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February 3, 2012
A headline in Wednesday's Sports section incorrectly stated the season in which Phillies reliever Chad Qualls pitched for San Diego. It was 2011.
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February 1, 2012 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
CHAD QUALLS is no longer the pitcher who teamed with Brad Lidge in Houston from 2004 through 2007, nor is he the pitcher who saved 24 games for Arizona in 2009. But his price tag - $1.15 million on a 1-year contract the Phillies announced yesterday - suggests he is not expected to be that guy. So what should you expect? A veteran righthander who . . . * Can run through a righty or two or three in a late-and-close situation. Last year for San Diego, Qualls held righties to a .218 batting average, .255 on-base percentage and .282 slugging percentage with 28 strikeouts and eight walks in 156 at-bats.
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April 9, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The Phillies signed Chad Qualls in the winter because they valued his durability; no pitcher has appeared in more games since 2005 than the 33-year-old righthander. But three games into the season, Qualls is sidelined by a nebulous right heel injury he could barely describe, which only complicated the Phillies' middle-relief puzzle in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Qualls said it felt like a "knife was going at the back of my heel" when he was walking around in his spikes Saturday afternoon.
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May 17, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reserve catcher Brian Schneider had been showing signs of increased offensive production even before his first home run in more than a year during Tuesday's 4-3 Phillies win in 10 innings over the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park. Schneider, now hitting .303, began the season 0 for 8, but he was 8 for his last 21 at-bats entering the game and then went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the win. That was his first home run in 145 at-bats since April 21, 2011, against the San Diego Padres.
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April 10, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jonathan Papelbon is being paid more than any closer in baseball history, but he never left the bullpen during the Phillies' two walk-off losses to Pittsburgh. Then he pitched the ninth inning of a 6-2 defeat to Miami on Monday and allowed an Austin Kearns home run in an otherwise forgettable outing. Charlie Manuel, and just about every single manager in baseball, plays those decisions by the book. If the road team is tied or losing, the closer stays in the bullpen until he has a lead to save.
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April 16, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - A clubhouse attendant stuck out his right hand and Freddy Galvis shook it. He fist-bumped another with his right hand. Less than hour before, an 89-m.p.h. Jon Rauch fastball struck his right knuckle. "It's good," Galvis said. The Phillies were pleased with that because Galvis contributed about as productive a two days as possible. After much inactivity, he made his first starts on Saturday and Sunday against the Miami Marlins. He reached base five times in eight plate appearances.
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August 29, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
The zeros keep piling up for Roger Clemens. Unfortunately for him, they are on the Houston Astros' side of the scoreboard. Clemens again got no run support, as his former Yankees teammate Jeff Weaver combined with Duaner Sanchez on an eight-hitter, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Astros yesterday. It was the eighth time in Clemens' 27 starts this season the Astros were shut out, and the fifth time by a 1-0 score. "I don't bat an eye at that," said Clemens, who was trying for his 340th career win. "That's baseball.
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May 16, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hunter Pence ended his afternoon being pummeled, and he couldn't have been happier. It's much better to get beaten up by your own teammates than yourself, Pence figured. The former happened, but if Pence hadn't hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park, who knows where the jabs would have come from? The Phillies (18-19) have now won three in a row for the first time this season. Pence's ninth-inning error helped Houston tie the score 3-3 before he ended matters with his second home run of the game, a solo shot off former Phillie Brett Myers in the 10th.
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October 15, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every day, Jonathan Papelbon made the solitary walk from the dugout around the sixth inning. The bullpen door opened and a $50 million reliever presided over an ever-changing cast. It was a group that caused consternation and, ultimately, some hope. "For me, next year if we're not the top bullpen in Major League Baseball, we'll definitely be the top in the National League," Papelbon said after Game 162 in Washington. "That's just the way I look at it. " Why, because of those young arms?
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February 27, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There is this perception, a conclusion really, that Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo wore out last season. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee believes it, so does manager Charlie Manuel. The grind of a big-league pennant race got to the two young relievers, or so it goes, which may be one reason the Phillies have a slew of bullpen arms around this spring with major league resumès. Jose Contreras is throwing again and Dontrelle Willis looks pretty good, too. Chad Qualls, a veteran, durable, seventh-inning guy, is new, and journeymen lefties like Jeremy Horst and Pat Misch are here as well.
