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August 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels lingered in the on-deck circle Wednesday as Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen tossed four intentional balls to Andres Blanco. It was the fifth inning, and Hamels knew this ended his uninspired afternoon. He dangled his bat in disappointment. Jake Diekman warmed in the bullpen. Later, after a 4-3 Phillies win over Seattle at Citizens Bank Park, the 27-year-old lefthanded reliever recalled how bleak his practice throws were. He could not control the baseball. "I was panicking," Diekman said.
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August 22, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
AS MANY AS 35,000 people trekked to see the latest episode in Taney Little League's destiny run last night, fueled by ESPN's blanket coverage and the appearance of star pitcher Mo'ne Davis on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, and fueling further adulation and, yes, unease. The concern that this is too much too soon is well-meant. But if I've learned anything as a parent helping to raise three children to adulthood, it is that as much pressure is felt during an untelevised regional spelling bee or debate at that age as there is a televised game.
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August 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A.J. BURNETT'S answer wasn't definitive, but it did reinforce the widely held belief that the veteran pitcher would lean toward retirement when the 2014 season ends. After taking the mound for his 27th start of the season on Tuesday night, Burnett earned himself a half-million dollars (a performance bonus in his contract) and set himself up to make $1.5 million more for next year, too. Burnett's player option for the 2015 season can increase twice more this season if and when he reaches 30 and 32 starts on the season.
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August 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins got the night off Monday in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Ruiz took his place in the batting order and looked comfortable in the No. 2 hole. Ruiz went 0 for 2 but drew walks in his first three at-bats and scored the Phillies' first run. This season as the No. 2 hitter, Ruiz is batting .269 but has a .437 on-base percentage in 87 plate appearances. He has drawn 14 walks, scored 12 runs and has an .840 OPS. Ruiz is obviously comfortable batting high in the order.
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August 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Two Giants runners occupied the corners, and David Buchanan glanced toward the Phillies dugout. The rookie righthander held up one finger - he wanted a final chance to escape Sunday in the seventh inning. He shook his head when Ryne Sandberg moved toward the stairs. "My job is to go as deep as I can," Buchanan said after a 5-2 loss to the Giants. "I tried to keep us in the game. But I'm getting really tired of not finishing innings. I don't know what it is. I don't know if I'm pressing or what.
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August 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - The rumors of Cole Hamels' departure will not soon subside. The ace lefthander cannot be traded until November. Whether or not to deal Hamels to replenish a depleted pool of young talent will be the winter's most significant dilemma. Hamels has made his intent clear: He wants to remain in Philadelphia. But he wants to win, and contention could take the Phillies years to recapture. "For me the idea is to try to turn it around rather quickly," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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August 15, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. - For more than 6 weeks, from a month before the trade deadline until nearly 2 weeks after the deadline, Cole Hamels has had to answer questions about the possibility of playing somewhere other than Philly. On July 2, he made his stance clear. "I want to be here," Hamels said. "I'm happy to be here. " A month later, his family home in Newtown Square is up for sale and, well, people are connecting the dots. Even if the dots are on two different pages. Hamels, however, isn't looking for a new home in Philadelphia just yet. "We're building a house in Missouri," Hamels said before last night's game in Anaheim.
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August 13, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
YESTERDAY, FOR the 68th game this season, the Phillies allowed an opponent to score at least four runs. In the National League, only Colorado (84), Arizona (78), Miami (72) and the Cubs (68) had allowed more. In 51 of those games, an opponent had scored at least five runs. Not surprisingly, the Phillies lost yesterday's game despite another late rally. The Mets left Philadelphia with a 5-3 victory, giving them six wins in eight games at Citizens Bank Park this season. The Phillies are 17-52 when allowing four or more runs, and they are 12-49 when they fail to score more than three themselves, which happened for the 61st time yesterday.
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August 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Charlie Manuel charmed one of the larger 2014 crowds Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, the former manager motioned toward the home dugout. He transferred the honor bestowed upon him to the men who performed for him. "I had quite a few great players," Manuel said before a 2-1 Phillies loss to the Mets in 11 innings. "A lot of them are standing in the dugout. " That, of course, is a subject of frustration for Phillies fans. Many players from the franchise's past success now generate consternation in the twilight of their careers.
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August 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some Phillies congregated around Roberto Hernandez's locker at Citizens Bank Park and smiled Thursday afternoon. Jonathan Papelbon hugged the burly righthander and wished him good luck with the Dodgers, his new team. Backup catcher Wil Nieves, who translated Hernandez's answers to reporters, joked, "He said he's going to miss Wil Nieves a lot. " His teammates were thrilled to see one of their own escape the final seven weeks of misery in Philadelphia. Hernandez was traded to Los Angeles, which needed a rotation boost, at lunchtime Thursday for two players to be named.
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