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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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May 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - For most of the last four seasons, Darin Ruf has been a part-time player. It is a role that Ruf, who has his deficiencies, must master. He has lived on the fringe of the Phillies roster, a status endangered by his prolonged slump. "If I could put my finger on it, I would try to change something," Ruf said. "I started slow last year. Hopefully balls start falling. " Ruf, last season, batted .188 with a .573 OPS in the Phillies' first 34 games. This season, in the same span, he hit .161 with a .406 OPS. Playing time was a little more frequent at the start of last season, but not by much.
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October 1, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH THE established veterans gone, injured or pushed out of the regular lineup, Phillies management has let the kids play for most of the summer and now into autumn, too. Last night, the results were encouraging in a 4-3 win over the National League East champion New York Mets. Darin Ruf hit a first-inning, three-run home run, Odubel Herrera had four hits, Dalier Hinojosa deftly escaped a jam in the sixth, and starter David Buchanan was dependable for a third straight start in the Phillies' third win in their last four games.
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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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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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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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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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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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August 21, 2016
The Phillies will almost certainly need another IronPigs pitcher to fit into the rotation before the season is over and that pitcher could be Phil Klein. The righthander - who made a spot start for the Phillies on Aug. 3 - struck out 11 batters last Sunday over eight shutout innings. It was Klein's second straight start with 10 or more strikeouts. He has a 1.69 ERA in his five starts at triple A. The Phillies claimed him off waivers in June. . . . Brock Stassi entered Friday batting .262 with a .365 on-base percentage.
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July 9, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Who's on first? That's a question Phillies fans have rarely had to ask since Ryan Howard arrived in the middle of the 2005 season and blasted his way to the National League rookie of the year award. Sure, there was that time at the start of the 2012 season when Howard was sidelined by a leg infection after undergoing offseason surgery to repair the torn Achilles tendon that brought the 2011 season to a crumbling conclusion. Charlie Manuel tried to temporarily replace the Big Piece with Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix, John Mayberry, and Jim Thome, but all were fruitless attempts.
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June 27, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - These days, the chatter about Citizens Bank Park as a bandbox is muted because the home team cannot hit for power. The ballpark gained its reputation more than a decade ago when robust Phillies lineups dumped high flies into flower beds. Pitchers from opposing teams complained; the effect became exaggerated. But earlier this month, when potent Toronto and Arizona lineups came to Philadelphia and bashed 17 homers in six games, it served as a reminder of how Citizens Bank Park has become such a disadvantage for the home team.
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June 27, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING - The two top sluggers in all of minor-league baseball took the field this week for batting practice, and Rhys Hoskins made an observation to Dylan Cozens. "Man, I just feel like a better hitter here," Hoskins said to Cozens. "I don't know what it is. " Cozens and Hoskins - the heart of double-A Reading's potent lineup - each entered Friday with 19 home runs, tied for the minor-league lead. Their 38 combined home runs were the second-most by any two teammates in professional baseball, trailing only the 39 homers from Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies.
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June 6, 2016 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER COLUMNIST T
ommy Joseph, who is auditioning to be the next regular first baseman for the Phillies following Ryan Howard's 11-year run at the position, might not turn out to be the answer there, of course. In fact, the historical odds are against him. Since he hit well at Lehigh Valley in a couple of dozen games this season, it's reasonable to give him a try, but as a prospect he's not even as promising as Darin Ruf following a 38-home run season for Reading in 2012. Ruf had his chances to unseat the declining Howard.
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