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July 31, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels owns a TV. Even if he did not, there are several in every major league clubhouse he walks into everyday. And those TVs are almost always tuned into a sports channel broadcasting baseball games and baseball chatter. With less than 48 hours before major league baseball's nonwaiver trade deadline, Hamels took the mound at Citi Field knowing his name had been talked about more than a couple times in the last day. It's safe to say he has been unaffected by it. Hamels hurled eight shutout innings, striking out eight while walking no one, in a 6-0 win over the Mets last night.
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July 31, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Well, if that was the last time we will see Cole Hamels in a Phillies uniform, at least we saw him at his best. The feeling here is that it won't be, for a variety of reasons, most of all the price it would take to persuade Ruben Amaro Jr. and David Montgomery to part with a pitcher like the one who dominated the Mets for eight scoreless innings last night. It would take the perfect deal, and perfect deals do not often materialize in the hectic hours leading up to the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
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July 31, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - There was no reason to believe it ended Tuesday at 9:27 p.m. with an 87-m.p.h. cutter that Daniel Murphy rolled to second base. Cole Hamels did not pause for a moment to savor his effort, eight shutout innings in a 6-0 Phillies win over the Mets. On Sunday, he should arrive at Nationals Park for his 264th career start, all with the Phillies. "All I know is I signed here for a very extended period of time," Hamels said. "So that's what I'm going to uphold, to be a Phillie as long as I possibly can because I enjoy it. " The Phillies would contradict years of rhetoric by trading Hamels within the next two days.
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July 30, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SMOKE signals speak volumes this time of year, if not with their content, then certainly with their timing. This year, the pattern has an unmistakable feel to it. A random Tuesday afternoon in early July: The list of teams left uncovered by Cole Hamels' no-trade clause is leaked. Two weeks later: A national reporter reports the self-evidential nugget that the Phillies would rather trade Cliff Lee than Hamels. A second national reporter says that the Phillies are "telling other teams Hamels is not available.
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July 30, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Ryne Sandberg doesn't waste too much brain space on thinking about what could happen in the hours leading up to Thursday's 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline. In the modern day of instantaneous reporting, with the rumor du jour (translation: day) from 10 years ago becoming the rumor d'huere (translation: hour) in the Twitter era, there is certainly a lot of nonsense to sift through. Sandberg doesn't bother, and he wants to make sure his players aren't sucked in, either.
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July 28, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
After a low, growling storm rolled through South Philly on Wednesday evening, bringing a temporary halt to the game between the Phillies and Giants, the end of the rain delay and the resumption of play was punctuated but not affected by several nearby lightning strikes and the loudest thunder of the night - not to mention most of the rain. That didn't impress the umpiring crew enough to signal for another delay, however - getting the Phillies' season into the books as quickly as possible is everyone's desire at this point - but it did provide a couple of handy metaphors for what has taken place in Citizens Bank Park and elsewhere this year.
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July 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 90th strike fired by Cole Hamels was an 85-m.p.h. change-up that darted to a precise spot, low and away from Michael Morse. The San Francisco outfielder flailed at Hamels' signature offering. Hamels, who has the innate skill every fifth day to temporarily suspend the frustration of a $190 million payroll, walked with purpose to the dugout. His start, a 2-1 Phillies win Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, concluded with eight masterful innings. Hamels has expressed his dismay with this underachieving roster but casts himself as a helpless participant.
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July 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JUST AS the Phillies once made a play for CC Sabathia and ended up with Joe Blanton one summer, and zeroed in on Roy Halladay before trading for Cliff Lee instead the next, major league teams with visions of David Price and Cole Hamels dancing in their heads will likely have to settle for a more gettable starting pitcher before next week's trade deadline. A.J. Burnett fits the description of that kind of very available and very useful starting pitcher. Burnett, 37, has postseason experience - he beat the Phillies in a World Series game 5 years ago. He has a somewhat manageable, short-term contract.
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July 24, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
LET'S TAKE A BREAK from the pre-trade-deadline frenzy and consider the very real possibility that the sun rises on Aug. 1 with the vast majority of the Phillies' clubhouse intact. A.J. Burnett is gone, having been traded to the Orioles or the Pirates for a midlevel pitching prospect. Kyle Kendrick is missing, too, given away to a team in need of rotation depth for $1 million or so in savings on the remainder of his 2014 salary. Otherwise, the Phillies are the Phillies. Jonathan Papelbon is suiting up at his locker across the room from Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.
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July 22, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Here's a fun game: Try to predict who will be in the Phillies' rotation next season. We'll spot you Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, despite the potential that one of them is traded before Opening Day 2015. A.J. Burnett? A return would seem unlikely given his availability on the trade block, his contemplation of retirement last offseason, and the Phillies' rebuilding status. Roberto Hernandez? He'll be a free agent. And while he has a 4.22 ERA, he hasn't looked like anything more than a spot starter.
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