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August 2, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - As Ruben Amaro Jr. and various members of his front office emerged from a tunnel at Nationals Park early Tuesday evening, you half-expected them to recoil in pain at the sudden burst of sunlight. The group had spent much of the previous 3 days hunkered down at the team hotel, laying the groundwork for one of the more dramatic afternoons in recent club history. By the time the annual non-waiver trade deadline arrived, the Phillies had parted ways with two-thirds of their outfield, exchanging Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino for a well-regarded prospect, a young major league reliever, and a part-time major league outfielder, along with a couple of minor league projects.
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August 10, 2011
THE BOY WAS NAMED, Howard Pence said, after his wife read some scriptures about "The Mighty Hunter of the Lord. " His middle name was a nod to Hunter's great-great-grandfather Andrew Larsen, owner of two Wisconsin farms, husband to a 5-foot woman who was three-quarters Blackfoot Indian. So there you have it. The roots of Hunter Andrew Pence's gait, the crazy-legged way Philly's newest favorite son approaches just about any physical activity, traces to the earliest inhabitants of this country, even before baseball was deemed its pastime.
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August 21, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - His friends in this city between Dallas and Fort Worth, a hybrid of North Texas' boom-and-bust history, talk often of Hunter Pence's assets, a Boy Scout litany of humility, intelligence, determination, strength, and loyalty. But as they also make clear, the story of the newest Phillies favorite is also noteworthy for what he didn't have - the advantages money can buy a baseball prospect. Pence's father, Howard, whose own athletic ambitions were thwarted by polio, supported his family ably, but for the consultant in the wildly fluctuating oil business, some times were better than others.
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October 25, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer
NOT SURPRISINGLY, Hunter Pence wanted to keep the broken bat he used to hit-hit-hit a peculiar, but timely, double that helped lead the Giants to a win over the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NLCS on Monday night. We're talking about the bat that hit the ball a total of three times - once at impact then twice more while breaking - to drive in three runs and give the Giants a 5-0 third-inning lead. So Pence was a bit put out when he found out that the Giants sold it. Seems the bat was almost immediately sent to the team's game-used equipment store at AT & T Park.
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August 23, 2012
THE PHILLIES have had a Shane Victorino Flyin' Hawaiian figurine day, complete with a lei, a Talkin' Harry doll night (for Harry Kalas) and Carlos Ruiz backpack giveaway. They even had a Scott Rolen T-shirt day, with then-manager Terry Francona keeping Rolen out of the lineup that afternoon. But it's safe to say Tuesday's bobblehead giveaway topped all of the past promotions. It came complete with a love letter from a long-lost pen pal. Three weeks after the Phillies traded popular rightfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants, the promotions department went ahead with the already planned Hunter Pence bobblehead giveaway.
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May 9, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - If it wasn't for Hunter Pence, Cliff Lee may have very well shut out the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. In his first game against his former team, Pence tried to be a one-man wrecking ball in the Giants' lineup. He homered in his first at-bat and attempted to start a rally with an eighth-inning, leadoff double in his last at-bat. He went 3-for-3 and scored the only two runs San Francisco scored in a 6-2 defeat to the Phillies. "He looked good," manager Charlie Manuel said yesterday afternoon at AT&T Park.
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August 28, 2012
How Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence have fared since the Phillies traded them away last month: Statistics through Sunday. G   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   SB   AVG   OBP    Shane Victorino, Dodgers 22   94   13   24   6   0   1   7   5   .255   .307 Hunter Pence, Giants 25   98   11   21   7   0   1   16   1   .214   .266 ...
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January 25, 2012 | BY RICH HOFMANN, hofmanr@phillynews.com
WYOMISSING - Whether this is lip service or the truth is to be determined sometime in March in Clearwater, Fla. But Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that while he believes Domonic Brown would benefit from more sustained playing time in the minor leagues, Brown will have a chance to win the leftfield job away from John Mayberry Jr. this spring. "He could surprise all of us and come with guns a-blazing and win a job at the major league level this year out of spring training," Amaro said.
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April 6, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
FORGET TWITTER followers and Facebook friends. In baseball, popularity is determined by jersey sales, and the Phillies are among the leaders. According to a list released by Major League Baseball, the Phillies had four players among the top 11 in jersey sales. The Yankees' Derek Jeter was first, followed by Cliff Lee at No. 2, Roy Halladay at No. 5, Hunter Pence at No. 9 and Chase Utley at No. 11. Pence played with Astros until late July, and his sales reflect jerseys sold from both teams.
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October 12, 2012 | Associated Press
CINCINNATI - So many unusual things moved San Francisco to the verge of an unprecedented comeback Wednesday in its National League division series with Cincinnati. Angel Pagan connected on the second pitch of the game. A Giants team that finished last in home runs hit three. Tim Lincecum pitched like a two-time Cy Young Award winner - this time, out of the bullpen. Pagan hit the first leadoff homer in Giants postseason history, and Gregor Blanco and Pablo Sandoval delivered later for an 8-3 victory over the Reds to even their division series at two games apiece.
