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August 9, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IT WAS THE KIND of outcome that has typified this Phillies season. Despite seven strong innings from Cole Hamels and a game-tying, pinch-hit single from Chase Utley, the Phillies dropped a 5-2 decision to the Cubs last night as their beleaguered bullpen allowed three runs in the top of the ninth inning. On a day when Utley and his longtime employer agreed to a multiyear contract extension, the fans at Citizens Bank Park were reminded of the litany of holes that must be filled around the second baseman.
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July 29, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
By now, we all have trade-deadline fatigue. For the last two months the debate has raged about how the Phillies should conduct their business before the Wednesday deadline that allows teams to make trades without players first going through the waiver process. The key to all of this is how general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. views his job and, in one sentence, he has summed up his role on numerous occasions. "My job," he has said, "is to make sure we are contenders every year.
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July 23, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Phillies righthander Roy Halladay threw his first bullpen session since undergoing shoulder surgery on May 15. According to Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, Halladay threw 20 pitches, all fastballs. The session was on Sunday morning, hours before the Phillies' 5-0 loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field. Dubee won't set a timetable for Halladay's return, but he said he was encouraged by what he saw. "It's a start," Dubee said. "He will determine how fast he will go by how he is feeling and as we increase reps.
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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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