had held opponents to one or zero runs in half of his 30 career starts. He'd held them under four runs in all but three starts. In laymen's terms, he's pretty darn good. But he wasn't good last night, and the Phillies took advantage, scoring two in the first inning, one in the third, and three in the sixth en route to a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins.
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April 17, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg is all about extra work. He believes that his dogged approach during his playing days was as responsible for his Hall of Fame career as his obvious athletic talent. The Phillies manager, however, pleaded guilty to clock watching Tuesday shortly before his team's game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed by the blustery afternoon rain that hovered over Citizens Bank Park. Sandberg can't believe how close to midnight it has been when he leaves work. "For me, the game starts with pitching and defense," the manager said.
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April 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Domonic Brown glided over first base while the remnants of a nearly empty stadium jumped in shock. He pounded his red Phillies helmet with his right fist. He smashed 27 homers in 2013; the first one of 2014 did not arrive until his 52d plate appearance, and what a moment it was. Seventeen minutes later, no one remembered. A Dan Uggla grand slam cleared the bases in the ninth inning. It pushed the Atlanta Braves to a 9-6 victory. For the Phillies, all that remained was a bullpen fire.
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April 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Antonio Bastardo fired two sliders, both for strikes, at Mark Reynolds to start a tie game's eighth inning Wednesday. Reynolds has struck out more times than any hitter in baseball but one since 2007. He walked five pitches later. This is when the latest blunder - a 9-4 Phillies loss - brewed. It unfolded precisely the way Ryne Sandberg advised his team how not to perform. The Phillies could not throw strikes. They ignored baserunners. They failed at fundamentals. "That's possibly early-season stuff that we're still in the process of ironing out," Sandberg said.
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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
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April 17, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg is all about extra work. He believes that his dogged approach during his playing days was as responsible for his Hall of Fame career as his obvious athletic talent. The Phillies manager, however, pleaded guilty to clock watching Tuesday shortly before his team's game against the Atlanta Braves was postponed by the blustery afternoon rain that hovered over Citizens Bank Park. Sandberg can't believe how close to midnight it has been when he leaves work. "For me, the game starts with pitching and defense," the manager said.
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April 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
B.J. Rosenberg retreated early Tuesday morning to his South Jersey residence, turned on the TV, and flipped to A&E. The channel showed two hours of Duck Dynasty repeats. "I stayed away from all the sports networks," the Phillies pitcher said. This was catharsis. Relievers often preach the value of zero short-term memory. That was essential Tuesday for Rosenberg, who, after making two sterling appearances in two days, hurled one of the worst relief outings in baseball history.
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April 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Domonic Brown glided over first base while the remnants of a nearly empty stadium jumped in shock. He pounded his red Phillies helmet with his right fist. He smashed 27 homers in 2013; the first one of 2014 did not arrive until his 52d plate appearance, and what a moment it was. Seventeen minutes later, no one remembered. A Dan Uggla grand slam cleared the bases in the ninth inning. It pushed the Atlanta Braves to a 9-6 victory. For the Phillies, all that remained was a bullpen fire.
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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
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April 14, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
YOU DON'T NEED numbers to understand the amount of talent that exists inside Jose Fernandez. But the numbers are fun. Heading into last night's game against the Phillies, the 21-year-old righthander had held opponents to one or zero runs in half of his 30 career starts. He'd held them under four runs in all but three starts. In laymen's terms, he's pretty darn good. But he wasn't good last night, and the Phillies took advantage, scoring two in the first inning, one in the third, and three in the sixth en route to a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins.
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April 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Antonio Bastardo fired two sliders, both for strikes, at Mark Reynolds to start a tie game's eighth inning Wednesday. Reynolds has struck out more times than any hitter in baseball but one since 2007. He walked five pitches later. This is when the latest blunder - a 9-4 Phillies loss - brewed. It unfolded precisely the way Ryne Sandberg advised his team how not to perform. The Phillies could not throw strikes. They ignored baserunners. They failed at fundamentals. "That's possibly early-season stuff that we're still in the process of ironing out," Sandberg said.
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April 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AFTER HITTING his latest ballpark-enraging bomb, Ryan Braun stood on third base, smiled and waved. He had just hit a ball to the deepest part of the playing field at Citizens Bank Park for a two-run triple that iced the Brewers' eventual 9-4 victory last night. Braun's triple sent half the ballpark to the exits and the other half to their beverages to quench their throats after another round of hearty boos. But Braun, who has nine RBI in the first two games of the series, provided little more than the parting shot in the defeat that extended the Phillies' losing skid to three games.
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April 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - The ball bounced from Marlon Byrd's right hand, and the Phillies rightfielder never bothered to retrieve it. He plopped his glove on his head, sauntered into the visitors' dugout, and this is what defeat looked like for the first time in 2014. Adrian Beltre's ninth-inning single to right sealed a 3-2 Rangers walk-off victory. It launched a litany of questions about the current disarray of the Phillies bullpen, which submitted Mario Hollands and B.J. Rosenberg for the decisive batters.
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April 3, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - It felt like April again. Tie game, bottom of the ninth, B.J. Rosenberg on the mound, Jonathan Papelbon waiting in the bullpen for a save situation that will never arrive. For more than half of last night's 3-2 loss to the Rangers, the Phillies looked like a team poised to put together a two-game winning streak to start a season for which expectations have rarely been lower. They followed a 14-10 victory on Opening Day with a couple of grind-'em-out runs off of a tough lefty starter who had no business taking an L next to his name.
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March 30, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
AS SPRING training wraps up, the Phillies are back home with some of the same habits left over from 2013. In their first exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park this spring, the Phillies' bats were silenced in the team's 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The loss gives Philadelphia a 9-18-3 spring record. "It feels good [to be back], and with the season opener right around the corner, these two games are nice tuneup games really to get the players familiar with things," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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