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April 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - The nerves weren't there for Severino Gonzalez last night. But one of baseball's best lineups was present at Busch Stadium, and it made his first big-league game a pretty forgettable one. Ten batters in, Gonzalez watched seven of the nine previos batters in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup reach base - and four come around to score, too - en route to an early exit in the Phillies' 11-5 defeat. "I wasn't nervous at all," Gonzalez said through interpreter and Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel.
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April 28, 2015
The Phillies have had a plan for shortstop Freddy Galvis since the beginning of spring training, and the results in the early part of the season have been encouraging. The plan was for Galvis to hit the ball more on the ground, use the entire field and not have him go for the big blast. After going 3 for 3 and scoring two runs Sunday in a 5-4 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves, Galvis is hitting .361. Considering he hit just .176 in 119 at-bats for the Phillies last year, this is real progress.
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April 28, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
AS GOOD AS it was, you ain't seen nothin' yet. If you thought the diving stop and throw up the middle Saturday night is the best that Freddy Galvis has to offer, think again. That wasn't even his best play in the past 6 months. "No, it was not my best," Galvis admitted yesterday. "I had one that was better, playing winter ball in Venezuela this year. " That's saying something, because Saturday's play might have been Galvis' signature moment. This was Jeter, diving into the stands; Ozzie, barehanded up the middle.
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April 27, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
RYNE SANDBERG walked out of his office, through the tunnel to the dugout and right onto the field about a half-hour before the Phillies took regular pregame batting practice yesterday afternoon. Ryan Howard was peppering the catchers with strikes from the mound, letting them practice throwing down to second base. Outfielders were working on their throws into the infield. Later, Larry Bowa shot sharp ground balls with a fungo bat to infielders. "Basic fundamentals of catching the ball, throwing the ball, routine plays, hitting the cutoff men," Sandberg said shortly after the extra work - and after addressing his position players, too. "Not asking for any miracles, just make the routine plays and make it a priority.
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April 26, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies batboy plucked Freddy Galvis' batting helmet from the dirt near home plate as the team celebrated near first base. The helmet had been spiked by Galvis after he leaped to his feet following his slide into home for the winning run of Friday's 1-0, walk-off win over Atlanta. It was left behind as he sprinted to grab Ben Revere, who ignited the celebration with a grounder to first base. Galvis reached on a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cesar Hernandez. With Revere batting, he moved to third on a passed ball.
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April 22, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
FROM JUNE 6 to June 19 last year, the Phillies won eight out of 13 games, averaging 4.8 runs while outscoring their opponents by a combined 29 runs. We bring this up as a reminder that, over the course of a 6-month baseball season, everybody is bound to have a good couple of weeks. Likewise, everybody is bound to have a bad couple of weeks. So as we look at some of the more notable individual performances from the Phillies' first 13 games, it's worth wondering whether we have witnessed an accurate reflection of reality or just a couple of those weeks that happened to fall at the start of the season.
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April 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Odubel Herrera stood on first base and looked into the Phillies dugout. The rookie outfielder clapped twice to his teammates after driving in an insurance run in the ninth inning of a 5-3 victory Saturday over the Washington Nationals. He raised his fists to his helmet, mimicking a pair of bull horns. Herrera - nicknamed "El Torito," or "little bull" - brought energy to a Phillies team that needed a spark. The win was their first after six straight losses. Herrera had three hits, including a double for his fifth extra-base hit in four games.
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April 16, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - There was the homecoming for the hero of Flushing, Matt Harvey, making his first start at Citi Field since 2013. There were the chants of his last name, the crowd serenading the righthander, as he threw his final warmup pitches. There were back-to-back strikeouts to begin the night, sending the ballpark into bedlam. And then there was Chase Utley, launching a dagger into the night, with a line-drive home run, the first of his two on the night, into a corner he's made his own at the 7-year-old ballpark, shutting up everyone in New York all at once.
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April 16, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - When Ryne Sandberg took over as Phillies manager in August 2013, one of his first changes was using longtime leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins more regularly in the second spot in his lineup. He hoped it would give Rollins a different outlook at the plate, with a different job in his new place in the lineup. Sandberg seems to have the same idea in mind with Freddy Galvis, who hit from the second spot in the lineup for the fourth time in the last five games last night against the Mets.
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April 16, 2015
NEW YORK - The Louisville Slugger U1 bat, bench coach Larry Bowa said during spring training, represents the mentality the Phillies want Freddy Galvis to take at the plate. Heavier and an inch longer than his typical bat, it forced the shortstop throughout six weeks of workouts and spring games to shorten his swing. Three games into the regular season, however, Galvis shelved the bat in favor of his old model. He still uses the U1 occasionally in batting practice, but it appears to have done its job. The mind-set and hitting concepts attached to swinging it have helped the 25-year-old shortstop get off to the best offensive start on the team.
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