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September 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - There hasn't been any single player on the Phillies roster who has been consistently excellent each time they've taken the field in 2014. This isn't breaking news, of course; the team's record and place in the standings are there for all eyes to see. But Cole Hamels, easily the most valuable player on the team this season, has been close to excellent in each of the 29 times he's taken the mound. He'll eclipse the 200-inning plateau this Sunday, despite missing three weeks in April.
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September 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The Phillies had no need for a closer in Tuesday night's 2-0 loss, not when their anemic offense sputtered again against the Marlins in this soon-to-be-finished disaster. But there is a decent chance they'll require one in the season's final five games, and team officials insisted that crotch-grabbing Jonathan Papelbon is still the man. Papelbon's seven-game suspension ended Tuesday. He resumed his routine with a mid-game stroll to the bullpen, warmed up in the ninth inning, and remained unused.
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September 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Darin Ruf lost his rookie status in 2013, but when he returned to his locker Wednesday after a two-hit night, he found a costume. It was dress-up night for the rookies, an annual hazing event he should have avoided. Ruf's space-rock outfit made him look like David Bowie in Labyrinth . That was fine. Ruf is just happy to see more playing time. His reward Thursday for starting two rallies Wednesday was another start at first base, this time as the cleanup hitter. He doubled and scored a run in a 7-3 loss to the Padres.
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September 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Ben Revere figured it was a trick question. He scanned the Phillies clubhouse Thursday afternoon at Petco Park and looked for the team's last 50-base stealer. He glanced at Jimmy Rollins' locker. Nope, Rollins stole 47 in 2008. But the answer was somewhere in the room. "Who's that?" Revere asked. Juan Samuel, now the team's first-base coach, stole 53 bases in 1985. (Revere, 26, was born in 1988.) Every major-league team has had at least one player with 50 steals since then.
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September 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - This season commenced with great consternation about Cole Hamels, and it will end with the Phillies ace posting some of the best numbers of his career. He handcuffed his hometown team once more Wednesday night in a 5-2 win over the Padres, lowered his ERA to 2.47, and never looked stressed in seven innings. Hamels has permitted three earned runs or fewer in 21 straight starts, the longest such streak for a Phillies pitcher in 46 years. His ERA ranks fourth in the National League.
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September 19, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - The strongest reason you shouldn't get your hopes up about Yasmani Tomas is the self-evident one: The long list of attributes that would make Tomas an ideal fit for the Phillies' lineup are the same attributes that would make him an ideal fit for just about every major league lineup, and the same motivation the Phillies have to pursue the Cuban slugger aggressively is shared with the rest of the teams that will pursue him. Twenty-three-year...
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September 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
BELIEVE IT or not, there have been some encouraging signs to come out of this 2014 season for the Phillies. Ken Giles has been nothing short of dominant. Cole Hamels continues to pitch like an ace. Maikel Franco is in the major leagues after a an explosive couple of minor league seasons. At the top of the list, though, is the performance of 2013 first-round draft pick J.P. Crawford, who was at Citizens Bank Park yesterday to receive the organization's Paul Owens Award, given annually to the top pitcher and top hitter in the minor leagues.
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September 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a night of firsts for Cody Asche while hitting second in the order. Asche's two-run homer in the 10th inning provided the Phillies with Friday's 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Asche hit second in the batting order as a starter for the first time in his two seasons. And this was the first walk-off home run of his career. "I have been waiting for that my whole life to do something like that," Asche said. "It is one of the cooler feelings on the baseball field.
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September 9, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - With a surplus of players on his roster following September call-ups and his best starting pitcher on the mound, Ryne Sandberg opted to rest a few of his regulars and put his best defense on the field yesterday. And, as he said afterward, a better lineup to take on lefthander Gio Gonzalez, too. Darin Ruf started for Ryan Howard at first. Freddy Galvis played second base in place of Chase Utley. In the outfield, Tony Gwynn Jr. started in center and Grady Sizemore was in left.
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September 9, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - As crazy as it may seem, there were more than a few murmurs in the Phillies clubhouse the last few days about making the almost-impossible run for a second wild-card spot. That's why Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park felt like a punch to the gut. A team with no margin for error saw what it perceived to be some rough calls, not to mention an impressive power display by Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit two solo home runs. The Phillies trail the Pittsburgh Pirates by eight games in the race for the second wild-card spot with 20 games to play.
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