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April 26, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies batboy plucked Freddy Galvis' batting helmet from the dirt near home plate as the team celebrated near first base. The helmet had been spiked by Galvis after he leaped to his feet following his slide into home for the winning run of Friday's 1-0, walk-off win over Atlanta. It was left behind as he sprinted to grab Ben Revere, who ignited the celebration with a grounder to first base. Galvis reached on a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cesar Hernandez. With Revere batting, he moved to third on a passed ball.
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April 22, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
FROM JUNE 6 to June 19 last year, the Phillies won eight out of 13 games, averaging 4.8 runs while outscoring their opponents by a combined 29 runs. We bring this up as a reminder that, over the course of a 6-month baseball season, everybody is bound to have a good couple of weeks. Likewise, everybody is bound to have a bad couple of weeks. So as we look at some of the more notable individual performances from the Phillies' first 13 games, it's worth wondering whether we have witnessed an accurate reflection of reality or just a couple of those weeks that happened to fall at the start of the season.
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April 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Odubel Herrera stood on first base and looked into the Phillies dugout. The rookie outfielder clapped twice to his teammates after driving in an insurance run in the ninth inning of a 5-3 victory Saturday over the Washington Nationals. He raised his fists to his helmet, mimicking a pair of bull horns. Herrera - nicknamed "El Torito," or "little bull" - brought energy to a Phillies team that needed a spark. The win was their first after six straight losses. Herrera had three hits, including a double for his fifth extra-base hit in four games.
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April 16, 2015
NEW YORK - The Louisville Slugger U1 bat, bench coach Larry Bowa said during spring training, represents the mentality the Phillies want Freddy Galvis to take at the plate. Heavier and an inch longer than his typical bat, it forced the shortstop throughout six weeks of workouts and spring games to shorten his swing. Three games into the regular season, however, Galvis shelved the bat in favor of his old model. He still uses the U1 occasionally in batting practice, but it appears to have done its job. The mind-set and hitting concepts attached to swinging it have helped the 25-year-old shortstop get off to the best offensive start on the team.
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April 16, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - When Ryne Sandberg took over as Phillies manager in August 2013, one of his first changes was using longtime leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins more regularly in the second spot in his lineup. He hoped it would give Rollins a different outlook at the plate, with a different job in his new place in the lineup. Sandberg seems to have the same idea in mind with Freddy Galvis, who hit from the second spot in the lineup for the fourth time in the last five games last night against the Mets.
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April 16, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - There was the homecoming for the hero of Flushing, Matt Harvey, making his first start at Citi Field since 2013. There were the chants of his last name, the crowd serenading the righthander, as he threw his final warmup pitches. There were back-to-back strikeouts to begin the night, sending the ballpark into bedlam. And then there was Chase Utley, launching a dagger into the night, with a line-drive home run, the first of his two on the night, into a corner he's made his own at the 7-year-old ballpark, shutting up everyone in New York all at once.
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April 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The worst start to a season of Chase Utley's illustrious career continued Monday. The Phillies' longtime second baseman was hitless in three more at-bats and committed a costly eighth-inning fielding error. "It's just a matter of time with Chase," manager Ryne Sandberg said after the Phillies were shut out for the second time in seven games, this one a 2-0 loss to the New York Mets in their home opener at Citi Field. "I have no worries there. He gives quality at-bats. No worries there.
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April 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Ben Revere managed to work the count full in all four of his plate appearances yesterday. "Working the pitcher, work his pitch count up," he said afterward. "If you can do that, that's good. I didn't use to do that, but I think you get more mature, older . . . Last year watching Bobby Abreu and how he does it, that helped me out. " But all Revere could do when his fourth and final lengthy at-bat against the Mets came to an end yesterday afternoon in Citi Field was stare out in disbelief.
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April 13, 2015
THE REAL baseball fan loves the game for many reasons, one of which is the length of the season, which allows his or her team the ability to overcome an awful start. The season always has periods of ups and downs, which, alternately, give rise to hope and despair. The true fan brings high hopes into the start of the season, but, in truth, is realistic about the team's chances. Though we all dream of winning the World Series, we really want the season to be exciting from April to October.
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April 7, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five third basemen were needed to fill out the final 116 games of the 1989 Phillies season. Mike Schmidt retired in late May from the spot he occupied for 17 years, leaving a glaring void on the hot corner. In a similar vein, another long accounted-for Phillies position was vacated in December. On Monday, for the first time since 2000, the team's opening-day shortstop will not be named James Calvin Rollins. After Rollins waived his no-trade rights to play for a contender, the Phillies did not acquire a shortstop to take his place.
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