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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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April 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Ben Revere managed to work the count full in all four of his plate appearances yesterday. "Working the pitcher, work his pitch count up," he said afterward. "If you can do that, that's good. I didn't use to do that, but I think you get more mature, older . . . Last year watching Bobby Abreu and how he does it, that helped me out. " But all Revere could do when his fourth and final lengthy at-bat against the Mets came to an end yesterday afternoon in Citi Field was stare out in disbelief.
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April 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The worst start to a season of Chase Utley's illustrious career continued Monday. The Phillies' longtime second baseman was hitless in three more at-bats and committed a costly eighth-inning fielding error. "It's just a matter of time with Chase," manager Ryne Sandberg said after the Phillies were shut out for the second time in seven games, this one a 2-0 loss to the New York Mets in their home opener at Citi Field. "I have no worries there. He gives quality at-bats. No worries there.
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April 13, 2015
THE REAL baseball fan loves the game for many reasons, one of which is the length of the season, which allows his or her team the ability to overcome an awful start. The season always has periods of ups and downs, which, alternately, give rise to hope and despair. The true fan brings high hopes into the start of the season, but, in truth, is realistic about the team's chances. Though we all dream of winning the World Series, we really want the season to be exciting from April to October.
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April 7, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five third basemen were needed to fill out the final 116 games of the 1989 Phillies season. Mike Schmidt retired in late May from the spot he occupied for 17 years, leaving a glaring void on the hot corner. In a similar vein, another long accounted-for Phillies position was vacated in December. On Monday, for the first time since 2000, the team's opening-day shortstop will not be named James Calvin Rollins. After Rollins waived his no-trade rights to play for a contender, the Phillies did not acquire a shortstop to take his place.
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April 7, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A white Hooters tank top hung Thursday morning in Odubel Herrera's locker. Someone - likely a veteran Phillies teammate - had written the rookie's name and uniform number on the back of the tight shirt usually worn by the restaurant's waitresses. Herrera had a new batting practice top. If there was any doubt that the outfielder would be sticking with the Phillies on opening day, it was erased by the clubhouse prank. Herrera will make his major-league debut Monday as the Phillies' starting centerfielder.
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March 28, 2015 | Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla.- A throng of reporters, TV cameras, and microphones clustered near Odubel Herrera's locker after a morning workout earlier in spring training. The intriguing outfielder had yet to do a group interview. His English is limited. "Whitey," Herrera shouted to the far corner of the Phillies clubhouse. The Venezuelan sought infielder Andres Blanco, a countryman, to serve as his interpreter. Blanco walked across the room and stood by Herrera's side. He translated reporters' questions into Spanish and Herrera's answers into English.
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March 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A spring training experiment is starting to look more and more like the Phillies' opening-day outfield alignment. Each day that manager Ryne Sandberg uses his new-look outfield increases the chances that it will appear that way April 6 against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Odubel Herrera and Ben Revere spent the last four games in center field and left field, respectively. Only eight games remain on the team's Grapefruit League schedule. "I'll continue to look at different options and different things," Sandberg said.
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March 23, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first line on the lineup card posted in the Phillies clubhouse on Saturday morning read, "Revere 7. " Ben Revere, the team's everyday centerfielder the last two years, was being moved to left field for the first time in three seasons. The 26-year-old stayed back from the team's road trip on Friday to practice catching fly balls in the new position. He learned earlier in the morning he would play left and Odubel Herrera would play center Saturday against Toronto.
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March 17, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche wanted to be like Ken Griffey Jr., mainly because that's the major league player his older brother idolized. Young Venezuelan infielder Cesar Hernandez looked up to Venezuelan major league infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. Ryan Howard's baseball heroes included Griffey, Barry Bonds and Tony Gwynn. Nearly every baseball-crazed kid has a player who inspires his own big-league dreams. Someone they can follow throughout the course of the summer, hoping they get to October.
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