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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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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 16, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FREDDY GALVIS led off the bottom of the third inning of yesterday afternoon's game by hitting a routine ground ball to second base. Galvis arrived safely at first, however, because no one was there to take the throw from Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker. When you're hitting over .350, good fortune finds you. "For sure," Galvis said after Phillies' 4-2 win over the Pirates. "I just feel good. " The 25-year-old Galvis, who entered the 2015 season with a .218 average in 171 games, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AARON HARANG is pitching so well at Citizens Bank Park - and really, pretty much everywhere - that he might just pitch himself to a team that's not 10 games under .500 and stuck in last place at some point in the next two months. Harang was dominant yesterday afternoon, holding the Pirates to three singles and a walk after the first inning and flirting with his first shutout in close to two years in leading the Phillies to a 4-2 victory. For the second time in his last three starts in South Philly, Harang went eight innings and didn't allow a run. The 37-year-old Harang, signed to a one-year, $5 million deal this winter, doesn't look only like a free-agent bargain for the Phillies, but also a dependable, proven pitcher the rebuilding front office can flip for a prospect or two before Major League Baseball's trade deadline in July.
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May 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordy Mercer's fly ball landed in Jeff Francoeur's glove in foul territory and the journeyman rightfielder fired toward home. The throw was perfect, nailing Steve Lombardozzi at the plate and cementing Jonathan Papelbon as the Phillies' all-time saves leader. Papelbon saved the 113th game of his four-year tenure with the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In dramatic fashion, he surpassed Jose Mesa on the franchise's all-time list.
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May 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chase Utley snapped the clasp of his silver watch after dressing at his locker. Another day was complete. Another loss - this time a 7-4 defeat to the New York Mets - was finished. Utley went 1 for 3 with a run scored. His lone hit was his first double of the season. It gave him a hit on consecutive days for the first time this season. Utley's batting average rose to .116, an increase of 17 points from where it stood before Saturday's loss. It is still the major-league's lowest mark.
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May 8, 2015 | David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
REPORTS OF Chase Utley's demise have been exaggerated, but not greatly, and not even moderately. This wasn't only the worst April of his career, but the worst month of his career. At the same time, any talk of rectifying the situation through some means other than letting him play his way out of it is extraordinarily premature. As we have written many times, the Phillies are in a position where they must attempt to maximize the future value of the assets they have in their organizational portfolio, and Utley remains one of those assets.
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May 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - When Elvis Araujo jogged in from the visiting bullpen to the mound at Turner Field on Tuesday night, he was able to shake off some of the big-league butterflies that are natural for anyone in his major league debut. All Araujo had to do was look behind him to see the defense he had up the middle: shortstop Freddy Galvis, second baseman Cesar Hernandez and centerfielder Odubel Herrera. The same Venezuelan trio was back in those positions when Araujo, also Venezuelan, pitched out of the 'pen again on Wednesday.
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May 2, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It was a good April for Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies. You couldn't tell that, of course, by simply watching the games at the big-league level. For the most part, the Phillies have been every bit as bad as advertised. They entered Thursday afternoon's lopsided loss in St. Louis ranked last in the league in hitting, last in the big leagues in OPS and runs, 27th in fielding percentage, and 24th in starting pitching ERA. That's a special brand of bad, and their 8-15 record speaks for itself.
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