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May 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - Pete Mackanin visited the mound in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 5-4 loss just as Busch Stadium was starting to become unglued. The Cardinals had the bases loaded. The Phillies had a one-run lead. Mackanin, the Phillies manager, told his closer to get a ground ball. A double play would end it. Jeanmar Gomez listened. He induced Stephen Piscotty to hit a grounder, but the ball was slapped wide of shortstop Freddy Galvis. Galvis slid to field the hit, but the game was tied.
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May 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - Cameron Rupp stopped into Pete Mackanin's office near the end of last season for a final meeting before the team departed for the offseason. The two talked about Rupp's performance and what each hoped to see this season. The Phillies manager brought up Rupp's swing. Mackanin told the catcher to alter its path. A new swing would make him a better hitter, the manager hoped. Rupp took the advice home to Texas and worked through the winter with Chris Edelstein, the hitting instructor he has paired with since before high school.
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April 30, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Carlos Ruiz ducked out of the visitors clubhouse on Thursday afternoon and headed to the indoor batting cage at Nationals Park as he continued to adjust to his role as a backup catcher. Ruiz was not in the lineup for Thursday's 3-0 win over the Nationals. He started just nine of the team's first 22 games. But when he plays, Ruiz has proven to be productive. He has 10 hits in his first 34 at-bats. Ruiz has hit three home runs, one more than he hit all of last season.
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April 29, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - The catalyst of this Phillies team with its implausible winning record through 21 games grinned as he tugged on his Nikes after Wednesday night's 3-0 shutout of the imposing Nationals. This mishmash of flawed veterans and inexperienced youth without expectations is sparked by a Rule 5-pick centerfielder who is not supposed to be this polished. Not yet, not for Odubel Herrera. And not for this team. "I feel like if I do a good job," Herrera said, "things start working for us. " The Phillies are 11-10.
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April 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - For the majority of his seven-year career, Jeanmar Gomez has existed in the shadows. He failed as a starter for the Cleveland Indians, so he became a middle reliever. His most frequent appearances are in the sixth and seventh innings. He did his job so well last season - e.g., no one noticed the lean righthander - that the Phillies paid him $1.4 million to return. Now, he is their closer. "For me, I don't think too much about that," the soft-spoken Gomez said. "If you're thinking too much, you try to do more than you can do. Just try to get strikes.
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April 9, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CINCINNATI - Daniel Stumpf's 12th major-league pitch landed in the fourth row of the left field seats at Great American Ball Park. Fireworks erupted behind the outfield on Thursday afternoon as the Reds celebrated their fourth-inning grand slam. The pitcher's big-league debut was spoiled. And another loss, this time 10-6, was sealed. The grand slam, which was smacked by Eugenio Suarez, highlighted a 35-minute half inning. The Phillies needed three pitchers to piece together three outs.
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April 9, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CINCINNATI - The glimmer of hope is gone, vanished in the reality that the Phillies are every bit as bad and maybe even worse than so many people expected. It seemed as if the schedule makers were being kind when they sent the Phillies to Cincinnati for their season-opening series. Sure they were the worst team in baseball last season, but they were only one game worse than the Reds, a team going through a similar rebuilding process. So this was the World Series of the wretched, and the Phillies clearly earned the crown of being the biggest losers as the Reds completed a three-game sweep Thursday afternoon with a wind-chilled 10-6 win at a sparsely attended Great American Park.
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April 6, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CINCINNATI - The first Phillies player to step onto the field Monday before batting practice was a rookie lefthander from Humble, Texas. Daniel Stumpf, one of two Rule 5 picks to make the Phillies roster, surveyed Great American Ballpark. "There's a lot of emotions," said Stumpf, 25. "I'm excited to show these guys what I can do. " The Phillies are just one of two teams (San Diego is the other) to carry two Rule 5 picks at the start of the season. It is rare for any Rule 5 pick to stick; an average of five per season have stayed on a roster for the whole season since 2006, according to Baseball America.
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April 4, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Cedric Hunter's long journey back to the Major Leagues took years of perseverance, but the 28-year-old Phillies outfielder and career minor-leaguer wanted to make one thing clear. "Everybody is giving me congrats and everything, and I am happy about that. But in the back of my mind this is just a beginning," Hunter said before the Phillies departed for Monday's opener in Cincinnati against the Reds. "I have to really go out and prove myself and show that I am ready to be here. " Hunter was signed by the Phillies as a minor-league free agent and is expected to see significant playing time.
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March 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The subject of who will close for the Phillies arose again this week, and Pete Mackanin stressed patience. He listed three names - Andrew Bailey, David Hernandez, and Cuban righthander Dalier Hinojosa, who has all of 23 innings in the majors. "He's in the mix," Mackanin said. "They're all in the mix. It's a big mix. " With a week until the Phillies break camp, the projected bullpen is no clearer. Just about every option is in play. Mackanin expects decisions to be made at the last possible moment.
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