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April 12, 2013 | By John Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlanta Hawks, still trying to improve their playoff position, easily handled the 76ers, who are playing out the string, 124-101, at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. The 124 points are the most the Sixers have given up at home all season. Leading by 59-51 at the end of the first half, the Hawks converted 14 of 23 shots in the third quarter in extending the lead to 93-73 at the start of the fourth. Thaddeus Young scored 22 of his team-high 28 points in the first half to lead all scorers.
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April 6, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Before Charlie Manuel tasted victory in this, his 69th year, he was salty. Maybe it was the brutal, see-your-breath weather. Maybe it was his lineup, which had not produced. Maybe he was just tired of answering questions about a small swatch of a long season. "We've played two ball games," Manuel deadpanned before Thursday's 2-0 Phillies victory. "I'm going to panic. I'm going to go up there and jump off the top of the stadium. It'll be my luck to live. " The manager laughed.
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April 4, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Charlie Manuel raised his left arm at 8:38 p.m. Wednesday and looked to the bullpen. The steady rain that dampened Turner Field persisted. The gloom extended north to Philadelphia. With one out in the fourth inning of a 9-2 Phillies loss to Atlanta, Roy Halladay capitulated. He ditched the weapons that, for a decade, armed a dominant pitcher. When Halladay threw his fastball, Braves hitters mashed it. The constant diet of off-speed pitches elicited strikeouts, but at the cost of a rising pitch count.
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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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