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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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April 9, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - Carlos Ruiz had to watch the video to make sure what he saw with his two eyes in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 10-2 rout of Atlanta on Saturday was correct, because it was too hard to believe at first. The Phillies catcher cued up the second pitch Braves reliever Scott Linebrink threw him, a 94-m.p.h. fastball high and inside. Swing and a miss. That put Ruiz, pinch-hitting for the first time this season, in an 0-2 hole. With the bases loaded, Ruiz could not have been expecting a strike from Linebrink.
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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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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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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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April 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - Ryan Howard dropped his black bat. He watched a Paul Maholm slider fly Monday while the Dodgers lefthander screamed curses. The Phillies won consecutive games for the first time in eight days, and both times, Howard supplied the calming presence. His two-run blast in the fifth inning of a 7-0 Phillies victory padded Cliff Lee's advantage. The Phillies scored early against Los Angeles' fifth starter, watched Lee overwhelm a potent lineup, and could not have devised a better formula for success.
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April 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cliff Lee ducked into the dugout in the middle of the ninth inning after throwing a career-high 128 pitches, allowing only one run, and striking out 13 batters - yet still facing a loss. Lee's complete game was spoiled by a lackluster Phillies offense that allowed him to be outdueled by Atlanta's Julio Teheran. The Braves righthander pitched a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night while all the players wore No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson.
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April 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not many baseball experts would have guessed that all the Phillies needed to do to break out of their slump was to face one of the best young pitchers in baseball.   Jumping on Jose Fernandez, last year's National League rookie of the year, for six runs, the Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.   How dominant had the 21-year-old Fernandez been before this game? This snapped his streak of allowing two earned runs or fewer in 13 consecutive games.    Fernandez, whose fastball was in the high 90s, lasted just four-plus innings.
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April 7, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Jimmy Rollins was in the lineup when it was posted in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field yesterday morning. But the first draft turned out to be the result of some internal miscommunication, manager Ryne Sandberg said. Rollins, who flew back to Philadelphia on Wednesday for the birth of his second daughter, was scheduled to arrive in Chicago later yesterday and in time for this weekend's games. For the second straight game, Carlos Ruiz was summoned to hit in Rollins' place in the second spot, and the catcher was more than capable of the job. Ruiz, 1-for-2 with two walks, reached base in each of his first four plate appearances in a 7-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
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April 6, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO – Someday we might be able to extract Chase Utley's deepest thoughts and most pleasant memories from a career that still might land him in the Hall of Fame. Like his Hall of Fame manager, however, there's little chance the Phillies second baseman is going to reveal much of anything about himself until his career is over. In his mind, Utley has too much to do, too little time to do it and he'd rather spend his time trying to get it all done instead of talking about it. Ryne Sandberg understands his second baseman because that's exactly what Ryne Sandberg was like when he made a living playing baseball for the Chicago Cubs here in the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.
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April 6, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Carlos Ruiz logged nine plate appearances in the last two games and reached base six times, a number that will stick in the back of Ryne Sandberg's mind. Ruiz's two-game stay as the Phillies' No. 2 hitter will end Saturday when Jimmy Rollins returns. But the catcher made an impression at the top of the lineup. "Whatever spot he's in, I think he takes on that role," Sandberg said. "Maybe the fact he's batting second, it is a job to get on base and set the table for the other guys.
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April 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Ryan Howard received his big payday 4 years ago this month, when the Phillies extended the former MVP's contract to the tune of 5 years and $125 million. Kyle Kendrick is at least 7 months away from getting his own career-defining contract. Last night at Globe Life Park, two of the more-beleaguered remaining members of the 2008 world-championship team did their part to earn their salaries and help the Phillies take the rubber game of the season-opening series with the Texas Rangers, too. Jonathan Papelbon, however, did not. Papelbon, who received the biggest contract for a relief pitcher in the history of major league baseball two winters ago, entered the ninth inning with a two-run lead and quickly made it disappear.
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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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April 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR A 2-WEEK period at the end of spring training, after watching an older group of Phillies players fail to score runs regularly, an assembly line of scouts was quoted in a couple of national media publications. Their words were less than kind. "I've been reading it," admitted Larry Bowa, the former shortstop, third-base coach and manager of the Phillies, who is currently Ryne Sandberg's bench coach. " 'They're done.' 'They're the worst team I've ever seen.' " Bowa was exaggerating, but only by a bit. Still, he disagreed with the commonly held opinion that the old, injury-plagued, once-successful Phillies were a shell of their former selves and headed for an ugly 2014 season.
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April 1, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
HERE IS a look at a six-pack of top prospects in the Phillies' farm system: MAIKEL FRANCO Age: 21 Position: Third base Scouting report: The Phillies' top prospect and Baseball America's No. 17 prospect overall stormed onto the scene last year with 31 combined home runs in the minors and a .320 batting average. In Franco's first two seasons in the Phillies' farm system, he hit .222 and .247. But in the last two seasons, he hit .280 and .320. Speed is not one of Franco's best attributes, but the third baseman relies on soft hands and fairly good actions at the hot corner.
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