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June 29, 2014
THE PHILLIES placed Carlos Ruiz on the 7-day disabled list with concussionlike systems yesterday, about an hour before the game against the Braves. In the 11th inning of the team's 14-inning win Thursday night, a 1-1 breaking ball from Marlins righthander A.J. Ramos plunked Ruiz in the head. The Phillies' catcher remained in the game for the final few innings. Cameron Rupp caught Kyle Kendrick last night. To fill Ruiz's spot on the active roster, the Phillies selected the contract of Koyie Hill from Triple A Lehigh Valley.
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June 27, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
RYNE SANDBERG has no other options. That is his primary problem in leftfield. You saw it in the moments of hesitation he needed after each question to summon diplomatic words. You heard it when he said that every time Domonic Brown walks to the plate, "I have confidence that might be the time that he pops one. " You felt it when somebody asked, "Where do you go from here?" and he answered, "Go through tomorrow and figure out a lineup. " Good luck figurin'. Even on a night when Brown's egregious misplay of a ball in leftfield led to all of the Marlins' runs in a 3-2 win over the Phillies, it was difficult to pinpoint where Sandberg should turn.
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June 20, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - When Ryan Howard is hitting like this, the Phillies are a tough team to ignore. After a three-game sweep of Atlanta in which he drove in six runs, the first baseman drove in three in a 4-1 victory last night over the Cardinals. It is the first time the Phillies have won more than three games in a row in more than a year: since early June 2013. Howard, a St. Louis native, entered the night with some ridiculous career numbers at Busch Stadium, including a .368 batting average, .512 on-base percentage, .695 slugging percentage, and nine home runs in 123 plate appearances.
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June 17, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Had the Phillies shown up on Father's Day and played like men intent on having some say in the National League East race, this would have been a good time to point out that they are about to begin a brutal sequence of games against a lot of good teams and some great pitchers. There is no reason to do that, however. None whatsoever, because it was obvious after the offense's latest disappearing act that this team has no chance to be anything but dead and buried by the end of the 35-game stretch that begins Monday night against the first-place Atlanta Braves.
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June 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE MODEST three-game winning streak the Phillies took into their weekend series with the Chicago Cubs didn't do much to dull the senses of the man in charge of maintaining the team's high-salaried-but-underachieving roster. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr., in his sixth year on the job, is well aware of the advantages of the July 31 trade deadline. He made impactful moves in each of his first 4 years on the job, trading for the likes to Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence, and also trading away Shane Victorino and Pence.
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June 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jimmy Rollins put himself in the Phillies record books, but his feat couldn't ignite a sagging offense. Rollins ninth-inning, lead-off double to right field gave him 2,234 hits, tying Mike Schmidt's franchise record in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Rollins hit a 1-0 fastball from Cubs righthander Neil Ramirez for his record-tying hit. "It is something I did want to do at home," Rollins said about the record. "A couple of years ago, I reached 2,000 hits in Cincinnati, and I told my wife I really didn't care where that happened, but when the hits record comes up, I would like it to be at home.
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June 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Gwynn Jr., pinch-hitting for Cole Hamels after eight pristine innings of shutout baseball, issued a most fitting tribute Wednesday. San Diego righthander Joaquin Benoit, just inserted into the game, fired a 95-m.p.h. fastball. Gwynn attacked it. The ball sailed into foul territory. It landed in Padres third baseman Chase Headley's glove for a quick out. Hamels had nothing to show for an 11-strikeout effort on a night when both teams tried their hardest to lose. Someone had to win, and when Reid Brignac destroyed a Nick Vincent cutter, the Phillies could boast a winning streak for the first time in three weeks.
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June 13, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
HE GALLOPED in from the bullpen on a chariot made of solid gold, lightning bolts shooting from his eyes, flames streaming from his arms, thunder booming from the heavens as all in attendance threw themselves at his mercy. Eh, not quite. "I thought I was going to fall down," Kenny Giles said. "My legs were a little jellied. " Giles, a 23-year-old righthander whose ability to throw a fastball 100 miles per hour had made him a bit of a cause celebre amongst a fan base fatigued by some of the performances it had seen from the Phillies' bullpen, made his much-anticipated major league debut yesterday.
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June 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST OCTOBER, Ruben Amaro Jr. and his lieutenants went through their normal postseason autopsy report. They took a look at the remnants of a team that lost 89 games and finished 23 games behind the National League East-champion Atlanta Braves and decided the best course of action was to keep playing the same hand. Over the winter, the general manager resisted trading veterans like Cliff Lee and re-signed his dependable-but-aging catcher, Carlos Ruiz. Amaro then added a position player older than everyone else in his projected starting lineup and swooped in before spring training and signed a pitcher older than every other player on his 40-man roster.
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June 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Domonic Brown broke for home, but had nowhere to go. After hitting the first of back-to-back, one-out singles off Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey, Brown left third and made way for the plate when Cesar Hernandez hit a ground ball to third. With the pitcher on deck, Brown pretty much had to head home on contact. Brown was out by at least a few feet. It was the third time in less than 24 hours that a Phillies baserunner morphed into a dead duck in the 90 feet that separates third base from the plate.
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