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May 2, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin walked to the mound Saturday night with two outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over Cleveland. The manager took the ball from Elvis Araujo as the bullpen roulette wheel spun again. A new reliever - righthander Colton Murray - jogged through the opened bullpen door in center field at Citizens Bank Park. Another inning ended without a run crossing the plate as the manager's spins continued to come up winners. The Phillies bullpen has not allowed a run in five games, a streak that spans 16 innings.
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April 29, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - The catalyst of this Phillies team with its implausible winning record through 21 games grinned as he tugged on his Nikes after Wednesday night's 3-0 shutout of the imposing Nationals. This mishmash of flawed veterans and inexperienced youth without expectations is sparked by a Rule 5-pick centerfielder who is not supposed to be this polished. Not yet, not for Odubel Herrera. And not for this team. "I feel like if I do a good job," Herrera said, "things start working for us. " The Phillies are 11-10.
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April 27, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The colored charts and graphs occupied a corner of Pete Mackanin's desk, and the 64-year-old baseball lifer inspected them on a recent afternoon. Spray charts. Hot zones. Swing tendencies. Pitch percentages. Those items were not always prioritized on the ground floor of Citizens Bank Park in previous seasons. "Numbers are important. Statistics matter," the Phillies manager said. "The new wave of analytics just delves deeper. " Baseball is awash with more information than ever, although it is still unclear what big data's place will be inside the Phillies clubhouse.
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April 22, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Peter Bourjos stepped out of the batter's box Wednesday night and watched his high fly ball drift toward the stands. David Wright charged over from third base, positioning himself to grab the third out of the 11th inning. Bourjos had seen Wright make this play before. The inning was over, he figured. Wright reached for the ball, but it landed just out of his reach, bounced off a metal advertisement box and fell into the crowd at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies had hope. And a pitch later they had a 5-4 win over the New York Mets as Bourjos beat out an infield single, scoring Freddy Galvis from third.
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April 20, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jerad Eickhoff's first full season in the majors will be filled with tests. He will log more innings than ever before. He will face teams for the second, third, or fourth time. And he will face adversity, from which the Phillies will allow Eickhoff to find his way out. Monday night's 5-2 loss to the Mets brought Eickhoff his latest challenge. Eickhoff walked opposing pitcher Noah Syndergaard with one out in the seventh inning, putting runners on first and second. The 25-year-old had already fired 91 pitches.
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April 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
In the season's first two weeks, the Phillies received more production from the No. 9 spot in the lineup than what their leadoff hitters mustered. The manager batted Freddy Galvis first on Sunday "for lack of a better option" and, naturally, Galvis stood at the plate in the most decisive moment of a 3-2 comeback win over Washington. He was the perfect hitter to oppose Jonathan Papelbon. The diminutive but aggressive shortstop swung at a fastball, high and outside. The ball sailed over Jayson Werth's head in left.
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April 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin said the Phillies have encouraged slumping shortstop Freddy Galvis to use a heavier bat in an effort to slow down his swing and give him a relaxed approach. However, they have yet to demand that he do so. "There's going to come a point where I'm going to say you're either going to do it or you're not going to play. Hopefully it won't come to that," Mackanin said. "He's been trying to get back to it, but you can see in batting practice he hits the way we want him to and then sometimes you get into a game and the adrenaline kicks in. It's just uncomfortable.
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April 11, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - As change permeated every sector of the Phillies last summer, the team's bench coach and pitching coach hatched an idea. Larry Bowa could not believe how quick the infield played at Citizens Bank Park. "Like AstroTurf," he said. Bob McClure heard chatter among his pitchers, and he likened the surface to "playing in a parking lot. " They wanted new grass. So, when the Phillies step onto the infield Monday afternoon for the home opener, their cleats will sink into Kentucky bluegrass.
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April 11, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - The temperature hovered at 40 degrees, and a stiff wind made it feel even colder inside Citi Field on Saturday night. The Phillies unpacked an old duffel bag labeled "MITTENS. " Some players wore ski masks. Others donned hoodies. But there was Vince Velasquez, a brash, 23-year-old Californian, in short sleeves. His tattooed right arm, filled with promise, was bare for the baseball world to see. And, after six dominant innings against the defending National League champions, a modicum of hope darted back to Philadelphia.
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April 10, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - For 22 minutes on a bitter Friday afternoon, the Phillies stood on the third-base line at Citi Field as more than 44,000 people feted the National League champions. This is a cyclical game, and no one knows better than these rebuilding Phillies. The orange-and-blue clad Mets fans wanted to boo someone, but as the obscure Phillies' names were announced, the response was tepid. They roared when deGrom, Harvey, Syndergaard and Matz - the names that could torture the Phillies for the immediate future - were introduced.
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