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October 24, 2010
The Giants' bullpen shut down Phillies batters after manager Bruce Bochy removed starter Jonathan Sanchez, who had hit Chase Utley with a pitch in the third inning, leading to both benches clearing. Pitcher   IP    H   R   ER   BB   K     Jeremy Affeldt   2    0   0   0   0   2    Madison Bumgarner   2    3   0   0   1   1    Javier Lopez   1    0   0   0   0   1    Tim Lincecum   1/3   2   0   0   0   1    Brian Wilson   12/3   0   0   0   2   1   
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September 14, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies' bullpen has had its problems recently. It entered last night's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field looking a little wiped out, as if 143 games had been just about enough. In its previous 11 games, the bullpen had gone 3-5 with one save, four blown saves and a 5.94 ERA. The Phillies lost six of those 11 games, with five of the losses coming in the ninth inning or later. That made the bullpen's contribution last night in a sweep of the Braves more notable.
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April 22, 2000
When John Rocker sprinted out of the bullpen to face the Phillies at Turner Field in Atlanta Tuesday and Thursday nights, he got standing ovations. They were the Atlanta Braves' reliever's first games back from the suspension imposed on him for his stupid, bigoted remarks in a Sports Illustrated interview. Just as he didn't deserve the suspension, he also didn't deserve standing ovations. Some of those cheering were just happy to see that arm back in the home team's lineup.
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June 26, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With closer Brad Lidge back from the 15-day disabled list, the Phillies' tired bullpen recovers an important member, although it will continue to miss Scott Eyre and Clay Condrey. "It's going to be really big for our bullpen," to have Lidge back, said manager Charlie Manuel. "I think we're going to be able to put our guys in the right position. " Pitching coach Rich Dubee said earlier that while Lidge's return will solidify the late-inning structure - Lidge assumes ninth-inning responsibilities, Ryan Madson returns to the eighth inning, and J.C. Romero can pitch the seventh inning or face tough lefthanders in the eighth - the middle-relief situation remains murky.
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June 10, 2002 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are many reasons why the Phillies are in last place in the National League East, but none is bigger than the pitching staff, which had the worst earned run average in the league entering yesterday's game against the Detroit Tigers. It has been suggested in recent weeks that one way to improve the pitching would be to recall top prospect Brett Myers from triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and move Terry Adams to the bullpen. The move would not be so much a demotion for Adams as a way to improve the bullpen.
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June 22, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Jerry DiPoto and the rest of the New York Mets bullpen have been waiting for weeks to show they could come through. Last night, they finally did. DiPoto (2-1) replaced starter Pete Harnisch, who left after three innings, and the bullpen combined to blank the visiting Cincinnati Reds over the last six innings in a 9-4 win. The Reds led, 4-0, when Harnisch left. DiPoto pitched three scoreless innings and Dave Mlicki closed out the Reds for his first career save. "Getting in there was the big thing," said DiPoto, whose last victory came on Opening Day against St. Louis.
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June 18, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chan Ho Park doesn't agree with the assessment by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee that he's better suited to be a reliever than a starter at this stage in his career. But the 35-year-old righthander, who lost his spot in the starting rotation to J.A. Happ a month ago, said he was willing to embrace his role as a middle reliever. Lately, he has been proving it. "I'm getting used to it and I'm learning," Park said before last night's game against Toronto at Citizens Bank Park.
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July 28, 1997 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Hideki Irabu, the Japanese-born pitcher who was signed earlier this season to a $12.8 million contract by the Yankees, was sent to the bullpen yesterday. Irabu, who was hit hard in his last three starts, has a 2-2 record and a 7.97 ERA. With Irabu's next start scheduled to fall on Thursday - a day off for the Yankees - manager Joe Torre said the pitcher would be skipped in the rotation. Torre did not say when he would make his next start. The Pirates announced that catcher Jason Kendall had agreed to a new contract that will pay him $7.2 million over four years, beginning next season.
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July 14, 1998 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Pitcher Charles Nagy, on the heels of signing a $24 million, four-year contract extension, could be headed to the Cleveland Indians' bullpen to get himself straightened out. Nagy leads the majors with 26 homers allowed. He is more than halfway to breaking Bert Blyleven's major-league record of 50. In his last outing, on Sunday, Nagy gave up six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings in an 11-6 loss to Minnesota. The New York Yankees were 17-8 at Cleveland's Jacobs Field after last night's loss there.
