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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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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 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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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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August 10, 2010 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
BEFORE HE WAS a catcher, he was a second baseman. Before he made the majors, he caught in the minors. And back then, Carlos Ruiz never dreamed that he'd be putting down signs for guys like Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee and Pedro Martinez. And yet, in the last calendar year, he has been behind the plate for each of those pitchers, a quartet of the elite arms in the game today plus a future Hall of Famer at the end of his career. "For me it's very special to have that kind of pitching on this team.
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August 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The presence of Gio Gonzalez, a difficult Nationals lefthander, prompted Ryne Sandberg to adopt a different approach in Tuesday night's 4-3 Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park. The manager ditched Monday's lineup, which he used in 14 of the season's first 131 games, and inserted four new names. Freddy Galvis played second base for his first major-league start since May 8; he crushed a Gonzalez chest-high fastball for a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Darin Ruf started for the third time in 10 games; he smashed a Gonzalez fastball for a solo home run in the sixth.
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August 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST WEEK, A.J. Burnett said he was "probably" going to retire after the season. It wasn't exactly a surprising development, since Burnett spent the first three months of last offseason thinking along the same lines. But after delivering his first stellar start in more than a month on Monday night, Burnett's words from a week ago are somewhat relevant. Burnett tossed five zeros on the board for the first five innings against a very talented team in leading the Phillies to a 3-2 victory.
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August 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seattle Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma is an example of a pitcher who prospers by grudgingly giving out free passes. He entered the game against the Phillies Tuesday night leading baseball in fewest walks per nine innings with 0.777. His counterpart, Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, took the mound leading MLB with 72 walks, an average of nearly four per nine innings. Although Burnett, 37, turned in a solid performance before running out of gas in the eighth inning, he couldn't keep pace with Iwakuma.
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August 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins got the night off Monday in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Ruiz took his place in the batting order and looked comfortable in the No. 2 hole. Ruiz went 0 for 2 but drew walks in his first three at-bats and scored the Phillies' first run. This season as the No. 2 hitter, Ruiz is batting .269 but has a .437 on-base percentage in 87 plate appearances. He has drawn 14 walks, scored 12 runs and has an .840 OPS. Ruiz is obviously comfortable batting high in the order.
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August 20, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies righthander Jerome Williams understood he was running out of chances, so he decided to put his trust in his new catcher. Following the lead of Carlos Ruiz has made a major difference for Williams, who made his second straight strong start Monday since the Phillies claimed him on waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. Williams allowed one run on three hits in seven-plus innings of a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Citizens...
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August 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - There is no more appropriate cross section to illustrate Antonio Bastardo's maddening fluctuation than the previous eight days. He struck out six batters in two innings on Aug. 5; pitched a scoreless inning on Friday; suffered an 11th-inning loss the next day; rebounded with a scoreless inning on Monday; and endured the ignominy of a five-run disaster on Tuesday night. Ryne Sandberg heaped praise upon Bastardo for the better part of two weeks in July, a time when the Phillies shopped their lefthanded reliever.
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August 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When the Phillies called Jerome Williams Sunday to tell him he would start Tuesday at Angels Stadium, the 31-year-old pitcher missed the call. It was his son Tai's fifth birthday; the Williams family visited a water park near Dallas to celebrate. He threw 60 pitches to complete five scoreless innings against Los Angeles, which entered Tuesday with the second-best record in baseball. Kole Calhoun bashed Williams' 63d pitch for a solo homer, and Ryne Sandberg came with the hook in the sixth inning after the 72d pitch.
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August 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DURING SPRING training, Roy Halladay regularly reported to work at Bright House Field hours before the sun rose each morning. The dedication to his craft continued into the season. He was meticulous in his routine. Almost every minute of his day was accounted for and had a purpose. Step in his direction when he was making his way from a bullpen session to the weight room and you'd see the steely look of a guy you really didn't care to interrupt. But then one day in Clearwater, a video-game commercial featuring the pitcher and a Carlos Ruiz pillow began airing regularly.
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August 8, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time Grady Sizemore crossed the plate early Wednesday morning to mercifully end the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Astros in 15 innings, the effort of the man who started the game more than five hours before was all but forgotten. But Ryne Sandberg did not want Kyle Kendrick's strong work to go unnoticed. Kendrick pitched through seven innings for the first time in more than a month. He allowed one run, his best outing in 10 starts. Kendrick threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 25 batters.
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August 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Yankee Stadium. The visitors clubhouse. Not long after midnight on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. The Phillies had just lost the World Series to the Yankees in six games, failing in their attempt to win back-to-back championships, and Ryan Howard, having struck out a record 13 times in the Series, having already showered and changed into his street clothes, sat at his locker, slipping on a pair of gleaming white sneakers. A man in a Phillies windbreaker and a Phillies cap knelt down in front of Howard.
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