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October 11, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Eleven months ago, he smiled for the cameras at Citizens Bank Park, ready to rejuvenate his career with an old friend, signing a one-year contract to join Charlie Manuel and the Phillies, and perhaps, give first base a try, too. Seven months ago, Jim Thome sat at his corner locker stall inside Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., with an icepack strapped to his jersey in an effort to ease his now-42-year-old back. In June, he hit a walk-off home run against the Tampa Bay Rays to prevent the Phillies from losing for what would have been the 14th time in their last 19 games.
SPORTS
July 1, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - As the Phillies dressed after another loss Saturday, Jim Thome said his goodbyes. The room was quiet, except for a few players trying to catch up on the news. "Where is he going?" one asked. "Baltimore," another said. They both nodded. "It's bittersweet, to be honest," Chase Utley said. "Jim is a great teammate. I think we're all sorry to see him go, but also we're excited he'll get opportunities to get at-bats daily and still do a lot of damage. " Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. took the same diplomatic stance in discussing Thome's trade to the Orioles for two minor-leaguers.
NEWS
June 25, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Antonio Bastardo had one bad inning. Cliff Lee had two bad innings. As a result, the Phillies suffered through one extremely bad day, and night, suffering a split-doubleheader loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park. Lee allowed three runs in the second inning and two in the sixth during the Phillies' 7-3 evening loss to the Rays. After Cole Hamels had thrown seven shutout innings in Game 1, Bastardo came on in the eighth and allowed two walks and Carlos Pena's three-run home run in a 3-2 defeat.
NEWS
June 24, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim Thome and Charlie Manuel have always enjoyed a special relationship, and the slugger felt it was fitting that he and the manager shared more milestones together in an eventful afternoon in South Philadelphia. Thome's solo, pinch-hit home run to lead off the ninth inning off hard-throwing lefthander Jake McGee provided the Phillies with Saturday's 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park It was Thome's 609th career home run, tying him with Sammy Sosa for seventh on the all-time list.
SPORTS
June 24, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Thome and Charlie Manuel have always enjoyed a special relationship, and the slugger thought it was fitting that he and the manager shared more milestones together on an eventful Saturday afternoon in South Philadelphia. Thome's pinch-hit home run to lead off the ninth inning against hard-throwing lefthander Jake McGee provided the Phillies with a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park It was Thome's 609th career home run, tying him with Sammy Sosa for seventh on the all-time list.
SPORTS
June 19, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - Jim Thome stood in the center of the room with his white dress shirt still untucked and took one look around as his Phillies teammates dressed for a plane ride home. "We've got winners," Thome said. "We've got guys who have been through it in big, big games. How do you explain that? It's hard to, sometimes. Baseball is a weird game. " That is a season spiraling toward irrelevancy in the middle of June. Sunday spawned more Phillies frustration in the form of a listless 6-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, who capped a three-game sweep at the Rogers Centre.
SPORTS
June 19, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
TORONTO - It's entirely possible that Jim Thome made his final Phillies start on Sunday. He made it a memorable one. With a second-inning blast to right field as a designated hitter, Thome became the fourth player in baseball history with at least 100 home runs for three teams. Thome homered in the second inning of a 6-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The others who have hit at least 100 homers for three teams are Alex Rodriguez (Seattle, Texas, New York)
NEWS
June 15, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - For a few innings after Jim Thome clobbered the 607th home run of his Hall of Fame career, fans in right field searched for the ball. It flew so high into the Minnesota sky Thursday that when it landed, it plopped deep into a flower bed at Target Field and vanished. Eventually, once a Twins grounds crew member fetched the ball following a Phillies' 6-1 victory, it would belong to Thome. The slugger tries hard to recover all of his home run balls - he had procured his two previous ones in 2012 after fans threw them back onto the field - and they will forever serve as his souvenirs.
SPORTS
June 11, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
BALTIMORE - How does anyone sleep when they are headed to the majors the next morning, B.J. Rosenberg wondered, so he didn't. He shut his eyes for maybe three hours Friday night, flew to Baltimore, and made his big-league debut in the 11th inning of a tie game. An "L" will always appear next to Rosenberg's name for June 9, 2012. But that did not discourage him after the Orioles' 6-4 win over the Phillies. "It's still one of the best days of my life," Rosenberg said. "It's a dream come true.
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