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August 12, 1996 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was 11 yesterday morning, 2 1/2 hours before game time. Yet in the Phillies' moribund clubhouse, the air of defeat was already as thick as the aroma of coffee. "It's always like this in here now," said one veteran. "People don't stick around long enough to get close to each other. It's like a morgue. " And when the game began, it was Phils starter Mike Williams who didn't stick around long. And the Phillies who were quickly dead. The Astros scored six times off Williams in 1 1/3 innings, building a 10-0 advantage and cruising to a 10-5 victory on an otherwise beautiful Sunday at Veterans Stadium.
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August 29, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Randy Johnson is getting comfortable in his new surroundings. That's making things uncomfortable for Houston's opponents. Johnson struck out 16 for his third shutout - all in the Astrodome - since joining Houston as the Astros snapped Pittsburgh's nine-game winning streak last night with a 2-0 victory. "Of all the games I've pitched for the Astros, I was the most comfortable in this one," Johnson said. "It's easier to keep your focus later in the game when you have a 2-0 ballgame.
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August 19, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meet the candidates The Chicago Cubs' Ryan Dempster is making Lou Piniella look like a genius - something he has not been called too often in his 21-season managerial career. Piniella converted Dempster, a former closer, to a starter this year, and the righthander has become a Cy Young Award candidate with a 14-5 record and 2.92 ERA. "We knew coming into spring training he would make the rotation," Piniella told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We slipped him right into the three-hole, and he's done a great job. We watch his pitch counts and try to rest him, but his stuff is as good now as it was early in the year.
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September 2, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
It didn't take Jeff Bagwell long to celebrate his escape from the Houston Astros' disabled list. In his first game since recovering from a broken bone in his left hand, Bagwell drove in the tying run in Houston's three-run seventh inning as the Astros rallied to beat the visiting Florida Marlins, 7-3, last night. "Sitting on the bench and not being able to help was really frustrating," Bagwell said. "It was nice to just get in the lineup. My main focus is to help us get through September.
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January 5, 2007 | Inquirer wire services
Infielder Mark Loretta agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros yesterday, a deal that allows him to make an additional $1 million in performance bonuses. The 35-year-old, who is likely to play at several infield positions, has a .299 career average and was an all-star in 2004 and 2006. He hit .285 with 33 doubles, five home runs, and 59 RBIs last season with Boston. Loretta has mainly played at second base during his 12-year career, but 41-year-old Craig Biggio likely will start the season at second.
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August 26, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Craig Biggio doffed his cap and waved to the crowd from first base. He was nearly in tears, realizing the standing ovation may be one of his last as a Houston Astro. "The way the crowd reacted was kind of overwhelming," Biggio said in the clubhouse yesterday after becoming the first Astro to reach 2,600 hits. "I have been playing here for 17 years, and the fans have always been great to me. To be able to do it in this city, the only city I've played in, was wonderful. " At 38, Biggio is having the kind of season few could have expected from a player in the twilight of his career.
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August 8, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Like all managers with contending teams, Houston's Terry Collins is treating this as the last week of the season. "With Cincinnati winning today and only three games left, it's one we had to have," Collins said after the Astros defeated the visiting San Francisco Giants last night, 7-4. It was their sixth straight victory and put them within one game of Cincinnati for the NL Central lead. "We've got to go out and play the next three games as best we can," Collins said. "Cincinnati has four games left and we've got to stay with them.
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August 1, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
When Mark McGwire gets a hit these days, it goes a long way. McGwire's last eight hits have been home runs, and he connected for No. 572 last night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the visiting Atlanta Braves, 6-2. "He'll mix in a couple of singles here sometime," manager Tony La Russa said. McGwire is one homer behind Harmon Killebrew for fifth place on the career list after connecting on an 0-1 fastball from Kevin Millwood in the fourth. McGwire has 18 homers on the season.
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April 7, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Richie Sexson felt as if he had just won a championship after his tiebreaking home run made the Milwaukee Brewers winners in their Miller Park debut. "It's something I'll carry with me forever. It's going to be one of the high points of my career," said Sexson, whose solo shot in the eighth inning gave Milwaukee a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds last night. Sexson's home run off Dennys Reyes (0-2) traveled 435 feet and sent Bernie Brewer twisting down his swank toboggan-like yellow slide that replaced his outmoded one that was torn down with the rest of County Stadium.
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April 9, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
With a single, triple and home run in his first three at-bats, Craig Biggio knew what needed to be done. After being walked intentionally in his next plate appearance, Biggio lined a two-run double down the leftfield line, completing the cycle and helping the Houston Astros to an 8-4 victory yesterday in the Colorado Rockies' home opener. " I was just trying to hit the ball hard," Biggio said of his last at-bat. "That's what I'm trying to do every time up. " Biggio, who entered the game hitting a team-low .174 (4-for-23)
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June 9, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies used their 29th-round pick Saturday on a second baseman with rich baseball bloodlines who will not play for them. Cavan Biggio, son of Craig, was one of the nation's top high school players. He was expected to go in the first two rounds of the draft. But because of a commitment to Notre Dame and high asking price, he fell on many teams' draft boards. He will not sign with the Phillies, Craig Biggio told the Houston Chronicle. Baseball America ranked Cavan as the 67th-best prospect in this year's draft.
