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July 29, 2006 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Signaling that they will be sellers as Monday's non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Phillies last night sent veteran third baseman David Bell to the Milwaukee Brewers for single-A relief pitcher Wilfrido Laureano, a 6-foot-6, 170-pound righthander. Laureano, 22, was 3-2 with a save and a 3.96 earned run average in 29 relief appearances for West Virginia in the South Atlantic League. In 63 2/3 innings, he struck out 62, walked 36 and allowed 54 hits. Opponents were hitting .218 against him. The 33-year-old Bell was in the final year of a four-year, $17 million contract with the Phillies.
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March 27, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Larry Bowa would love to have Jim Thome with the rest of his everyday eight just once before the Phillies leave Florida and head to Philadelphia next week. OK, more than once would be even better. The first baseman, who was sidelined by a broken finger, hasn't been in the starting lineup since March 4, although he pinch-hit Thursday and is expected to be the designated hitter today against Boston in Fort Myers. Third baseman David Bell returned to the lineup this week after having been sidelined since March 11 with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
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July 4, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There had been talk yesterday afternoon that the Phillies should have set up 25 cots in their clubhouse - kind of "Revenge of the Nerds" - after they endured a 16-inning loss early yesterday morning at Citizens Bank Park. At least they could have slept a little more that way. "We were tired," said closer Billy Wagner, who picked up his 12th save in a much-needed 7-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. "We played 16 innings. We got home at 2:30. You spend four, five hours with your family and turn around and come back.
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November 4, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies' free-agent quest is getting more and more interesting. They will give first baseman Jim Thome a tour of their new ballpark site on Thursday, and they have zeroed in on Atlanta lefthander Tom Glavine as a top pitching priority. General manager Ed Wade said he talked to Glavine's agent several times last week, and he hoped to express the Phillies' high level of interest directly to the two-time Cy Young Award winner in a phone conversation today. Glavine, a free agent for the first time in his career, reportedly was offended when the Braves initially offered nothing more than a one-year deal worth $8 million plus four option years.
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May 11, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies pulled a pitcher with a 9.74 earned run average last night at Miller Park for a pitcher with a 13.03 ERA. Impossible? Have you seen Vicente Padilla and Terry Adams pitch lately? The Phillies blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning in an 8-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers when Adams replaced Padilla and promptly loaded the bases. Four runs eventually scored. Manager Charlie Manuel, who had been ejected in the fifth inning, explained the decision by bench coach Gary Varsho and pitching coach Rick Dubee to replace Padilla.
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January 12, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For some time, Phillies manager Larry Bowa has talked about the real David Bell. Real, meaning healthy. Real, meaning clutch hitter, solid third baseman, and clubhouse leader. "The best team we have out there is with David at third base," Bowa said last week. Bell's health is one of the Phillies' few uncertainties with spring training arriving next month. In his first season in Philadelphia, back and hip problems forced him to miss almost the entire second half of the season.
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June 30, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Phillies third baseman David Bell completed the 243d cycle in baseball history Monday night when he tripled in the seventh inning against the Montreal Expos at Citizens Bank Park. Bell wasn't the first family member to accomplish the feat. He wasn't even the first family member to do it in Philadelphia. Bell's grandfather, Gus Bell - a four-time all-star - hit for the cycle for the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 4, 1951, against the Phillies at Shibe Park. Bell tripled off the right-field wall in the first inning and homered in the fifth to give the Pirates a 6-0 lead on their way to a 12-4 victory.
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August 4, 1997 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle, who is spearheading efforts to sign J.D. Drew, could attempt to resume negotiations with the reluctant No. 1 draft pick as early as today. It probably won't matter much, at least in the short term. The Phillies aren't likely to significantly alter their original offer of a $2.05 million signing bonus, a record for a drafted player. And every indication is that agent Scott Boras isn't ready to reduce his demand for a package worth at least $10 million while he pursues further legal strategies.
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January 10, 2003 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles aren't the only team that's going to end its tenure at the Vet with a sellout. Yesterday, on the first day that individual-game tickets for the coming season were put on sale, the Phillies sold every remaining ticket for their regular-season finale, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 28, against the Atlanta Braves. In less than nine hours, more than 30,000 tickets were sold for the game, according to John Weber, the team's director of sales. Customers purchased nearly 20,000 more for other dates.
