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July 3, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Unlike football, basketball and hockey, the baseball season coincides with summer, when the television entertainment options are limited. The major networks go on hiatus with their usual programming. Summertime is chock full of reruns or bad reality shows. Last night at Marlins Park, you could argue the Phillies were a combination of both. Not-so-must-see-TV. Cole Hamels started a game and the Phillies lost. For the first time in nearly 2 months, Hamels wasn't great.
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July 2, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THE ASSUMPTION that the Phillies needed to win this season or be disassembled is flawed. It makes more sense that the Phillies need to win this season or next season. Mainly, the assumption is flawed because the franchise lacks ready replacements. Even if the Phillies could get rid of the weighty contracts and heavy personalities of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, they could not replace any of them with anything close to a comparable peer.
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June 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the first of three straight fireworks nights at Citizens Bank Park. That's one more than the Phillies have staged in recent seasons, but you have to do something to get the fans back in the seats when the ball club has lost the firepower it once displayed on a daily basis. Fireworks never fail to attract crowds and applause even in the worst of times. (See 1984 through 1992 and 1994 through 2002). It was up to the Phillies, a team that has mostly tortured its fans at home this season, to provide something extra Thursday night.
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June 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS got accustomed to the unfortunate routine a year ago. In his first 12 starts of 2013, the Phillies lost 11 times. Hamels was headed down a similar path this season - the Phils lost seven of his first eight starts - when he figured out a way to buck the trend. For three consecutive starts, Hamels didn't allow a run. The Phillies won all three games. But his hard luck returned Saturday, when he dueled with Adam Wainwright into the eighth inning before ending up on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat.
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June 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF YOU STAYED at Citizens Bank Park late enough last night, you got some early Independence Day fireworks. You got to hear a second rendition of "Take Me Out to The Ball Game. " And you got to see one of the franchise's most popular players end the game in dramatic fashion for the first time in 7 years. After the Phillies and Miami Marlins took part in an old-fashioned staring contest for six innings, with neither team blinking, Chase Utley swatted a ball deep into the early summer night, providing a memorable souvenir for a lucky fan. Utley followed a leadoff single by Jimmy Rollins with a two-run, walkoff home run off Chris Hatcher in the 14th inning as the Phillies overcame an early deficit to beat Miami, 5-3. "I just tried to square one up, go home," Utley said after the conclusion of the 4-hour, 41-minute game.
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June 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON A NIGHT that began with a who's who of former Phillies from the turn of the century taking the field to honor the franchise's newly crowned all-time hits king, Jimmy Rollins, starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez collected the first hit of his 9-year career. Hernandez, who entered the game hitless in his first 40 big-league at-bats, singled to rightfield to lead off the third inning. Hernandez is paid to pitch, however, and he fared well on the mound after a shaky first inning. For the first time in a Phillies uniform, Hernandez managed to pitch six innings in consecutive starts.
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June 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - It was a successful trip that ended on a sour note. Make that two sour notes. The Phillies won their first five games on the trip, but they dropped the last two, including Sunday's 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. A week ago, the Phillies appeared buried after a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs left them 61/2 games out of first place. They did gain ground on the trip that began with a three-game sweep in Atlanta, but not enough to really know if they are going to be buyers or sellers by the July 31 trade deadline.
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June 24, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
"Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today And don't worry 'bout tomorrow"   - "Let's Live for Today," The Grass Roots AH, WHAT THE hell . . . Go for it. I mean, I'd love to believe the Phillies could flip some of their veterans in the next month and get some future stars. But I don't. They could deal Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels, or even Chase Utley, but I've seen the fruits of the first Cliff Lee deal and the second Hunter Pence deal and well, this administration has fared much better trading for veteran stars than dealing them.
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June 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels was pitching - and hitting - adeptly, but his work on the mound was not enough to keep the Phillies' road roll going. Afterward, Hamels had nothing to say about his performance at the plate or on the mound. On this steamy day in St. Louis, the Phillies ace finally met his match in St. Louis Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright. Mixing speeds and working both sides of the plate, Wainwright went eight strong innings during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Phillies before 44,789 at sold-out Busch Stadium.
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June 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When it's time to sell, the most valuable player is the one who can bring the most in return. They are the guys whom contending teams want regardless of the salary. They are the players who can single-handedly restock a farm system while possibly bringing some young major-league-ready talent, too. Examine the Phillies' roster, and they have exactly one player with that kind of appeal. Cole Hamels. Would you trade him? Shortly before the Phillies embarked on their surprisingly successful road trip through Atlanta and St. Louis, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked whether he had any untouchables on his roster.
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