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September 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The moment A.J. Burnett threw his first pitch in Tuesday's 5-4 Phillies loss, he made his impending decision harder. This, Burnett's 32d start, ensured the 37-year-old righthander $12.75 million for 2015 if he exercises a player option. And, like many of the 31 previous starts, Burnett's night ended in defeat. He allowed five runs (four earned) in 52/3 innings to suffer his 17th loss. That is the most for a Phillies pitcher since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997. Burnett has two more starts in 2014.
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September 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY was out of the lineup last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a night after both Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd didn't start. Jimmy Rollins hasn't played since suffering a mild hamstring strain on Monday, and he won't be rushed back because, on a team going nowhere in the final month of a long season, there's no point in running older players into the proverbial ground. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard started for the 35th time in the 36 games the Phillies have played since July 31. The rest of the mid-30-somethings have rested more often, while Howard has played regularly.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg once spent a September as a Phillies call-up. It was 1981. He turned 22 while in the majors, a debut that encompassed 13 games for a middling team. "One start," Sandberg said Tuesday before a 4-3 Phillies win over Pittsburgh, and the Hall of Fame second baseman is excused 33 years later for misremembering. The Phillies never started Sandberg. He batted six times, collected one hit, and savored the brief experience of playing alongside Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and Larry Bowa.
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September 9, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - As crazy as it may seem, there were more than a few murmurs in the Phillies clubhouse the last few days about making the almost-impossible run for a second wild-card spot. That's why Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park felt like a punch to the gut. A team with no margin for error saw what it perceived to be some rough calls, not to mention an impressive power display by Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit two solo home runs. The Phillies trail the Pittsburgh Pirates by eight games in the race for the second wild-card spot with 20 games to play.
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September 7, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Maikel Franco saw plenty of firsts in his second start with the Phillies. The prized third-base prospect got his first hit and was part of his first wild comeback effort. Ben Revere's two-out solo home run in the ninth inning sent the game into extras, and then Franco broke the tie in the 11th on a fielder's choice as the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals, 9-8, on Friday at Nationals Park. Revere's shocking homer in the ninth off closer Rafael Soriano tied the score at 7. It was Revere's second career home run. "I was trying to put a good swing on the ball and do as much possible as try to drive it," Revere said of the blast.
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September 3, 2014 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The ninth pitch Jonathan Papelbon threw yesterday afternoon landed in first baseman Darin Ruf's glove at 4:22 p.m. The line-drive out was the final out of the Phillies' combined no-hitter on Labor Day. But since four different pitchers played a part - and catcher Carlos Ruiz, and the hitters who helped supply the rare run support for Cole Hamels - it was worth wondering just who would get the game ball. So, where is it going, Cole? "That last ball, because it is so special, I think we are going to dedicate it to David Montgomery," said Hamels, who threw the first six of nine no-hit innings.
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September 3, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Seven of the first eight pitches Cole Hamels threw on a sweltering Labor Day start at Turner Field landed out of the strike zone. Five of the first 12 batters he faced reached base with a free pass: a walk or after being hit by a pitch. The only thing rising quicker than the first-pitch temperature of 88 degrees in Atlanta yesterday afternoon was Hamels' pitch count. "Cole wasn't himself," manager Ryne Sandberg would say later. "Not even close. " Hamels had thrown 108 pitches as he stood in the on-deck circle in the seventh inning of a two-run game.
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September 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - As the first combined no-hitter in 132 years of Phillies baseball neared its strange conclusion, a rolling laundry cart inside the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field became an ice bucket. It held six champagne bottles. One for every Phillies pitcher and catcher who authored history, plus an extra for good measure. This accomplishment gave a hapless team the chance to celebrate something. The Phillies have stumbled together for five months, so they toasted together after Monday's 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.
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September 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the 16th time this season, Ryne Sandberg assembled a lineup designed last winter to keep the Phillies competitive. No team in baseball has employed the same batting order as many times as Sandberg's familiar combination. That unit, after a 7-2 singles-fueled win over the Mets on Saturday, is 5-11. "You look at our lineup on paper, and it's a great lineup," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "For some reason, some years it just doesn't click. You get two guys hitting and the rest aren't hitting, or you get the rest of the guys hot and it's split up too much in the lineup.
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August 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The presence of Gio Gonzalez, a difficult Nationals lefthander, prompted Ryne Sandberg to adopt a different approach in Tuesday night's 4-3 Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park. The manager ditched Monday's lineup, which he used in 14 of the season's first 131 games, and inserted four new names. Freddy Galvis played second base for his first major-league start since May 8; he crushed a Gonzalez chest-high fastball for a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Darin Ruf started for the third time in 10 games; he smashed a Gonzalez fastball for a solo home run in the sixth.
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