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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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September 2, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
On Friday, the first day after major-league rosters expand, Pete Mackanin will receive three players from the minors. One has a familiar ring. Darin Ruf will rejoin the Phillies for the home game against the Atlanta Braves along with two other call-ups from Lehigh Valley: lefthander Patrick Schuster and righthander Colton Murray. Players will be added in waves, with the main criteria being that a minor-league player earned his promotion. That applies to both prospects and those who have been in the majors before.
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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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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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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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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 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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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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September 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
READING - Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins have emerged this season as legitimate Phillies prospects. And it was almost impossible to discuss one this summer without talking about the other, so it is only fitting that the two Reading sluggers entered the final weekend of the season in almost a dead heat for the minor-league home run crown. Cozens, a 22-year-old outfielder, hit his 39th homer of the season on Saturday to break Darin Ruf's Reading single-season record from 2010. Hoskins, a 23-year-old first baseman, stands two home runs behind.
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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Darin Ruf's baseball career may take him to the Land of the Rising Sun, as Ruf said he noticed a large presence of Japanese scouts this season during his 20-home-run campaign at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruf joined the Phillies on Friday afternoon, but the remaining 28 games could prove to be his final chapter with the organization. Ruf can no longer be optioned to the minor leagues, and instead must be designated for assignment. His winter will be uncertain, as the Phillies could opt to keep Ruf for insurance at first base or he could become a minor-league free agent.
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September 2, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
On Friday, the first day after major-league rosters expand, Pete Mackanin will receive three players from the minors. One has a familiar ring. Darin Ruf will rejoin the Phillies for the home game against the Atlanta Braves along with two other call-ups from Lehigh Valley: lefthander Patrick Schuster and righthander Colton Murray. Players will be added in waves, with the main criteria being that a minor-league player earned his promotion. That applies to both prospects and those who have been in the majors before.
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August 28, 2016 | Matt Breen, Staff writer
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Andrew Knapp entered Friday batting just .259 with an .324 on-base percentage. The catcher has just 12 hits this month and appears to be stuck in a rut after a strong season in double A. "I just watched that club for a couple of days and watched him catch for a couple days. His numbers aren't off the charts, but I don't think he's in a rut," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "I had a great conversation with him just a couple days ago and that was my point to him. Numbers are numbers and he's progressed so much this year defensively.
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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 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 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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