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August 19, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Freddy Galvis sat in the Lehigh Valley dugout Wednesday and gazed out toward the diamond. No one was in the infield. The game for the triple-A IronPigs would start in 90 minutes, and Galvis would play shortstop. That much he knew. Beyond that, he was not so sure. "I don't know, man," he said, looking down. "Right now, it's a lot of people with contracts in the big leagues, so . . . " he paused for a moment. "I don't have a spot. " Galvis was once the future of the Phillies' middle infield.
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March 24, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Eleven days ago, before starting at shortstop in a game in Disney World, where the Atlanta Braves call spring training home, Freddy Galvis rolled up his left pant leg and showed off a nasty cut. It wasn't an uncommon injury for a baseball player, as they slide hard into the ground routinely when trying to get to a base on offense or field a hard-to-reach grounder on defense. Galvis got this particular wound after sliding into third base one day. It was the reason he had briefly ditched his normal high-sock look.
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August 23, 2011
Playing at: Lehigh Valley (AAA) Position: Shortstop. Age: 21. Born: Nov. 14, 1989, in Punto Fijo, Falcon, Venezuela. Height: 5-10. Weight: 170. Bats: Both. Throws: Right. How acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent, July 2, 2006. This season: Started in Reading and moved up to Lehigh Valley on Aug. 2. Galvis is hitting .318 in 19 games at Triple A heading into last night . . . Was hitting .273 with a career-high eight homers in 422 at-bats in Reading . . . Generally batting at the bottom of the order for Lehigh Valley, where his 21 hits include 18 singles, two doubles and a triple.
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April 28, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
AS GOOD AS it was, you ain't seen nothin' yet. If you thought the diving stop and throw up the middle Saturday night is the best that Freddy Galvis has to offer, think again. That wasn't even his best play in the past 6 months. "No, it was not my best," Galvis admitted yesterday. "I had one that was better, playing winter ball in Venezuela this year. " That's saying something, because Saturday's play might have been Galvis' signature moment. This was Jeter, diving into the stands; Ozzie, barehanded up the middle.
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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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April 12, 2013 | By Bob Brookover and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Phillies played their ninth game of the season Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and infielder Freddy Galvis has started none of them. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted that it is a concern that needs to be addressed. "Sometime soon - probably," the general manager said. "We kind of take it day by day. " Galvis has made three pinch-hitting appearances and is hitless with a strikeout. He flied out in the eighth inning Wednesday. Manager Charlie Manuel still believes the young infielder will benefit most by being on the big-league roster.
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May 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - On Wednesday night, Phillies manager and nine-time Gold Glove winner Ryne Sandberg used the word "unreal" when describing a play by first-year starting shortstop Freddy Galvis. The slick-fielding 25-year-old ranged in the hole that night, coming up with the ball and somehow letting loose on a strike to first base to record the out, despite the fact the throw came after Galvis was already airborne. Less than 24 hours later, Sandberg was pointing in the direction of his same sure-handed shortstop when asked about a seventh inning that began with a walk, unraveled with defense, and put the Phillies in a much more difficult position to rally in what was eventually a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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May 21, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN YOU are scuffling, there is no such thing as a little mistake. Domonic Brown's sixth-inning throw to first is misplayed into an eventual unearned run . . . Cliff Lee's ninth-inning baserunning gaffe gives dominant Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman a two-out save opportunity . . . and there you are again yesterday, tortured, angered, ready to swear off the local nine for maybe the 10th time just in the last month. Why didn't Charlie Manuel use an everyday player to run instead of a pitcher?
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July 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Jeff Francoeur, among the unlikeliest of Phillies' trade candidates entering the season, reiterated Friday he does not wish to be dealt elsewhere before the July 31 trade deadline. The hot-hitting journeyman rightfielder is not helping his case the more he provides late-game heroics. His two-run home run in Friday's 10th inning sparked the Phillies to their 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the sixth win in seven games since the all-star break for the team still with baseball's worst record.
