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April 29, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
PITCHING AND DEFENSE has been the message that they've preached, and as Freddy Galvis fired a strike to first base from his knees for the first out of the ninth inning, you could almost sense Ryne Sandberg and Ruben Amaro Jr. nodding contentedly. Both men are convinced that this Phillies team can win enough games to keep things interesting, and if they are proved correct, it will be performances like yesterday's that do it. A.J. Burnett turned in his most dominant outing of the season, striking out eight without issuing a walk in eight scoreless innings of a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
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April 20, 2014 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHILLIES will host the Atlanta Braves in a day-night doubleheader in June to make up for Tuesday's rainout at Citizens Bank Park. The game will be played Saturday, June 28, at 7:35 p.m. All tickets for April 15 will be honored for that nightcap. Ashburn Alley and all gates will open at 6:35 p.m. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 2:05 p.m. instead of 3:05 p.m. Tickets for April 15 also may be exchanged before June 28 for a future 2014 regular-season game, subject to availability.
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April 19, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being forced to leave his previous start because of a hernia-related injury, A.J. Burnett knew he had to be careful during his next bullpen session, making sure he didn't overstride and do any more damage. The veteran righthander tried a shorter stride and it worked. He employed the revamped move Thursday against the Atlanta Braves and it led to his best outing as a Phillie. Burnett kept the Braves off the scoreboard, allowing three hits over seven innings. Although he didn't figure in the decision at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies picked up a 1-0 victory on Ben Revere's RBI single in the eighth, he played a key role as his team took its lone win over the NL East leaders in this series.
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April 19, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Saves have varying degrees of difficulty, and this one, considering all the circumstances, was the equivalent of a reverse three-and-half somersault with one-and-a-half twists off a three-meter springboard. The Phillies had already lost the first two games of the series with the first-place Atlanta Braves in disheartening fashion. They blew a ninth-inning lead Monday and wasted a complete-game, 13-strikeout gem from Cliff Lee Wednesday. Lose again and they'd slip to five games behind the Braves in the National League East.
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April 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cliff Lee ducked into the dugout in the middle of the ninth inning after throwing a career-high 128 pitches, allowing only one run, and striking out 13 batters - yet still facing a loss. Lee's complete game was spoiled by a lackluster Phillies offense that allowed him to be outdueled by Atlanta's Julio Teheran. The Braves righthander pitched a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night while all the players wore No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson.
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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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