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NEWS
November 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur and starting pitchers Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams and Chad Billingsley were among 139 players who became free agents Monday. Free agents are permitted to negotiate contracts and sign with teams beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Francoeur, who turns 32 in January, is the likeliest to return. The Phillies will probably look elsewhere for veteran pitchers to fill out their otherwise young rotation. The Phillies, under new leadership in team president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak, are not expected to be big players in free agency this winter.
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
OF ALL THE absurdities produced during the seventh inning of Wednesday night's American League playoff game between Texas and Toronto, the most bizarre was this: Losing pitcher: Cole Hamels. For those who argue that a pitcher's won-lost record is the most meaningless of all baseball statistics, this should be the all-time Exhibit A. Approaching and then surpassing his 100th pitch that inning, Hamels induced four consecutive garden-variety ground balls, including a tailor-made doubleplay ball.
SPORTS
October 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN THE BOTTOM of the fourth yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies were in the midst of putting a pair of baserunners on in the same inning for the first time all game when play was halted. Players stopped moving. Umpires looked on quizzically. Down the third-base line, well beyond the bag but also well out of the reach of the ballgirl, a dead bird laid on the grass in foul territory. Apparently the usher closest to the inaction drew the short straw, as he calmly strolled toward the animal and removed it from the premises.
SPORTS
October 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first year of a rebuilding process that began in earnest with the December trade of Jimmy Rollins came to an end Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. It culminated in the Phillies' 63d win, by a 7-2 score over the Miami Marlins, as they ever-so-narrowly avoided the franchise's first 100-loss season since 1961. Afterward, the players packed their belongings, said their goodbyes, and departed for an offseason that will feature even more change for the transitioning Phillies.
SPORTS
October 5, 2015 | Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
EARLIER THIS WEEK, I was listening to the radio and a song came on by Timbuk 3 titled, "The Future's So Bright. " Truth be told, the song is fairly crappy, but it has one great lyric, "the future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. " As is often the case when I listen to music, I thought about the relevance of that phrase to life, and particularly, sports. I thought about which Philadelphia professional team it would apply to. Probably not to the somewhat disappointing (at this point)
SPORTS
October 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starting pitchers Alec Asher RHP Asher, 23, struggled in all but one of his first seven major-league starts, and it would take a big spring for him to make next year's starting rotation. It is likely he will begin 2016 as sorely needed depth atop the triple-A rotation. Jesse Biddle LHP The former first-round pick from Germantown Friends finished his sixth minor-league season on the triple-A disabled list and is seeking a second opinion on his elbow. Next season could be make or break for the soon-to-be 24-year-old, who has yet to consistently harness his above-average pitch repertoire.
SPORTS
October 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DESPITE WATCHING their major league team enter the final month flirting with 100 losses, there has been cautious optimism among Phillies front office executives within the last six weeks or so. The pre-deadline trades of Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Ben Revere and Jonathan Papelbon brought in an influx of talent to enrich the farm system. Their optimism was cautious, though, because they understand it takes starting pitching depth to enjoy sustained success at the major league level and, if they evaluated their upper minor league teams with an honest eye, they know there are more than a couple of question marks and few certainties.
SPORTS
October 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco's rookie year is set to resume. The third baseman is planning to rejoin the Phillies in time for the final series of the season this weekend. Franco played on Tuesday at the team's facility in Clearwater, Fla. He will play there again on Wednesday. If all goes well, Franco will fly to Philadelphia on Thursday and be available to play the next night against Miami. Franco has been sidelined since Aug. 11 with a small fracture in his left wrist. "They've been sending us videos of his at-bats and he looks fine," manager Pete Mackanin said.
SPORTS
September 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The signature moment of one of the best Rule 5 rookie seasons in baseball history came on a windy July afternoon at Wrigley Field in the form of a catch replayed countless times in the hours that followed. Odubel Herrera overran a Kris Bryant fly ball, slipped as he turned back and mystifyingly still recovered to haul in the final out of Cole Hamels' no-hitter. After he picked himself off the warning track at Wrigley Field that day, Herrera flashed the same smile he seemingly always wears, whether walking around the Phillies' clubhouse or strolling into second base for one of his 27 doubles.
SPORTS
September 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The beginning of Alec Asher's major-league career had not gone as smoothly as it had for rotation mates Aaron Nola, Adam Morgan, and Jerad Eickhoff earlier this summer. When the 23-year-old righthander took the mound Thursday night, the Marlins Park scoreboard flashed a dismal 9.78 ERA under his name. Over the two hours that followed, though, Asher put forth by far the best of his five big-league starts in the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins. Seven innings in which he allowed only one run and three hits marked clear progress for the team's second-youngest starter.
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