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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 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 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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August 3, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Early in the season, the Phillies' challenge was finding an outfield that could collectively play at a respectable major-league level. Now the challenge is finding everybody at-bats. While Marlon Byrd has been solid in right field, center and left had previously left the Phillies wanting for more production. The outfield has reversed course lately, and another example was provided during Friday's 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Phillies' first run was scored by leftfielder Grady Sizemore and the second came on a solo home run by Byrd.
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