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July 29, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - Throughout the months of speculation regarding where Cole Hamels will pitch the final three-plus guaranteed years of his contract, the Los Angeles Dodgers have often been mentioned as an apt trading partner for the Phillies. That remains the case in the final days leading to the highly anticipated trade deadline. But with the days passing until 4 p.m. Friday, the Texas Rangers - reportedly along with the Dodgers the front-runners to land Hamels - might be the ideal team for the Phillies to trade their 31-year-old ace. Despite entering the week 47-50, 7.5 games behind the American League West-leading Los Angeles Angels and 4.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the crowded wild-card race, the Rangers could acquire Hamels with an eye toward next season.
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July 28, 2015
COLE HAMELS' legacy in Philadelphia begins and ends with arguably having the most influence over ending the city's championship drought in 2008. But a no-hitter in what might have been his final start in a Phillies uniform was pretty impressive, too. "Nothing will top winning a World Series, but I think this is probably on that top list," Hamels said. "It's right under it. " Daily News beat writer Ryan Lawrence, who has covered Hamels since the beginning of the 2008 season, picks his top five Hamels moments.
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July 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - By the time Cole Hamels warmed up to throw the final 17 pitches of his first career no-hitter late Saturday afternoon, the Wrigley Field shadows had made it difficult for Carlos Ruiz to identify the pitches. To avoid jinxing a part of history, the Phillies' veteran catcher had tried not to deviate from his routine each inning. But before the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth, he ultimately decided to ditch his sunglasses. Luckily for Hamels' longtime battery mate, it didn't backfire.
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July 28, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Cole Hamels' no-hitter Saturday at Wrigley Field was the first Aaron Nola witnessed in person at a major-league ballpark. The Phillies' rookie righthander sat in the visitors' dugout, palms sweating in the ninth inning as a teammate nine years his senior made history. "That's hard to follow," Nola said a day later, as a baseball from his first major-league triumph - yet another keepsake to add to the collection - rested on the top shelf of his locker. Sunday's series finale proved memorable, too, as the 22-year-old earned his first win for the Phillies in their 11-5 sweep-clinching rout of the Chicago Cubs.
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July 28, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE STRANGEST PART was the celebration. For nine innings, you could feel yourself drifting away from whatever recess of the brain that controls the perception of time. Baseball has a way of doing that like no other sport. The cliches highlight the absence of a clock, but there is more to it than that. It is baseball's rhythm, its pacing, its repetition, the meditative nature of its spaces in between; it is its mechanics, all arcs and lines and angles and spheres, movers and things moved, potentiality and actuality.
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July 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - The 101-year-old ballpark that sits on the corner of Clark and Addison was mostly empty, other than the people who call it their place of business - ushers, janitors, media and stadium security - when Cole Hamels walked off the field for the final time on Saturday afternoon. Making his way from the press-conference room to the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field, where the Phillies celebrated his no-hitter, the 13th in franchise history, Hamels held a memento. Someone from the Cubs gave him the official scorecard.
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July 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - When Cole Hamels returned to his locker stall on Saturday, he was greeted with a bottle of Dom PĂ©rignon, a gift from his teammates for pitching a no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Less than 24 hours later, Aaron Nola collected his first big-league win in his second career start. What was his prize? "I got the ball," Nola said, more than happy with the souvenir. It's probably worth pointing out that Nola is just 13 months removed from his 21st birthday. "I'll stick with some water," the rookie righthander joked following an 11-5 win over the Cubs yesterday afternoon.
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July 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When the July 31 trade deadline passed without the Phillies making a single move last season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was openly ridiculed. He was accused by rival executives of asking too much for his players, a charge he vehemently denied. "We were not looking for exorbitant paybacks," Amaro said. "We were looking for players that would help us, but I think we were very reasonable in the discussions that we had. Frankly, I don't think the clubs were aggressive enough for the talent we have on our club.
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July 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - If Saturday marked Cole Hamels' final start in a Phillies uniform, he will have left his longtime club at his best. Six days before baseball's trade deadline, Hamels delivered his first career no-hitter, the 13th in franchise history, in the Phillies' 5-0 win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Two walks were the lone blemishes in an incredible - and incredibly timely - performance for the Phillies ace and top trade chip. "Just a surreal moment," Hamels said. "Nothing will top winning a World Series, but I think this is probably on that top list.
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July 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - The moment Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. opted against an offseason trade of Cole Hamels, this coming week was all but sealed as the most important of the Phillies' 2015 season. Now it's here, and it comes fresh off Hamels' first career no-hitter. The ace's future with his longtime team hangs in the balance, as the front office triumvirate of team president Gillick, general manager Amaro, and incoming president Andy MacPhail weigh a potentially franchise-altering decision.
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