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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 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 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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