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April 18, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IT IS PROBABLY overstating things to say Ben Revere was playing for his job yesterday afternoon. He went through something like this last year and eventually cemented himself as the Phillies' everyday centerfielder. Still, you don't want to give the guy behind you too many chances, and, over the previous week, Tony Gwynn Jr. had not just been getting those chances, but making the most of them, as well. And so here was Revere, who had entered the day riding an 0-for-12 skid, stepping to the plate with two outs in the eighth inning, the go-ahead run on second base.
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April 18, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The night before, Ryne Sandberg said the game begins with pitching and defense. Baseball, of course, is one of only two games - cricket is the other - in which the action is initiated by the defensive team, starting with the pitcher, but that's not what the Phillies manager was referencing. He was talking about how teams with the best pitching and defense usually wind up at the top of the standings, a theory that can be proved simply by looking at the five National League teams that reached the postseason last season.
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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 16, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THE TEMPTATION in these April games is to zoom out a little too much. After a winter without baseball and a month of the Grapefruit League, you can't help but bury yourselves neck-deep in the entrails of each game in a desperate search for some kind of deeper understanding. Who are the Braves? Who are the Phillies? What does all of this mean? Oftentimes, it means nothing. Take last night, when the Braves and Phillies took turns bashing to smithereens whatever narrative you were developing at the moment.
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April 14, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Absegami freshman Becca Roesch stepped up when her team needed it most. With Braves shortstop and captain Ryann Guy out with a leg injury suffered in Friday's win at Wildwood Catholic, Roesch was called on to fill the void. The freshman slugged a leadoff home run down the left-field line to spark a 10-2 win over Deptford in the first round of the Overbrook Tournament on Saturday. Roesch finished the day 3 for 5 at the plate, knocking in three runs and scoring once. Taylor Martin added three hits and scored a run. Braves lefthander Bobbie Beck threw a complete game, striking out 12 batters and walking only one. It was the second solid start that the sophomore had registered in two days, as she pitched her first career shutout against Wildwood Catholic on Friday.
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March 22, 2014
Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time Friday and is expected to miss the entire season. The Braves said Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache will operate in Los Angeles. Beachy's ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by James Andrews on June 21, 2012. Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had a right elbow ligament replaced by Andrews for the second time Tuesday. Chapman has surgery Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye, but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday in a spring training game.
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March 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Justin Upton popped a David Buchanan sinker into the sky, and the 24-year-old Phillies righthander shouted as he descended the Champion Stadium mound. Shortstop Freddy Galvis captured the lazy fly ball. Buchanan, an improbable entrant in the fifth-starter competition this spring, completed three scoreless innings Tuesday against a stacked Braves lineup. He was disappointed. "You never like falling behind [the hitters] because you never want to get hurt," Buchanan said.
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March 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez could not recall which expletive he used Sunday when his No. 1 starter, Kris Medlen, darted from the mound to the clubhouse, then Monday to an MRI tube. There were fears that Medlen, a 28-year-old Tommy John survivor, had suffered another serious injury to his right arm. The Braves harbored faint optimism Monday as they prepared for a Grapefruit League game against their rival Phillies. Gonzalez coped with six words. "Thank God we signed Freddy Garcia," he said.
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February 27, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Here in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom sits the land of the young and the spring-training home of the Atlanta Braves. This baseball camp is in stark contrast to the one 87 miles to the west in beautiful Clearwater, Fla., where senior citizens won't just fill the stands at Bright House Field when the Grapefruit League schedule begins. They will also occupy the field. All right, so that's a cheap shot. Nobody in the Phillies camp has an AARP card. Not yet anyway.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE CITY'S homeless-outreach organizations have a secret weapon in Sean Rafferty, particularly when it comes to surveying the individual men and women who camp out on Philadelphia's streets, transit concourses and other public spaces. It's not often, after all, that the workers completing those surveys can swap stories about what it's like to have no place to go home. "The best way to address the homeless problem is through people who know where they're coming from," said Rafferty, who spent 10 years living on the streets of Philadelphia.
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