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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Triple-A Lehigh Valley A small transaction in June is paying large dividends at triple A and could provide the Phillies some starting pitching depth for next season. Phil Klein became the first IronPigs pitcher in six years to be named the International League's pitcher of the month. The 27-year-old righthander had a 1.06 ERA in five August starts with 46 strikeouts and just four walks in 34 innings. He made a spot start for the Phillies on Aug. 3 and should return to the majors at the end of the triple-A season.
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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Darin Ruf's baseball career may take him to the Land of the Rising Sun, as Ruf said he noticed a large presence of Japanese scouts this season during his 20-home-run campaign at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruf joined the Phillies on Friday afternoon, but the remaining 28 games could prove to be his final chapter with the organization. Ruf can no longer be optioned to the minor leagues, and instead must be designated for assignment. His winter will be uncertain, as the Phillies could opt to keep Ruf for insurance at first base or he could become a minor-league free agent.
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June 8, 2008 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Oscar Robles' RBI single in the second inning was the deciding run last night as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs defeated the Rochester Red Wings, 8-2, in the International League.
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May 18, 1993 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Scranton's four-run seventh inning wasn't enough to overcome Toledo's lead, and the Mud Hens beat the Red Barons, 6-5, last night in the International League. Frank Gonzales got his second win against no losses this season.
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July 13, 1993 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons lost a season-high eighth straight game last night, falling by 10-4 to the Ottawa Lynx in the International League. Ottawa jumped to a 7-0 lead after two innings. Scranton pitcher Brad Brink took the loss, and his record dropped to 1-4.
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July 18, 2008 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
J.A. Happ struck out 12 batters in seven innings last night to give the Lehigh Valley IronPigs a 2-0 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in the International League. Happ pitched all seven innings to complete a game suspended after two on July 3. The Yankees won the regularly scheduled game, 6-5.
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June 15, 1993 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored three times in the first inning and went on to defeat Norfolk, 8-1, last night in an International League game. The Red Barons, who also scored three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth, banged out 13 hits in handing losing pitcher Mickey Weston his first loss of the season.
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August 26, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN, N.J. - The main reason for having an extensive minor-league system is obviously to develop players. But that doesn't mean teams don't think it's important to field winning squads that compete in the postseason. And when minor-league teams make the playoffs it provides extra benefits for the development of young players. Lehigh Valley entered the weekend 31/2 games out of a wild-card playoff spot in the triple-A International League and four games out of first place in its division with 12 games left to play.
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August 18, 2013
Here is a look at interim Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg:   As a manager and coach: He was named Phillies third base coach and infield instructor on Oct. 4, 2012. It was his first Major League coaching position. Sandberg spent two seasons as the manager of triple AAA Lehigh Valley. He went 155-132 (.540) and led Lehigh Valley to its first playoff appearance in club history by winning the International League wild card in 2011. He was named Minor League manager of the year for 2011 by Baseball America.
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April 27, 2006 | Inquirer wire services
The New York City Council yesterday approved the sale of bonds worth $1.56 billion to finance two new ballparks. The parks, one in Queens for the Mets and one in the South Bronx for the Yankees, are scheduled to be completed in 2009. Major League Baseball denied speculation that commissioner Bud Selig had selected an owner for the Washington Nationals. The Mets signed Michael Tucker, a 34-year-old former Phillies outfielder, to a minor-league contract. The Milwaukee Brewers optioned reliever Mike Adams to triple-A Nashville.
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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Triple-A Lehigh Valley A small transaction in June is paying large dividends at triple A and could provide the Phillies some starting pitching depth for next season. Phil Klein became the first IronPigs pitcher in six years to be named the International League's pitcher of the month. The 27-year-old righthander had a 1.06 ERA in five August starts with 46 strikeouts and just four walks in 34 innings. He made a spot start for the Phillies on Aug. 3 and should return to the majors at the end of the triple-A season.
