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June 15, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Domonic Brown's sabbatical in the minor leagues came to a close on Saturday. The Phillies promoted the outfielder from triple-A Lehigh Valley and sent down Darin Ruf. Brown will join the team on Sunday for the series finale against the Pirates. Brown, 27, is batting .304 in 11 games this month. He hit two homers this past week, his first this season at triple A. He has not played in the majors this year. Brown injured his Achilles tendon during spring training and was optioned to the IronPigs last month after the completion of a 20-day rehab stint.
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April 9, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
What's strange about Darin Ruf's precarious position with the Phillies is that the man who should understand it the most seems to have the least compassion about it. Twenty-two years ago, there was an outfielder in his late 20s who had tremendous minor-league numbers and was sure he was ready for a more expanded role in the big leagues. When it never came with the Phillies, he asked for a trade after the 1993 season and, after his wish was granted, he left town with a chip on his shoulder.
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March 24, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Darin Ruf's road to the big leagues took a detour Friday, but only after he showed once again why he was here in the first place. The 26-year-old slugger stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning and launched a long walk-off home run to left field, giving the Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves. As he crossed home plate, Ruf was swarmed by his teammates in what was unquestionably the best moment of his often difficult spring training.
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August 15, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
LET'S SAY you are the owner of a baseball team, and you are looking to hire a person who will be in charge of putting a quality product on the field. Call the position a general manager, call it a president of baseball ops, it doesn't really matter. The baseball buck stops with this person. If each of your interviews was limited to one question, what question would you ask? How about: What's your plan?  That's what I would want to ask this person. I am looking to hire somebody who will inherit a mess.
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May 12, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Darin Ruf's transition to left field at triple-A Lehigh Valley might still be a work in progress, but listen to the men paid to evaluate his work for a living, and you'll be astonished by the progress. "The left-field play has been very good," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "It's not a concern for me. It's not a concern at all. " That's quite a different take from the one we heard seven weeks ago, when Ruf's quest to make the big-league roster out of spring training ended mostly because playing left field had been such an adventure for the 26-year-old slugger.
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March 4, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Maybe everyone is looking at this Darin Ruf outfield experiment all wrong. The lifelong first baseman is trying to play left field to improve his chances of making the major-league roster. Ruf has looked a bit rough out there, no doubt about it. He misplayed a routine base hit into a three-base gift on Thursday. On Friday, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel penciled him into the lineup as a designated hitter, just to get Ruf some at-bats without the distraction of playing the field.
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September 26, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
DARIN RUF spent 2 weeks checking into a major league clubhouse and earning a major league paycheck. While that's all well and good - and an upgrade from recuperating from a season at Double A Reading on his couch - Ruf kept looking at the lineups posted each afternoon and continued seeing that his name wasn't in the starting nine. That changed on Tuesday, when manager Charlie Manuel penciled the slugger into the seventh spot playing leftfield against the Washington Nationals.
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March 7, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The education of Darin Ruf has stalled, and the Phillies can only hope Tuesday was the nadir. Ruf struck out three times in a 15-2 loss to the Dominican Republic. One came against Edgar Garcia, a Phillies farmhand who pitched in independent ball last season and was on loan to the Dominicans for a day. To top it off, Ruf failed to reach a catchable ball in the third inning that landed as a ground-rule double. It has been a draining two weeks both physically and mentally for Ruf. "Ruf is not the only guy to ever come to spring training and get off to a slow start," manager Charlie Manuel said.
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July 5, 2013 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
DARIN RUF has faced multiple obstacles during his time with the Phillies organization. As a first baseman by trade, the 26-year-old was required to learn and play the outfield to have a chance to start someday in Philadelphia's lineup. When Ruf was acquired in the 20th round of 2009 MLB draft, some thought he could be a player who could back up first baseman Ryan Howard and pinch-hit for the Phillies. But Ruf had other ideas, and showed his potential during his breakout season with Double A Reading in 2012.
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December 5, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
NASHVILLE - At one point during Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s afternoon meeting with the media at the winter meetings, the idea of John Mayberry Jr. returning next season as the starting centerfielder was raised. Before a line forms at the top of the Walt Whitman Bridge or an angry mob shows up carrying torches at One Citizens Bank Way, you should know that Mayberry in center field is no better than Plan Z for Amaro, who said he went into this offseason with 10 Plan B's. Which Plan B comes to fruition between now and opening day in Atlanta remained a mystery on Monday as the winter meetings officially opened inside the vast Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, where holiday tourists, Tommy Lasorda, and John Kruk frequently crossed paths.
