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June 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
PHOENIX - Last weekend, a Phillies official placed all-star ballots on every player's chair in the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park. The 24-year-old bundle of constant energy that is the Phillies centerfielder breezed through the room to campaign. "Vote for me!" Odubel Herrera said. "Vote for me!" Herrera does nothing in a traditional manner. So it is appropriate for the former Rule 5 pick to take a most unconventional route to his first All-Star Game. The teams will be announced Tuesday, and Herrera has a good chance at representing the Phillies in San Diego.
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June 30, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
PHOENIX - When the Phillies convened last October in Clearwater, Fla., for their annual organizational meetings, there was overwhelming consensus on one issue: Edubray Ramos, eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft, needed to be protected. The young pitcher was added to the 40-man roster and ticketed for big-league spring training. Ramos did not emerge during the spring; he was just another pitcher with a high jersey number. Now, after three major-league appearances, the 23-year-old righthander has exceeded all expectations.
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June 27, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - When Cameron Rupp smashed a double - his 14th - to right field Friday night, he matched his career total before this season in 201 fewer plate appearances. He entered Saturday with a .773 OPS, a number eclipsed by just four other catchers in baseball. The 27-year-old Rupp, with more frequent playing time, has discovered a power stroke he lacked for much of his time in the minors. "For me, if I get on first base, it takes at least two hits to score me," Rupp said, with a smile.
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June 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - As Jerad Eickhoff's pitch count mounted Thursday afternoon, every ball he threw carried the weight of a nine-game losing streak and a drained group of pitchers. A rebuilding process guarantees trying times, moments for a young player to separate himself, and that is what Eickhoff has done. The Phillies avoided their worst losing streak in 17 years with a 7-3 win over Minnesota. They have won three of their last 17 games, and Eickhoff was the winning pitcher all three times.
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June 20, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin shuffled his lineup Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, hoping to spark his listless offense. The Phillies manager batted Cody Asche leadoff for the first time in his career. Andres Blanco slotted into the No. 3 spot. And Maikel Franco was bumped down to the sixth spot. But a 4-1 loss to Arizona proved that there is little the manager can do to disguise his team's woes at the plate. The Phillies were no match for Arizona ace Zack Greinke, who allowed one run in eight innings.
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June 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies have committed $24.5 million to players who will not play for them in 2017. Ryan Howard is due a $10 million buyout for his expensive option that will not be exercised. It will cost $1 million to buy out a mutual option on Charlie Morton and another $500,000 for Carlos Ruiz's buyout. Lefthander Matt Harrison is due another $13 million in 2017, much of which will be covered through insurance because of chronic back injuries that have reduced the chances of his ever throwing a pitch for the Phillies.
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June 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Last month, when Jerad Eickhoff threw a slider that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton missed by a foot, Larry Andersen's eyes widened. Andersen - former reliever and minor-league pitching coach, now broadcaster - considers himself a slider connoisseur. When Eickhoff shelved the pitch in a subsequent start, Andersen approached him in the dugout. Eickhoff, who tossed six shutout innings Monday in a 7-0 win over the Blue Jays, had become too predictable as a two-pitch starter.
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May 25, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY DON'T score many runs. Sometimes they don't score any. They play awful one night, put you to sleep the next, make you say 'Wow' the day after. The crooked numbers once posted by the all-powerful, mostly American lineups of the most recent resurgence of the Phillies, the one that electrified this town over the previous decade, are long gone, replaced by wins of the smallest of margins, and a game played on them as well. Bunting. Sacs in the air and on the ground. First-to-thirds.
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May 23, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
For the second time this season, the Phillies were stymied by the Atlanta Braves' Williams Perez, who gave himself the best of birthday presents. Pitching on his 25th birthday, the righthander limited the Phillies to two hits for the second time this season as the Braves earned a 2-0 win on a cold, rainy Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, where the infield looked like a quagmire by game's end. "It was ugly weather and an ugly game," manager Pete Mackanin said. Perez (2-1) pitched 61/3 shutout innings, striking out four and walking one. In his previous appearance this season against the Phillies, on May 11 in Atlanta, Perez allowed one run on just two hits over eight innings in a 5-1 win. "He was throwing the ball down and away and threw a pretty good change-up, too," said shortstop Freddy Galvis, who was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
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May 18, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The crowd rose Monday at Citizens Bank Park for an unfamiliar ritual, to laud a Phillies hitter. Tommy Joseph cracked a single up the middle to start the sixth inning of a 5-3 loss to Miami. It was the first major-league hit for the 24-year-old first baseman, and as the scoreboard flashed his achievement, the weeknight crowd roared. These moments are fleeting because the Phillies cannot have nice things. Six pitches later, Freddy Galvis erased Joseph. The shortstop bounced into a routine 5-4-3 double play.
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