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April 5, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
A LIGHT DRIZZLE and clouds covered Citizens Bank Park yesterday afternoon, much the same way Cole Hamels' future with the organization lies in a murky gray area. An iconic playoff hero of years past, Hamels dominated the rumor mill and Twitter feeds all offseason as a trade chip, as the Phillies have moved further from those deep October runs into full-on rebuilding mode. Hamels yesterday discussed where he saw himself pitching on Opening Day during the winter months when talks swirled of him moving to Boston, Chicago, San Diego or another city.
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April 5, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Few people have been involved in trade rumors more than Cole Hamels, yet on Monday the lefthander will be starting the Phillies' season opener at Citizens Bank Park against the Boston Red Sox. Hamels has seen all the dire projections for the Phillies, picked as the consensus worst team in the NL East, if not the entire National League. During a news conference before Friday's exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the Phillies returned to Citizens Bank Park, Hamels put on a good face, measuring his words carefully, making sure to project the most positive of images.
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April 4, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels is used to all the attention - from Phillies fans. But every fifth game this season, continuing likely for the next three-plus months, the Phillies ace will take the mound with eyes on him from all over Major League Baseball. For five of his spring training starts, scouts squeezed into the seventh and eighth rows of Section 111 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. For the other, they watched at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. This will be customary in big-league ballparks throughout April, May, June and July, or as long as the rebuilding Phillies hold on to their ace. The Phillies' handling of Hamels, by far their biggest trade chip, should be telling in the progress of the team's rebuilding.
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April 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two men spearheading the Phillies' transition from perennial contender to long-term rebuilder face uncertain futures in their current roles. Pat Gillick, 77, is committed through this baseball season but took on the president's role on only a short-term basis. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr., 50, is in the final year of his contract. That makes this an unusual rebuilding project. "Let me put it this way, the general manager, he's been around for a long period of time. I've been around for a long period of time," Gillick said in a recent interview.
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April 3, 2015 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley has four home runs in his last two games. Utley homered in each of his first two at-bats yesterday against Atlanta righthander Julie Teheran, just as he did on Sunday against Detroit's Anibal Sanchez. Utley is hitting .448 (13-for-29) in 11 games this spring with four home runs and two doubles. Interestingly, his back-to-back games with two home runs came with 2 days off in between. Utley didn't play on Monday in Bradenton or on Tuesday in Dunedin.
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April 3, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley took two days off after hitting a pair of home runs Sunday. He returned Wednesday and hit two more. Utley eased his way into Phillies camp after spraining his right ankle in January. Once he was deemed healthy, the second baseman and the team monitored his activity. He has played consecutive games in the field just once this spring. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he plans to rest Utley more this season than last. Utley started 148 games last season, tied for the team's highest mark.
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April 3, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe now we know why, despite an offseason rife with speculation, the Phillies haven't yet traded Cole Hamels. After all, it took five Arizona State grad students using two computer models and countless statistical metrics more than 60 hours over five days to devise what a panel of baseball experts judged the best possible deal for the Phillies ace. Their winning proposal, selected from among all those formulated by 21 teams of collegians, had...
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March 31, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez packed his bags Sunday morning and made the short walk from Bright House Field to the Phillies' minor-league clubhouse. The recipient of the most lucrative international contract in team history will again start a baseball season in the minor leagues. A dismal 141/3-inning sample size ensured Gonzalez a ticket to triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he will begin the season. This spring was different for the Cuban righthander but only for the fact that he was healthy.
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March 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After Cole Hamels made his penultimate spring-training start on Thursday in Dunedin - throwing five shutout innings at the Toronto Blue Jays - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was given the layup of layup questions. Who will be your Opening Day starter, Ryno? "It's a secret," Sandberg said coyly. Actually, it's not a secret at all. It's just so obvious that the Phillies figured they didn' t have to announce it, as most major league teams are prone to do in mid-to-late March.
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March 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brendan Ryan didn't get a long look at Aaron Nola from the batter's box, quickly ripping a double to right in his only at-bat against the Phillies' prospect in the third inning of yesterday's game. But he had a pretty good vantage point when Nola got into a groove against a New York Yankees lineup loaded with its regulars, including five former All-Stars. Ryan, a veteran of eight big-league seasons, stood on third base when Nola painted the lower outside corner of the strike zone with a 94-mph fastball to get Chase Headley to stare at a called third strike.
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