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April 3, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Cole Hamels probably should have worn a helmet last month when he faced the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic team in an exhibition game. But he was working on fastball command in spring training, and he went uninjured, so all was well. Last week, Hamels was matched up against arguably baseball's best hitting team in his spring finale. The results were much better, but afterward Hamels was thankful he wouldn't have to face the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder regularly in 2013.
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April 2, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writerrlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA -  Cole Hamels probably should have worn a helmet last month when he faced the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic team in an exhibition game. But he was working on fastball command in spring training, and he went uninjured, so all was well. Last week, Hamels was matched up against arguably baseball's best hitting team in his spring finale. The results were much better, but afterward Hamels was thankful he wouldn't have to face the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder regularly in 2013.
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April 1, 2013 | By Greg Beacham, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Cleanthony Early kept stealing glances down at the hat in his hands while he waited for his turn to climb the stepladder, scissors in hand. The Wichita State forward seemed stunned at the words embroidered on his brand new ball cap: "Final Four Atlanta. " "It's crazy. I still can't believe we're here," Early said. "You try to expect it, but you expect a lot of things that don't happen. This really happened. " Believe it. Wichita State is going to Atlanta, and these Shockers are no longer a surprise after the way the tenacious ninth seeds held off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final.
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April 1, 2013 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - When played to perfection, there's nothing quite like Syracuse's aggressive, half-court, 2-3 zone defense. It's 40 minutes of trapping and shot-challenging, of closing off angles, of trusting teammates. "We showed," senior guard Brendan Triche said, "that defense wins games. " Yes, the Orange "D" certainly does. With a second suffocating performance at the East Regional, No. 4-seeded Syracuse shut down No. 3 Marquette, 55-39, Saturday to earn coach Jim Boeheim his fourth trip to the Final Four - and first since a freshman named Carmelo Anthony helped win the 2003 NCAA championship.
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March 25, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Uh, oh. Atlanta rookie Julio Teheran, who will be the Braves' fifth starter, struck out 10 in six no-hit innings in a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., on Saturday. (OK, it's spring, but it's still scary.) The 22-year-old righthander walked three while lowering his ERA to 1.04 in six spring starts - in which he's given up just seven hits over 26 innings. "That's a really good arm," said Astros manager Bo Porter, a sharp-eyed baseball man. (Easy for him to say - his team is headed to the AL West.)
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March 25, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Adam Morgan was 16, he had a chance to pitch to current Braves star Jason Heyward when the two played on the same travel team. "I got ahead of him, I remember, two strikes, and then that next pitch I tried to hump up and blow one by him," Morgan recalled, "and it went off the centerfield wall. " Morgan did not get a chance to face Heyward on Friday, but he did have plenty of success against his Atlanta teammates, holding the Braves to one run in 4 2/3 innings after the Phillies recalled him from minor league camp for a spot start.
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March 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Roy Halladay will have thrown 25 pitches in a span of 10 days when he takes the ball Saturday at the Carpenter Complex to start a minor-league game. The Phillies want Halladay to start the second game of the regular season, April 3 in Atlanta. They believe he has enough time to catch up. "Sure," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "What's the risk?" Halladay will make two more starts, Saturday in the minors and Thursday against Toronto at Bright House Field.
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March 22, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For guys like Roy Halladay, Mike Stutes and Phillippe Aumont, the next week is as much of a stretch run as a baseball player can experience in March. For Domonic Brown, the heavy lifting is done. We can say all of this with a fair amount of certainty after spending Thursday afternoon taking the temperature inside the coaches' offices at Bright House Field. Manager Charlie Manuel still isn't ready to proclaim Brown an everyday corner outfielder, but that's pretty much what he did when he hung up the lineup for that night's game in Fort Myers against the Red Sox. Fort Myers is the longest bus trip of the spring, and most players would rather not make it, and this trip is particularly bad because the game is at night, which means the team bus probably won't be getting back to Clearwater until after midnight.
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March 8, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks couldn't have been less ready to play than they were at the beginning of Wednesday's game against the 76ers. It was sort of understandable as Atlanta had just returned home from a six-game road trip, which it had split, but had lost the final three. Wednesday was the Hawks' first game at home in almost 2 weeks and it showed from the opening jump. Their first 10 possessions consisted of six missed shots and four turnovers. And yet, with all that sloppiness and seemingly little desire to compete, the Sixers could only jump out to an eight-point lead.
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March 2, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If the Phillies were to pen the perfect script for the month of March, it would include Roy Halladay toying with hitters like it was 2010, Chase Utley playing through the spring schedule uninterrupted, Jimmy Rollins leading Team USA to a World Baseball Classic title and Ryan Howard mashing Grapefruit League pitching.  In February, Howard did a fine job auditioning for that role.  Howard hit his first home run of the spring...
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