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July 28, 2011 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
BELLY UP to the bar for a little trivia. Who was the last (and only) Phillies pitcher to win the Baseball Writers' Association Rookie of the Year? Jack Sanford, 1957. The next question is more timely. Could Vance Worley be next? Maybe. Worley's terrific run of dominance has vaulted him into the rookie-of-the-year discussion with a couple of Braves and maybe the guy from the Mets with the funny last name. Three weeks ago, Craig Kimbrel was well out front.
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November 15, 2011 | Associated Press
Craig Kimbrel overpowered hitters with his rocket right arm, then overwhelmed rivals in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. If only his final outing could have gone better the Atlanta Braves' closer figured. Kimbrel unanimously won the NL honor on Monday, while Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was a clear choice as the top rookie in the American League. Phillies pitcher Vance Worley was third in the voting, behind Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.
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August 22, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
TWO ROOKIES came through in key situations to help Atlanta's Tim Hudson beat Arizona's Josh Collmenter yesterday. Backed by a key defensive play by first baseman Freddie Freeman and two ninth-inning strikeouts by closer Craig Kimbrel with a runner on third, Hudson and the Braves beat Collmenter and the visiting Diamondbacks, 1-0, to complete a three-game sweep. Hudson combined with Jonny Venters and Kimbrel on a five-hit shutout. Alex Gonzalez homered for the game's only run. Hudson (13-7)
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November 15, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
CRAIG KIMBREL overpowered hitters with his rocket right arm, then overwhelmed rivals in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. If only, the Atlanta Braves' closer figured, his final outing could have gone better. Kimbrel unanimously won the NL honor yesterday, with Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson a clear choice as the top rookie in the AL. "It definitely did surprise me," Kimbrel said on a conference call from his vacation in Hawaii. "I expected it to be close. " Kimbrel set a major league record for saves by a rookie with 46. He earned all 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and outpointed Braves teammate Freddie Freeman.
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May 31, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
TWO BIG swings and one last 98-mph fastball left the Atlanta Braves with a giant sigh of relief. Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and Michael Bourn also went deep Tuesday night, leading the Braves to a 5-4 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals that snapped an eight-game losing streak - Atlanta's longest in more than 2 years. "This is not an indication of what's going to happen the next day or the next week or the next month," Uggla said. "But it definitely snaps the feeling of, 'Aww, man, are we ever going to win again?
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September 20, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE SLIDING Atlanta Braves stumbled again last night, losing 6-5 to the Florida Marlins on Omar Infante's game-ending two-run homer. Atlanta now has dropped three of four, and its NL wild-card lead is down to 2 1/2 games over surging St. Louis. The Braves have eight games remaining, the Cardinals nine. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel came in to preserve Atlanta's 5-4 lead and retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth. But Emilio Bonifacio then hit a chopper to third baseman Chipper Jones, who could not field the infield hit. Infante then drove a 1-0 pitch to deep left for his first game-ending homer.
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June 10, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Jair Jurrjens is all Atlanta needed to come up with a rare sweep of the Marlins in Florida. Jurrjens threw seven solid innings and drove in a run as the Braves handed the Marlins their eighth straight loss with a 3-2 win last night. Alex Gonzalez also drove in a run with a double as the Braves completed a three-game sweep at Sun Life Stadium for the first time since May 2-4, 1995. "They always pitch really good against us and this is a tough lineup," Jurrjens said. "To come here and try to battle this heat is not easy.
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March 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Antonio Bastardo entered a minor-league game Wednesday, Rich Dubee positioned himself directly behind the backstop. Bastardo retired the first two batters he faced. The Phillies pitching coach had not seen enough. Dubee yelled to Cameron Rupp, the catcher, and held up three fingers. He wanted Bastardo to throw his slider. The batter swung and missed. "Again!" Dubee yelled at Rupp. The batter, a righthander, tipped it foul. "Over the ball now," Dubee said.
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July 18, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Freddie Freeman said it was smart for Washington's Ryan Mattheus to walk Brian McCann with first base open in the ninth inning. Why face McCann, a six-time All-Star who hit a three-run homer earlier in the game, when the visiting Nationals could face Freeman, a rookie who didn't have a hit in the game? Freeman seized the opportunity, delivering a single to right field to drive in Martin Prado from second base, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 9-8 win over Washington yesterday.
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September 1, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - He could stand to tell the latest chapter of this storybook season, and that was worth a smile for Erik Kratz. A future Hall of Famer had launched his shoulder into Kratz's neck just as a throw from center field popped into his mitt. "If it was up the line at all," Kratz said, "I might be dead. " Kratz laughed because that was not even his finest accomplishment in a dramatic 8-5 Phillies victory over the Braves in 10 innings. This could ultimately be remembered as the night Kratz secured a major-league job for 2013 by drilling a game-tying home run and withstanding a bone-crushing crash.
