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July 7, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Maikel Franco held his helmet as he slowly jogged toward home plate in the 10th inning of a 4-0 win over Atlanta on Sunday. The Phillies offense had been stagnant for the first 27 innings of the weekend series against the Braves at Turner Field. Now it was coming alive. The Phillies scored four times in the 10th. Ryan Howard gave them their first lead of the series on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Carlos Ruiz doubled to drive in Cesar Hernandez and Franco. Freddy Galvis singled home Ruiz.
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July 3, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN HIS FIRST five days on the job, manager Pete Mackanin has made it known more than once that it's high time for younger players to begin to get on the field more in 2015, the first season the Phillies have committed to a rebuild. "The whole point of this year basically is to see young guys, help us get ready for next year and beyond," Mackanin said of a question about the likelihood of veterans moving before the trade deadline at the end of the month. The Phillies already have begun to filter younger players into the regular lineup, with Freddy Galvis at the outset of the season, and more recently, Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez in the infield, too. But what about the pitching staff?
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July 3, 2015 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
WE INTERRUPT this Phillies story to check in with a couple of friends, Ellen and Clark. "Clark, I think it'd be best if everyone went home - before things get worse. " " Worse? How could things get any worse? Take a look around here, Ellen! We're at the threshold of hell!" And now back to your regularly scheduled programming of baseball in Philadelphia, where we're halfway through the season. Things couldn't get much worse for the Phillies, could they? When you have the worst record in baseball, a front office in flux, and a fan base fleeing the premises, it's a pretty low bar to clear if you're looking for improvement in the final three months.
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July 3, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer
Pete Mackanin understands the reality of the task he agreed to take on. The Phillies' interim manager knows that the roster he has been handed could very well see one or two high-profile subtractions by the end of this month. So as the calendar turned to July, Mackanin did not dance around a question regarding the possibility that Cole Hamels could be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. He even called it "probable," but added that's just his gut feeling. "I know exactly what's going to happen, but I don't want to tell anybody," Mackanin said with a straight face.
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July 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ken Giles took the Citizens Bank Park mound late Tuesday with 12 scoreless June frames to his name. The Phillies' 24-year-old setup man retired the first two Milwaukee Brewers he faced. Then the inning unraveled. Giles' 38th pitch of a laborious eighth inning put Adam Lind on first base and walked in the Brewers' go-ahead run. The Phillies spoiled a great start by ace Cole Hamels and lost, 4-3, in a battle of baseball's two worst teams. "I think he knows what he did. He made a couple of bad pitches," interim manager Pete Mackanin said.
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July 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CARLOS RUIZ was the unofficial hero of Game No. 79 on the Phillies schedule. Until he was the goat. Ruiz jumped on a fastball from Milwaukee starter Taylor Jungmann and deposited it into the leftfield seats. The home run - Ruiz' first since Sept. 5, snapping a homerless drought of 218 at-bats - broke a tie and gave the Phillies a one-run lead in the sixth. Two innings later, when Ken Giles was a pitch away from striking out Carlos Gomez to move his team three outs away from a win, Ruiz called timeout.
NEWS
July 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Touting the man seated to his left as "a rare combination of both old-school experience and new-age thinking," Phillies co-owner John Middleton made a rare public appearance Monday at Citizens Bank Park to introduce Andy MacPhail as the club's new president. MacPhail, a longtime baseball executive, will succeed Pat Gillick after this season. In the three months between his hiring and when he takes the helm, MacPhail will serve as a special assistant to Gillick while familiarizing himself with the organization and discerning the changes that will be needed.
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July 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy MacPhail, who at season's end will take the reins as the new Phillies' president, said he never liked the word evaluate . He prefers learn . "I've got three months to learn what I need to learn," he said Monday afternoon in his introductory news conference at Citizens Bank Park. "I think it's way premature to talk about personnel decisions. "I'm not one of those guys who has to have people I know around me. I don't think the record would indicate that four people get let go the minute I'm in there.
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June 29, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
WHEN THE national reporters begin making mysteriously authoritative proclamations about your bosses' feelings concerning your job performance, you needn't possess a persecution complex to sense the skids being greased. Yesterday, Ryne Sandberg did what many proud, financially ambivalent men would have done in his situation. He left before the inevitability of his leaving became awkwardly obvious. The result was a remarkable press conference that featured a stunned general manager, a silent president, and a gigantic elephant invited by the outgoing manager and ignored by the other two men. The Phillies might be the worst team in the major leagues, but man, do they make it interesting.
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June 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels threw his arms up in the air as the ball shot through the right side of the infield, in the very spot a second baseman typically positions himself. The Phillies had employed a defensive shift for the righthanded-hitting John Ryan Murphy, and it cost them an out. Perhaps the frustration Hamels displayed was pent up after five more innings of zero run support against the New York Yankees. After scoring 31 runs over their previous three games, the Phillies reverted to their old form Wednesday with their ace on the mound in a 10-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
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