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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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April 6, 2016
CINCINNATI - They began trickling into the business district more than three hours before the parade. They were walking across intersections, standing in lines, sitting in cubicles inside offices: jerseys, T-shirts, caps, everybody dressed in all-Reds everything. Turns out Opening Day is a bit of a thing here in the Queen City, and as Joey Votto stepped into the box in the bottom of the eighth inning with the bases loaded, the home crowd finally had somewhere to channel all of that energy.
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April 5, 2016
By Matt Gelb Here is a position-by-position preview of the 2016 Phillies and projections for the 2018 Phillies. SHORTSTOP NOW: Freddy Galvis He's a placeholder at short, but 2016 is all about Galvis' improving his glove work. He made more mistakes in 2015 on the routine plays. Defense is what will keep him in a big-league lineup because his offensive ceiling is low. LATER: J.P. Crawford He oozes confidence, the sort of swagger not often found in a 21-year-old prospect.
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April 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The bus rolled for nearly five hours across the northern part of Venezuela, hugging the coastline as it took Freddy Galvis and his teammates on a baseball adventure. The boys from Falcon trekked once a summer to Valencia, where they would spend a week playing games against three or four other teams from the baseball-crazed nation. And it was one of those trips that a friendship - and future Phillies double-play tandem - was forged. Each Falcon player was assigned to stay at the home of a player from Valencia.
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March 20, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A year ago Sunday, Maikel Franco stuffed a red duffel bag with his baseball belongings. He walked to the Carpenter Complex as a minor-league player, the result of overswinging to impress Phillies officials in spring training. His time, they told him, would come. Franco became Sal Rende's pupil once again. The hitting coach at triple-A Lehigh Valley met with Franco and outlined his goals. Better pitch selection. More patience. Knowing the situation , a word Franco constantly repeats from his established corner of the clubhouse at Bright House Field.
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March 12, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis thought the Phillies clubhouse was too quiet when he arrived last month at spring training. So Galvis went to a nearby electronics store and purchased an oversize speaker to stash in the empty locker next to his stall. The second baseman plays the role of DJ, controlling the music as the team arrives in the morning or eats lunch before games. "It was something that I tried to do to have a good clubhouse," Galvis said. "I think the music is good for that.
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March 6, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Maikel Franco ended last spring training by packing his equipment into a red duffel bag and walking across the Phillies complex to join the other minor-leaguers. Franco was quiet during his four weeks in big-league camp. He was the team's top prospect. But he was just a kid. A season later, Franco, 23, has emerged to become a large presence in a clubhouse filled with young talent. His personality was evident Friday afternoon as he danced while his teammates ate a pregame meal in the clubhouse.
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