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May 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Frandsen has mixed emotions about returning to face the Phillies for the first time as a member of the Washington Nationals. Frandsen opted for free agency at the end of spring training instead of accepting an assignment to triple-A Lehigh Valley . Even though his $900,000 contract was guaranteed, Frandsen rolled the dice and signed with the Nationals for the same amount. Speaking before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park, Frandsen alternated between being bitter and appreciative.
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May 1, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
CODY ASCHE'S absence from the lineup last night wasn't as notable as Ryne Sandberg's choice to replace him. With a lefty starter on the mound, Sandberg elected to go with Jayson Nix instead of Freddy Galvis as his righthanded hitting third baseman. While it might not have been a major story line, it was a good indication of the improvement that Galvis needs to show at the plate if he ever hopes to make the transition from utility whiz to Gold Glove regular. Nix, a journeyman who is playing for his sixth team in 7 years, entered last night hitting .179 with a home run and a .493 OPS. Yet Sandberg had some reason to think Nix offered the best chance of success against Mets lefty Jon Niese.
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April 29, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
PITCHING AND DEFENSE has been the message that they've preached, and as Freddy Galvis fired a strike to first base from his knees for the first out of the ninth inning, you could almost sense Ryne Sandberg and Ruben Amaro Jr. nodding contentedly. Both men are convinced that this Phillies team can win enough games to keep things interesting, and if they are proved correct, it will be performances like yesterday's that do it. A.J. Burnett turned in his most dominant outing of the season, striking out eight without issuing a walk in eight scoreless innings of a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
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April 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Although the slick-fielding infielder was hitless in his last 17 at-bats, Ryne Sandberg inserted Freddy Galvis into his starting lineup against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. He wanted strong defense behind Cliff Lee and he obviously wanted to give Galvis a chance to get going offensively. Galvis went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He's hitless in his last 22 at-bats and hitting .033 (1-30) since returning from the disabled list more than 2 weeks ago. "He's struggling," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Galvis, who was out of yesterday's starting lineup.
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April 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - The fickleness that is hitting was not lost on Freddy Galvis. The 24-year-old infielder is 1 for 30 (.033) to begin 2014, a season delayed by a MRSA infection. He started five games on this West Coast trip, went 0 for 21, and lamented his bad luck. "I'd say in the last seven games, I've hit eight balls pretty good, and I have no hits," Galvis said. "But that's how it is. Sometimes you get five or six bloopers in a row and you have five hits. " Galvis struck out two times in each of his last four starts.
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April 25, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ALLENTOWN - The Phillies believe they have a long-term solution at third base, a revolving-door position filled mostly by players from outside their farm system since Scott Rolen ascended to baseball heaven - that's St. Louis, in case you've forgotten - in the middle of the 2002 season. What the Phillies don't know and won't know for a while is the name attached to that solution. Maybe it's Cody Asche. It's his job to lose, and some would argue he's doing a pretty good job of losing it. To be fair, he has a history of being a slow starter, and he deserves a lot more than three weeks to prove himself.
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April 24, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES — Two Dodgers tracked a lazy fly ball, stumbled into one another, and opened the door to an extra-inning Phillies victory. Domonic Brown smashed through it. For two years, these Phillies watched opposing teams benefit from their mistakes. They did not waste a gift-wrapped runner in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Carlos Ruiz skied one to left in the 10th inning. Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez convened there, and neither caught the ball. Ruiz stood on second because he hustled from the moment he swung.
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April 23, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - Since the Phillies' lineup was matched up against lefthander Paul Maholm, who has seen righthanded hitters hit nearly 70 points higher than lefthanders in his career, it was hardly surprising that Cody Asche was out of last night's starting nine at Dodger Stadium. Asche also gave way to a pinch-hitter a day earlier in Denver, in another right-lefty matchup. And since Freddy Galvis returned from the disabled list 10 days earlier, Asche has been out of the lineup in four of the last 10 games.
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April 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - One of his teammates jabbed at him for his robotic, unemotional answers to the media's questions. Another picked on his sense of fashion. But John Mayberry Jr., who wore an ascot with his suit as he boarded a plane out of Denver bound for Los Angeles, took it in stride. Everyone is allowed to have a little fun at his expense when it comes after a victory, especially a victory that was preceded by two defeats in which the Phillies scored a total of two runs at the hitter's haven that is Coors Field.
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April 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels joined his teammates Tuesday for opening festivities at Citizens Bank Park, and he could return to the rotation in two weeks. Hamels said his arm has strengthened faster than first expected. He amended his original prediction of six minor-league starts; five could be enough to recover from biceps tendinitis. He plans to make two more starts for single-A Clearwater. That pegs him for a possible return April 22 in Los Angeles. "I do feel really great," Hamels said. "Everything has been going really well in between days, the day after, my bullpens.
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