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July 12, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - The worst inning of Cole Hamels' career began with a three-pitch strikeout of San Francisco Giants all-star shortstop Brandon Crawford. Then it unraveled, to put it mildly. A ground-rule double, a walk, five singles and a home run later, Hamels' awful night was over early in the Phillies' 15-2 loss. Hunter Pence's grand slam was the final straw in the Giants' eight-run onslaught that was Friday's fourth inning at AT&T Park. Eight consecutive batters reached base before interim manager Pete Mackanin emerged from the visitors dugout to pull the Phillies ace and top trade chip.
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June 8, 2015 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Phillies left for Colorado three weeks ago, Freddy Galvis was their hottest hitter. The shortstop was batting .347, nearly 70 points better than his career average. In the three weeks since, however, Galvis' performance at the plate has started to descend to its past level. Galvis went 0 for 3 in Saturday's 7-5 loss to San Francisco. He would have been lifted for Ryan Howard in the ninth if Cody Asche reached base with two outs. Galvis is hitless in his last 29 at-bats. It is the longest hitless streak by a Phillies position player since Raul Ibanez went 0 for 35 during the 2011 season.
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April 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jarred Cosart was in line to start a game at Citizens Bank Park last August. But five days before his Astros visited the Phillies, he was traded again, this time to Miami. Seven seasons after the Phillies drafted him in the 38th round and offered him a $550,000 signing bonus to forgo his commitment to Missouri, Cosart will finally start Wednesday in the ballpark he once visited as a newly signed prospect. The 24-year-old righthander will oppose Cole Hamels. "It will be fun," said Cosart, a key part of the 2011 trade that brought Hunter Pence to Philadelphia.
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April 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE FOURTH NOTE listed on the Phillies' game information packet available in the press box at Citizens Bank Park yesterday was headlined with a nickname. "The Fightin Five," it said, referring to the starting rotation at Double A Reading, the home of the Fightin' Phils and five of the top starting-pitching prospects in the organization's farm system. Entering play yesterday, the quintet of Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Jesse Biddle, Tom Windle and Ben Lively had a combined 1.89 ERA in eight games.
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March 9, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph was on a fast track to the major leagues, or, as the 23-year-old Arizonan puts it, he was "scootin'. " The San Francisco Giants twice invited him to big-league spring training before he was even of legal drinking age. He was only 21 when he took his first triple-A at-bat with the Phillies organization. Thirty-one months after becoming the centerpiece of the Phillies' return in the Hunter Pence trade, Joseph is just trying to stay on the field. If he manages to remain healthy, the rest will take care of itself, he contends.
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December 10, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SAN DIEGO - A curiosity. That's the best way to categorize the Phillies' standing here at baseball's annual winter meetings. Like most offseasons, this one has its market-setters and its scrap-hunters and its retoolers. But the Phillies are a class unto themselves, which is why nobody seems to know what course they will end up charting. Never before has a team built like the Phillies attempted to deconstruct itself in one offseason. Oh, we've seen teams throw in the towel before, but never the way the Phillies are attempting to throw it, and certainly not in the environment in which it will need to be thrown.
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October 31, 2014 | By Ryan Lawrence, Daily News Staff Writer
IF YOU'VE BEEN watching any of baseball's postseason, particularly the World Series, none of the following headlines will catch you as surprising: "Hunter Pence, With Quirks in Personality and Play, Spurs the Giants. " "M-V-Pence: Veteran's play, example leading Giants. " "Keeping Giants' Hunter Pence off base would help Royals reach Game 7. " Hunter Pence, the former Phillie and soon-to-be Sports Illustrated cover boy, had the San Francisco Giants on the cusp of winning their third World Series championship in 5 years (and second since he joined the team two summers ago)
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October 22, 2014 | By Shamus Clancy, Daily News Staff Writer
The perennial bottom-feeding Kansas City Royals have run the table through the playoffs thus far in their first postseason appearance since 1985. They start the World Series tonight at home against the San Francisco Giants, who are on a quest to win their third World Series in 5 years and become the defining team of the decade. Take a look at how the teams match up in terms of hitting, pitching, fielding, running and managing: HITTING Royals: Timely hitting and small ball have fueled KC's underdog run to the American League pennant, but the Royals ranged from mediocre to poor offensively in the regular season (23rd in OPS+, which adjusts for ballpark differences)
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August 7, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
A boy in an Astros hat leaned over the Houston dugout at Citizens Bank Park during batting practice Tuesday night. He held out a sign as Jon Singleton, Houston's rookie first baseman and a onetime Phillies prospect, finished his swings. The boy's poster listed in red ink the names of Singleton and the others players in the Astros system who were acquired in the Hunter Pence trade with the Phillies in 2011. In black marker, he added: "Thanks, Ruben. " As the Phillies look to launch their own rebuilding project, the Astros' process is in full swing, thanks in no small part to the Pence trade orchestrated by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Singleton, 22, started at first base and batted fifth for the Astros on Tuesday.
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July 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JUST AS the Phillies once made a play for CC Sabathia and ended up with Joe Blanton one summer, and zeroed in on Roy Halladay before trading for Cliff Lee instead the next, major league teams with visions of David Price and Cole Hamels dancing in their heads will likely have to settle for a more gettable starting pitcher before next week's trade deadline. A.J. Burnett fits the description of that kind of very available and very useful starting pitcher. Burnett, 37, has postseason experience - he beat the Phillies in a World Series game 5 years ago. He has a somewhat manageable, short-term contract.
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