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August 21, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
YESTERDAY was a scheduled off day for Chase Utley, according to interim manager Pete Mackanin. He may not have been in the lineup, but it just so happened that all of the attention was on the 36-year-old second baseman, as trade rumors echoed throughout the clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Not long after last night's 7-4 win over the Blue Jays, it was official: The Phillies traded Utley and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Darnell Sweeney and righthander John Richy.
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August 21, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
A FOUR-RUN Phillies lead had just been cut in half as Andres Blanco dug a foot into the left side of the batter's box to begin the home half of the fifth inning last night. A single voice rose above the din of the crowd, militant at first but increasingly sad as his plea repeated. "We want Utley," he bellowed. "We . . . want . . . Utley. " Six pitches later, Blanco planted a 3-2 pitch from Toronto reliever Bo Schultz into the rightfield seats, extending the Phillies' lead to 5-2. The crowd roared.
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August 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins arrived at Philadelphia International Airport early Monday morning, less than 72 hours after Texas Rangers lefthander Cole Hamels flew out to Dallas. Rehabbing second baseman Chase Utley could become the next longtime Phillie on his way to a new team if he passes through waivers and a contending team trades for him later this month. As Bob Dylan said, the times, they are a-changin'. "They have [changed] . . . it's crazy," Rollins said yesterday afternoon, before his first game at Citizens Bank Park as a member of a team other than the Phillies.
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July 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - After Ryan Howard led off the fifth inning with a single and Cody Asche, Darin Ruf and Andres Blanco followed with three consecutive doubles, newly crowned closer Ken Giles readied himself in the bullpen. He couldn't necessarily see the future, but he knew what was going on. The Phillies had rallied from a two-run deficit to claim the lead. "Once we scored those three runs, I was like, 'That's all that we're getting, and I need to mentally prepare for myself to be ready to go,' " Giles said afterward.
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July 14, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Jeff Francoeur had a flight to catch to get to Atlanta, where he'll celebrate his daughter's second birthday. Darin Ruf was going back to Philadelphia on the team charter flight. Freddy Galvis was joining Carlos Ruiz on a trip to Panama, Justin De Fratus was heading down the coast to his offseason home in Southern California, and Chase Utley was sticking around in San Francisco, where he's made a home in recent years. It's fair to say everyone in the visiting clubhouse, no matter where they were headed yesterday afternoon, was eager for a break.
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July 6, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Kevin Correia arched his back and lifted his head to the sky after Atlanta's Alex Wood smacked his fastball to the outfield, leading off the fourth inning of a 9-5 Phillies loss Saturday night at Turner Field. If yielding a hit to the opposing pitcher was not bad enough, it was about to get worse. The line drive sailed past Jeff Francoeur, who was positioned in shallow right field. Odubel Herrera hustled to the warning track, but the ball fell out of the centerfielder's glove when he reached to retrieve it. Wood was safe at third.
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July 6, 2015
   ATLANTA - Andres Blanco said before Saturday's game that he made sure to bring his "tall shoes" to Turner Field. The 5-foot-10 infielder started at first base for the first time in his career. Blanco is the shortest Phillies player to play first since Shawn Wooten (5-10) started three games there in 2004.    "But that's not my problem. That's his problem," Blanco joked, pointing to third baseman Maikel Franco in the visitors' clubhouse. "They should throw the ball lower. "    Blanco has been practicing at the position for three weeks.
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June 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BALTIMORE - Chase Utley, who has failed to emerge from an offensive funk 10 weeks into the season, took ground balls at first base before Monday night's game against the Orioles and was slotted at designated hitter in manager Ryne Sandberg's lineup. Heavy with corner outfielders but not much else, Sandberg decided to use the DH slot with Utley, one of the least productive hitters in baseball in 2015. Utley's batting average (.184) and OPS (.553) both ranked 159th out of 161 qualifying big-league hitters entering play Monday.
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June 16, 2015
PITTSBURGH - Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage called Domonic Brown into his office Saturday afternoon. He asked the outfielder how he was feeling. Brundage told Brown he was out of that night's IronPigs lineup. The manager wanted Brown to get better mentally and physically. The triple-A manager left his office. Brown was left a bit confused. The team's strength and conditioning coach then told Brown that the manager wanted to see him again. "Then I knew something was up," Brown said.
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June 15, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Domonic Brown's sabbatical in the minor leagues came to a close on Saturday. The Phillies promoted the outfielder from triple-A Lehigh Valley and sent down Darin Ruf. Brown will join the team on Sunday for the series finale against the Pirates. Brown, 27, is batting .304 in 11 games this month. He hit two homers this past week, his first this season at triple A. He has not played in the majors this year. Brown injured his Achilles tendon during spring training and was optioned to the IronPigs last month after the completion of a 20-day rehab stint.
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