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May 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ballpark looked funereal at 10:35 p.m. with the result still in doubt. It was quiet enough to hear Scott Franzke's voice careen from the concourses onto the rows of empty blue seats. The mitts popped from the bullpens beyond center field. Willin Rosario jumped a first-pitch Cole Hamels fastball, and a single scream emanated from the stands. Colorado won, 6-2, once Rosario's three-run blast in the seventh cracked a tie game. His Rockies teammates shouted and pounded Rosario when he returned to the visiting dugout, and their celebration was audible through the empty stadium.
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May 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ALTHOUGH PLAYERS are still occasionally suspended for PEDs, the steroid era is long over. Home runs have been down, speed has been up. Players such as Ben Revere are welcomed in today's game. Elite speedsters such as Cincinnati rookie Billy Hamilton and Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon are celebrated. Gordon worked his magic right off the bat last night, leading off the game against the Phillies with a single, then stealing both second and third and scoring on a Yasiel Puig single.
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May 19, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ENTERING play yesterday, only 13 players in baseball had a higher on-base percentage than Carlos Ruiz since the beginning of 2010. The list, among players with a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances in that five-season period, is a who's who of the game's best players: Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera, Joe Mauer, Mike Trout, Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo, Jose Bautista, David Ortiz, Troy Tulowitzki, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Holliday, Ryan Braun and Buster Posey....
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May 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MORE THAN an hour after the game had ended, hundreds of older folks from the greater Philadelphia region took the field at Citizens Bank Park for a popular sporting good store's "Senior Stroll the Bases" promotion. Each senior's stroll ended with them touching home plate and posing for a photo, too. The obvious, unavoidable easy joke: The senior citizens - every, single one of them - made the journey around the bases yesterday afternoon more often than any member of a Phillies team known around baseball for its advanced age. But if anyone wanted to take any positives out of a dull, 3-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels, each member of the Phillies' aging core - Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz - all had at least one hit. Beyond that, well, avoid self-criticism and praise the other team.
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May 16, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WELL, THE FOLKS from Millville had themselves a nice time. That's a good thing, because they seem like nice people. As for your fightin' Phillies? It's hard to figure out where to start. The past 6 weeks have offered us a thorough look at the holes that, as of today, are preventing most unbiased observers from treating this team as a serious contender. The current losing streak - three games after yesterday's 3-0 loss to the Angels - has served as sort of a tasting menu: No, the problem isn't listing problems, it's listing solutions.
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May 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies infielders converged at the mound in the seventh inning of a 4-3 loss Tuesday night, and Cody Asche was the loneliest man in Citizens Bank Park. Mike Trout, the superstar an entire South Jersey town came to ogle, had just chopped a grounder at Asche. The 23-year-old third baseman backpedaled and lunged for the ball, which trickled past him. Now, Asche stood on the slope of the mound, a few steps from his teammates. Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure motivated Cliff Lee, who was pushed to the brink because of Asche's sloppy fielding.
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May 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg adjusted the top of his lineup Monday, albeit not by choice. Jimmy Rollins tweaked his right groin when making one of three fifth-inning assists Sunday. The 35-year-old shortstop thought it best to rest one day. His manager agreed. "It'd be smart to get him off his feet today," Sandberg said. Rollins' absence illuminated one of the formulas behind the Phillies' solid start. Their starting pitching, of course, carried play for more than a week. But the top of the batting order produced with consistency and provided the rest of the lineup with chances.
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May 6, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
SEVENTEEN pitches into yesterday's start, Roberto Hernandez had thrown five strikes. This is not a formula for success on any kind of day, but with the outfield flags flapping so ferociously that every lifted ball made the fielders below look like a Monty Python skit, this inning had crooked number written all over it. But then Carlos Ruiz called timeout and chugged to the mound, and three strikes later Hernandez was out of a jam and Chooch had...
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May 1, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
OFFICIALLY, Cole Hamels' night lasted into the fifth inning. But it looked very much over seven batters into the fourth. That was when he issued his third walk of the frame, this one with the bases loaded, to Mets starting Jon Niese. All told, it took Hamels 37 pitches to finish the fourth inning, and while the Mets managed to milk just two runs out of it, the effects were lasting. New York added three more runs in the fifth inning, and Roberto Hernandez trotted in from the Phillies' bullpen to face Niese.
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April 30, 2014
CARLOS RUIZ entered the fourth week of the 2014 season hitting .204 without an RBI in 14 games. A week later, the Phillies catcher has been honored as the National League's Player of the Week. In the six games he started in Los Angeles and Arizona, Ruiz hit .500 (11-for-22) with a .593 OBP. Both numbers led all of baseball for the week. Ruiz began the week by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI in a 7-0 win over the Dodgers last Monday. He ended it by knocking in one run and scoring another in the eighth inning of a 6-5, come-from-behind win in Arizona on Saturday.
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