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September 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Maikel Franco's first day in a Phillies uniform probably felt as quick as his rapid ascension from Class A ball to the big leagues in the last 16 months. Franco was called up on Monday. Yesterday, the 22-year-old was penciled into the lineup of his major league game, becoming the youngest position player to start a game for the Phillies since a 21-year-old Jimmy Rollins took his spot as shortstop at Veterans Stadium 14 years ago this month. Franco grounded out in each of his first three plate appearances against Atlanta lefthander Mike Minor.
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September 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Before he ascended to interim president of the Phillies, Pat Gillick spoke with Ruben Amaro Jr. two or three times a week on the phone. Gillick, a Hall of Fame executive, served from his Seattle home as a sounding board for Amaro. Little will change now that Gillick, 77, is Amaro's boss. "Ruben and I mutually agree on most decisions that we make," Gillick said Tuesday at Turner Field. "Ruben is very inclusive on any decisions that we make for the ball club. But right now, if there's something I might have a different opinion, I'll certainly voice that opinion, and we'll talk it through and try to make what we think is the correct decision.
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September 3, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Seven of the first eight pitches Cole Hamels threw on a sweltering Labor Day start at Turner Field landed out of the strike zone. Five of the first 12 batters he faced reached base with a free pass: a walk or after being hit by a pitch. The only thing rising quicker than the first-pitch temperature of 88 degrees in Atlanta yesterday afternoon was Hamels' pitch count. "Cole wasn't himself," manager Ryne Sandberg would say later. "Not even close. " Hamels had thrown 108 pitches as he stood in the on-deck circle in the seventh inning of a two-run game.
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September 3, 2014 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The ninth pitch Jonathan Papelbon threw yesterday afternoon landed in first baseman Darin Ruf's glove at 4:22 p.m. The line-drive out was the final out of the Phillies' combined no-hitter on Labor Day. But since four different pitchers played a part - and catcher Carlos Ruiz, and the hitters who helped supply the rare run support for Cole Hamels - it was worth wondering just who would get the game ball. So, where is it going, Cole? "That last ball, because it is so special, I think we are going to dedicate it to David Montgomery," said Hamels, who threw the first six of nine no-hit innings.
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September 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - As the first combined no-hitter in 132 years of Phillies baseball neared its strange conclusion, a rolling laundry cart inside the visitors' clubhouse at Turner Field became an ice bucket. It held six champagne bottles. One for every Phillies pitcher and catcher who authored history, plus an extra for good measure. This accomplishment gave a hapless team the chance to celebrate something. The Phillies have stumbled together for five months, so they toasted together after Monday's 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.
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August 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST MONTH, it was Ryan Howard who was upset when his name was missing from the Phillies' starting lineup for three straight games. Two weeks ago, it was Kyle Kendrick, ticked that he was given what he thought was an early hook in San Francisco. In spring training, Jimmy Rollins and Ryne Sandberg had to speak after the manager gave the franchise shortstop an oddly timed break from regular playing time in the middle of March. Over the weekend, rookie righthander David Buchanan and struggling leftfielder Domonic Brown both made subtle criticisms of their manager (only to take them back a day later)
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August 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Ryne Sandberg felt it necessary to engage one of his players in a private chat regarding a perceived slight against the first-year Phillies manager. He sought Cole Hamels, who pouted when removed from Tuesday's game at 84 pitches and issued a calculated message afterward. On Wednesday, Sandberg diffused the situation with his talk. "It was brief," Sandberg said. "It wasn't a big deal. " This one instance was not. The pattern of clubhouse unrest, however, is alarming.
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August 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE INNING began with Cole Hamels serving up a game-tying home run, being greeted by his manager, and handing the ball over with nary a word or even eye contact. It ended with the rookie reliever hopping off the same mound in celebration, after striking out all three hitters he faced on 13 pitches. The score remained the same, but a game Hamels had owned for six innings was suddenly going Washington's way, before Ken Giles entered and quieted the Nats' bats. Giles' latest dominating performance awakened the sleepy crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
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August 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The presence of Gio Gonzalez, a difficult Nationals lefthander, prompted Ryne Sandberg to adopt a different approach in Tuesday night's 4-3 Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park. The manager ditched Monday's lineup, which he used in 14 of the season's first 131 games, and inserted four new names. Freddy Galvis played second base for his first major-league start since May 8; he crushed a Gonzalez chest-high fastball for a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Darin Ruf started for the third time in 10 games; he smashed a Gonzalez fastball for a solo home run in the sixth.
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August 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAST WEEK, A.J. Burnett said he was "probably" going to retire after the season. It wasn't exactly a surprising development, since Burnett spent the first three months of last offseason thinking along the same lines. But after delivering his first stellar start in more than a month on Monday night, Burnett's words from a week ago are somewhat relevant. Burnett tossed five zeros on the board for the first five innings against a very talented team in leading the Phillies to a 3-2 victory.
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