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July 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeff Francoeur spent the first three months of last season in the minor leagues. He was a nine-year major-league veteran traversing the western United States by bus with the El Paso Chihuahuas. He worked his way back to the major leagues, first, by accepting the Phillies' non-roster invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old then played himself onto the opening-day roster by securing the final bench spot. And now Francoeur is playing himself into a starting role. Francoeur's major-league comeback continued Sunday as his walk-off homer lifted the Phillies past the Miami Marlins, 8-7, at Citizens Bank Park.
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July 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chad Billingsley cruised through the first five innings in a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies starter threw just 70 pitches as he scattered four hits without allowing a run. It was his finest performance of the season. Four more outs and it would have been his longest outing since 2012. But the mound was empty to start the sixth inning. The bullpen door opened and Jake Diekman jogged to the infield. Billingsley was done. The righthander's stellar night ended with a bizarre finish.
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July 14, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - Jeff Francoeur had a flight to catch to get to Atlanta, where he'll celebrate his daughter's second birthday. Darin Ruf was going back to Philadelphia on the team charter flight. Freddy Galvis was joining Carlos Ruiz on a trip to Panama, Justin De Fratus was heading down the coast to his offseason home in Southern California, and Chase Utley was sticking around in San Francisco, where he's made a home in recent years. It's fair to say everyone in the visiting clubhouse, no matter where they were headed yesterday afternoon, was eager for a break.
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July 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - The most defeat-filled first half in Phillies history ended Sunday with a brisk 2-hour, 23-minute afternoon game at AT&T Park. After a 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, the players on baseball's worst team packed their bags and headed opposite ways for a much-needed all-star break. "One good thing is, we've got the four-game break," interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "So we can go home and relax and try to get our heads together, just take the pressure off for a while and see what happens.
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July 11, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The Phillies announced the signing of 16-year-old Dominican slugger Jhailyn Ortiz on Thursday night. Ortiz, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound first baseman/leftfielder, was set to receive a $4.2 million signing bonus, according to several reports. The Phillies, who acquired the No. 1 international signing slot from the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, also announced the signings of Venezuelan catcher Rafael Marchan, Dominican infielder Kuedy Bocio, and Dominican lefthander Manuel Silva.
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July 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw is one of five National League players in the running to win the final vote for Tuesday's All-Star Game in Cincinnati. On Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace and reigning National League MVP used the Phillies to boost his campaign. Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, dominated baseball's worst team with his first complete game shutout of the season. The Phillies' 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium marked their ninth shutout defeat through 87 games.
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July 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Less than three weeks ago, the Phillies were routinely losing games because their starting pitching was inconsistent and their offense could barely scratch across more than a couple of runs each night. From Opening Day until June 20, the Phillies offense ranked last in the major leagues in runs (211), runs per game (3.01) and on-base percentage (.287). The starting pitching remains a nightly adventure, but the offense has been resurrected by an influx of young bats.
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July 8, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
ANDY MacPHAIL said something interesting a couple of days after his introductory news conference. Interesting, not because of its merits, but because of its eerie similarity to the company line we've heard from the current front office over the last few years. "The criticism of this franchise I think has been that maybe they tried to keep the party going too long," the Phillies president-in-waiting said in an interview with the MLB Network. MacPhail opined that "this game is designed to punish the successful" by way of reverse-order-of-finish drafting and salaries that increase with performance and service time.
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July 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The finale of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park between baseball's two worst teams needed extra innings to decide. Three hours and 57 minutes after it began, the battle of ineptitude ended with the Phillies again coming out on the losing end. An 8-7 loss in 11 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Phillies' fourth consecutive defeat and 28th in 36 games, cemented the team's worst record at the season's midway point since 1997. A mere 27 wins through 81 games puts the Phillies on pace for a 54-108 season, and their roster figures to get only worse after the July 31 trade deadline.
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