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June 21, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
The Roger Clemens Show moved from Federal Court to the court of public opinion on Tuesday. Acquitted of lying to Congress in 2008, the great righthander now faces what may be a tougher test - convincing voters he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Clemens, Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa all will be first-timers on the ballot this fall and their presence will be the biggest referendum yet on the steroid era. Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling and Craig Biggio - none of whom have ever been linked to steroids - also will make their first appearances.
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August 19, 2008 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meet the candidates The Chicago Cubs' Ryan Dempster is making Lou Piniella look like a genius - something he has not been called too often in his 21-season managerial career. Piniella converted Dempster, a former closer, to a starter this year, and the righthander has become a Cy Young Award candidate with a 14-5 record and 2.92 ERA. "We knew coming into spring training he would make the rotation," Piniella told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We slipped him right into the three-hole, and he's done a great job. We watch his pitch counts and try to rest him, but his stuff is as good now as it was early in the year.
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September 23, 2007 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Ed Wade could have done it over again, he would not have traded Curt Schilling or fired Terry Francona in 2000. As Wade looks back at his eight-year tenure as Phillies general manager, those are two of his regrets. But not his biggest. "I'll always be disappointed we didn't get to where we wanted to go, which was the same place our fans wanted to go, the postseason, the World Series," Wade said. Failure to make a postseason, and the accompanying outcry of ticket-buying fans, led to Wade's dismissal in October 2005, a week after the Phillies were beaten out for the National League wild card by one game by the same Houston Astros club that appointed him as their new GM on Thursday.
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August 13, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
After tough losses the previous 2 nights because of bullpen meltdowns, Aaron Heilman and Billy Wagner were hoping for a chance to redeem themselves and they got it as the New York Mets scored a 10-4 win over the Florida Marlins yesterday at Shea Stadium. "It's always good when you get the opportunity to pitch the next day," said Heilman, who gave up an eighth-inning, two-run single to Miguel Cabrera in a 7-5 loss Saturday. "You can't let yesterday affect today. " Moises Alou's second home run of the game gave the Mets a 5-4 lead in the sixth.
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July 25, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Craig Biggio feels he has nothing left to prove on a baseball field. After a 20-year career in which he stayed with one franchise, played multiple positions at an All-Star level and joined the elite 3,000-hit club, the Houston Astros infielder said yesterday he will retire at the end of this season. "There are a lot of guys that have the game taken away from them by injury," he said. "For me to be able to walk away now, on top, on my own accord, I'm very happy with that. I'm in a good place.
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June 29, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Craig Biggio joined the 3,000 career hits club last night, and Carlos Lee added a big hit of his own for the Astros. Lee's grand slam in the 11th gave the Houston Astros an 8-5 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies. Lee's shot to leftfield off Brian Fuentes (0-3) came on the first pitch. Biggio singled in the 11th, tying a career high with his fifth hit. Hunter Pence followed with a double before Lance Berkman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Biggio became the 27th player to reach the mark with a single to centerfield in the seventh inning.
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May 9, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Lance Berkman's second home run in 2 nights overshadowed the 568th of Ken Griffey Jr.'s career and lifted the visiting Houston Astros to a 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds last night. With the Astros trailing, 5-4, in the seventh, Berkman lofted an 0-1 pitch from rookie Brad Salmon (0-1) into the seats in leftfield with Craig Biggio on first base. Berkman's homer was his 14th at Great American Ball Park, the most by any opponent. Berkman has 37 career homers and 106 RBI against Cincinnati, his highest totals against any team.
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May 4, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Given a chance to move 10 games over .500 for the first time in 15 years, the Milwaukee Brewers fell short. Jose Bautista and Ronny Paulino hit consecutive home runs in a four-run seventh inning, and visiting Pittsburgh rallied for a 4-2 win last night that stopped the Brewers' four-game winning streak. Milwaukee (18-10), which leads that NL Central, has not been 10 games over .500 since finishing the 1992 season 92-70. That also was the last time the Brewers finished with a winning record.
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April 14, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Don't worry, be happy. That was the message from manager Charlie Manuel before his floundering Phillies blew an early 3-0 lead and lost to the Houston Astros, 9-6, at frigid Citizens Bank Park last night. The Phillies are 2-8 for the first time since 1987. Leftfielder Carlos Lee bombed a career-high three home runs, including a third-inning grand slam, and Morgan Ensberg slugged a three-run homer to highlight the Astros' attack in front of an animated sellout crowd of 44,336 that included a stadium record of more than 8,900 walk-up fans.
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