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April 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - The first month of what might be Cole Hamels' last season in a Phillies uniform is over and the pitcher has come through unscathed and, per usual, unlucky. Hamels had given the Phillies innings and a chance to win seemingly every time he'd touched the baseball. In return, he'd gotten next to nothing: a measly six runs in four starts. Lady Luck finally arrived for the former World Series MVP - and at least for one of the Phillies hard-luck hitters, too - in Hamels' fifth and final start of April last night.
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April 29, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels trotted out to the Busch Stadium mound shortly after 9 p.m. local time Monday. The bottom of the seventh inning signified just the second time this season the 31-year-old lefthander toed the rubber with a lead. A three-run top of the seventh in the Phillies' 4-1 win matched the team's combined run support for its ace over his first four starts. Hamels' win was his first in seven outings dating to last season. It came against the Cardinals on the same day the St. Louis ball club officially lost ace Adam Wainwright for the rest of the season.
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April 29, 2015
The season-ending Achilles injury to Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright could lead St. Louis to enter the Cole Hamels sweepstakes. Here are five prospects in the Cards' farm system the Phillies could target in a potential deal for their ace lefthander: LHP Marco Gonzales: The Cardinals would be more than reluctant to part with Gonzales. The 23-year-old lefthander with a touted change-up was the team's 19th overall draft pick two Junes ago and is already major-league ready. If he weren't on the seven-day disabled list, he might start against the Phillies on Thursday in Wainwright's place.
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April 28, 2015
The Phillies have had a plan for shortstop Freddy Galvis since the beginning of spring training, and the results in the early part of the season have been encouraging. The plan was for Galvis to hit the ball more on the ground, use the entire field and not have him go for the big blast. After going 3 for 3 and scoring two runs Sunday in a 5-4 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves, Galvis is hitting .361. Considering he hit just .176 in 119 at-bats for the Phillies last year, this is real progress.
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April 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FIRST, the good news. Cole Hamels did not allow a home run and Chase Utley ended his weeklong drought without a hit last night against the Miami Marlins. Hamels had entered the night leading the major leagues with seven home runs allowed through three starts, already halfway to his 2014 total. Utley was flirting with breaking whatever they call the line that is 100 points lower than the Mendoza line - the Michael Martinez line? Utley got his hit out of the way early and Hamels labored through six innings, but pitched well enough to put the Phillies in position to collect their third win in their last four games.
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April 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Luis Garcia flinched just enough for the umpire to rule that the Phillies reliever had balked. Miami's Adeiny Hechavarria trotted home and the Marlins recaptured the lead. Garcia's miscue in the seventh inning of a loss at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night marked the first run the reliable righthander had surrendered in 14 innings since September. It also came to mark the first of five straight runs the Marlins tacked on after Phillies mistakes over the seventh and eighth innings.
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April 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE FOURTH NOTE listed on the Phillies' game information packet available in the press box at Citizens Bank Park yesterday was headlined with a nickname. "The Fightin Five," it said, referring to the starting rotation at Double A Reading, the home of the Fightin' Phils and five of the top starting-pitching prospects in the organization's farm system. Entering play yesterday, the quintet of Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Jesse Biddle, Tom Windle and Ben Lively had a combined 1.89 ERA in eight games.
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April 20, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Four-fifths of the Phillies' eventual 2015 rotation may be pitching elsewhere at this time next year, several of them maybe as early as this summer. Three - Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams, and the soon-to-return Chad Billingsley - are pitching on one-year contracts. The other - ace Cole Hamels - could be the hottest name on the July trade market. Unless Hamels stays, only one starter in the rotation could factor into the Phillies' plans. David Buchanan, the No. 3 starter, might be no more than a fifth starter on a playoff-bound team, but in a rebuilding year he is going to get every opportunity to showcase himself.
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April 18, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Four batters after Chase Utley took his first hacks, the Phillies' highest-paid position player stepped into the Nationals Park batter's box. It was the second inning. There were two outs. The 10th game of the season presented a new reality for Ryan Howard, No. 7 hitter in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup. The beleaguered first baseman through 27 at-bats had struggled to connect on a barrage of fastballs, the same pitches he used to feast on as one of baseball's elite power hitters.
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April 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The first pitch Cole Hamels delivered last night ended up as a souvenir. Former Braves, Jays, Rays and A's castoff Yunel Escobar jumped on a fastball and deposited it in the small section of red seats to the left of dead center at Nationals Park. For the third time in as many starts this season, Hamels, the owner of the largest contract in Phillies history, served up the game's first run, putting his team behind. As he's often done during his decadelong career, Hamels rebounded at first.
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