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May 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels exuded caution during spring training. He twice postponed his throwing program when biceps tendinitis and a tired arm served as red flags. The Phillies and Hamels were deliberate in their progressions. He threw a career-high 133 pitches in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the New York Mets, more than any pitcher in the majors since Tim Lincecum emptied 148 pitches July 13, 2013, for a no-hitter. It was Hamels' fourth start of 2014. He did not see any risk in the heavy workload.
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May 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Kenny Giles possesses the best arm in the Phillies organization, and the minor-league flamethrower is now one step closer to the majors. The 23-year-old righthander was promoted Friday to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ryne Sandberg said the Phillies did not consider jumping Giles from double-A Reading to the majors. The Phillies manager is eager to see how Giles, who throws in the high 90s, handles better competition. "They'll make him throw more strikes," Sandberg said.
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May 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - The losingest franchise in professional sports played its 20,000th game Thursday night, and the agony has assumed countless forms during 132 years of Phillies baseball. Marlon Byrd smashed a 400-foot double to center in the fifth inning. Ryan Howard, the $125 million first baseman, could not score from first with two outs. Domonic Brown whiffed at three knuckleballs. Add it to the list. These Phillies scuffle with higher stakes than ever; failure despite a franchise-record $189 million payroll will endanger players' careers and executives' jobs.
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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 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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