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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Darin Ruf's baseball career may take him to the Land of the Rising Sun, as Ruf said he noticed a large presence of Japanese scouts this season during his 20-home-run campaign at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruf joined the Phillies on Friday afternoon, but the remaining 28 games could prove to be his final chapter with the organization. Ruf can no longer be optioned to the minor leagues, and instead must be designated for assignment. His winter will be uncertain, as the Phillies could opt to keep Ruf for insurance at first base or he could become a minor-league free agent.
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June 6, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ALLENTOWN - Zach Eflin had a suggestion for his coaches last summer as he was winding through his first season in the Phillies organization. The pitching prospect wanted to again throw a curveball, which he had taught himself in high school. The Phillies obliged. And the success Eflin has since found could have him in the majors sooner rather than later. The pitch - which Eflin classified as a "knuckle curve" - gives the righthander a needed extra option. It is something else the batter has to think about, Eflin said.
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May 23, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, faring in the minor leagues? (Weekly stats from May 13 to May 19.) J.P. Crawford SS, Lehigh Valley (AAA) Crawford snapped out of a funk at the plate by going 3 for 6 on Tuesday with three RBIs. The shortstop was rewarded with a promotion on Friday to triple A. He has 11 walks in May and has struck out just five times this month.   AB H BA 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI SB Last week 15 6 .400 2 0 1 4 0 5 1 Season 136 36 .265 8 0 3 30 21 13 5   RHP, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
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May 22, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
J.P. Crawford is usually right when it comes to the strike zone, Dusty Wathan said. If Crawford thinks a strike should have been called a ball, then the manager has a hard time disagreeing with the prospect. Wathan, who was Crawford's manager at double-A Reading until the shortstop was promoted on Friday to triple A, said he's never coached a player with a better understanding of the strike zone. Crawford - the Phillies' No. 1 prospect - has proven to be a strong defender, fast runner, and good hitter.
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February 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
In hotels and country clubs and event centers across Pennsylvania one week last month, members of the Phillies brass outlined an objective - to identify the team's next core of players. On his current career trajectory, Maikel Franco is a potential middle-of-the-order mainstay. Only 22, he has displayed soft hands, a cannon arm at third base, and streaky power at the plate. But it remains to be seen when the organization's most major-league-ready prospect will stick with the Phillies.
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August 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Phillies signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez for $12 million last summer, they included performance bonuses for games started and games relieved. Ruben Amaro Jr. proclaimed his Cuban import a starter - the team negotiated a $48 million agreement before a medical examination forced amendments - although the international scouting community was divided on Gonzalez's future role. Some, like the Phillies, saw the potential for a back-of-the-rotation arm. Others envisioned a shutdown reliever.
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July 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - When the Phillies spent $12 million on Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez last summer, they expected the Cuban righthander to slot into their rotation. But Gonzalez encountered shoulder soreness, and Ruben Amaro Jr. said the pitcher's stuff "started to break down" at the 40-pitch mark. Those are not optimistic signs from a 27-year-old arm. So Gonzalez, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday and optioned to double-A Reading, will pitch as a reliever for the remainder of 2014.
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October 4, 2013
RYAN HOWARD is headed to the Hall of Fame . . . in Arizona. Howard will be inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Scottsdale Stadium before the Scottsdale Scorpions' home opener in Arizona Fall League play. Howard, who missed the last 3 months of the Phillies season while recovering from knee surgery, played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 2004. "Ryan Howard is a record-setting all-star player, a World Series champion, and a great ballplayer, teammate and person," Fall League director Steve Cobb said in a press release.
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August 26, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN, N.J. - The main reason for having an extensive minor-league system is obviously to develop players. But that doesn't mean teams don't think it's important to field winning squads that compete in the postseason. And when minor-league teams make the playoffs it provides extra benefits for the development of young players. Lehigh Valley entered the weekend 31/2 games out of a wild-card playoff spot in the triple-A International League and four games out of first place in its division with 12 games left to play.
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