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June 10, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE YEAR of the shortstop. That's an easy way to classify the first round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Shortstops were selected with each of the first three picks. And the Phillies, at No. 10, selected a high school shortstop, Cornelius Randolph from Griffin High School in Georgia. But he won't be playing much shortstop from here on out. Which should quell the immediate reaction of bewilderment at why the Phillies took a shortstop, with 2013 first-rounder J.P. Crawford doing so well at Double A Reading.
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June 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Thirty-three-and-a-half years ago, the Phillies' front office made one of the more forgettable moves in franchise history. It sent five-time All-Star shortstop Larry Bowa and infield prospect Ryne Sandberg to the Chicago Cubs in an offseason trade that netted 29-year-old shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Bowa's career was nearing the finish line - he'd play three more seasons as a starting shortstop - but Sandberg went on to be one of the best-hitting second basemen in baseball history and to earn a place in Cooperstown.
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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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June 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR THE THIRD time in four games, Maikel Franco hit a game-tying home run. Franco's fifth home run since joining the Phillies on May 15 gave the sleepy crowd of 20,638 at Citizens Bank Park a brief buzz in the sixth inning. But for the seventh time in his eight starts since the beginning of May, Jerome Williams failed to pitch beyond the fifth inning. He couldn't even complete the fifth inning Friday night against the San Francisco Giants - Williams was lifted with two runners on and one out. The game was turned over to the bullpen prematurely, which almost never leads to a positive outcome in baseball.
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June 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco had never before in person witnessed Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit radar gun readings. The Phillies rookie had only ever seen the Cincinnati Reds closer pitch on television. "I just knew he throws hard," Franco said, smiling. That's apparently fine with Franco, a good fastball hitter. The 22-year-old third baseman belted a 98-m.p.h. Chapman heater for a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth of an eventual 5-4, 11-inning Phillies win Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
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June 5, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR A 3-day period last month, before the changing of the guard in Philadelphia, Cody Asche and Maikel Franco were teammates at Triple A Lehigh Valley. Asche was admittedly bitter to be sent back to the minor leagues, to learn a new position, after spending the better part of the last two years as the Phillies' everyday third baseman. But he got a good look at the team's future third baseman during that half-week in Allentown. "The three games that I was down in Lehigh with him, that's what I saw," Asche said, following Franco's latest dramatics last night at Citizens Bank Park, where the two are teammates again.
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June 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A May that began for Cole Hamels with his worst start of the young season ended with five of his best. The Phillies ace and top trade chip enters his first start of June on a roll. Hamels, who will start opposite Cincinnati Reds righthander Mike Leake on Wednesday, allowed two earned runs or fewer while pitching seven innings or more in each of his last five starts. The five-start stretch to cap May improved the 31-year-old lefthander's ERA from 4.14 to 2.91. A key difference in Hamels' first six starts of the season compared with his last five was his walks.
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June 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first eight weeks of the baseball season have continued to shape the trade market for Phillies ace Cole Hamels. Some developments around the majors - such as injuries to the Cardinals' and Dodgers' starting rotations - might stand to benefit the Phillies when trade discussions heat up. Others - such as the struggles of the Athletics and Brewers - may provide contending teams alternative, shorter-term options than the Phillies' top trade chip....
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May 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CODY ASCHE returned to the major leagues yesterday, following a quick, 2 1/2-week tutorial learning leftfield at Triple A Lehigh Valley. "Fifteen games down there feels like two months," Asche said before the game against the Rockies. "You guys might think it was quick, but it sure didn't feel like it to me. " It probably felt as long as being one of the 22,227 paid customers at Citizens Bank Park later that night, waiting for the Phillies' first hit. Chad Bettis, the owner of a 6.29 ERA in 40 big -league games (and only 11 starts)
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May 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
One pitch, Cole Hamels said, was in the wrong place. The other was in the right place, the Phillies pitcher said. Both offerings brought the same result in Friday night's 4-1 loss to Colorado. While Colorado's Chad Bettis held the Phillies hitless into the eighth inning, Hamels yielded a pair of home runs to Troy Tulowitzki, which served as the pitcher's lone blemishes on an otherwise superb night at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels pitched eight innings and struck out nine batters with one walk.
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