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February 24, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Another catcher reported to the Phillies' camp Sunday morning and even though he will be unable to help the rebuilding process on the field, Darren Daulton was still the most welcome sight on these premises since spring training opened Thursday. That's especially true because he came bearing good news at a time when his former team could use it. After visiting his oncologist for an MRI examination in Florida, Daulton tweeted this on Thursday: "I'm incredibly blessed to have a clean scan.
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March 1, 2011
Who: Detroit Tigers (split squad) at Phillies (2-1) When: 1:05 p.m. Where: Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla. TV/Radio: Comcast Network/none Pitchers: LHP Andy Oliver vs. LHP Cliff Lee
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January 8, 2009
Individual tickets for Phillies spring-training games go on sale today at 9 a.m. The Phillies will play 18 games at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The first game is Feb. 26 against Toronto. The Phillies will host two World Baseball Classic exhibition games, on March 4 vs. Canada and March 5 vs. Team USA. The exhibition season will end with the Phillies playing the Tampa Bay Rays on April 3 (7 p.m.) and April 4 (1 p.m.) at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets are available online at www.phillies.
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March 11, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Just before the start of spring training, the MLB Network did a countdown of the 10 best current managers in baseball, and the Phillies' Charlie Manuel checked in at fourth on the list. Now, for the first time since he was hired in 2005, the Phillies manager is being paid like one of the best in the game. After prolonged negotiations, the team announced Thursday that Manuel had received a two-year extension that will keep the manager in the Phillies dugout through the 2013 season, when he will be 69 years old. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. disputed his team's own news release and said Manuel's new deal is actually for three years because the Phillies gave Manuel a raise over the $2.4 million he was supposed to make this season.
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June 19, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Chase Utley will take the next step in his rehab when he starts at second base Monday night for Class A Clearwater. Utley has been the designated hitter in his three Florida State League games. He played a few innings in the field Friday in a minor league exhibition between the Phillies' rookie leagues affiliates. Clearwater, coming off the All-Star break, hosts Dunedin at Bright House Field. Utley, who will hit third Monday, is 1-for-13 (.077) in three games with two runs scored.
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April 4, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Back there, behind a heavy metal door that separated them from the home clubhouse at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., under a ceiling that blocked the west Florida sun and kept the whole area as cool and comfortable as a McMansion's living room, in front of a blue park bench where Chase Utley sat and gulped down the last mushy bite of a banana, were two batting cages. This has been Utley's sanctuary, maybe his last one. He spends more time in the trainer's room than he ever has before, and no wonder.
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April 4, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels is used to all the attention - from Phillies fans. But every fifth game this season, continuing likely for the next three-plus months, the Phillies ace will take the mound with eyes on him from all over Major League Baseball. For five of his spring training starts, scouts squeezed into the seventh and eighth rows of Section 111 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. For the other, they watched at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. This will be customary in big-league ballparks throughout April, May, June and July, or as long as the rebuilding Phillies hold on to their ace. The Phillies' handling of Hamels, by far their biggest trade chip, should be telling in the progress of the team's rebuilding.
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April 3, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The final week of spring training began with manager Ryne Sandberg using the word "unacceptable" in between two games when the Phillies gave up a combined 28 runs. It came to an end yesterday with Odubel Herrera wearing a customized Hooters sleeveless T-shirt during batting practice, with his name and number scrolled on it in ink, and Jonathan Papelbon taking the mound in the ninth inning wearing a Carlos Ruiz jersey at Bright House Field. Camp Clearwater officially broke after the Phillies 10-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
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April 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - While the Phillies played their final road game of spring training on Tuesday, Domonic Brown walked off the minor-league fields in Clearwater clutching two black bats and a red batting helmet. "Made it through," he quipped with a smile before heading back into an empty Bright House Field clubhouse. Hours earlier, the Phillies informed Brown that the tendinitis in his left Achilles would land him on the 15-day disabled list to start the season. This did not come as a surprise, not even to the optimistic rightfielder, who discussed such a possibility Monday with the team's head athletic trainer, Scott Sheridan.
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March 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche, who has missed four straight games with tightness in his back, returned to the field yesterday. But not in the Grapefruit League game the Phillies played against the Tigers at Bright House Field. Asche was slotted in as a designated hitter in an intrasquad minor league game at the Carpenter Complex. He went 2-for-4, legging out an infield single in his first at-bat and later hitting a double, both off David Buchanan. Before taking the field, Asche said he was "progressing" and was optimistic he'd be good to go a week from today, when the Phillies open the regular season at Citizens Bank Park.
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March 31, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez packed his bags Sunday morning and made the short walk from Bright House Field to the Phillies' minor-league clubhouse. The recipient of the most lucrative international contract in team history will again start a baseball season in the minor leagues. A dismal 141/3-inning sample size ensured Gonzalez a ticket to triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he will begin the season. This spring was different for the Cuban righthander but only for the fact that he was healthy.
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March 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Aaron Nola pitched three scoreless innings in a minor league game on Sunday afternoon and received a promotion less than 24 hours later. Actually, it was more a spring training award. But it certainly puts the 2014 first-round pick onto the major league radar. Nola will start on Friday afternoon at Bright House Field against the New York Yankees, the Phillies announced yesterday morning. The 21-year-old righthander was the seventh overall pick in last June's amateur draft.
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March 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It's easy for a player to do his own thing or go about his business unnoticed inside the vast home clubhouse in Bright House Field. A player can return from the field, the indoor batting cages, or the showers and never talk to anyone else on his way to and from his locker stall. Carlos Ruiz, however, is not that kind of person. Ruiz is often the guy seated in a group of three or four players, holding court. Whether it's prepping for that day's game, telling stories, or just general conversation, the veteran catcher is often in the middle of it all, eager to listen and talk, too. "When I [first]
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March 13, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
LAKELAND, Fla. - The Phillies' offense could receive a much-needed spark today. Chase Utley is on the verge of returning to the lineup, although manager Ryne Sandberg stopped short of labeling the second baseman a definite for today's game against the Rays at Bright House Field. After a 6-5 win over the Tigers, Sandberg said Utley was nearing a return and could be in the lineup as a designated hitter. Utley has spent the first month of spring training working his way back from a sprained ankle that he suffered in January when he stepped on a ball during an offseason fielding session.
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