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June 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
READING - A former top-five draft pick was playing winter ball in Venezuela when he started to sense he would have difficulty landing a job this spring. So Adam Loewen reverted to an old custom. He began to long toss. More than 5 years had elapsed since Loewen, once a ballyhooed Orioles' pitching prospect, last toed the rubber. Arm injuries had sent the touted 6-6 southpaw into a second career as a hitter. But nearing 30 and after 3 years of stints manning the outfield in Buffalo, Port St. Lucie and New Hampshire, he opted to again gauge the status of his once-prized left arm. "I felt like I left a lot out there, a lot of potential that was untapped, really," he said.
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June 13, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WHEN ALL ELSE fails and you need to fill up space, one strategy is to write a couple of lines about the weather. Last night, the air was damp and heavy, and cold wisps of fog drifted intermittently above the outfield, and, really, Citizens Bank Park felt more like San Francisco than Philadelphia or San Diego, albeit without the creepy swarms of vulture seagulls circling overhead. But the first-place Giants were not around, and so this is what we had: two teams, a combined 18 games under .500, a scoreless tie in the ninth inning, nine singles and a double and, oh yeah, an error.
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June 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Gwynn Jr., pinch-hitting for Cole Hamels after eight pristine innings of shutout baseball, issued a most fitting tribute Wednesday. San Diego righthander Joaquin Benoit, just inserted into the game, fired a 95-m.p.h. fastball. Gwynn attacked it. The ball sailed into foul territory. It landed in Padres third baseman Chase Headley's glove for a quick out. Hamels had nothing to show for an 11-strikeout effort on a night when both teams tried their hardest to lose. Someone had to win, and when Reid Brignac destroyed a Nick Vincent cutter, the Phillies could boast a winning streak for the first time in three weeks.
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June 13, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE COLE Hamels took the mound at Citizens Bank Park last night, he had made 42 starts since his $144 million contract extension began. But all the Phillies got for their efforts to lock up their homegrown ace to the largest contract in franchise history was a 15-27 record. Since the beginning of the 2013 season, the Phillies were 12 games under .500 in the games Hamels had started. It was hardly any fault of his. He had a 3.58 ERA in that span. That number was lowered to 3.48 last night.
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June 11, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - When Cole Hamels was drafted with the 17th pick in the 2002 draft by the Phillies, his only knowledge of life in the minor leagues came from Kevin Costner and the 1988 classic film "Bull Durham. " At age 18, he was a young pitcher, but the Phillies did not send anyone down to mentor him. They did not have to. He credits Lakewood, where his No. 19 was retired last night, in his all-important developmental process. "It introduced me to what minor league baseball is all about; the process of road trips and the process of being a team with a lot of different guys from all different areas and starting to schedule what you have to do in order to get to the next level," Hamels said.
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June 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BARRING A MIRACLE - a major miracle of the proportion of, say, unearthing Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Cy Young and Shoeless Joe Jackson - the Phillies should be highly motived sellers in 7 weeks, when baseball's July 31 trade deadline approaches. Since the gory details are on display on a daily basis, either on your TV screen or here in the paper or online after each game, there's no need to waste space on explaining why the Phillies will be sellers, beyond the obvious fact that they are the worst team in the National League.
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June 9, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Johnny Cueto, who entered the night with the best ERA in baseball, retired 10 of the first 11 Phillies batters he faced last night before hitting Chase Utley with a pitch. But minutes later, Utley was erased, too. Cueto picked off Utley at first base. It was the first time in Utley's career, spanning 1,378 games over 12 years, that he had been picked off first base. Of course, it would happen for the first time with his last-place team mired in a seasonlong losing streak that didn't appear to have an end in sight.
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June 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - There were no words for Cole Hamels to describe the sensation. The very few, the athletes who have reached the highest level, they would understand what Hamels feels every time he steps onto the mound at Great American Ballpark. He will forever be tied to this stadium beside a river, because he threw his first-ever pitch on May 12, 2006, here. He did not save the Phillies season with 72/3 shutout innings Friday in an 8-0 romp over the Reds. That, Hamels said, will require a month of sterling baseball.
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June 7, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Twenty-one years ago, the Phillies drafted a college pitcher, and when they signed him for $750,000 a month later, the kid took a tour of the home clubhouse at Veterans Stadium before reporting to a minor-league outpost in Batavia, N.Y. As the kid strolled past Macho Row, he stopped and shook hands with John Kruk, the unkempt and uninhibited first baseman of the 1993 National League champions. "Hurry," was Kruk's only advice to Wayne Gomes, a closer at Old Dominion University the same year Mitch Williams kept his Phillies teammates and an entire city on edge from the beginning of April through the end of October.
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June 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels needed 125 pitches to get through seven innings in Sunday's 11-inning, 4-3 loss to the New York Mets, but manager Ryne Sandberg wasn't concerned with the high total. It was the second time in eight starts that Hamels has thrown at least that many pitches, although 12 of those pitches Sunday came on three intentional walks. Hamels threw a career-high 133 pitches in a 5-4 loss to the Mets on May 11. "Cole feels great and strong and feels good," Sandberg said before Monday's game with the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.
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