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October 12, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Playing in the same arena in which she led her high school to three state titles, Maya Moore poured in 23 points Thursday night to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Atlanta Dream, 86-77,in Duluth, Ga., to win their second WNBA title in three years. Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve (La Salle), whose Lynx were unbeaten in seven playoff games this year, said before the game that her team did not want to return home to play again. "When we come back to Minneapolis, it's going to be for a parade," she said.
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October 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Zach Miner, who before last month hadn't appeared in the big leagues since 2009, made his third straight start. Erik Kratz, who was a 32-year-old rookie last year, ended the franchise's longest home-run drought in 24 years. John Mayberry Jr. came off the bench and reached on an error, a fitting likely end to his era with the team. Michael Martinez, having one of the worst seasons in baseball history, came in during a double switch to replace All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown, who failed to hit a home run in the season's final 6 1/2 weeks.
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September 28, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard tugged on his gray T-shirt. He sat in one corner of the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field, and his left knee was exposed as he wore red Phillies shorts. A bag of his bats - for use only in batting practice - were shipped overnight and propped against his locker. The team's highest-paid position player wanted to be here to see his teammates and new manager before this long winter. There was an impression, he said, worth making in person. "It feels better," Howard said.
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September 27, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Ryan Howard walked out of the visitors' dugout at Turner Field, reached into the basket of baseballs and walked out onto the field to play catch with Jimmy Rollins. Howard, who hadn't worked out with his teammates in more than 2 months, rejoined the Phillies yesterday in Atlanta. Howard won't play in any of the final four games that remain in the 2013 schedule, but he will continue to take pregame hitting and fielding work with his teammates. After spending the majority of the 11 weeks since knee surgery rehabbing in Clearwater, Fla., Howard decided he wanted to finish the 2013 season "with the fellas.
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September 27, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - That Ryne Sandberg's endorsement Wednesday of Cody Asche as the "leading candidate" to start at third base in 2014 came as little surprise says plenty about the 23-year-old's impression. He arrived in the majors July 30 and assimilated into big-league culture with a mere 40 starts. The Phillies have not started a homegrown third baseman on opening day since Scott Rolen in 2002. Asche is primed to end that drought. Sandberg said he would make that clear in his final message this season to Asche.
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August 16, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - After temporarily taking a break from their second-half swoon as Cole Hamels pitched a gem and Charlie Manuel collected a milestone win on Monday, the Phillies reverted back to their losing ways last night to complete another forgettable road trip. John Lannan was bludgeoned for the second time in 6 nights as the Phils dropped their second straight game in Atlanta: a 6-3 defeat on a rain-soaked night at Turner Field. Lannan gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings and left the game with a left knee injury.
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August 14, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Freshly armed with a comfortable lead, Cole Hamels toyed with Justin Upton in the bottom of the sixth inning last night at Turner Field. Hamels fell behind the dangerous Braves two-hole hitter. But with a 2-0 count, he went to his bread-and-butter pitch, the changeup, and got a swinging strike. Hamels stayed soft and eventually ended the seven-pitch at-bat with a strikeout. Three innings earlier, Hamels went the other way against Upton, showing a changeup on the first pitch before going hard the rest of the at-bat.
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July 12, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE THE game, Charlie Manuel was asked about missing the potentially powerful pinch-hitting stroke of injured backup catcher Erik Kratz. The manager didn't say it, but he already has a pretty capable and healthy righthanded bat on his bench. In fact, he has the most productive pinch-hitter in all of baseball. Manuel called on Kevin Frandsen in key spots in each of the last 2 nights. On Wednesday night, he legged out a perfectly executed bunt down the third-base line for a hit. Last night, he helped the Phillies overcome a horrendous night in the field with his major league-leading 11th pinch-hit of the season.
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July 7, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies were home on an idyllic summer evening, and they could dream. No team in baseball has played fewer games in their own ballpark. There are luxuries the road does not offer. Before a 5-4 victory Friday was complete, a grounds-crew member handed the Phanatic an Atlanta Braves batting helmet. The mascot crushed it. He flashed the Braves dugout. Everyone cheered. The fans crave that old winning sensation. No one knows what the Phillies' future will be, although portents could come during this 10-game home trial.
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May 30, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE TORONTO Blue Jays came up with a winning formula to address their pitching woes. First, start a reliever. Then, bring in two guys just called up from the minors. The result was a four-hitter against the Atlanta Braves, who looked downright feeble in a 3-0 loss to the last-place Blue Jays last night. Four pitchers combined on visiting Toronto's second shutout of the season, with Casey Janssen working a 1-2-3 ninth to finish it off. But the most important work was turned in by the three pitchers who came before the closer.
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