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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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May 18, 2015 | Matt Breen, Inquirer
Elvis Araujo did not know he was the winning pitcher Friday until after the Phillies wrapped up their 4-3 victory over Arizona. The game ball was waiting for him in his locker in the clubhouse. The lefthanded reliever said he would place it next to the ball he earned earlier this season after striking out his first batter. "I was excited," the rookie said Saturday as his season of firsts rolled on. Araujo, 23, has been effective since being promoted last month from double-A Reading.
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April 19, 2015
WASHINGTON - Luis Garcia needed just 11 pitches on Thursday night to cruise through his fifth scoreless inning of the season. He has not allowed a run since Sept. 10 of last season. The righthander, who was out of baseball three years ago, has become one of the steadiest arms in the Phillies bullpen. "I'm just here to do my job," Garcia said before Friday night's game against the Washington Nationals. "Every day is different. I'm just thinking about today. I'm not thinking about what happened the day before.
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April 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 86-m.p.h. fastball smacked into Carlos Ruiz's mitt and Aaron Harang's regular-season debut with his eighth major-league team was underway. The journeyman was brought to Philadelphia to eat innings in a rebuilding season, but for much of Wednesday night his results more closely emulated those of the pitcher who made five consecutive opening-day starts for the Reds. Mixing his five pitches and changing speeds, Harang limited the Boston Red Sox to one hit through the first six innings of a chilly, misty night at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies' biggest free-agent outlay this winter brought them a 36-year-old righthander pitching for his eighth team in five years. The allure of adding a $5 million pitcher such as Aaron Harang, though, goes deeper. The well-traveled veteran eats innings. Relief pitching figures to be the strength of this year's Phillies. The more innings logged by starters such as Harang and fellow journeyman Jerome Williams, the less wear and tear in a rebuilding year on the young bullpen arms that are sure to factor into the team's future.
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March 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. - With the three hitters projected to hit in the middle of the batting order past their 35th birthdays, the regular production expected from the Phillies' offense is uncertain at best. With Cliff Lee likely gone for the duration of the season and the likelihood that Cole Hamels could be traded before the end of the summer, the formerly formidable starting rotation is more than vulnerable. It's a 1-2 punch that has led some to believe to Phillies could flirt with 100 losses in 2015.
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March 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Seemingly each time they discuss Elvis Araujo, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure refer to the angle at which the ball travels from the pitcher's left hand to home plate. Araujo, in other words, stands an imposing 6-foot-6, 280 pounds. His fastball, which he complements with a slider and change-up, peaked this week at 97 miles per hour on the Bright House Field radar gun. In five Grapefruit League innings, he has allowed only two hits.
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March 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The 30 pitchers in Phillies camp broke their circle and each took a few steps to pick up his glove. Cliff Lee found a spot among the two rows of hurlers and began playing catch with bullpen coach Rod Nichols. This was the start of Lee's throwing program Wednesday. As he tossed a baseball for about 10 minutes, pitching coach Bob McClure watched by his side. Afterward, the 36-year-old lefthander retreated to a back field and threw his first bullpen session since the elbow setback that has put in question his season and could lead to the end of his playing career.
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February 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Starter-turned-reliever Ethan Martin is back to starting. At least for now. "He needs to pitch. He didn't get enough reps last year," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday. "I think he needs to work on all his stuff and the command of all his pitches, and I think this is the best way to do it and get his arm strength going. " Martin, the 25-year-old righthander the Phillies acquired in 2012 from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Shane Victorino, spent last year as a reliever.
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October 17, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IF THERE is a lesson to be learned from the Royals' run to the World Series, it is that a dominant bullpen can make up for a lot of deficiencies. Their lineup wasn't any better than the Phillies, who outperformed them at rightfield, third base, shortstop, second base and catcher. Rotation? With a healthy Cliff Lee, the Phillies would have been equal in four of five rotation slots. The bullpen is where the roads diverge. The Phillies were good, but the Royals were dominant. Their closer and two primary setup men each logged at least 62 innings with an ERA under 1.45.
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October 17, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF YOU'RE reading this after making it through the last 3 days of our annual October State of the Phillies series, congratulations. It's been a long week. Running through the limited options involving fixing the Phillies infield, outfield and starting rotation (with the same front-office group intact to do the fixing) surely hasn't made you feel too good. So, as a reward for your loyal readership, we end this series with a segment of the team that doesn't need fixing. (Imagine that!
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