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July 24, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
JASON HEYWARD made a diving catch with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth inning after pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hit a go-ahead single with two outs in a two-run top half, leading visiting Atlanta to a 2-1, comeback victory over the New York Mets last night. Playing for the first time after missing six games with a strained right hamstring, Heyward made a long run to his right and slid along the wet grass to hold his glove up after grabbing pinch-hitter Justin Turner's fly ball.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
The New York Mets' troubles aren't confined to their record as of last week's All-Star break, which made the .500 Phillies look downright hopeful. The team also made the mistake of scheduling a Native American Heritage Night for this week - on the day of a game against the tomahawk-chopping Atlanta Braves. After belatedly discovering the unfortunate coincidence, the team tried to dial back the festivities, which were being organized in partnership with the New York-based American Indian Community House.
SPORTS
July 22, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The Phillies trudged from the dugout stove to the boiling field Saturday in the middle of the sixth inning, and Jonathan Papelbon joined them. He makes his trek to the bullpen at that moment every day. More than half of the season's 162 games will end without Papelbon, their sixth-most expensive player, ever throwing a pitch. Yet Papelbon should be a prized trade commodity this July. There are two robust American League teams, Detroit and Boston, devoid of a stable closing presence.
SPORTS
July 21, 2013
* Re: Injecting some reality into Phillies' second half (July 19): This Phillies team doesn't resemble any past Phillies team. The current Braves team doesn't resemble any past Braves teams, and the current Nats team doesn't resemble any past Nats team. So, the argument that this Phillies team can't have a successful season and reach the playoffs is as flawed as the practice of comparing apples to oranges . . . I wouldn't write this Phillie team off quite yet. The reality of the situation is that it ain't over 'til it's over . . . onthebucks, Philly.com  
SPORTS
July 9, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Phillies beat the front-running Atlanta Braves on Friday, the excitement was back and there was talk of momentum to begin a 10-game homestand. After a decisive defeat on Saturday, that momentum was short-circuited. The shifting emotions and scores continued Sunday when the Phillies defeated the Braves, 7-3, in the series finale at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies gained a game on the Braves this weekend but are still 71/2 games out of first place in the National League East with 73 to play.
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July 8, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The good feelings Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park lasted three minutes. Andrelton Simmons mashed a Kyle Kendrick change-up into the seats in left field at 7:19 p.m. A fan chucked the home-run ball and it rolled back to Kendrick, as if he required a reminder of his failure. The warnings for these Phillies are omnipresent. The latest took the form of a 13-4 thumping by Atlanta. Before it even started, Ryan Howard was placed on the disabled list with a possible knee surgery in his future.
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July 7, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME the Phillies faced Paul Maholm, he held them scoreless for six innings. The time before that, he allowed seven runs in two innings. Before that: one run in 6 1/3 innings. Before that: eight runs in three innings. The statistics gurus will tell you that all of that had no relevance on the Phillies' prospects against Maholm last night, and while that may be true, the four runs they scored in the first three innings of a 5-4 win was at least offered some interesting symmetry.
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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.
SPORTS
July 7, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Atlanta Braves don't fit the division leader profile, but they entered their weekend series with the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park tied for the third-best record in the National League. The Braves hold a five-game lead in the NL East over Washington and 71/2 over the Phillies. Atlanta is the prototypical hit-and-miss team, entering the weekend leading the league with 747 strikeouts while sitting second in home runs with 103 and fourth with 363 runs. The Braves have been shut out a major-league-high 11 times this season.
SPORTS
July 6, 2013
At Citizens Bank Park. Friday at 7:05 p.m. Atlanta RHP Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22 ERA) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59)   Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Atlanta LHP Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.59)   Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Atlanta RHP Kris Medlen (6-7, 3.11) vs. RHP Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99)
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