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May 17, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Once Cameron Rupp hobbled back to the Phillies clubhouse Saturday night after his incredible collision at home plate that will be replayed and replayed, the catcher found concerned teammates. His friends and family texted to see if he was OK. They all asked the same first question: "How's your head?" "My head?" Rupp said. "My head's fine. Did you see what my leg did?" Rupp's left leg crumbled under the weight of Eugenio Suarez crashing into him at the end of the 4-3 win over the Reds.
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May 16, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The nadir of the Phillies' Latin American scouting and development program is easily identifiable. Look back at the 1989 season, and you'll find an opening-day roster that included as many players born in France as the Dominican Republic. When Juan Samuel was traded to the New York Mets later that season, the French population ruled over the Latin one inside the Phillies clubhouse. Vive la France never was a great slogan for a big-league baseball team, and since born-in-Paris shortstop Steve Jeltz was the only French representative, it really would have been a rotten one. Not surprisingly, the Phillies of that era were awful.
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May 12, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - A year ago, former Phillies reliever Ryan Madson was one of the feel-good stories in baseball, returning after a three-year absence because of injuries to be a major contributor for a World Series champion in Kansas City. Madson parlayed that performance into a three-year, $22 million contract with the Oakland A's, where he looks every bit as effective as when he was closing in his final season with the Phillies in 2011. Entering Tuesday's action, the 35-year-old Madson was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 14 appearances.
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May 11, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - Derek Dietrich lowered his shoulder into Carlos Ruiz, and the Phillies catcher's mask went flying as two bodies smashed Saturday night. Ruiz thudded to the ground with the ball secured in his mitt. The Phillies dugout erupted as a stoic Ruiz shuffled toward them. He could still take a hit. "They were excited about Chooch," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's a tough guy. " Ruiz has provided the Phillies so much in 18 years, ever since he signed in Panama for $8,000 and earned $31 million in the majors.
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May 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - Pete Mackanin visited the mound in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's 5-4 loss just as Busch Stadium was starting to become unglued. The Cardinals had the bases loaded. The Phillies had a one-run lead. Mackanin, the Phillies manager, told his closer to get a ground ball. A double play would end it. Jeanmar Gomez listened. He induced Stephen Piscotty to hit a grounder, but the ball was slapped wide of shortstop Freddy Galvis. Galvis slid to field the hit, but the game was tied.
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May 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - Cameron Rupp stopped into Pete Mackanin's office near the end of last season for a final meeting before the team departed for the offseason. The two talked about Rupp's performance and what each hoped to see this season. The Phillies manager brought up Rupp's swing. Mackanin told the catcher to alter its path. A new swing would make him a better hitter, the manager hoped. Rupp took the advice home to Texas and worked through the winter with Chris Edelstein, the hitting instructor he has paired with since before high school.
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April 30, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Carlos Ruiz ducked out of the visitors clubhouse on Thursday afternoon and headed to the indoor batting cage at Nationals Park as he continued to adjust to his role as a backup catcher. Ruiz was not in the lineup for Thursday's 3-0 win over the Nationals. He started just nine of the team's first 22 games. But when he plays, Ruiz has proven to be productive. He has 10 hits in his first 34 at-bats. Ruiz has hit three home runs, one more than he hit all of last season.
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April 29, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - The catalyst of this Phillies team with its implausible winning record through 21 games grinned as he tugged on his Nikes after Wednesday night's 3-0 shutout of the imposing Nationals. This mishmash of flawed veterans and inexperienced youth without expectations is sparked by a Rule 5-pick centerfielder who is not supposed to be this polished. Not yet, not for Odubel Herrera. And not for this team. "I feel like if I do a good job," Herrera said, "things start working for us. " The Phillies are 11-10.
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April 12, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - For the majority of his seven-year career, Jeanmar Gomez has existed in the shadows. He failed as a starter for the Cleveland Indians, so he became a middle reliever. His most frequent appearances are in the sixth and seventh innings. He did his job so well last season - e.g., no one noticed the lean righthander - that the Phillies paid him $1.4 million to return. Now, he is their closer. "For me, I don't think too much about that," the soft-spoken Gomez said. "If you're thinking too much, you try to do more than you can do. Just try to get strikes.
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