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July 1, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON THE DAY the Phillies named a new president - with the bonus of the ownership group ending its unofficial vow of silence - the soon-to-retire team president announced that the general manager with the expiring contract would stay in place for the duration of the season. Got all of that? Andy MacPhail is aboard for the Phillies' rebuild; he'll officially take the reins from Pat Gillick in October. Ruben Amaro Jr.'s job status remains up in the air, but he's not going anywhere until season's end. And then there's the bespectacled stand-in manager, who sat inside the home dugout at Citizens Bank Park three hours before first pitch on his fourth day on the fill-in job, and on his first day with the regime change in the front office.
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June 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
EARLIER THIS month, former Phillie and current Cleveland Indian Brandon Moss hit his 100th home run into the visiting bullpen at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Good place to hit a milestone home run, right? Yes and no. The Indians' relievers got the ball. Then they sent Moss a ransom note, filled with an assortment of Apple products, from iPads and iPhones to three MacBook Airs and an Apple Watch. The Indians' rotation pulled the same trick last week, when rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor collected his first big-league hit. Well, word travels fast in the baseball universe.
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June 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Carlos Ruiz has seen his recent playing time diminish as Cameron Rupp has gotten hot, but it hasn't affected the attitude of the veteran Phillies catcher. Ruiz, who was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the New York Yankees, said he is thinking of the team first. No one has benefited more than Rupp, who was in the starting lineup for the third straight day and the fifth game in the last seven. "He has been awesome," Rupp said of Ruiz before the game at Yankee Stadium.
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June 18, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - You probably don't have to look far beyond the place in the lineup where a team's best hitter resides to diagnosis the biggest problem with the Phillies' offense. The team's three-hole hitters entered yesterday with a .563 OPS, worst in baseball. You could multiply that number by two and still be below the three-hole hitters of the top-ranked Arizona Diamondbacks. It's lower than Steve Jeltz' career OPS (.576). But digging into Chase Utley's dreadful season is the equivalent of spinning a broken record.
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June 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - Jerome Williams tumbled over in a heap, facedown, just outside the batter's box. An awkward leg split while covering home plate left the Phillies' struggling righthander in agony, ending a miserable 30-pitch outing that gave up six Baltimore Orioles runs. But that was just the beginning of the Phillies' most embarrassing performance of a dismal season. Baseball's worst team hit rock bottom Tuesday night in a 19-3 defeat at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in 3 hours, 11 minutes redefining the meaning of the oft-used sports term "rebuilding.
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June 14, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - If you are looking for a reason why the Phillies sent Kevin Correia to the mound Friday night, here's one: On May 23, Cole Hamels dominated the Phillies en route to an 8-1 win that lowered the Phillies' team ERA to 3.96. Since then, they have lost 13 of 16 games entering Friday, and it ain't the offense's fault (well, no more than it usually is). In those 16 games, Phillies pitchers have allowed an average of 5.1 earned runs per game (for a 5.25 ERA). Correia technically replaces Severino Gonzalez in the rotation, although the slot has been in flux throughout the season, with Chad Billingsley and David Buchanan also getting looks.
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June 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - Marlon Byrd suffered a fractured wrist last Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, which prompted a promotion for another player with Phillies ties. The Cincinnati Reds summoned Ivan De Jesus Jr., the son of the shortstop the Phillies acquired in the infamous 1982 trade that sent Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa to the Chicago Cubs. It wasn't until the series opener Monday night that the younger De Jesus, a 28-year-old infielder, earned a start. With Sandberg, the Phillies' manager, and Bowa, their bench coach, looking on from the opposing dugout at Great American Ball Park, De Jesus hit his first major-league home run, off of Cole Hamels no less, to send the Phillies to a 6-4 loss.
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May 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - About two weeks ago, during the Phillies' previous homestand, Carlos Ruiz woke up at 6 a.m. to the buzzing sound of his cellphone. It wasn't an alarm. Instead, it was the news he feared would come at some point in the last four months. Nicolas Miranda, a close friend of Ruiz's since boyhood, had died after complications from surgery. Miranda was the same age as Ruiz, 36, and shared the same hometown: David, Panama. Ruiz is honoring his late friend by wearing "44" on the bill of the helmet he wears under his catcher's mask.
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May 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - There is no handy manual for when a major league manager should take out his starting pitcher, so the men who make the decisions must do so more on feel and gut than any strict guidelines. Jacob deGrom, reigning National League Rookie of the Year, didn't look like a pitcher anywhere near ready to leave the playing premises of Citi Field when he wrapped up his seventh inning of work against the Phillies last night. He retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced, nine via strikeout.
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May 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - Cole Hamels' last three starts have lowered his season ERA by almost a full run. The 31-year-old lefthander's latest performance, his longest outing of the season, fueled the Phillies to their longest winning streak since September 2012. The Phillies earned their sixth consecutive win on Monday night in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Their ace allowed just one run and six hits over 71/3 innings. Hamels has won each of his last 11 starts in which he has been afforded at least three runs of support while he is in the game.
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