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May 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - Stephen Strasburg needed just three pitches to dispatch Maikel Franco in the second inning Saturday. The power pitcher quickly threw two strikes past Franco when they met again in the third inning. The rookie had looked futile a night earlier against Max Scherzer. This seemed to be more of the same. Franco adjusted this time, sped up his swing, and met Strasburg's 0-2 fastball with a powerful stroke. He sent it over the right-center-field wall - the tallest fence at Nationals Park - for his second homer since rejoining the Phillies on May 15. It was a bomb, manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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May 24, 2015
WASHINGTON - Freddy Galvis entered Friday night's game at Nationals Park with just three hits in his last 20 at-bats. This week's four-game series at Colorado was the shortstop's roughest stretch of the season. Galvis' reasoning for the slump was simple: It was cold. "Really cold," Galvis said. The Phillies played all four of their games against the Rockies in low 50-degree temperatures. Galvis' bat was just as chilled. He was happy to be in Washington, where Friday's forecast was 75 degrees at the time of the first pitch.
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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 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - The ball was in the thin Colorado air only for a few seconds, but it must have felt more like several minutes for Freddy Galvis. The shortstop saw centerfielder Odubel Herrera raise his arms as the fly ball off the bat of Drew Stubbs came his way. But was Herrera signaling he had a beat on it … or that he had no idea where the ball was headed?  Galvis gave chase. Herrera attempted to play catch-up, but he, too, was too late. A ball that Herrera, a converted infielder, should have caught fell onto the Coors Field grass, putting Rockies runners on second and third with one out in the fourth inning of a tie game.
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May 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco sped around the bases Sunday afternoon before slowing to a crawl as he approached home plate at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies rookie's first home run had sailed over the left-field fence to punctuate a 6-0 win over Arizona. It was a moment to savor. The third baseman blessed himself and pointed to the sky as his cleat toed the plate. He said it felt great - something, Franco said, he wants to continue. Manager Ryne Sandberg said it was good for Franco to get the homer out of the way. The win was the Phillies' fifth straight, their longest winning streak since July.
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May 18, 2015 | Matt Breen, Inquirer
Elvis Araujo did not know he was the winning pitcher Friday until after the Phillies wrapped up their 4-3 victory over Arizona. The game ball was waiting for him in his locker in the clubhouse. The lefthanded reliever said he would place it next to the ball he earned earlier this season after striking out his first batter. "I was excited," the rookie said Saturday as his season of firsts rolled on. Araujo, 23, has been effective since being promoted last month from double-A Reading.
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May 18, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freddy Galvis hopped out of the dugout and stood on the warning-track dirt in the fifth inning of a 7-5 win over Arizona on Saturday night. Galvis waved his arms above his head, seeking the attention of Carlos Ruiz, who stood on second after an RBI double. Ruiz looked his way. Galvis put his hands to his head and wagged his fingers. Ruiz did the same. The Phillies scored three times in the fifth on the way to tying their highest run total of the season. The victory gave the team its first four-game winning streak since Aug. 24-27 of last season.
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May 17, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freddy Galvis looked behind him, watched the ball stay fair, and kept moving. He crossed the plate with ease in Friday's eighth inning, giving the Phillies the winning run in a 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The hit - a pinch-hit single by Jeff Francoeur - slapped the dirt just past third base, narrowly falling into play. It was Francoeur's third pinch-hit and third pinch-hit RBI of the season. He was thrown out at second after trying to stretch the hit into a double.
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May 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco's Friday began much earlier than usual when shortly after 7 a.m. he heard a knock on his door at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. It was triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage, there to deliver the news that the third baseman was headed to Philadelphia. It was early for the 22-year-old Franco, who said he typically wakes up at about 11 a.m. "It's good," he said hours later, seated in the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park. "I'll take that. " By the end of his day, Franco had in the books his first game as the Phillies' everyday third baseman.
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May 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE KNOCK on the door of his Rochester, N.Y., hotel room came at five minutes after 7 in the morning yesterday. "I was thinking, 'Who is this at this time?'" Maikel Franco said. It was Dave Brundage, manager of the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. "It was a little early, especially for me," the 22-year-old Franco said, who sleeps in . . . every day. "Around 11, 11:30 a.m. " But the power-hitting third baseman was delighted to see his manager. Brundage was there to inform him he was being summoned to Philadelphia.
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