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July 23, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Not too long ago, everybody in Philadelphia was yelling, "Sell, sell, sell. " A few weeks later, it seems as if the general consensus agrees with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to buy, buy, buy. With Philadelphia in striking distance of Atlanta and sitting in second place in the NL East, the team might be buyers after all. The biggest need remains the search for help in the bullpen, the same need the team has had all...
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July 4, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - It has been a long time since the Phillies had Pirates envy. Pittsburgh's last winning baseball season - 1992 - turned 21 this year, and when a team strings together that many clunkers, it can drive fans to drink. Halfway through the season, however, the PNC Park patrons are overcome with joy about a Pirates team that entered this three-game series against the Phillies with a nine-game winning streak and the best record in baseball. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has been impressed with the Bucs, particularly their bullpen.
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June 24, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
MIKE ADAMS and Mike Stutes will spend most of the next couple of weeks together on the disabled list, further compounding the problems for a bullpen that ranks last in the National League with a 4.67 ERA. That leaves rookie Justin De Fratus as the likely go-to righthander in pressure situations, although he was joined by newly called-up righty J.C. Ramirez yesterday and could gain another counterpart when the Phillies make a move to replace Stutes on...
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June 14, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MINNEAPOLIS - An agitated and exasperated Charlie Manuel spent almost 10 minutes defending his lineup card, and specifically, Ryan Howard's place in that lineup yesterday afternoon. In short, he made it clear there weren't a whole heck of appealing options in his underachieving, injury-ravaged, flawed lineup. It wasn't until the final minute of his daily prename session with the media that another of his team's sore spots surfaced in the conversation. Setup man Mike Adams has given up runs in five of his seven outings since returning from the disabled list 2 weeks ago. "We have to get him where he's consistent and well," Manuel said of his struggling eighth-inning reliever.
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June 14, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - Charlie Manuel did not flinch as chaos materialized 10 yards from him. He leaned on the dugout railing Wednesday night and dangled his right arm. Justin De Fratus uncorked an eighth-inning wild pitch that plated the decisive run in a 4-3 Phillies loss to the Minnesota Twins, another game blown by a broken bullpen. The manager shifted his feet and stared straight ahead. His team is disintegrating before his 69-year-old eyes. He ranted about it at length, using strong language.
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May 18, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The scoreboard has been kind to the Phillies. While they slip, slide and fall in their modest pursuit of reaching .500, the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals have failed to pull away. It's hard to believe that any team could have a worse on-base percentage than the .304 the Phillies have posted through 41 games. But five teams do, and the Nationals, at .292, are one of them. The Braves, meanwhile, started 13-2 and have gone 9-16 since. The misfortune of others will not matter if the Phillies cannot fix their myriad problems.
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May 12, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Jimmy Rollins never shed his batting gloves. With the tying run 90 feet away, he tapped one to first base that sealed a 3-2 Phillies loss. Rollins retreated to the clubhouse with the rest of his downtrodden teammates and went straight to one of the five laptops in the middle of the room. For 16 minutes, Rollins watched. Dressed in full uniform, he moved the mouse with his right glove. He tapped on the keyboard with his left glove. He stood up, pretended to swing, and pulled off his No. 11 jersey.
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April 26, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY stood at his locker Wednesday more than 3 hours before the first pitch was thrown and was asked about a play that happened 3 nights earlier. Utley, it was assumed, forgot how many outs there were during Sunday night's game against St. Louis when he dashed off second and toward home with one out in the first inning. He was doubled off, ending a rally. Utley, however, didn't forget the number of outs. He read the ball as a blooper, took his chances and took off. Major league veterans with All-Star credentials usually aren't prone to mental or physical gaffes, and Utley, as it turns out, was guilty of neither.
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April 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a surgeon removed one of Mike Adams' ribs last winter, the pitcher finally felt at ease. His right arm, which could once throw a fastball at an average of 93 m.p.h., was no longer numb. The Phillies paid him $12 million to provide stability in the eighth inning. Then a 5-3 Phillies loss to Pittsburgh happened Wednesday, and it resembled the nightmares of a season ago for both pitcher and team. Adams could barely top 91 m.p.h. He never looked comfortable during the span of four batters, all of whom reached base.
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April 26, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON MONDAY, the Phillies called on a 22-year-old from Triple A to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jonathan Pettibone was more than effective in his major league debut, taking what little offense his teammates provided and making it hold up in a one-run win. The bullpen was also instrumental in the victory. In the three games since, the Phillies sent Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee to the mound in succession. The Phils lost all three games. Although the All-Star starting pitchers did their part, the offense continued to be mostly M.I.A.
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