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July 16, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
DENVER - The subject matter being studied under the microscope has changed over the years. Seldom have the up-close inspections affected Cole Hamels' on-field performance. Hamels zoomed through the farm system after the Phillies made him a first-round pick in 2002, proved he belonged in the big leagues as soon as he arrived, and was the best pitcher in the postseason when his team won the World Series in 2008. The only double bogey of Hamels' career was the 2009 season, and even Tiger Woods fails to make the cut sometimes.
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January 19, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER - Jamie Moyer has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with an invite to the Colorado Rockies' spring training, pending a physical. The 49-year-old lefty didn't play last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. Moyer has played 24 major league seasons, starting with the Chicago Cubs in 1986. He went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA for the Phillies in 2010. Moyer, who was 56-40 in 4 1/2 seasons with the Phillies, is 267-204 in his career with a 4.24 career ERA.
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August 19, 2008 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
In a move to bolster their rotation for the stretch run, the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired veteran righthander Greg Maddux from the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Times reported last night. The newspaper cited an anonymous person close to the deal. It was not known who San Diego would receive in return. The 42-year-old Maddux is 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA this season. He is 353-223 in a 22-year big-league career, having won four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992 to 1995.
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November 8, 2013
The free-agent season got underway shortly after midnight on Monday and the hot stove rumor mill is already churning. The Denver Pos t reported yesterday that the Colorado Rockies are expected to offer Carlos Ruiz a multiyear contract before the end of the week. Ruiz, 34, has spent his entire 8-year big-league career with the Phillies. The Phillies declined to offer Ruiz a qualifying offer before Monday's deadline, which would ensure them a first-round pick if Ruiz signed elsewhere.
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May 12, 2005 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Going from the World Series-champion Boston Red Sox to the lowly Colorado Rockies - and their hitter-friendly ballpark - doesn't bother Blaine Neal. Fact is, Neal, a Bishop Eustace graduate, sounded excited after learning yesterday that the Rockies had claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox. "I'm happy because I'm going to get an opportunity to pitch," said Neal, 27, who was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in eight appearances with the Red Sox this season. At one point, he went seven days between appearances.
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November 9, 2012 | Daily News staff and wire reports
WALT WEISS is the new manager of the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies hired the former major league shortstop late Wednesday night to replace Jim Tracy, who resigned Oct. 7 with 1 year and $1.4 million left on his contract rather than return to a club where its assistant general manager had moved into an office in the clubhouse. The 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland, Weiss played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant to general manager Dan O'Dowd from 2002-08.
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October 5, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He grew up following the Phillies, but now his job is to help his employers - the Colorado Rockies - knock Philadelphia out of the National League division series. So far, Will George has done his part. George, 48, is a Colorado scout who, many moons ago, was a Pennsauken High pitcher who later was Cal Ripken's roommate on Baltimore's single-A, double-A and triple-A teams. He is a man who has played a major role in the Rockies' development, a man who has filed major-league scouting reports this summer with a heavy heart.
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December 15, 2013
The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal Friday. He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season. The Rockies were contemplating moving Michael Cuddyer from right field over to first base before the deal with Morneau. Like Helton, Morneau is a smooth-fielding first baseman. Since 2003, his fielding percentage (.996) is second to only Helton (.997). Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBIs.
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April 20, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Kevin Malone resigned yesterday as general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending a 2 1/2-year tenure in which his mouth and questionable baseball decisions kept embarrassing the team. Malone quit five days after threatening a Padres fan who heckled Dodgers outfielder Gary Sheffield in San Diego. "I absolutely refuse to allow myself to become a distraction," Malone said at a news conference, reading from a letter addressed to Dodgers chairman Bob Daly. "He really believed he was a distraction, and we agreed with that," Daly later told reporters.
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December 7, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said after trading catcher Erik Kratz to Toronto earlier in the week that the Phillies were looking for an upgrade defensively at the position. The Phillies believe they improved in that area Thursday after the expected signing of 36-year-old free-agent catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year contract. Nieves, who played last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is expected to be the backup to Carlos Ruiz. Last season Nieves threw out 5 of 18 baserunners (27.8 percent)
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May 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies' pitching depth took a pair of hits Sunday. Chad Billingsley was placed on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder and David Buchanan was carted off the field after hurting his right leg while fielding a ground ball for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Billingsley will miss his scheduled start Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. A likely candidate to start for him is righthander Severino Gonzalez, who is slated to pitch Wednesday in triple A. Friday was Billingsley's third and best start of the season.
