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June 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON THE DAY he was supposed to take the mound against baseball's best team, only to have his start scratched with a minor right hamstring injury, Cole Hamels said he felt "really good. " He will not go on the disabled list. His eyes nearly rolled out of his head when he was asked - twice - about that possibility yesterday afternoon. Hamels plans to throw his regular, in-between starts bullpen session tomorrow with an eye on rejoining the Phillies' rotation Wednesday afternoon at Yankees Stadium.
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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 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
BASEBALL PLAYERS are notorious for the practical jokes they play on teammates. During spring training in 2008, former Phillies pitcher Brett Myers famously orchestrated an elaborate ruse on young righthander Kyle Kendrick, convincing him he had been traded to the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese League for a player named Kobayashi Iwamura. The stunt, which required the cooperation of many members of the Phillies' staff, including manager Charlie Manuel, worked so well that Kendrick was virtually in tears before Myers giddily screamed Kendrick had "got punked.
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June 19, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Phillies finished off their 2-1 win yesterday and the media was allowed into the clubhouse, the locker stall in the back left corner of the room was empty. There was no No. 35 plate with the name "Cole Hamels" on it. No contents in the locker. The team announced before yesterday's game that Hamels would be scratched from tonight's start against St. Louis with a "mild right hamstring strain. " But had the Phillies' ace been traded? Apparently not, though no one in the clubhouse owned up to playing a prank.
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June 19, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A scattered 26,162 fans - many decked out in Baltimore Orioles orange - welcomed the Phillies back to town Wednesday in the team's first game after a disastrous road trip. Ever since the October day when Pat Gillick expressed the team's plan to rebuild, everyone in baseball has known the Phillies would struggle this season. But this poorly? If they hadn't already, the depths of the 2015 Phillies' ineptitude set in during the last nine games. A 19-3 loss Tuesday in Baltimore, the organization's most embarrassing defeat in years, clinched the franchise's first winless eight-game road trip since 1883.
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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 16, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - It was a play, Ryne Sandberg said, that Freddy Galvis makes "all the time. " The grounder to short and the sharp throw across the field for the out at first. But there was nothing routine about the shortstop's error that precipitated the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Pirates Sunday at PNC Park. Galvis fielded Jose Tabata's grounder and threw high and to the left of Ryan Howard at first base - a bad throw, Galvis said. The play would have ended the 11th inning. Instead, Neil Walker moved to third and scored on Josh Harrison's single to center.
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June 16, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - This was Cole Hamels as good as we've ever seen him. As good as he was in the playoffs in Cincinnati, as good as he was in the stifling heat in St. Louis. For seven scoreless innings yesterday he handcuffed the Pirates, striking out 12 - his seventh career start of 12 or more - while allowing just four hits and one walk. A.J. Burnett did not have the same level of stuff, but the Phillies were just as futile against him. By the end of the ninth inning, they had managed just five hits and a walk while forcing the veteran righthander to throw just 101 pitches.
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June 11, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Ryne Sandberg, who went to 10 All-Star games in his Hall of Fame career, sat in the visiting dugout at Great American Ball Park yesterday afternoon and took a few seconds to digest the question. Cincinnati will play host to the 2015 All-Star Game on July 14. Who will be the Phillies' representative? "I'd say Cole Hamels. I'd say [Jonathan Papelbon]," Sandberg said, when asked for candidates. "[Aaron] Harang. Possibly a Freddy Galvis. " The third round of balloting results came in earlier in the day, and, for the third straight week, no Phillies were among the top five vote-getters at any of the infield positions, or at catcher, or in the top 15 among outfielders.
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June 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - Marlon Byrd suffered a fractured wrist last Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, which prompted a promotion for another player with Phillies ties. The Cincinnati Reds summoned Ivan De Jesus Jr., the son of the shortstop the Phillies acquired in the infamous 1982 trade that sent Ryne Sandberg and Larry Bowa to the Chicago Cubs. It wasn't until the series opener Monday night that the younger De Jesus, a 28-year-old infielder, earned a start. With Sandberg, the Phillies' manager, and Bowa, their bench coach, looking on from the opposing dugout at Great American Ball Park, De Jesus hit his first major-league home run, off of Cole Hamels no less, to send the Phillies to a 6-4 loss.
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