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April 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - Kenny Giles elicits excitement for how hard he throws the ball from fans and teammates alike. "We call him 100 miles Giles," Reading catcher Tommy Joseph said. Maybe they should call him 101 miles Giles, which is the number the Reading righthander touched on the radar gun during last Sunday's 4-3 win over visiting Portland. As if he needs any more motivation, Giles admits that he receives an extra boost when the crowd reacts to the abnormally high radar-gun readings.
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February 13, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
Excerpt from Daly News staff writer David Murphy's post on High Cheese, Phillies blog: THE FIRST RULE of Clearwater is you do not talk about Clearwater. Actually, that's not true. In fact, it doesn't make sense. Because I'm about to talk about Clearwater to you. Every year around this time I get a slew of emails asking for some recon on the spring-training home of your Fightin' Phils. So, I figured, why not write up a little cheat sheet for everybody to access. This cheat sheet will be tailored to those who usually drink a beer or two when engaging in any sort of vacation activity.
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June 17, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Joe Jordan, in preparation for his new job as the Phillies' personnel director, spent countless hours watching video of minor-leaguers this offseason. He also had numerous conversations with his fellow members of the player development department in an effort to get to know as much as he could about the farm system. Tyler Knigge's name was not one that came up often. "Coming into the year . . . we talked about him a little bit, but not a great deal," Jordan said last week at Bright House Field.
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June 3, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameron Perkins was not taken until the sixth round of last year's draft, but he is the closest member from the Phillies' class of 2012 to the big leagues. "Cameron has been kind of a surprise," said Marti Wolever, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting. "When you look at him as an outsider looking in, he's a little knock- kneed and he kind of looks like Bambi when he runs sometimes. The bottom line is the results on the field and they were pretty good in college and they've been pretty good here.
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November 11, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SURPRISE, Ariz. - The most powerful arm in the Phillies minor-league system twists a white towel into knots. The veins in Ken Giles' right arm bulge as he squeezes. There is tension, and this is a sunny afternoon on a day in which his activity at the Arizona Fall League was confined to sitting in the bullpen. "I know I'm close," Giles says, "but I can't speed myself up. " Speed is what fuels Giles. Last weekend, he threw a baseball at 100.6 m.p.h. in an all-star game for this prospect-laden league.
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June 19, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Chase Utley will take the next step in his rehab when he starts at second base Monday night for Class A Clearwater. Utley has been the designated hitter in his three Florida State League games. He played a few innings in the field Friday in a minor league exhibition between the Phillies' rookie leagues affiliates. Clearwater, coming off the All-Star break, hosts Dunedin at Bright House Field. Utley, who will hit third Monday, is 1-for-13 (.077) in three games with two runs scored.
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September 8, 1989 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
The shake-up in the Phillies' minor-league organization resumed yesterday with the announcement that Reading manager Mike Hart and Clearwater manager Glenn Gulliver had not been re-hired. Clearwater coach Tim Corcoran also was dropped. No replacements were named by general manager Lee Thomas and player- development director Del Unser, who assumed that position earlier this week. However, it appears that former Phils manager Lee Elia, who was fired recently as a coach with the New York Yankees, will be hired as manager of the Clearwater club.
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February 8, 2013 | BY MATTHEW ELWELL, Daily News Staff Writer elwellm@phillynews.com
IF OPENING DAY represents the entrée and spring training the appetizer, then Wednesday's moment could be considered the hot bread presented before the appetizer for Phillies fans. As pitchers and catchers prepare to report to Clearwater on Feb. 13, more than a dozen Phillies employees were busy packing up a 53-foot equipment truck early Wednesday morning before sending it on its way to the Sunshine State. The Phillie Phanatic was present, loading the last item, and the truck began the 2-day, 1,058-mile migration south to Bright House Field, traveling through eight states in the process.
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September 25, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Ryan Howard "had a couple of at-bats" in a simulated game yesterday in Clearwater, Fla., where rain washed out the first string of games in instructional league play, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Howard, who has been sidelined since July following left knee surgery, is expected to begin playing in games in Clearwater this week. Ben Revere, who also has been out since July, will follow the same plan. Recent Cuban free agent signee Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is also in Clearwater, but he isn't likely to take part in the 3-week instructional league schedule.
