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May 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Monday night crowd of 25,275 was small by Citizens Bank Park standards, which made for a sea of blue seats when Jose Reyes launched a Kyle Kendrick sinker at 7:10 p.m. Just one minute into a 3-0 Phillies loss, few had settled in and Toronto led. A quick deficit was not ideal, but it is not what sentenced the Phillies to a wasted night. Not when the Blue Jays started J.A. Happ, limited in pitches because he spent the previous 12 days unused, with a porous bullpen behind him. Toronto relievers lugged a 5.33 ERA to Philadelphia, even worse than the Phillies' condemned unit.
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May 7, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
THE LESSON to Phillies fans from last night: Pray. Or, if you are a nihilist, sit back and enjoy the ride. We can argue all we want about the viability of this Phillies team as it has been constructed during the first 5 weeks of play. The biggest question is whether that unit can stay healthy. Because last night, in a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays, its alarming lack of depth was on clear display. The lineup featured three fill-ins, not one of whom was hitting close to .200. They were John Mayberry Jr., Freddy Galvis and Jayson Nix, and they entered the night hitting a combined 11-for-88 with three extra-base hits, 31 strikeouts and seven walks.
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May 5, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON THE FINAL Sunday of spring training, Kevin Frandsen was oddly summoned into the manager's office following a 5-1 exhibition win over the Minnesota Twins. When he walked out and down the hallway several minutes later, Frandsen looked as if he had seen a ghost. But the shock of being outrighted to Triple A and off the Phillies' 40-man roster soon turned into a different emotion. "I was pissed," Frandsen said yesterday, when the Washington Nationals arrived at Citizens Bank Park for the first time in 2014 with the former Phillies utility infielder on their bench.
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May 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Frandsen has mixed emotions about returning to face the Phillies for the first time as a member of the Washington Nationals. Frandsen opted for free agency at the end of spring training instead of accepting an assignment to triple-A Lehigh Valley . Even though his $900,000 contract was guaranteed, Frandsen rolled the dice and signed with the Nationals for the same amount. Speaking before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park, Frandsen alternated between being bitter and appreciative.
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May 1, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
CODY ASCHE'S absence from the lineup last night wasn't as notable as Ryne Sandberg's choice to replace him. With a lefty starter on the mound, Sandberg elected to go with Jayson Nix instead of Freddy Galvis as his righthanded hitting third baseman. While it might not have been a major story line, it was a good indication of the improvement that Galvis needs to show at the plate if he ever hopes to make the transition from utility whiz to Gold Glove regular. Nix, a journeyman who is playing for his sixth team in 7 years, entered last night hitting .179 with a home run and a .493 OPS. Yet Sandberg had some reason to think Nix offered the best chance of success against Mets lefty Jon Niese.
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April 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Although the slick-fielding infielder was hitless in his last 17 at-bats, Ryne Sandberg inserted Freddy Galvis into his starting lineup against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. He wanted strong defense behind Cliff Lee and he obviously wanted to give Galvis a chance to get going offensively. Galvis went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He's hitless in his last 22 at-bats and hitting .033 (1-30) since returning from the disabled list more than 2 weeks ago. "He's struggling," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Galvis, who was out of yesterday's starting lineup.
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April 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The fickleness that is hitting was not lost on Freddy Galvis. The 24-year-old infielder is 1 for 30 (.033) to begin 2014, a season delayed by a MRSA infection. He started five games on this West Coast trip, went 0 for 21, and lamented his bad luck. "I'd say in the last seven games, I've hit eight balls pretty good, and I have no hits," Galvis said. "But that's how it is. Sometimes you get five or six bloopers in a row and you have five hits. " Galvis struck out two times in each of his last four starts.
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April 29, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
PITCHING AND DEFENSE has been the message that they've preached, and as Freddy Galvis fired a strike to first base from his knees for the first out of the ninth inning, you could almost sense Ryne Sandberg and Ruben Amaro Jr. nodding contentedly. Both men are convinced that this Phillies team can win enough games to keep things interesting, and if they are proved correct, it will be performances like yesterday's that do it. A.J. Burnett turned in his most dominant outing of the season, striking out eight without issuing a walk in eight scoreless innings of a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
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April 25, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ALLENTOWN - The Phillies believe they have a long-term solution at third base, a revolving-door position filled mostly by players from outside their farm system since Scott Rolen ascended to baseball heaven - that's St. Louis, in case you've forgotten - in the middle of the 2002 season. What the Phillies don't know and won't know for a while is the name attached to that solution. Maybe it's Cody Asche. It's his job to lose, and some would argue he's doing a pretty good job of losing it. To be fair, he has a history of being a slow starter, and he deserves a lot more than three weeks to prove himself.
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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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