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June 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - It was a successful trip that ended on a sour note. Make that two sour notes. The Phillies won their first five games on the trip, but they dropped the last two, including Sunday's 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. A week ago, the Phillies appeared buried after a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs left them 61/2 games out of first place. They did gain ground on the trip that began with a three-game sweep in Atlanta, but not enough to really know if they are going to be buyers or sellers by the July 31 trade deadline.
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June 24, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
"Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today And don't worry 'bout tomorrow"   - "Let's Live for Today," The Grass Roots AH, WHAT THE hell . . . Go for it. I mean, I'd love to believe the Phillies could flip some of their veterans in the next month and get some future stars. But I don't. They could deal Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels, or even Chase Utley, but I've seen the fruits of the first Cliff Lee deal and the second Hunter Pence deal and well, this administration has fared much better trading for veteran stars than dealing them.
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June 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels was pitching - and hitting - adeptly, but his work on the mound was not enough to keep the Phillies' road roll going. Afterward, Hamels had nothing to say about his performance at the plate or on the mound. On this steamy day in St. Louis, the Phillies ace finally met his match in St. Louis Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright. Mixing speeds and working both sides of the plate, Wainwright went eight strong innings during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Phillies before 44,789 at sold-out Busch Stadium.
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June 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When it's time to sell, the most valuable player is the one who can bring the most in return. They are the guys whom contending teams want regardless of the salary. They are the players who can single-handedly restock a farm system while possibly bringing some young major-league-ready talent, too. Examine the Phillies' roster, and they have exactly one player with that kind of appeal. Cole Hamels. Would you trade him? Shortly before the Phillies embarked on their surprisingly successful road trip through Atlanta and St. Louis, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked whether he had any untouchables on his roster.
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June 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Cole Hamels lingered in the on-deck circle as the Phillies batted in the eighth inning Monday night. Cesar Hernandez popped from the dugout, instructed Hamels to retreat, and that is when a mediocre team remembered its shortcomings. Jonathan Papelbon blew a save with 28 ninth-inning pitches. Domonic Brown committed one of the more embarrassing defensive blunders possible in the 10th inning. The lineup stranded at least one runner on base in every inning from the eighth to the 12th.
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June 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
READING - A former top-five draft pick was playing winter ball in Venezuela when he started to sense he would have difficulty landing a job this spring. So Adam Loewen reverted to an old custom. He began to long toss. More than 5 years had elapsed since Loewen, once a ballyhooed Orioles' pitching prospect, last toed the rubber. Arm injuries had sent the touted 6-6 southpaw into a second career as a hitter. But nearing 30 and after 3 years of stints manning the outfield in Buffalo, Port St. Lucie and New Hampshire, he opted to again gauge the status of his once-prized left arm. "I felt like I left a lot out there, a lot of potential that was untapped, really," he said.
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June 13, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
WHEN ALL ELSE fails and you need to fill up space, one strategy is to write a couple of lines about the weather. Last night, the air was damp and heavy, and cold wisps of fog drifted intermittently above the outfield, and, really, Citizens Bank Park felt more like San Francisco than Philadelphia or San Diego, albeit without the creepy swarms of vulture seagulls circling overhead. But the first-place Giants were not around, and so this is what we had: two teams, a combined 18 games under .500, a scoreless tie in the ninth inning, nine singles and a double and, oh yeah, an error.
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June 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tony Gwynn Jr., pinch-hitting for Cole Hamels after eight pristine innings of shutout baseball, issued a most fitting tribute Wednesday. San Diego righthander Joaquin Benoit, just inserted into the game, fired a 95-m.p.h. fastball. Gwynn attacked it. The ball sailed into foul territory. It landed in Padres third baseman Chase Headley's glove for a quick out. Hamels had nothing to show for an 11-strikeout effort on a night when both teams tried their hardest to lose. Someone had to win, and when Reid Brignac destroyed a Nick Vincent cutter, the Phillies could boast a winning streak for the first time in three weeks.
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June 13, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE COLE Hamels took the mound at Citizens Bank Park last night, he had made 42 starts since his $144 million contract extension began. But all the Phillies got for their efforts to lock up their homegrown ace to the largest contract in franchise history was a 15-27 record. Since the beginning of the 2013 season, the Phillies were 12 games under .500 in the games Hamels had started. It was hardly any fault of his. He had a 3.58 ERA in that span. That number was lowered to 3.48 last night.
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