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March 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Antonio Bastardo entered a minor-league game Wednesday, Rich Dubee positioned himself directly behind the backstop. Bastardo retired the first two batters he faced. The Phillies pitching coach had not seen enough. Dubee yelled to Cameron Rupp, the catcher, and held up three fingers. He wanted Bastardo to throw his slider. The batter swung and missed. "Again!" Dubee yelled at Rupp. The batter, a righthander, tipped it foul. "Over the ball now," Dubee said.
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September 26, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
FREDDIE FREEMAN hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to put the Atlanta Braves back in the playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Freeman's dramatic drive off Mike Dunn clinched at least a National League wild-card berth for the Braves, who squandered a big lead in the wild-card race with a huge collapse last September. Longtime star Chipper Jones, who plans to retire at the end of the season, led off the ninth with a double.
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September 1, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - He could stand to tell the latest chapter of this storybook season, and that was worth a smile for Erik Kratz. A future Hall of Famer had launched his shoulder into Kratz's neck just as a throw from center field popped into his mitt. "If it was up the line at all," Kratz said, "I might be dead. " Kratz laughed because that was not even his finest accomplishment in a dramatic 8-5 Phillies victory over the Braves in 10 innings. This could ultimately be remembered as the night Kratz secured a major-league job for 2013 by drilling a game-tying home run and withstanding a bone-crushing crash.
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May 31, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
TWO BIG swings and one last 98-mph fastball left the Atlanta Braves with a giant sigh of relief. Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and Michael Bourn also went deep Tuesday night, leading the Braves to a 5-4 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals that snapped an eight-game losing streak - Atlanta's longest in more than 2 years. "This is not an indication of what's going to happen the next day or the next week or the next month," Uggla said. "But it definitely snaps the feeling of, 'Aww, man, are we ever going to win again?
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January 31, 2012 | BY MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
Second in a series APPARENTLY, it was nobody's fault. In Atlanta, it never is. Last season, the Braves had a wild-card lead of 8 1/2 games on Sept. 6, and blew it. When an uninterested Phillies team came back and beat them in 13 innings on the last day of the season - they were 0-5 against the Phillies in that span - the Braves became the first team to lose at least an eight-game lead in September. That is, until later that day when the Red Sox finished their epic collapse.
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November 15, 2011 | Associated Press
Craig Kimbrel overpowered hitters with his rocket right arm, then overwhelmed rivals in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. If only his final outing could have gone better the Atlanta Braves' closer figured. Kimbrel unanimously won the NL honor on Monday, while Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was a clear choice as the top rookie in the American League. Phillies pitcher Vance Worley was third in the voting, behind Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.
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November 15, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
CRAIG KIMBREL overpowered hitters with his rocket right arm, then overwhelmed rivals in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. If only, the Atlanta Braves' closer figured, his final outing could have gone better. Kimbrel unanimously won the NL honor yesterday, with Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson a clear choice as the top rookie in the AL. "It definitely did surprise me," Kimbrel said on a conference call from his vacation in Hawaii. "I expected it to be close. " Kimbrel set a major league record for saves by a rookie with 46. He earned all 32 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and outpointed Braves teammate Freddie Freeman.
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September 29, 2011 | BY PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - The pitch from Braves righthander Scott Linebrink jammed Hunter Pence, broke his bat. The ball, spinning crazily, barely made it past the dirt on the right side of the infield. Such a small hit. Such a big impact. Backup catcher Brian Schneider scored from third in the 13th inning and the Phillies held on to eliminate the Braves from playoff contention with a 4-3 win at Turner Field last night. And, with that, a string of questions were answered. The Phillies will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS beginning Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
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September 20, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE SLIDING Atlanta Braves stumbled again last night, losing 6-5 to the Florida Marlins on Omar Infante's game-ending two-run homer. Atlanta now has dropped three of four, and its NL wild-card lead is down to 2 1/2 games over surging St. Louis. The Braves have eight games remaining, the Cardinals nine. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel came in to preserve Atlanta's 5-4 lead and retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth. But Emilio Bonifacio then hit a chopper to third baseman Chipper Jones, who could not field the infield hit. Infante then drove a 1-0 pitch to deep left for his first game-ending homer.
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August 22, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
TWO ROOKIES came through in key situations to help Atlanta's Tim Hudson beat Arizona's Josh Collmenter yesterday. Backed by a key defensive play by first baseman Freddie Freeman and two ninth-inning strikeouts by closer Craig Kimbrel with a runner on third, Hudson and the Braves beat Collmenter and the visiting Diamondbacks, 1-0, to complete a three-game sweep. Hudson combined with Jonny Venters and Kimbrel on a five-hit shutout. Alex Gonzalez homered for the game's only run. Hudson (13-7)
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