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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
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April 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Ryne Sandberg said Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, who left Friday night's game after 41/3 innings with soreness in his groin, will be tested on Monday. The manager did not specify the type of test. When asked before Saturday's win over the Miami Marlins how Burnett felt the day after the injury, Sandberg said: "Similar to last night. "   Burnett threw 106 pitches and said the discomfort was off and on but was more constant in the fifth inning. Sandberg said that long reliever Jeff Manship and triple-A starter David Buchanan would be candidates to replace Burnett if he had to be placed on the disabled list.
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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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April 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE RYAN BRAUN played the role of the Grinch Who Stole the Home Opener, Cole Hamels shared encouraging news for Phillies fans: He could return to the rotation earlier than expected. Three hours before the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers play in the first game at Citizens Bank Park in 2014, Hamels stood inside the home dugout and sounded confident he would be off the disabled list and on the mound in 2 weeks. Hamels made the first start of his official rehab assignment (and third game overall)
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April 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Jake Diekman threw 65 pitches in four of the Phillies' first five games, so he was excused from the sixth. He found work Sunday in the form of a morning jog on the warning track at Wrigley Field. Diekman relaxed for the remainder of the day. The lanky lefthander emerged, in less than a week, as Ryne Sandberg's most trusted middle reliever for tight situations. There is an obvious reason. "Unbelievable," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "He brings that fire. " Diekman fired 10 pitches at 94 m.p.h.
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April 3, 2014 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SWALLOWS come back to Capistrano. The monarch butterflies flutter away from Pacific Grove. Every spring. And every spring, the new baseball books arrive, polished and scrubbed, brimming with promise, kids on the first day of school. Have the Phillies ever had a bleaker spring? OK, 1960 comes to mind. Maybe '61, the year they wound up losing 23 in a row. You are going to need a good baseball book or two or three to get you through the summer. Leading off, "Where Nobody Knows Your Name.
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April 1, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
WHEN WE'RE talking about the health of a rotation, the perfect season goes something like this: 33-33-32-32-32. That's 162 starts split among five players. It hasn't happened in the history of the National League. Last season, no team in the NL had more than three starters finish with 32 starts. Pitchers get hurt. That's what they do, because the body wasn't designed for throwing overhand. I'm guessing you see where this is going, so let's skip the pleasantries. The Phillies are one significant pitching injury away from disaster.
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March 31, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Spring training, manager Ryne Sandberg said, was a time to preach fundamentals. The relentless Phillies coaching staff fired grounders at the infielders. Pregame drills were performed at game speed, and players noted the difference in intensity. Still, there was one principle they forgot, and the four-word reminder was tacked to corkboards at the clubhouse's entrances in mid-March. "Please Wash Your Hands," it said. More than a dozen Phillies were sick with flu symptoms.
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March 29, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Reports earlier this spring about the Phillies were dire, with the narrative of an aging team that has passed its prime and is ready for another plummeting season. And while few are picking the Phillies to be a postseason team following a 73-89 season, two scouts who have seen them extensively this spring have a slightly more optimistic look. Both think the Phillies can be competitive - but only if they stay healthy. The scouts (Scout 1 and Scout 2 because they requested anonymity)
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