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April 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
  WASHINGTON - Darin Ruf flipped the bat in the air and tapped it against his leg on his way back to the dugout. He chased a high fastball to end Friday's 7-2 loss to the Nationals. The Phillies offense was listless. And now the night was finally over. The team struck out 11 times. Just one runner touched third base before the ninth inning. The Phillies registered one extra-base hit. They were retired in order three times during their sixth straight loss. The offense was of little threat to Washington ace Max Scherzer, who struck out nine batters in eight innings.
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April 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Four batters after Chase Utley took his first hacks, the Phillies' highest-paid position player stepped into the Nationals Park batter's box. It was the second inning. There were two outs. The 10th game of the season presented a new reality for Ryan Howard, No. 7 hitter in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup. The beleaguered first baseman through 27 at-bats had struggled to connect on a barrage of fastballs, the same pitches he used to feast on as one of baseball's elite power hitters.
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April 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Odubel Herrera stood up from the chair in front of his locker and turned to face the reporters waiting for him in the Phillies clubhouse late Saturday night. Remnants from a postgame shaving-cream pie, courtesy of teammate and countryman Freddy Galvis, sat in clumps at the front of his dreadlocks. Herrera, an always-smiling 23-year-old from Venezuela, picked an opportune time for his first major-league hit. The second baseman-turned-centerfielder, who spent last year in double A, smacked Tanner Roark's 0-2 slider down the right-field line to score Carlos Ruiz in the bottom of the 10th inning and put the Phillies (3-2)
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April 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE UMPIRING crew took its time to get out to home plate Friday night. The Phillie Phanatic noted the umps' tardiness, shaking his head in mock disgust and pointing to the imaginary watch on his wrist. Eventually, the managers of the two teams converged at the plate, too, and the game got underway, only 2 minutes late of the scheduled starting time for the first pitch. Part of you wondered whether they were waiting for seat fillers to come in and turn the frown upside down on the 12-year-old South Philly ballpark.
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April 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 86-m.p.h. fastball smacked into Carlos Ruiz's mitt and Aaron Harang's regular-season debut with his eighth major-league team was underway. The journeyman was brought to Philadelphia to eat innings in a rebuilding season, but for much of Wednesday night his results more closely emulated those of the pitcher who made five consecutive opening-day starts for the Reds. Mixing his five pitches and changing speeds, Harang limited the Boston Red Sox to one hit through the first six innings of a chilly, misty night at Citizens Bank Park.
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March 28, 2015 | Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla.- A throng of reporters, TV cameras, and microphones clustered near Odubel Herrera's locker after a morning workout earlier in spring training. The intriguing outfielder had yet to do a group interview. His English is limited. "Whitey," Herrera shouted to the far corner of the Phillies clubhouse. The Venezuelan sought infielder Andres Blanco, a countryman, to serve as his interpreter. Blanco walked across the room and stood by Herrera's side. He translated reporters' questions into Spanish and Herrera's answers into English.
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March 27, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On one side, you had Houston's Jonathan Villar, a former Phillies prospect and longtime shortstop. The 23-year-old started in centerfield for the Astros. Before this spring, Villar hadn't played centerfield since 2008 - for one game - when he was a 17-year-old in the Phillies organization, 2 years before moving on to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade. Villar made an athletic diving catch to rob Freddy Galvis of an extra-base hit in the first inning of yesterday's game, and, later, avoided a near-disastrous collision with rightfielder Robbie Grossman to track down another ball in the gap. On the Phillies' side was Odubel Herrera, the Rule 5 pick left unprotected by the Texas Rangers this spring in part because he does not have a natural position on the field.
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March 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
TAMPA, Fla. - When Cameron Rupp enrolled in 2007 at the University of Texas, he became an education major. If his baseball career did not pan out, he planned to be a high school coach. His father coached Rupp's baseball and football teams when Rupp was growing up. His uncle was a college baseball coach. "I guess I'd have to be a teacher if I wanted to be a coach. So I went that route," Rupp said before Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees. "But it worked out this way. " Rupp put his coaching plans on hold when the Phillies drafted him in 2010.
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March 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It's easy for a player to do his own thing or go about his business unnoticed inside the vast home clubhouse in Bright House Field. A player can return from the field, the indoor batting cages, or the showers and never talk to anyone else on his way to and from his locker stall. Carlos Ruiz, however, is not that kind of person. Ruiz is often the guy seated in a group of three or four players, holding court. Whether it's prepping for that day's game, telling stories, or just general conversation, the veteran catcher is often in the middle of it all, eager to listen and talk, too. "When I [first]
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March 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - With three weeks until opening day, the Phillies' starting rotation is still very much in flux. Cliff Lee is attempting to pitch through a tear in his elbow tendon and Aaron Harang has missed two of three scheduled Grapefruit League starts. The uncertainty has given Cuban righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez a good chance to win a spot in the back end of the rotation. But his results through three Grapefruit League outings have done little to quell the newfound concerns about the Phillies' starting pitching behind ace Cole Hamels.
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