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July 8, 2012 | By Zach Berman, For the Daily News
The white T-shirts were sprawled across the chairs sitting in front of every locker in the Phillies' clubhouse. They read "Vote for Chooch," the words of a promotional campaign to gin up votes for catcher Carlos Ruiz's bid for an All-Star berth. The players were supposed to wear them during batting practice, in a display of camaraderie that was part solidarity, part infomercial. The reason behind the shirts was simple. It was mid-June and Ruiz trailed in the fans' All-Star voting, despite putting up All-Star worthy numbers, including boasting the best batting average in baseball.
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October 27, 2008 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At 2:03 a.m. yesterday, cameras and microphones engulfed an unlikely man in the Phillies' clubhouse. "You're killing me!" reliever Chad Durbin barked at catcher Carlos Ruiz. Walking back from a shower, Durbin couldn't find a path to his nearby dressing space. A media type moved. "I'm just kidding," Durbin said. "He deserves it. " Questions came in Spanish and English. The 29-year-old native of Panama answered them in the language they were asked, understanding he is now part of Phillies World Series lore, the living embodiment of the ups and downs of a long night.
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October 31, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carlos Ruiz will be paid a career-high $5 million next season after the Phillies picked up his 2013 option Monday. What he will make beyond that from the Phillies remains to be seen. Ruiz' agent, Marc Kligman, said at this point the two sides have not talked about a long-term contract extension for the all-star catcher. "No, I haven't received phone calls or overtures from the Phillies regarding an extension for a new contract," Kligman said. Both sides declined the $5.5 million option on third baseman Placido Polanco for 2013.
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November 28, 2012 | By Matt Gelb and Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writers
Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies' all-star catcher and most productive hitter in 2012, was suspended for 25 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball for a violation of its performance-enhancing drug policy. According to two league sources, Ruiz tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is classified as a banned stimulant - not a steroid - under MLB's policy. The suspension was triggered by Ruiz's second positive test for the stimulant.
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August 3, 2011 | BY KERITH GABRIEL, gabrielk@phillynews.com
THE LAST TIME the Union played Chicago, Carlos Ruiz scored the game-winner on a volley that stunned Fire keeper Jon Conway and made him look silly. And Ruiz also won MLS Goal of the Week honors. Turns out it was the last time for him to do so in a Union uniform. Pending a few John Hancocks, Ruiz is set to leave the team for Mexican club Veracruz, according to a source. Ruiz didn't make the trip for tonight's game in the Windy City. The Union heads into the meaty part of its schedule without its leading goal scorer (Ruiz)
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July 8, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mathematics being performed by the Phillies in the coming weeks and months is going to involve only addition, subtraction, and multiplication. The degree of difficulty, however, must seem more on the level of advanced calculus for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and his team of decision makers. Perhaps the most complicated problem of them all will be at catcher. What to do about Carlos Ruiz? This dilemma is a reflection of just how fast the game of baseball can change.
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February 15, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The human side of the Carlos Ruiz story bubbled to the surface Wednesday, and it was a painful experience for all involved. For the first time since the late November news that the Phillies catcher had been suspended for 25 games after violating baseball's substance-abuse policy, Ruiz was required to do more than make a statement about his transgression. When he completed the first official workout of spring training with his teammates, Ruiz sat down for a group interview on a blue picnic table just beyond the left-field wall at Bright House Field.
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August 10, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleven years ago, former Phillies scout Allan Lewis told Sal Agostinelli that a short, stocky second baseman from Panama could hit and throw a baseball. "I think part of our job is to dream a lot when you sign a guy," said Agostinelli, the Phillies' international scouting supervisor. "I liked this kid because Allan told me he could hit. He didn't think he ran fast enough to play the middle infield, but he thought he could catch because of the way he could throw. " Scouts dream.
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June 4, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carlos Ruiz solidified his status as the Phillies' No.1 catcher late in 2008 and seems to have built on that standing this season. "Actually, I was just talking about that internally with some of our guys," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week. "There is a stability we have when Carlos is back there. He really solidifies our battery. " Ruiz is clearly the Phillies' catcher of the present, and at 30 he's young enough to figure significantly into the team's future, as well.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE CELLPHONE screen was blowing up with messages. The plastic cup beside it was chilled with ice. The wrestling championship belt was in its usual place, hanging along the side. But standing on its own in the locker stall of Jonathan Robert Papelbon was a reward for not only a successful night's work, but for a career achievement that set the relief pitcher aside from every other player in the 133 years of Philadelphia Phillies baseball. It was a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue.
