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August 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Maikel Franco's promising rookie season hit a snag Tuesday night at Chase Field. The 22-year-old third baseman was forced from the Phillies' 13-1 loss in the first inning when he was hit on the left wrist by a fastball from Arizona Diamondbacks righthander Jeremy Hellickson. Franco was diagnosed with a contusion. X-rays on his wrist were negative, the Phillies said. It looked as if it could have been worse. After he was hit, Franco retreated to the grass behind the batter's box and fell to the ground, writhing in pain.
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August 12, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FEW FRIENDS were speaking excitedly about the Phillies over the weekend and my non-sports-fan wife asked this: "So, can they still make the playoffs?" Not exactly, she was told. But they're not in last place anymore! She was not impressed. "When do the Eagles start?" she asked. And therein lies our collective civic dilemma. What, exactly, are the Phillies playing for? What, exactly, are we watching? The birth of a new, young, exciting team? Or the kind of fool's gold that those good Phillies teams of the last decade often ran into at this time of the year?
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August 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Nick Williams and Jorge Alfaro garnered much attention as the key position players the Phillies received from the Texas Rangers for Cole Hamels. Both players are intriguing prospects and important building blocks for the rebuilding franchise. It might be easy to forget, however, that one of their 2014 teammates in double-A Frisco is already playing for the Phillies, and doing so quite effectively. Odubel Herrera, the Phillies' Rule 5 draft pick-turned-everyday centerfielder, continues to produce regardless of where interim manager Pete Mackanin pencils him into the lineup.
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August 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TRENTON - Chase Utley looks ready to return to a big-league lineup. Utley, playing in his third rehab game in four days, went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk in Double A Reading's 11-1 win over the Trenton Thunder last night. Utley could return to the Phillies' lineup as soon as this afternoon, or perhaps more likely, when they begin a 10-day West Coast road trip tomorrow night in San Diego. The Phils could choose to give the 36-year-old a day of rest rather than putting him on the field in a day game today against the Dodgers after a night game.
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August 7, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
WITH JIMMY ROLLINS in town again and Cole Hamels finally out of it, it seems a good time to reflect upon something the shortstop said shortly after he was traded to the Dodgers last December. The topic was John S. Middleton, the man who owns 48 percent of the Phillies, someone Rollins had gotten to know but who was months away from assuming a more public profile. "He wants to be in control, don't get it wrong . . . " Rollins said in a sitdown with CSN's Jim Salisbury. "He wants to put a winner out there very badly.
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August 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins arrived at Philadelphia International Airport early Monday morning, less than 72 hours after Texas Rangers lefthander Cole Hamels flew out to Dallas. Rehabbing second baseman Chase Utley could become the next longtime Phillie on his way to a new team if he passes through waivers and a contending team trades for him later this month. As Bob Dylan said, the times, they are a-changin'. "They have [changed] . . . it's crazy," Rollins said yesterday afternoon, before his first game at Citizens Bank Park as a member of a team other than the Phillies.
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August 6, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
TRENTON - Nick Williams walked down the hallway with an ear-to-ear grin as he headed toward his team's locker room. His new Double A, Reading Fightin Phils teammates greeted him with cheers and loud club music as soon as he cracked open the door. They didn't want to start their celebration routine without the newly acquired centerfielder and leadoff hitter, formerly of the Texas Rangers organization. Williams and starting pitcher Jake Thompson were two of the five minor league prospects acquired in the Cole Hamels deal, which sent the former Phillies ace and reliever Jake Diekman to Texas last Wednesday.
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August 3, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - The color of the jersey and cap were the same. "He was with the Phillies, so he must have wanted to wear the red," one security guard at Globe Life Park said to another as Cole Hamels took the mound for his Texas Rangers debut against the San Francisco Giants. It was not actually Hamels' choice. The Rangers' policy most nights is to let the starting pitcher pick the uniform, but Saturdays they go with red, and that just happened to also make their new pitcher feel comfortable.
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August 3, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Ruben Amaro Jr. was supposed to be explaining why he and the Phillies had traded Cole Hamels and what they had received in return, but for a few seconds Friday afternoon, he did something rather remarkable, shrinking the Citizens Bank Park news conference room into a confessional. Amaro sounded like a man who had found religion when it came to what he and the Phillies had done wrong in their recent history. For Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman, Amaro, team president Pat Gillick, and president-in-waiting Andy MacPhail coaxed five prospects from the Texas Rangers.
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August 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Offense is at a premium in baseball. That is why the Phillies could not acquire Joey Gallo or Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers in last week's Cole Hamels blockbuster, and why they were never going to get Mookie Betts or Blake Swihart from the Boston Red Sox, Corey Seager from the Los Angeles Dodgers, or Kyle Schwarber from the Chicago Cubs. It's far from a coincidence that 10 of the 12 minor-leaguers the Phillies acquired in their six trades since December are pitchers. In the sport's current landscape, teams are reluctant to part with premium position-player prospects, especially those boasting rarely seen power such as the 21-year-old Gallo.
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