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April 16, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - A clubhouse attendant stuck out his right hand and Freddy Galvis shook it. He fist-bumped another with his right hand. Less than hour before, an 89-m.p.h. Jon Rauch fastball struck his right knuckle. "It's good," Galvis said. The Phillies were pleased with that because Galvis contributed about as productive a two days as possible. After much inactivity, he made his first starts on Saturday and Sunday against the Miami Marlins. He reached base five times in eight plate appearances.
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April 4, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Last year, Roy Halladay pitched eight scoreless innings and allowed two baserunners in a 1-0 win over the Pirates on Opening Day. Two years ago, Cole Hamels allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings in a performance that elicited boos in his first start of the season. In 2008, the Phillies lost their first two games of the season, both against the Washington Nationals. In 2009, they lost their first two games of the season, both to the Braves. The moral of the story is that the opening week of the baseball season, more often than not, is amoral.
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December 22, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some of the Phillies' recent risks with relief pitchers haven't exactly panned out. There was the two-year, $5.25 million contract they gave to Danys Baez before the 2010 season and the two-year deal worth $5 million they gave to the 39-year-old (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) Jose Contreras after the 2010 season. There was also the infamous $1.15 million spent on Chad Qualls before the 2012 season. For $11.4 million, the Phillies got a combined 7-9 record, five saves, and a 5.30 ERA from that trio of veteran relievers.
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December 21, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN THE LAST game of the first series of the season - on a Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh - the Phillies took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. They ended up losing the game, 5-4. Less than a month later in Atlanta, in the forgettable game that Roy Halladay surrendered a 6-0 lead, the Phillies rallied to take a 12-8 lead into the bottom of the eighth at Turner Field. They would lose 15-13. The trend would continue through September, when the Phils had a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning in Houston only to drop a 7-6 decision to the lowly Astros.
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November 3, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Fourth in a series examining the Phillies' potential offseason moves. Chad Qualls is a name that will live in Philadelphia infamy. The righthander signed with the Phillies for $1.15 million last offseason, and the team decided he could serve as their eighth-inning bridge to newly acquired closer Jonathan Papelbon. Oops. Not such a bright idea. In fact, it was among the worst moves of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s four-season tenure as general manager. Qualls was traded July 1, but the Phillies' eighth-inning problems remained because Antonio Bastardo was unable to duplicate the eighth-inning success he had in 2011.
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October 15, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every day, Jonathan Papelbon made the solitary walk from the dugout around the sixth inning. The bullpen door opened and a $50 million reliever presided over an ever-changing cast. It was a group that caused consternation and, ultimately, some hope. "For me, next year if we're not the top bullpen in Major League Baseball, we'll definitely be the top in the National League," Papelbon said after Game 162 in Washington. "That's just the way I look at it. " Why, because of those young arms?
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October 11, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN THE PHILLIES report to spring training in 4 months, they'll be confident and borderline-cocky that they can return to the top of the National League East simply because they have the following three names on their roster: Cole Hamels. Roy Halladay. Cliff Lee. When they signed Hamels to a 6-year, $144 million deal in July, the Phils ensured they'd have a trio of aces atop a rotation that's been heavy on Cy Young candidates in each of the last two seasons. Starting pitching has been a strength, and should remain a strength, especially if Halladay is healthy and anywhere close to his normal self.
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September 21, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - The conversation was initiated by Ryan Howard about two hours before game time. As he waited to take batting practice at Citi Field, the Phillies first baseman had a question for a couple of reporters sitting in the visiting dugout. "What do you guys think about the comeback?" Howard asked. He didn't mean Wednesday night's rally, when the slumping slugger stepped to the plate with the Phillies down to their last out and smashed a two-run home run that provided a stunning victory over the sinking New York Mets.
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August 10, 2012
IN ALL LIKELIHOOD, there is a more delicate way to broach this topic, but regardless of how you spin it, the notion remains the same: If any major league organization decides to hand Michael Bourn the $15 to $20 million salary that some national pundits estimate he is worth, the next owners meeting better feature a Brooks Brothered line of executives waiting to purple nurple the guilty party. And Phillies fans better hope that it isn't David Montgomery wincing in pain. Michael Bourn is a relative topic for a variety of reasons, mostly because he happens to be in town at a time when the lower half of Charlie Manuel's lineup reads Mayberry-Kratz-Schierholtz-Frandsen.
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August 5, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Jake Diekman will never forget his major-league debut with the Phillies, but the lefthanded reliever doesn't want to dwell on it, either. Diekman is back pitching for Lehigh Valley, having been sent down by the Phillies after they made their two trades with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. On May 15 Diekman pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings at Citizens Bank Park. He relieved Chad Qualls with runners on second and third and the score tied, 3-3, in the ninth.
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