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May 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordy Mercer's fly ball landed in Jeff Francoeur's glove in foul territory and the journeyman rightfielder fired toward home. The throw was perfect, nailing Steve Lombardozzi at the plate and cementing Jonathan Papelbon as the Phillies' all-time saves leader. Papelbon saved the 113th game of his four-year tenure with the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In dramatic fashion, he surpassed Jose Mesa on the franchise's all-time list.
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May 13, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News taff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE LOOK on his face and the tone in his voice said that this was one of Ryne Sandberg's most difficult moments yet as a manager. You can imagine, then, how it felt for Cody Asche. The Phillies blindsided the young third baseman with the postgame news that he was no longer a third baseman, and that he was headed to Triple A to learn the ropes in leftfield, presumably to make way for top prospect Maikel Franco. While Asche has struggled defensively and been inconsistent offensively, he is regarded as one of the hardest workers on the team, a fundamental part of a clubhouse that, while short on talent, is nevertheless left stunned when a fixture is jettisoned.
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May 11, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Harang turned and watched as the ball rocketed overhead. The Phillies pitcher saw it clear the left-field wall in the seventh inning of a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night. Harang bent his knees and hollered. It was quite the way to spoil a 37th birthday. Harang had put together a strong performance before yielding the two-run homer to Juan Lagares, who had been hitless in his previous 16 at-bats. Manager Ryne Sandberg said it was a high fastball that Harang would like to have back.
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May 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The day after eclipsing five runs for only the second time this season, the Phillies managed a season-high 14 hits Monday night. They combined them with another quality start on the mound and mostly effective bullpen work, a formula that, although seldom seen this season, typically translates to success. Their 5-2 win against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field earned them back-to-back victories for just the third time this season. Tuesday offers another chance for the Phillies (10-17)
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May 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Giancarlo Stanton raised his arms in celebration before standing up and joining the rest of his teammates down the third-base line. Marcel Ozuna's third double of the night scored Stanton from first to end the series opener Friday night at Marlins Park. The Phillies' inability to hit outside of one inning came back to bite them in a 4-3 loss, their fourth consecutive defeat on this 10-game road trip. Ken Giles, pitching into a second inning for just his third time as a big-leaguer, walked Stanton and saw Ozuna smack his slider to the left-center-field gap to end the game.
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April 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - The nerves weren't there for Severino Gonzalez last night. But one of baseball's best lineups was present at Busch Stadium, and it made his first big-league game a pretty forgettable one. Ten batters in, Gonzalez watched seven of the nine previos batters in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup reach base - and four come around to score, too - en route to an early exit in the Phillies' 11-5 defeat. "I wasn't nervous at all," Gonzalez said through interpreter and Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel.
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April 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - The fluid state of the Phillies' starting rotation should create a slew of openings this season. A lack of depth, injuries, and potential trades could lead to opportunities for several members of the triple-A rotation. The first two factors led the Phillies in their 21st game to use their seventh starting pitcher already. Severino Gonzalez's turn to pitch proved brief Tuesday night in an 11-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Gonzalez was shelled in his major-league debut as the night amounted essentially to what the Phillies called up the pitcher to avoid: a bullpen game.
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April 29, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels trotted out to the Busch Stadium mound shortly after 9 p.m. local time Monday. The bottom of the seventh inning signified just the second time this season the 31-year-old lefthander toed the rubber with a lead. A three-run top of the seventh in the Phillies' 4-1 win matched the team's combined run support for its ace over his first four starts. Hamels' win was his first in seven outings dating to last season. It came against the Cardinals on the same day the St. Louis ball club officially lost ace Adam Wainwright for the rest of the season.
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April 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Much attention has been paid to the early-season struggles of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. The Phillies' third-longest tenured player also has experienced a slow start to the season at the plate. Carlos Ruiz entered Saturday's game against the Braves with eight hits - all singles - and just one RBI in 42 at-bats. The veteran catcher leads the Phillies in walks (six) but has scored only once, the run that capped the team's 10-inning home win against the Nationals on April 11. Ruiz, 36, batted seventh for the second consecutive game Saturday.
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