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SPORTS
February 26, 2016
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On Sunday, the Phillies seek revenge. They will play the University of Tampa, a Division II school, in baseball's first exhibition game of the spring. And this time, the Phillies hope to win. They will start veteran Jeremy Hellickson - not a young pitcher - against the college kids. Tampa beat the Phillies, 6-2, last March. "We think he can handle the pressure," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin deadpanned. "We have to beat them. " All joking aside, it would not be a great look to lose to amateurs in two straight springs.
SPORTS
February 22, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When the new-look Phillies debut in six weeks at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark, it is possible that two players in the starting lineup will make $33.5 million while the other seven account for a total of $6.5 million. The team's payroll could dip below $100 million for the first time since 2006. That is by design. "Sometimes where we spend our money is pretty public, in the case of a major-league player contract," Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said.
SPORTS
February 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two weeks ago, when Carlos Ruiz arrived early for what could be his 17th and final spring with the Phillies, a 22-year-old Colombian catcher approached the veteran from Panama. Jorge Alfaro, one of the prized prospects who will command attention in spring training, introduced himself at the Carpenter Complex. "I'm here for whatever you need," Ruiz, 37, told him. "Let me know, and I will help you. " Call this what you want - a proud catcher's last stand or an overdue farewell tour - but do not doubt that Ruiz will enjoy it. Before he stepped on the field Thursday as the oldest player at the Phillies' first workout, he wore a gold chain under a black shirt with the sleeves cut to show his bulging arms, two reminders for the kids savoring their first camp of how much work it requires to survive.
SPORTS
February 19, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies opened the doors to their spring training clubhouse Wednesday, and the immediate surveillance of the expansive room created a peculiar feeling. Look across and to the left at the lockers where the aces used to reside, and the new nameplates read Hernandez, Rupp, Mariot, Oberholzer, and Bailey . No empty lockers for extra space that is typically provided for established stars such as Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Too many players overall - 65 in total - and too many of the nondescript variety for that kind of luxury.
SPORTS
February 19, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - He had just returned from running sprints. You could see his chest rising up and down beneath his black cutoff T-shirt, the one with a disembodied Phillies catchers mask hovering in the center. He wore a gold chain with tiny diamonds pressed into the links. He leaned on a bat, his red gloves unfastened. That is to say, Carlos Ruiz looked a lot like he has in each of the 11 years that he has reported to Clearwater in the middle of February. His face is a little more weathered.
SPORTS
November 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- An obvious perk of finishing a season with the worst record in baseball is collecting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft the following June. The Phillies own that distinction and already have sent Pat Gillick to get a look at University of Florida lefthander A.J. Puk in action. They also invited Barnegat, N.J., High lefthander Jason Groome to Citizens Bank Park this week. But another advantage to owning baseball's worst record, something that first-year general manager Matt Klentak made sure to mention in his introductory news conference last month: The Phillies also have the largest international bonus pool at their disposal for next summer's signing period.
SPORTS
November 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The list of ways to acquire talent has dwindled in recent years as teams lock up their star position players to long-term deals earlier in their careers. Free agency, as new Phillies general manager Matt Klentak has said, is not the best place to invest when looking to acquire surplus value. Drafting effectively on a consistent basis is crucial to sustained success. But so is funneling talent into your farm system through the international market. "I think it's critical to any operation," Klentak said on Wednesday, the final full day of the GM meetings.
SPORTS
September 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Andy MacPhail has yet to officially take over as Phillies president, and already he has made his decisions on the fates of now-former general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and now-permanent manager Pete Mackanin. More changes are surely on the way in the coming weeks. MacPhail will hire a new GM - his goal remains to do so before the team's organizational meetings that begin on Oct. 26 - and Mackanin will appoint his coaching staff. But as the changes materialize through the offseason, don't expect the flurry of press releases and news conferences to include the addition of any marquee free agents.
SPORTS
September 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - What's likely to go down as the worst Phillies season in 54 years is, finally, on the brink of being over. There are 10 games remaining on the 2015 schedule. The Phillies will play tonight in Miami, three times this weekend in Washington, and then come home to say "So long" to Citizens Bank Park for the final time after a forgettable, woeful summer of baseball. Many of the veterans have been traded and enough of the younger players have been evaluated, giving management an idea of what the Phillies have going into another offseason of transition.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - For the first time since becoming the Phillies' closer, Ken Giles blew a save. Giles surrendered a run in the 10th inning of the Phillies' 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night at Marlins Park. Dee Gordon walked off the game an inning later with a two-out double off Jerome Williams. The loss dropped the Phillies to 57-95 on the season, 4.5 games worse than baseball's next-worst team, the Atlanta Braves, who defeated the first-place New York Mets on Wednesday.
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