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August 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
They began to rise even before longtime Phillies public address announcer Dan Baker offered his introduction, and they remained on their feet for the better part of the next minute. Jimmy Rollins twice stepped out of the batter's box and lifted his blue Los Angeles Dodgers batting helmet to thank the Citizens Bank Park crowd of 28,733 before the first at-bat of a 6-2 Phillies win Tuesday night. A standing ovation lasting about 45 seconds greeted the Phillies' all-time hits leader for his first game as a visitor.
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August 2, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had developed a special bond with Cole Hamels, so on the day the Hamels trade to the Texas Rangers was made official, Ruiz said he will truly miss catching the lefthander. "When you are around a friend who you play with a lot of years and you see him walk away, you feel sad," Ruiz said before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves. "This is part of baseball, and I wish him the best of luck. " Ruiz caught Hamels for 207 games. According to ESPN, that is the most starts by any active pitcher- catcher combination.
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August 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AS HIS TWO young toddlers tried to wrestle each other out of their first row seats, Cole Hamels sat at the dais in the media room in Citizens Bank Park and looked at ease, free of any worries. It's difficult to remember the last time he looked that way. Less than 48 hours earlier, a year's worth of trade rumors ended. He received word that he was headed to Texas. "It's a long process," Hamels said of reaching finality in the Phillies quest to trade him in an effort to expedite their rebuilding project.
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August 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Harang was supposed to drive the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension on Thursday morning and pitch in Allentown. The plan called for Harang to make a rehab start with triple-A Lehigh Valley before joining the Phillies. But the team's plans were expedited. Harang was in the majors - not the minors - Thursday. The righthander's opposition was not the triple-A Yankees, but the major-league Braves, whom he stymied for five innings in a 4-1 win. Despite no rehab start, he looked fit as he allowed one run. Harang had been sidelined since July 1 with plantar fasciitis, which caused a stabbing pain in the bottom of his left foot.
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July 31, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - The Phillies agreed to a trade late Wednesday that would send Cole Hamels, the franchise's best homegrown pitcher since Robin Roberts, to the Texas Rangers, baseball sources confirmed. Five prospects, including three of the Rangers' most touted, and 29-year-old lefthander Matt Harrison are coming to the Phillies in the deal, according to multiple reports. The Phillies are also reportedly sending lefthanded reliever Jake Diekman and cash to Texas. Neither club announced the deal Wednesday night.
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July 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Less than 15 minutes after the Phillies wrapped up a quick, two-game series at Rogers Centre, Cole Hamels walked by a group of reporters in the visiting clubhouse. Asked whether he had a minute to talk, the 31-year-old pitcher declined. He was headed to his locker, where he spent the next few seconds scrolling through his phone. And less than a minute later - just like that - he was gone. Hamels is headed to Arlington, Texas, where he'll take his World Series MVP arm and no-hit pedigree to spend the last third of his career with the Rangers.
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July 29, 2015 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Only four teams in baseball have scored more runs than the Phillies since the All-tar break. Only the Texas Rangers have more extra-base hits. The Phillies' pitching staff has allowed 26 earned runs since the break - only five teams have allowed fewer. Those same pitchers have a 2.82 ERA during that time, and, take away Cole Hamels' start two Sundays ago, and the rotation has a 2.43 ERA since the break. The Phillies have lost one game since the break. Only the defending world champion San Francisco Giants are playing as well in the last two weeks.
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July 28, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE STRANGEST PART was the celebration. For nine innings, you could feel yourself drifting away from whatever recess of the brain that controls the perception of time. Baseball has a way of doing that like no other sport. The cliches highlight the absence of a clock, but there is more to it than that. It is baseball's rhythm, its pacing, its repetition, the meditative nature of its spaces in between; it is its mechanics, all arcs and lines and angles and spheres, movers and things moved, potentiality and actuality.
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July 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - By the time Cole Hamels warmed up to throw the final 17 pitches of his first career no-hitter late Saturday afternoon, the Wrigley Field shadows had made it difficult for Carlos Ruiz to identify the pitches. To avoid jinxing a part of history, the Phillies' veteran catcher had tried not to deviate from his routine each inning. But before the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth, he ultimately decided to ditch his sunglasses. Luckily for Hamels' longtime battery mate, it didn't backfire.
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July 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - If Saturday marked Cole Hamels' final start in a Phillies uniform, he will have left his longtime club at his best. Six days before baseball's trade deadline, Hamels delivered his first career no-hitter, the 13th in franchise history, in the Phillies' 5-0 win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Two walks were the lone blemishes in an incredible - and incredibly timely - performance for the Phillies ace and top trade chip. "Just a surreal moment," Hamels said. "Nothing will top winning a World Series, but I think this is probably on that top list.
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