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NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
IT'S THE SMOKING hot question of the week. Women across the city - and some men, too - have been wondering: Who is the Art Museum Hottie? Is he single? HughE Dillon of Philly Chit Chat kicked the mystery off over the weekend after he photographed the man people were calling the "Art Museum Hottie" on Saturday with his shirt off and muscles bulging. The mystery stranger was doing one-handed pushups and also something called elevated burpees, in which he moved his body from one step to the other while doing the full-body exercise.
SPORTS
April 24, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
As transitions go, this was somewhat of a significant moment for the Phillies. It was not as if we did not know that the second really-good-but-not-great era in franchise history was over. The previous two seasons, the first road trip this season, and all those empty blue seats at Citizens Bank Park provided ample evidence that it was, and has been, for a while. It is notable, however that for the first time since the Phillies won the 2008 World Series, they sent out a lineup, for Thursday's series finale against the Miami Marlins, without a player from that championship team.
SPORTS
April 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
GIANCARLO STANTON briefly lifted his front left foot, turned on a 3-2 offering from Justin De Fratus, and sent a ball into the open real estate beyond the leftfield fence at Citizens Bank Park in record time. Well, not officially. But the line-drive home run, Stanton's sixth in his last 15 games at the South Philly homer haven, traveled faster than fans to the parking lot yesterday afternoon, when the Phillies put forth their second sloppy game in less than 24 hours. Stanton's two-run home run was the finishing touch in a deflating, 9-1 defeat for the Phillies in front of a ballpark record-low crowd of 17,097.
SPORTS
April 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE RYAN HOWARD stepped into the batter's box in the sixth inning of last night's game at Citizens Bank Park, 202 major leaguers had hit home runs in the first 2 weeks of this big-league season. Howard was not among them. Howard, 35, once went six straight seasons without hitting fewer than 30 home runs in a season. He led all of baseball in two of those seasons. In the 133-year history of the Phillies, only Mike Schmidt has hit more home runs than Howard. Demoted from his longtime cleanup spot in the lineup last week, Howard showed last night that, although he's nowhere near the caliber of player he was when he hit 40-plus home runs every year from 2006 to 2009, he can still occasionally put a charge into a baseball and send it a long way from home plate.
SPORTS
April 21, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The first two starts of Stephen Strasburg's season each lasted only 51/3 innings. The Nationals righthander uncharacteristically surrendered a combined 19 hits and eight earned runs. On Sunday afternoon, the final day of a woeful weeklong road trip, the Phillies came out swinging against Strasburg. By the time Carlos Ruiz notched the team's first hit, a single with two outs in the fifth inning of a 4-1 Phillies loss, the former first overall draft pick had exhausted only 42 pitches.
SPORTS
April 21, 2015 | BY JOHN SMALLWOOD, Daily News Staff Writer smallwj@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Considering that Stephen Strasburg had struggled in his first two starts, the Washington Nationals righthander could not have picked a better opponent than the Phillies to shake the early doldrums. In 11 career starts against the Phillies, Strasburg was 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA. He had 82 strikeouts in 69 innings. Last season, Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.42 in five starts against the Phillies with the Nationals going 4-1 in those games. So when Strasburg started yesterday's game at Nationals Park by setting the Phillies down on eight pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning, he had to be feeling good about the way things were headed.
SPORTS
April 20, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Four-fifths of the Phillies' eventual 2015 rotation may be pitching elsewhere at this time next year, several of them maybe as early as this summer. Three - Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams, and the soon-to-return Chad Billingsley - are pitching on one-year contracts. The other - ace Cole Hamels - could be the hottest name on the July trade market. Unless Hamels stays, only one starter in the rotation could factor into the Phillies' plans. David Buchanan, the No. 3 starter, might be no more than a fifth starter on a playoff-bound team, but in a rebuilding year he is going to get every opportunity to showcase himself.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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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