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August 27, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second straight season, lefthander Jesse Biddle is finishing fast after starting slow. Biddle, the Phillies' first-round draft choice (27th overall) in the 2010 draft out of Germantown Friends, was 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in four April starts for high-single-A Clearwater, Fla. He bounced back to go 2-0 with a 1.36 ERA in six May starts and was on his way. With Thursday's 3-0 win over the Daytona Cubs, Biddle ran his scoreless inning streak to 16. In his previous start, he threw seven no-hit innings in an 11-0 win over Brevard County.
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April 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - Kenny Giles elicits excitement for how hard he throws the ball from fans and teammates alike. "We call him 100 miles Giles," Reading catcher Tommy Joseph said. Maybe they should call him 101 miles Giles, which is the number the Reading righthander touched on the radar gun during last Sunday's 4-3 win over visiting Portland. As if he needs any more motivation, Giles admits that he receives an extra boost when the crowd reacts to the abnormally high radar-gun readings.
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April 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies will receive reinforcements in the form of Freddy Galvis and Mike Adams over the coming days. Galvis, who was sidelined at the end of spring training by a MRSA infection, could be activated Friday for the series opener against Miami. Adams will pitch Saturday for triple-A Lehigh Valley. That could set him up for a Monday return. The Phillies crave a reliable righthanded presence in the bullpen. Whether Adams, 35, can be that pitcher after major shoulder surgery is unknown.
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels joined his teammates Tuesday for opening festivities at Citizens Bank Park, and he could return to the rotation in two weeks. Hamels said his arm has strengthened faster than first expected. He amended his original prediction of six minor-league starts; five could be enough to recover from biceps tendinitis. He plans to make two more starts for single-A Clearwater. That pegs him for a possible return April 22 in Los Angeles. "I do feel really great," Hamels said. "Everything has been going really well in between days, the day after, my bullpens.
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February 18, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
A man described by family as a "pioneer in the Christian faith," the Rev. B. Robert Biscoe, 88, of Berlin Borough, died of complications stemming from an infection Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Kennedy University Hospital-Stratford. A former pastor at fundamental Bible churches in Monroeville, Barrington, and Westville, Dr. Biscoe was born in Philadelphia. While pastor of the Hardingville Bible Church in Monroeville, Dr. Biscoe held "drive-in" services in an effort to attract Shoregoers to listen to his sermons without leaving their cars.
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February 7, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
WITH A BITTER cold wind blowing outside of Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies' equipment truck departed yesterday for a 1,058-mile trip to Clearwater, Fla., where temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s upon arrival tomorrow. The 53-foot equipment truck carrying the team's spring training supplies left Philadelphia yesterday after nearly a dozen workers helped to load thousands of items packed tight en route to Bright House Field. "This process started right when the season was over," Dan O'Rourke, manager of Phillies equipment and umpire services, said while loading the truck yesterday morning.
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January 24, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies announced their coaching staff for spring training next month in Clearwater, Fla., and as interesting as some of the names were on that long, long list, the one that was missing jumped out even more. Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt will not be a spring-training instructor for the first time in a long, long time, and the reason is an illness that is serious enough to keep him from doing one of the things he truly loves. "Mike is treating a health issue that requires him to remain near his doctors and will be unable to attend spring training as a field instructor this year," Phillies vice president for communications Bonnie Clark said.
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January 17, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A DAY BEFORE the process that would involve publicly exchanging numbers, Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies avoided arbitration altogether by coming to terms on a 1-year, $7.675 million deal last night. The contract includes award bonuses. Kendrick, 29, who can become a free agent after the 2014 season, was 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 starts in 2013. "I'm glad we got something worked out," said Kendrick, who already has begun working out regularly at the Phillies' facilities in Clearwater, Fla. "I'm looking forward to getting the season underway.
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January 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies' top position player and pitching prospects, Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle, were invited to big-league spring training Wednesday, although neither may have a chance at winning a job. Franco will compete with Cody Asche at third base. Asche is the favorite in that competition given his decent production as a rookie in the final months of 2013. Franco is viewed as the future at the position; the 21-year-old Dominican solidified his top-prospect status with 31 homers last season.
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