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May 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies infielders converged at the mound in the seventh inning of a 4-3 loss Tuesday night, and Cody Asche was the loneliest man in Citizens Bank Park. Mike Trout, the superstar an entire South Jersey town came to ogle, had just chopped a grounder at Asche. The 23-year-old third baseman backpedaled and lunged for the ball, which trickled past him. Now, Asche stood on the slope of the mound, a few steps from his teammates. Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure motivated Cliff Lee, who was pushed to the brink because of Asche's sloppy fielding.
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May 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Millville High marching band will provide the sound track before Tuesday's game at Citizens Bank Park, the first of 16 at home in a 19-game stretch for the Phillies. Thousands from Mike Trout's South Jersey hometown will flock to celebrate a homecoming. "He's one of the freaks of the game," said Phillies reliever Mike Adams, issuing one of the highest compliments a baseball player can bestow on another. There could be a few Phillies fans extending a warm greeting. Trout, who was one of them as a youngster, cannot sign with another team until after the 2020 season.
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May 13, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels had thrown more pitches yesterday afternoon than he had in any of the 248 big-league games that preceded it. He struggled with command, but he combatted a rising pitch count with sheer talent and perseverance. He put six straight zeroes onto the scoreboard after allowing a single run in the first inning and, when his work was over following 133 pitches, the most any major league pitcher has thrown this season, Hamels retired to the clubhouse for his poststart workout.
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May 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For three minutes, Jonathan Papelbon marched from the visitors' bullpen at Citi Field to the dugout. Meanwhile, the Mets chased Ruben Tejada into right field to celebrate a 5-4, 11-inning win Sunday that prevented a Phillies sweep and overcame a 133-pitch effort by Cole Hamels. Papelbon, the highest-paid reliever in baseball, never appeared until after it ended. He threw seven pitches Friday and 14 on Saturday to preserve wins. Roberto Hernandez, who fired 99 pitches Friday, became Ryne Sandberg's closer Sunday once Antonio Bastardo failed.
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May 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels exuded caution during spring training. He twice postponed his throwing program when biceps tendinitis and a tired arm served as red flags. The Phillies and Hamels were deliberate in their progressions. He threw a career-high 133 pitches in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the New York Mets, more than any pitcher in the majors since Tim Lincecum emptied 148 pitches July 13, 2013, for a no-hitter. It was Hamels' fourth start of 2014. He did not see any risk in the heavy workload.
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May 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - On Sunday, for the second time in 13 days, Cole Hamels will meet the Mets. It is a scheduling quirk that presents one more chance for the Phillies lefthander to solve a team that has bothered him more than any other National League squad. The Mets whacked him for six runs in 4 2/3 innings at Citizens Bank Park on April 29. Hamels called that start "embarrassing. " It pushed his career ERA against New York to 4.65 in 27 starts. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he did not detect anything distinctive about the Mets' approach when facing Hamels that makes it such a challenge for his starter.
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May 9, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - On Monday, J.A. Happ attempted to revive his starting pitching career with five scoreless innings in Toronto's shutout win over the Phillies. On Tuesday, Cole Hamels was roughed up for the second time in his first three starts, adding another dose to a season that already began with uncertainty and skepticism surrounding the highest-paid player in franchise history. After getting swept in the home half of their four-game, home-and-home interleague series with the Blue Jays, the Phillies had to be hoping better things awaited them in the Great White North.
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May 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TWO WEEKS earlier, Ryne Sandberg felt pretty good after his team's second straight win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and third straight win overall. It pushed the Phillies back to the .500 mark in the 3 weeks the team played without projected Opening Day starter Cole Hamels. And Hamels was due to make his first start of the season the next day. "There's something to be said about that," a proud Sandberg said of his team. Hamels made his third start last night. And for the second time in as many starts, Hamels didn't look like a projected Opening Day starter or a former World Series MVP. And the Phillies are a game under .500 in the 2 weeks since his return.
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May 8, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It wasn't April and it wasn't raining. The tendinitis and flu symptoms were gone and the grip on the baseball was fine. The performance, however, remained intolerable for Cole Hamels, the Phillies lefthander who is trying to avoid the deplorable start that helped destroy his own and his team's 2013 season. Remember Hamels' 2013 season? Remember the 2-11 record and 4.58 ERA through his first 17 starts? Remember how he'd pitch well in some outings and the team wouldn't score and then in others the team would pile up the runs and he'd pitch poorly?
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May 6, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
SEVENTEEN pitches into yesterday's start, Roberto Hernandez had thrown five strikes. This is not a formula for success on any kind of day, but with the outfield flags flapping so ferociously that every lifted ball made the fielders below look like a Monty Python skit, this inning had crooked number written all over it. But then Carlos Ruiz called timeout and chugged to the mound, and three strikes later Hernandez was out of a jam and Chooch had...
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