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November 21, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies left two spots open on their 40-man roster yesterday, and one of them could be filled as soon as today by David Bell. After the Phillies met yesterday with Bell's agent Tom Reich, the free-agent third baseman decided to extend his stay in Philadelphia to a fourth day, fueling the belief that he was on the verge of agreeing to a deal. "The talks were constructive, and we plan to meet again," general manager Ed Wade said. The Phillies may be willing to guarantee a fourth year to sign Bell.
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April 3, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - It was more than two hours before game time, and the first player to emerge in the visitors dugout at Turner Field was Chase Utley. The Phillies' five-time all-star second baseman was not going to miss this opening day. Not after missing the last two. Not after starting his preparation for this season almost immediately after the end of last season. There was a look in Utley's eyes Monday as he leaned on the dugout railing and awaited the team's stretch exercises in preparation for his first opening day since 2010.
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December 15, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ben Revere was escorted into the Phillies clubhouse Thursday afternoon by two team officials. Inside, the lights were dimmed to accentuate the Christmas decorations, complete with a village of mechanical caroler figurines in the center of the room. Their new present, a speedy, defensive-minded centerfielder, was unwrapped on a day of seismic shifts in the baseball world. The Phillies, for now, are relegated to watching. "I know they'll make moves," Revere said. The options are dwindling.
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August 31, 2012
Ten years later and they're talking about Chase Utley playing third base again. A decade ago, Utley was being groomed at triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace the departed Scott Rolen at the position. Utley, in his second full minor-league season with the Phillies, moved from second base to third in 2002 and skipped a stop at double-A Reading because he was such an advanced offensive player. Then, as now, Utley was willing to do whatever was best for the team. Unlike then, Utley now has enough organizational clout to make suggestions that resonate with the general manager.
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July 31, 2012
ATLANTA - What does it mean when the games don't mean anything anymore? A decade has passed since the Phillies have had so little to play for so early in a season. Manager Larry Bowa's 2002 team, the last Phillies squad that failed to post a winning record, was also out of contention by this point in the summer. Former general manager Ed Wade conducted his primary order of business that year exactly 10 years ago Sunday by sending a disgruntled Scott Rolen to the St. Louis Cardinals for Placido Polanco, Mike Timlin, and Bud Smith.
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July 27, 2012
DAVE MONTGOMERY traced it back to 2002, and that is still true. Free agents David Bell and Jim Thome began the sea change that Cole Hamels rode like a Black's Beach wave Wednesday, signing on to be a Phillie through the 2018 season for a mere $144 million. But the guy whose locker sits to the left of Hamels had something to do with it as well, something that should never be overlooked as Roy Halladay approaches the final guaranteed season of the 3-year, $60 million contract extension he signed before the 2010 season.
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May 19, 2012
ON A TRIPLE A baseball diamond somewhere in Louisville, Ky., Mike Costanzo stood among a throng of kids and felt his stomach churn as a lifetime's worth of jubilation and disappointment flashed through his head. An hour earlier, the 28-year-old third baseman had phoned home to Delaware County for his usual pregame chat with his father. "I'm batting cleanup," Costanzo told Mike Sr., who knew that his son had been waiting for such a promotion. The conversation ended, but not for long.
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October 5, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Three-run homers hide a lot of blemishes, although it must be noted that they never had much luck disguising the hole in David Bell's swing. But the one Phillies pinch-hitter Ben Francisco belted into his club's Busch Stadium bullpen to decide Game 3 did exactly that. Francisco hit the third, but by far most important, three-run homer in this NL division series that, thanks to his career's most magical moment, the Phillies now lead, two games to one. As a result, no one in the victors' quietly confident clubhouse or among their relieved fans in Philadelphia was complaining about the Phillies' schizophrenic offense, the one that generated 15 runs in the series' first 12 innings and none - on just four hits - in the 12 that preceded Francisco's Matt Stairs-like moment.
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July 31, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reprinted from Saturday's editions The Phillies offense Friday night was nothing like the one that had generated so much trade speculation. Then the Phils made the trade they hope will produce more slugfests to match Friday's 10-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Coveted Houston all-star outfielder Hunter Pence was dealt to the Phillies for first baseman Jonathan Singleton, righthanders Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid, and a player to be named. The Phils also received cash.
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