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June 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A MEDIUM-SIZED rodent - perhaps about the size of the pitching rubber - deftly scaled the screen behind home plate in the second inning of last night's game between the Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. It distracted everyone on the field and in the stands, which wasn't the worst thing in the world. The people, after all, came to be entertained. The Citizens Bank Park Squirrel, no relation to the 2011 NLDS Busch Stadium Squirrel, according to a baseball source, didn't stop with his high-wire act. With a hop, skip and a jump, our hero was suddenly dancing on the dugout.
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June 22, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg's tortured tenure as manager of the Phillies during one of their most woeful times - which is really saying something - ended Tuesday in Baltimore when Chase Utley openly berated the pitching coach, and by extension Sandberg, for a clumsy bit of strategy that was failing badly. What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored.
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June 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The nameplate above Cole Hamels' locker stall at Citizens Bank Park was gone Thursday, as were the contents that typically hang inside it. Four hours earlier the Phillies ace had been scratched from his Friday start, and someone - perhaps even Hamels himself - was clever enough to jokingly spark brief speculation that the pitcher had been traded. After they ended a woeful nine-game losing streak, a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles lightened the mood in the Phillies clubhouse. For the first time in quite a while, music blared and players shared laughs as the clubhouse opened to the media.
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June 19, 2015
The putrid results put forth by the Phillies lately sometimes lead to a managerial change. But before the game against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, oft-maligned general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. threw his support behind manager Ryne Sandberg. "Fully supportive of Ryne," Amaro said. "I guess there's a lot of social media stuff going on about him out there. We're fully supportive of Ryne and the staff. "We've had our challenges this year. There's no question we have not played nearly as well as we would've liked.
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June 19, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IT WAS about this time last year when Aaron Jersild first got a chance to see the sweet-swinging high school junior from Georgia. Jersild, a former Clemson pitcher and the Phillies' area scout in Georgia, watched Cornelius Randolph, a lefthanded-hitting shortstop from Griffin High who had committed to Clemson, and filed a glowing report. "He was an unusually polished high school hitter, and you just don't see that every day with what we do," Jersild said yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.
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June 19, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THESE DAYS, Jonathan Papelbon doesn't get too many save opportunities. However, when handed one yesterday for the first time since June 7, the controversial closer made no mistake in setting down the Orioles in order to salvage the first Phillies win since that Sunday more than a week ago. And he looked as sharp as ever, getting his first two hitters to make outs to first baseman Ryan Howard before striking out Manny Machado to end the game and...
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June 18, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - You probably don't have to look far beyond the place in the lineup where a team's best hitter resides to diagnosis the biggest problem with the Phillies' offense. The team's three-hole hitters entered yesterday with a .563 OPS, worst in baseball. You could multiply that number by two and still be below the three-hole hitters of the top-ranked Arizona Diamondbacks. It's lower than Steve Jeltz' career OPS (.576). But digging into Chase Utley's dreadful season is the equivalent of spinning a broken record.
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June 18, 2015
BALTIMORE - The Phillies agreed to terms with their first-round draft pick, Cornelius Randolph, on a $3.2 million signing bonus, the slotted value for the 10th overall selection, according to a baseball source. Randolph, represented by Scott Boras' agency, was in Philadelphia on Tuesday to take his physical. The 18-year-old could begin his professional career with the organization's short-season, single-A affiliate in Williamsport. A smooth-hitting, high-school shortstop from outside Atlanta, Randolph will transition to left field.
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June 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - When he penciled in his lineup card Monday afternoon, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg reverted to what had worked for his struggling second baseman exactly a month earlier. For the series opener against the Baltimore Orioles, Sandberg again dropped Chase Utley, who came into the night with a National League-worst .184 average, from third to sixth in the batting order. Against a lefthanded starting pitcher in Wei-Yin Chen, the 36-year-old Utley served as the Phillies' first designated hitter of the season.
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June 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - Chase Utley, who has failed to emerge from an offensive funk 10 weeks into the season, took ground balls at first base before Monday night's game against the Orioles and was slotted at designated hitter in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup. Heavy with corner outfielders but not much else, Sandberg decided to use the DH slot with Utley, one of the least productive hitters in baseball in 2015. Utley's batting average (.184) and OPS (.553) both ranked 159th out of 161 qualifying big-league hitters entering play Monday.
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