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September 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is unfair to blame one Phillies hitter for another lame night, because Pirates lefthander Francisco Liriano was that dominant Thursday in a 4-1 win. He struck out 10 batters on his first 75 pitches. He completed eight innings without permitting a runner to reach third base. But it is difficult to ignore one slumping Phillie, Ryan Howard. He walked twice and struck out two more times Thursday to make it 15 whiffs in 32 at-bats so far this September. He has one extra-base hit this month.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg once spent a September as a Phillies call-up. It was 1981. He turned 22 while in the majors, a debut that encompassed 13 games for a middling team. "One start," Sandberg said Tuesday before a 4-3 Phillies win over Pittsburgh, and the Hall of Fame second baseman is excused 33 years later for misremembering. The Phillies never started Sandberg. He batted six times, collected one hit, and savored the brief experience of playing alongside Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and Larry Bowa.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS may or may not return to the Phillies' lineup in the next 2 weeks, so naturally the first two batters last night found the new guy in the field. Defensive whiz Freddy Galvis, playing his natural shortstop position, handled both ground balls with ease. Galvis continued to be busy all night - he had eight balls hit his way, recording outs on seven and just missing two more on a pair of tough infield singles from Josh Harrison and Gregory Polanco. Galvis' defense, of course, hasn't ever been in question.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were two beneficiaries Tuesday in the immediate aftermath of Jimmy Rollins' "mild" left hamstring strain. Rookie Maikel Franco moved into Rollins' customary No. 2 lineup spot. Freddy Galvis, an .085 hitter in his first 24 games this season, assumed shortstop in Rollins' absence. Franco, the Phillies' youngest position player since Rollins' 2000 debut, has a clearer future than Galvis despite 148 fewer major-league games. Galvis - along with Cesar Hernandez - remains stuck in the murkiness that is life as a young bench player.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS will most likely not return to the lineup on the current homestand, but he should return sooner rather than later, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg said yesterday afternoon that tests on Rollins' left hamstring revealed a mild strain. The manager said his veteran shortstop was simply "day-to-day. " "A little bit better than it looked [Monday] night," said Sandberg, who had to replace Rollins before the fifth inning, a half inning after the 35-year-old infielder legged out his fourth triple of the season.
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August 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The presence of Gio Gonzalez, a difficult Nationals lefthander, prompted Ryne Sandberg to adopt a different approach in Tuesday night's 4-3 Phillies win at Citizens Bank Park. The manager ditched Monday's lineup, which he used in 14 of the season's first 131 games, and inserted four new names. Freddy Galvis played second base for his first major-league start since May 8; he crushed a Gonzalez chest-high fastball for a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Darin Ruf started for the third time in 10 games; he smashed a Gonzalez fastball for a solo home run in the sixth.
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August 23, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last September was a time for experimentation. Ryne Sandberg was an interim manager. He started infielder Cesar Hernandez 22 times in center field. He flipped Darin Ruf to right field for 11 starts and played him every day in various positions. He acclimated Cody Asche, a rookie third baseman, to the majors. This September? The plan is muddled. The potential additions from the minors - with Maikel Franco the exception - are familiar names. How Sandberg juggles veterans with the desire to see other players remains to be seen.
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July 29, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - Like the Phillies, Freddy Galvis has had a rough year. The 24-year-old infielder found misfortune even before the season started, and it has not gotten much better since. In late March, Glavis contracted MRSA, a staph infection that can easily lead to other infections, and had to be hospitalized. The Phillies made the decision that he would start the season on the disabled list, putting him behind right from the get-go. "It was really tough because I didn't get to do a spring training," Galvis said.
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July 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - For four days, the Phillies dispersed. Most went home. A few vacationed at the beach, and one traveled to Minnesota. They convened Friday at Turner Field, a group of 25 men still intact from last weekend. That will not last. Ryne Sandberg relaxed in Cape May, and the Phillies manager heard unsolicited advice from fans. He, like everyone in the Phillies clubhouse, knows change is looming. He watched another dispiriting loss, 6-4, to first-place Atlanta, and he must create another lineup Saturday because that is what this job demands.
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June 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was a break between innings during a recent Phillies loss, and David Montgomery looked toward second base from the owner's suite at Citizens Bank Park. That is Chase Utley's spot; it was his when this sparkling ballpark opened, and when the Phillies signed Utley to a two-year contract last summer with three option years, Montgomery imagined it was Utley's until he relinquished it. Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins have started 1,129 games together, the most of all active double-play combinations.
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