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August 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The day after he made his first major-league hit a pinch-hit home run, Darnell Sweeney started his first big-league game. The Phillies' newest position player manned center field and batted sixth in the team's 2-0 win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. He did not manage a hit, but drew walks in three of his four plate appearances in the finale of the four-game series at Marlins Park. The start capped a memorable first weekend for Sweeney, whose first series as a big-leaguer came about a 20-minute drive from his childhood home in Hollywood, Fla. It also was against one of his good friends in Dee Gordon, the Marlins' two-time all-star second baseman whose .335 batting average is the best in baseball.
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June 8, 2011
Dee Gordon, son of former Phillies pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon, made his major-league debut Monday night as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and scored the Los Angeles Dodgers' only run in a 3-1 loss to the Phillies. Watching the son sprint from first to third on a single, you realized that the 23-year-old probably should have the same nickname as his father. Flash Gordon flew in from Orlando in time to see his son's debut and acknowledged that it was an emotional moment that made him proud.
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May 3, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
TREVOR CAHILL took a four-hit shutout into the eighth inning, and the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks beat Washington, 5-1, Tuesday night to stretch the Nationals' losing streak to five games. Teenager Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 in his home debut for the Nationals. The 19-year-old Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, is 2-for-9 since being recalled from the minors on Saturday. Cahill (2-2) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking one. Arizona starters are 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA over the past five games.
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June 15, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN THE Phillies beat the Marlins on June 1, they were three games above .500 and just 2 1/2 back of the division-leading Nationals. Since then, the season has resembled Lindsay Lohan's career. Here are some of the developments heading into Wednesday's game: June 2: Cole Hamels is roughed up for five runs and suffers his first loss since April 9. June 3: Wanting to give days off to Carlos Ruiz and Ty Wigginton, manager Charlie Manuel uses Hector Luna to bat cleanup in a 5-1 loss to the Marlins.
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July 10, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Ian Desmond withdrew from the All-Star Game on Saturday, saying he had a strained left oblique. The Nationals' shortstop then slugged his 16th homer that night and came back to rip another one on Sunday. Hey, nobody should have a problem with a guy wanting to rest an injury. And if he doesn't want to go to an increasingly meaningless game, why insist? But it's one more indication that players simply don't give a hoot for what used to be the only all-star game in any sport that meant anything.
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June 7, 2012 | By Chad Graff, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dee Gordon and Jimmy Rollins leaned back against the visitors' dugout along the third-base line at Citizens Bank Park. The starting shortstops Tuesday night in the Phillies game against the Los Angeles Dodgers began to chat. Gordon, the speedy 150-pound, 24-year-old shortstop who looks a lot like Rollins when he runs the basepaths, talked with his counterpart about fielding their position, something that's been a problem for Gordon. They talked about the webbing in their gloves and how Rollins discovered his favorite glove in high school.
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June 6, 2012 | By Chad Graff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bobby Abreu stood Monday in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park and took a look around at the 45,000-plus fans, the same Phillies faithful he had played in front of for nearly nine seasons. And yet on a damp June night, as Abreu played in Philadelphia for the first time since being traded to the New York Yankees in 2006, so much was different. Those were happy days, he said, even if his time here came to an end when he was labeled a poor clubhouse guy and shipped to New York for little in return.
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July 7, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
The latest flare-up in which a Hall of Famer called out a possible future Hall of Famer over performance-enhancing drugs involves a couple of guys in pinstripes. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, former Yankees great Reggie Jackson called Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's numbers tainted and hinted that the slugger does not belong in the Hall. "I think there are real questions about his numbers," Jackson said. "As much as I like him, what he admitted about his usage does cloud some of his records.
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August 10, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Just when you think the Legend of Cliff Lee cannot grow any taller, he steps into the batter's box in the seventh inning against a pitcher who has allowed three home runs against lefthanded batters all season and sends a 2-0 changeup sailing into the rightfield seats of Dodger Stadium. He might not have the longevity of Roy Halladay, or the consistency of Cole Hamels, but the man knows theater, and in a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers last night it was once again on display.
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August 9, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - There is a reason why they boo Shane Victorino all over the big leagues, why they treat one of the game's most happy-go-lucky players like he is Ron Artest. One of those reasons is the suspension he received prior to last night's game. Another is the home run he hit to help ice it. When the ninth inning began, the Phillies were swerving down the road with their lugnuts loose and oil dripping out their back. After 6 1/3 innings of solid pitching out of Roy Halladay, the Dodgers had scored two runs in the eighth to pull within a run. What looked like sure victory had spiraled into something far different.
