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September 11, 1995 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies have reached the point where manager Jim Fregosi might consider giving his starting pitchers a ceremonial appearance - one-third of an inning, say - and then going straight to his bullpen. That idea came to mind yesterday as Jeff Juden slowly but surely blew the 4-1 lead built by his teammates in the first inning. The Phillies wound up losing to the Houston Astros, 5-4, and dropping to four games behind in the National League wild-card race. The Astros are in second place, 1 1/2 games in front of the Phillies.
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June 18, 2006 | By Claire Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like father, like son. Former major-league pitcher Doug Drabek knows that is what people think when they see his son Kyle on the mound. Same build. Same shock of sandy blond hair. The onetime Cy Young Award winner also sees the same stuff. Not just spitting-image fastballs, but stuff - the fire in the belly, the refusal to lose. "He's got his own thing - his own delivery, his own motion, and maybe he throws harder," Doug Drabek said. "But we both are both so competitive.
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June 10, 2009 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Kyle Drabek gave up two runs over five innings and earned his second win in as many starts for the Reading Phillies as they beat the visiting Trenton Thunder, 5-3, in an Eastern League game last night. Drabek allowed seven hits and walked five. Trenton's first two runs came during a five-hit fourth inning. Drabek struck out three on the night. Reading led after third baseman Neil Sellers hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first to open the scoring. Drabek pitched seven shutout innings in his debut for Reading last week after being promoted from Class A Clearwater.
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July 6, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
The Atlanta Braves are supposed to have the best starting pitching in baseball. Someone forgot to tell Darryl Kile and the Houston Astros. Kile became the first Houston pitcher in two years to throw complete games in consecutive starts as the visiting Astros beat the Braves last night, 7-1, and stretched their winning streak to seven - their longest in five years. "Our starting pitching has been high quality for a month," said Houston manager Terry Collins, whose five-man rotation has a combined record of 34-20, a better percentage than Atlanta's mark of 41-26.
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July 18, 1994 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Houston Astros pitcher Doug Drabek left the game after bruising his right forearm on a bunt attempt in the third inning yesterday against Pittsburgh. As Drabek squared to bunt on a 3-2 pitch, he was hit by Paul Wagner's fastball and immediately fell to the ground in pain. As manager Terry Collins and trainer Dave Labossiere rushed to the batter's box, Drabek clutched his elbow for several seconds before picking up his batting helmet and slamming it to the ground in disgust.
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October 10, 1991 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Pirates shortstop Jay Bell, watching from the dugout, saw pitcher Doug Drabek swing. He heard the crack of the bat and smiled as the ball carried over the head of Atlanta centerfielder Ronnie Gant for a double in the sixth inning, scoring the fourth Pittsburgh run. Then he watched Drabek, who had a shutout going at the time, round second and start running for third and he had a sudden thought. "Idiot," Bell said later. "He's the type of guy who thinks he's an everyday player.
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October 15, 1992 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
For Atlanta, John Smoltz was trying to become the first starting pitcher in playoff history to win three games. For Pittsburgh, Doug Drabek was trying to avoid becoming the first pitcher to lose three League Championship Series games. Well, the truth is that Drabek probably pitched a little better than Smoltz in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series last night. But when the smoke cleared, Smoltz had a no-decision and Drabek took the loss. Still, a 2-0 record and six strong innings last night were enough for Smoltz to be voted Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.
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September 16, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - The 15th day of September will always have special meaning for Kyle Drabek. A year ago Wednesday, Drabek was standing near home plate at Citizens Bank Park accepting the Paul Owens Award as the top pitching prospect in the Phillies' minor-league system. Fast forward to last night, and there stood the 22-year-old Drabek on the mound at Camden Yards making his big-league debut. "The only thing I told him was don't change anything and that it's still the same game," said Doug Drabek, Kyle's father and the 1990 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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June 7, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the past, the Phillies have not been afraid to draft high-risk, high-reward talent. Is Kyle Drabek that type of pick? The Phillies selected Drabek, a talented righthanded high school pitcher from Texas and the son of Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, with the 18th overall pick yesterday in the first-year player draft. Drabek had some off-field issues that might have caused him to drop to the Phillies, but the Phils say they have done their homework and are comfortable with the selection.
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October 11, 1991 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
To those who wondered if a 21-year-old lefthander who had just completed his first full season in the big leagues would be nervous pitching in the playoffs, Atlanta's Steve Avery had two splendid answers last night. "How can you not enjoy having 100 million people watching you?" was the second. The first was the 8 1/3 dominant innings he pitched against the Pirates in Atlanta's 1-0 victory last night, which evened the best-of-seven National League Championship Series at one game apiece.