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May 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - For three months last summer, Chad Billingsley wasn't much help in the bringing-in-the-groceries-from-the-car department. If he and his wife decided to go on vacation for a weekend, he was going to be hitting up the bellhop for help with the luggage. Handling the TV remote was about his limit. Billingsley underwent surgery on his right flexor tendon (elbow) just over 10 months ago. Two years ago, he had Tommy John surgery. Tonight, he'll take the mound at Turner Field and pitch in his first major league game in more than two years.
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February 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kyle Kendrick, who pitched in 226 games for the Phillies over the last eight seasons, agreed Tuesday to a contract with the Colorado Rockies, according to several media reports. The 30-year-old righthander and first-time free agent reportedly will pitch on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million in base salary. The deal is a significant pay cut for the veteran, who made $7.7 million last season. Kendrick is coming off a season in which he recorded a 4.61 ERA over 32 starts. He surrendered a whopping 25 home runs (four fewer than the major-league lead)
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June 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - At first glance, the injury to Phillies third baseman Reid Brignac looked gruesome. During Thursday's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Brignac tried to leg out an infield hit and arrived at the bag the same time as pitcher Shelby Miller, who fielded first baseman Matt Adams' underhand throw. Miller slid to tag the bag and Brignac also slid. He said there was not much room to touch the bag any other way. His ankle hit against the bag and Brignac writhed in pain.
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June 15, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Heath Fillmyer figured it was just simple math. "If I got drafted after throwing less than eight innings, what would happen if I pitched a whole season?" Fillmyer said of his thought process during the summer of 2013. Fillmyer, a 2012 Florence High School graduate, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 28th round of the 2013 draft, after his freshman season at Mercer County College. The Rockies projected Fillmyer as a pitcher even though he had thrown a total of 71/3 innings that season.
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May 30, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Out of a torrid three-week stretch last year, out of an All-Star Game appearance and a 27-home run season, Domonic Brown had promised to develop into the rarest kind of Phillies player during the Ruben Amaro Jr. era: a bona fide, homegrown star. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz - those lineup mainstays have been around so long, have been asked to do so much. The Phillies had pinned their hopes on Ryne Sandberg's ability to coax one more superlative season out of those veterans, but Amaro's attempt as general manager to build a team that could still compete for a championship was never going to work without other, younger players replacing them as the foci of the franchise.
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May 29, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was just a day off for Ryan Howard. That's what Ryne Sandberg said after holding his first baseman out of the starting lineup for just the third time in 49 games. "I've been looking for a day to give him a break," Sandberg said before Tuesday night's rain-delayed 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. "He's played a number of games in a row and had a real good approach against a righthanded pitcher [Monday] and I was happy with that. " The timing seemed awkward because Howard was coming off the most productive game of his season.
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May 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
It was shortly after 11 p.m., in the final third of a game delayed by nearly 90 minutes at the outset by rain, when a young boy seated in the Hall of Fame Club level tried with all of his might to be the last voice of hope and optimism at Citizens Bank Park. "It's not over," he chanted. He chanted the same refrain a few more times. The Phillies were trailing by three runs at the time and still had two innings left to take their swings, so, technically, the kid was right. But he didn't have a whole heck of a lot of support, as only a few thousand (at most)
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March 23, 2014
Propped up next to a satellite production truck, peering at a laptop outside Osceola County Stadium, Cullen McRae was practicing. Not hitting. Or pitching. Or fielding. The son of former big-league star and manager Hal McRae was busy watching TV. Specifically, preparing for his role as a replay wizard, a video review coordinator for the Miami Marlins. "It's cool to be a part of history," he said after Miami beat Houston, 7-2, Friday. "It's a work in progress for all of us. " Along with the rest of Major League Baseball, McRae is charging into this new world where managers can challenge calls by umpires.
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December 15, 2013
The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal Friday. He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season. The Rockies were contemplating moving Michael Cuddyer from right field over to first base before the deal with Morneau. Like Helton, Morneau is a smooth-fielding first baseman. Since 2003, his fielding percentage (.996) is second to only Helton (.997). Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBIs.
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