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August 25, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The day after he made his first major-league hit a pinch-hit home run, Darnell Sweeney started his first big-league game. The Phillies' newest position player manned center field and batted sixth in the team's 2-0 win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday afternoon. He did not manage a hit, but drew walks in three of his four plate appearances in the finale of the four-game series at Marlins Park. The start capped a memorable first weekend for Sweeney, whose first series as a big-leaguer came about a 20-minute drive from his childhood home in Hollywood, Fla. It also was against one of his good friends in Dee Gordon, the Marlins' two-time all-star second baseman whose .335 batting average is the best in baseball.
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August 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Darnell Sweeney was getting ready to lead off and play center field in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night when he learned he was scratched from the lineup of the Dodgers' triple-A club. It didn't take much more than a scroll through Twitter to learn the reason. Sweeney's manager later officially alerted him that he had been traded to the Phillies. If that wasn't enough news, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called 20 minutes later and told Sweeney he was getting his first major-league promotion.
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May 16, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FREDDY GALVIS led off the bottom of the third inning of yesterday afternoon's game by hitting a routine ground ball to second base. Galvis arrived safely at first, however, because no one was there to take the throw from Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker. When you're hitting over .350, good fortune finds you. "For sure," Galvis said after Phillies' 4-2 win over the Pirates. "I just feel good. " The 25-year-old Galvis, who entered the 2015 season with a .218 average in 171 games, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs.
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May 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Chase Utley, whose .103 batting average ranked 180th of 180 qualifying big-league hitters entering play yesterday, was out of the Phillies' starting lineup and there's a "pretty good possibility" he won't play again until the team returns home Friday. "That's the way I'm leaning right now," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Sandberg saw the benefits of a break with one of his other hitters in the previous 24 hours. Jeff Francoeur, mired in an 0-for-19 funk, sat out in three games in Miami and returned on Monday night with a four-hit game.
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April 3, 2015
Speaking directly about the topic for the first time since gambling-related tweets appeared on his Twitter account last week, Miami pitcher Jarred Cosart denied ever betting on baseball. "I never have, never will bet on baseball," Cosart said Wednesday. Tweets that appeared on Cosart's account discussed gambling advice received from a gambling expert. They did not appear to involve baseball bets. Cosart briefly addressed the situation last week, stating he was cooperating with Major League Baseball's investigation.
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December 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE FIRST instinct is to call it sad, but there is nothing sadder than what we would have witnessed next year if the players who ushered in the greatest era of Phillies baseball had been forced to endure its worst. Make no mistake, that's what these next 2 or 3 years will be, and if you wish to argue otherwise by pointing to the 10,000-plus losses that preceded them, well, you've never stepped from the warmth of a well-lit living room into a cold, moonless night. Yesterday, Jimmy Rollins did what the majority of us would do when he OK'd a trade that will send him back to his home state of California and the hallowed ground of Chavez Ravine (hallowed, that is, unless you happened to live there before Dodger Stadium was built)
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July 10, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It sure has changed the game. That much we can say definitively about the first season of expanded replay reviews in Major League Baseball. We used to watch heated arguments among umpires, managers, and players. Now, we mostly have mellow conversations. "Gee whiz, Mr. Umpire, I think you might have missed that one, but I still think you are a real swell guy," Mr. Manager says after his slow walk from the dugout to the field while Mr. Bench Coach calls Mr. Video Review Man. The signal comes from the dugout and, depending on which way Mr. Bench Coach turns his thumbs, either Mr. Umpire walks toward the replay headset or Mr. Manager peacefully returns to the dugout.
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May 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ALTHOUGH PLAYERS are still occasionally suspended for PEDs, the steroid era is long over. Home runs have been down, speed has been up. Players such as Ben Revere are welcomed in today's game. Elite speedsters such as Cincinnati rookie Billy Hamilton and Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon are celebrated. Gordon worked his magic right off the bat last night, leading off the game against the Phillies with a single, then stealing both second and third and scoring on a Yasiel Puig single.
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April 24, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES — Two Dodgers tracked a lazy fly ball, stumbled into one another, and opened the door to an extra-inning Phillies victory. Domonic Brown smashed through it. For two years, these Phillies watched opposing teams benefit from their mistakes. They did not waste a gift-wrapped runner in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Carlos Ruiz skied one to left in the 10th inning. Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez convened there, and neither caught the ball. Ruiz stood on second because he hustled from the moment he swung.
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