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September 16, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - The 15th day of September will always have special meaning for Kyle Drabek. A year ago Wednesday, Drabek was standing near home plate at Citizens Bank Park accepting the Paul Owens Award as the top pitching prospect in the Phillies' minor-league system. Fast forward to last night, and there stood the 22-year-old Drabek on the mound at Camden Yards making his big-league debut. "The only thing I told him was don't change anything and that it's still the same game," said Doug Drabek, Kyle's father and the 1990 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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July 28, 2009 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Someone last night described pitcher Kyle Drabek as the "linchpin" in a trade that could possibly bring Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay to the Phillies. But Drabek said he tried to put that kind of talk aside as he pitched what could be his last game in a Reading Phillies uniform. "You know they are there," Drabek said of the stable of Blue Jays scouts who immediately left the ball park after he was taken out of the game at the end of the seventh inning. "You're looking right at them.
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June 10, 2009 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
Kyle Drabek gave up two runs over five innings and earned his second win in as many starts for the Reading Phillies as they beat the visiting Trenton Thunder, 5-3, in an Eastern League game last night. Drabek allowed seven hits and walked five. Trenton's first two runs came during a five-hit fourth inning. Drabek struck out three on the night. Reading led after third baseman Neil Sellers hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first to open the scoring. Drabek pitched seven shutout innings in his debut for Reading last week after being promoted from Class A Clearwater.
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June 4, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There was no need for Kyle Drabek to explain how he felt after the top pitching prospect in the Phillies' organization made his double-A debut last night for Reading. As Drabek stood in front of his locker at FirstEnergy Stadium, his smile practically illuminated the home team's clubhouse. That said it all. "Awesome," the 21-year-old righthander said. "I didn't come here and expect to do that. I felt good. " With Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and special assistant Dallas Green sitting behind home plate and closely monitoring him, Drabek pitched seven scoreless innings against Akron, holding the Aeros to three hits while striking out four and walking three in Reading's 6-1 win. No sooner had Drabek finished his chores than he received a text message from his father, Doug Drabek, the 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner and a veteran of 13 big-league seasons.
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June 4, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
READING - There was no need for Kyle Drabek to explain how he felt after the top pitching prospect in the Phillies' organization made his double-A debut Wednesday night for Reading. As Drabek stood in front of his locker at FirstEnergy Stadium, his smile practically illuminated the home team's clubhouse. That said it all. "Awesome," the 21-year-old righthander said. "I didn't come here and expect to do that. I felt good. " With Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and special assistant Dallas Green sitting behind home plate and closely monitoring him, Drabek pitched seven scoreless innings against Akron, holding the Aeros to three hits while striking out four and walking three in Reading's 6-1 win. No sooner had Drabek finished his chores than he received a text message from his father, Doug Drabek, the 1990 National League Cy Young Award winner and a veteran of 13 big-league seasons.
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June 2, 2009 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies' most exciting pitching prospect since Cole Hamels has moved one step closer to the major leagues. Kyle Drabek, the team's top pick in the 2006 draft, was promoted to double-A Reading yesterday. He will make his first start for the Reading Phillies on Thursday night against Akron at FirstEnergy Stadium. Drabek wasted no time joining his new club. He arrived about halfway through batting practice before last night's game. "I'm so happy to be here," the 21-year-old righthander said with a smile.
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April 3, 2009 | By David Whelan
When Citizens Bank Park opens its doors this weekend for the first home game against the Braves, I wish I could be there. Sadly, though, I didn't win the online lottery to buy tickets. As a passionate baseball fan, I know I'm not alone in this town. But it does feel weird to admit it in a public forum. Why? Because 14 years ago, right before my senior year in high school, I walked away from baseball in the most bitter way possible. I grew up in Pittsburgh in a baseball family.
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February 24, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Doug Drabek remembers his first spring training in big-league camp. "Barely," he said. "But yes. " Barely, because it happened 21 years ago. Yes, because the camp included New York Yankees legends Don Mattingly, Dave Winfield, Ron Guidry, Rickey Henderson and Willie Randolph. Drabek, 44, appeared at Phillies camp yesterday to watch his son Kyle, the team's first-round pick last June, throw live batting practice at the Carpenter Complex. He also was there because his other son, 20-year-old Justin, is taking part in an open tryout for the Phillies this weekend.
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June 18, 2006 | By Claire Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like father, like son. Former major-league pitcher Doug Drabek knows that is what people think when they see his son Kyle on the mound. Same build. Same shock of sandy blond hair. The onetime Cy Young Award winner also sees the same stuff. Not just spitting-image fastballs, but stuff - the fire in the belly, the refusal to lose. "He's got his own thing - his own delivery, his own motion, and maybe he throws harder," Doug Drabek said. "But we both are both so competitive.
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June 7, 2006 | By Thayer Evans FOR THE INQUIRER
Kyle Drabek has a devastating 96 m.p.h. fastball and is a prized shortstop, but concerns about his fiery temper and checkered past apparently didn't scare off the Phillies, who yesterday selected The Woodlands High senior with the team's first-round pick, 18th overall. In January 2005, Drabek was arrested for public intoxication, a charge that was later dismissed. In September, he crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a tree in a single-vehicle wreck. His father is Doug Drabek, who won the 1990 Cy Young Award with the Pittsburgh Pirates and went 155-134 in 13 seasons.
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