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March 28, 2010 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The outlook for the Phillies' bullpen this season is similar to the 10th day of a 10-day weather forecast. You really don't know whether to expect sunshine or rain. The greatest concern, of course, is the health of closer Brad Lidge and late-inning lefthander J.C. Romero, both of whom will remain in Clearwater when the Phillies begin the regular season a week from tomorrow. "We have to get Romero and Lidge healthy and pitching," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after yesterday's 8-4 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.
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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
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April 15, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE REAL STORY of this Phillies weekend was not Jimmy's Saturday night walkoff, or Chase's game-winning blast yesterday or even the 6-3 victory Friday. The real story was that Jake Diekman won a game as a middle-inning reliever, and looked comfortable in that spot. And that B.J. Rosenberg pitched perfect innings in two straight games, striking out Giancarlo Stanton in the middle of a statement seventh inning yesterday, then walking off the mound as if, well, he does this for a living.
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April 13, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
HELP COULD soon be on the way for the Phillies' beleaguered bullpen. Veteran setup man Mike Adams is targeting a Monday return, contingent upon a successful outing at Triple A Lehigh Valley today. The Phillies' bullpen entered yesterday with a 5.40 ERA, ranked second-worst in the National League. Phillies relievers were averaging only 7.09 strikeouts per nine innings, second-lowest in the NL (Washington and Atlanta rank first and second at 12.71 and 11.86). Adams, 35, was one of baseball's best setup men from 2008-12, prompting the Phillies to sign him to a 2-year, $12 million deal last offseason.
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April 11, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WHEN JAKE DIEKMAN stepped onto the warning track and began his 335 1/2-foot jog toward the pitcher's mound last night, it was officially time to wonder whether the Phillies' bullpen situation was out of control. This was the seventh inning of a game that the home team trailed by two runs. Due up were three righthanded batters, a species that entered the night having touched Diekman for a .282 batting average, .385 on-base percentage, and .391 slugging percentage in his career. Of the 14 righties that the side-arming lefty had faced in 2014, six had reached base.
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April 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FROM blowing back-to-back games in Texas last week to the inability to keep games close in the middle innings this week in Philly, the Phillies' bullpen has been a trouble spot in 2014. The relief corps entered yesterday 0-3 with a 4.94 ERA through the first eight games of the season. Coming into yesterday: Only six major league bullpens have allowed more runs (16). Only the White Sox and A's have more blown saves (two). Only the A's, White Sox and Reds have a poorer strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.54)
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April 3, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - It felt like April again. Tie game, bottom of the ninth, B.J. Rosenberg on the mound, Jonathan Papelbon waiting in the bullpen for a save situation that will never arrive. For more than half of last night's 3-2 loss to the Rangers, the Phillies looked like a team poised to put together a two-game winning streak to start a season for which expectations have rarely been lower. They followed a 14-10 victory on Opening Day with a couple of grind-'em-out runs off of a tough lefty starter who had no business taking an L next to his name.
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April 1, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
FOR HIS final appearance of the 2014 Grapefruit League, Jonathan Papelbon climbed atop the mound at Bright House Field wearing catcher Carlos Ruiz's jersey. The veteran closer proceeded to allow a line-drive single, then retire the final three batters he faced, sending the Phillies on to the regular season while dressed like Dan Uggla. The moment was a fitting one for the Phillies bullpen to end the spring. After spending the last two seasons as a glaring liability, the unit is one that the team believes can develop into a strength in 2014.
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March 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Cole Hamels said he felt optimistic after a bullpen session Wednesday morning at Bright House Field that included every pitch but his curveball. The lefthander is not expected to return to action until May because of biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm. "It went really well," Hamels said. "I am pleased with now being able to build up my pitch count. " Hamels estimated that he threw 40 to 45 pitches. This was Hamels' third bullpen session after an 11-day layoff earlier while he was battling fatigue.
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March 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Lidge spends his retirement broadcasting a baseball radio show from his Colorado home and studying for his master's degree in Roman archaeology at the University of Leicester in England. For eight days, he will serve as a tutor to the many young relief arms in Phillies camp. "One of the biggest things I can help guys out with is talking about game plans," Lidge said. "When you're coming up, it can be a lot different than a guy who's already there and knows what he's doing.
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