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May 15, 2009 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After batting fifth in back-to-back games, Jimmy Rollins returned to his customary role as leadoff hitter yesterday in the Phillies' 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. If the Phillies shortstop was pleased about it, he didn't say so. In fact, he said nothing because he brushed off reporters for the second time this week. Anyway, the day couldn't have started much better for Rollins, who ripped Chad Billingsley's first pitch for a double, went to third on Shane Victorino's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly. In that at-bat, Rollins was the leadoff hitter that manager Charlie Manuel has come to expect.
NEWS
November 21, 2007
Jimmy Rollins proved yesterday he was the man to beat on the team to beat. The Phillies' shortstop was voted Most Valuable Player in the National League, deservedly beating out Matt Holliday of the Colorado Rockies in one of the closest ballots in the sport's history. Rollins' narrow victory was fitting for a player whose team won its division on the final day of the season. An athlete who is only 5-foot-8, Rollins stood up to pressure all year long. Before spring training began, he predicted that the Phillies were "the team to beat" in the National League East.
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March 20, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - He went from the buzzing crowds in Miami to some 100 people watching a minor-league game under grey skies, and Jimmy Rollins still could not understand why players scoff at the World Baseball Classic. Rollins will be 38 years old in 2017 when the next incarnation of the tournament happens. He is inviting himself. "If I'm still good enough at the time, and I can be brought back in any capacity . . . I'm leaving spring training. I'll tell you that right now," Rollins said.
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October 31, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Rollins needs to clear some space for another award. The Phillies shortstop learned Tuesday that he would receive the fourth Rawlings Gold Glove award of his career and his first since the 2009 season. Rollins, who turns 34 Nov. 27, also won the award in 2007 and 2008. His four Gold Gloves rank him third in Phillies history behind third baseman Mike Schmidt (10) and center fielder Garry Maddox (8). Rollins used the occasion to pay tribute to his former manager Larry Bowa and the late John Vukovich.
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February 14, 2008 | By PAUL HAGEN
Folk singer Joni Mitchell once famously summed up the difference between a painter and a performing artist. "Nobody ever said to Van Gogh, 'Paint a Starry Night again, man,'" she observed. What, then, are we to make of the challenge that has been set before Jimmy Rollins as another spring training rolls around? The Phillies' shortstop illustrated a baseball masterpiece in 2007. Statistics can be a trained pet that will perform whatever tricks are asked on command, but his numbers were still astonishing in many ways.
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October 3, 2011 | BY DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
HARD TO believe, but Jimmy Rollins arrived at the ballpark yesterday uncertain whether it would be his last home game at Citizens Bank Park. Despite a blowout win in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, three straight losses would end the Phillies' season in St. Louis, and the Cardinals got things started with a 5-4 victory last night in Game 2. Fortunes change quickly in a best-of-five series for a player in a contract year. Whenever this season ends, Rollins' focus will turn toward the size of the fortune he will require on the free-agent market.
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June 4, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ON SATURDAY afternoon, Charlie Manuel was concerned enough about Jimmy Rollins' sore right foot that he pinch-ran for him in the ninth inning of a 4-3 game with Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick was later picked off at second base on a blown call by the umpires, eliminating the potential tying run just before Cesar Hernandez doubled to rightfield. Yesterday, Manuel assumed that Rollins would be out of commission, so he drew up a lineup with Freddy Galvis starting at shortstop. But Rollins informed the manager that he felt well enough to play.
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July 27, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies continued their week of madcap comeback wins, possibly fueling the belief that hope remains in a season that hasn't provided an abundance of memorable moments. On a day that the Phillies signed lefty Cole Hamels to a six-year, $144 million extension, they also continued their late-game heroics with Wednesday's 7-6 win 10 innings over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. It was the Phillies' first three-game series sweep of the season. The three wins over the Brewers were by identical scores, and each came in its own dramatic way. Trailing, 6-5, in the 10th, the Phillies tied the game on Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice fly and finished matters with Jimmy Rollins' second walk-off hit in the last four games, all wins.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2012
Camryn Drew Rollins is the newest Phillies fan. The baby girl was born to shortstop Jimmy Rollins and fitness trainer bride Johari Smith Rollins late Sunday night. The little lady weighed in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces. As we mentioned yesterday, Rollins had to leave a charity event Sunday night upon learning that Johari was in labor. He was out of the lineup on paternity leave for Monday's and Tuesday's games against the Washington Nationals. Jimmy and Johari wed in the Grand Cayman Islands in January 2010.
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August 25, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jimmy Rollins must have been really broken up over not making that U.S. Olympic baseball team. The Phillies' shortstop of the future learned of his fate late Wednesday afternoon, several hours before taking the field at Lackawanna County Stadium for that night's game between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the Buffalo Bisons. All Rollins did in the game was drive in five runs with a grand slam and a sacrifice fly, helping the Red Barons overcome an 8-0 first-inning deficit in posting a 10-9 win. Can you imagine what he might have done if he had made Uncle Sam's team?
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April 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - A clubhouse attendant interrupted Ryan Howard's taco dinner Sunday as he celebrated a 10-9 Phillies win at Coors Field. He handed Howard a baseball with a yellow sheet of paper that authenticated its veracity. "If they overturn it," he told the hulking first baseman, who stuffed the items into a bag bound for Los Angeles. Rockies lefthander Boone Logan threw that ball three times as a slider. Twice, Howard whiffed. He smacked it to short right field on the third attempt, and the ball skipped past Brandon Barnes.
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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 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - This winter, the Rockies demolished about 4,000 seats in Coors Field's upper deck. They installed a bar with 52 beer taps and numerous restaurants. Ryne Sandberg noticed it when the Phillies took early batting practice Friday afternoon. Fly balls, he said, did not travel deep to right like they are known to at high altitude. The Phillies manager wondered if that trend would translate into the games. Two days later, he still does not know because the Phillies offense is dead - even at a place where lineups come to feast.
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April 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DENVER - The waterfalls erupted beyond center field Friday night at Coors Field to signal a Rockies home run, and the Phillies bullpen did not budge. This was the second inning of a 12-1 Phillies embarrassment, the first test of a 10-game road trip, and Jonathan Pettibone was to endure this bludgeoning alone. Pettibone was napalm inside a flammable ballpark. Colorado scored seven times before it made six outs. The Rockies' offense, which leads the National League in runs scored, is a threat to any pitcher.
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April 18, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IT IS PROBABLY overstating things to say Ben Revere was playing for his job yesterday afternoon. He went through something like this last year and eventually cemented himself as the Phillies' everyday centerfielder. Still, you don't want to give the guy behind you too many chances, and, over the previous week, Tony Gwynn Jr. had not just been getting those chances, but making the most of them, as well. And so here was Revere, who had entered the day riding an 0-for-12 skid, stepping to the plate with two outs in the eighth inning, the go-ahead run on second base.
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April 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cliff Lee ducked into the dugout in the middle of the ninth inning after throwing a career-high 128 pitches, allowing only one run, and striking out 13 batters - yet still facing a loss. Lee's complete game was spoiled by a lackluster Phillies offense that allowed him to be outdueled by Atlanta's Julio Teheran. The Braves righthander pitched a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night while all the players wore No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson.
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April 14, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
YOU DON'T NEED numbers to understand the amount of talent that exists inside Jose Fernandez. But the numbers are fun. Heading into last night's game against the Phillies, the 21-year-old righthander had held opponents to one or zero runs in half of his 30 career starts. He'd held them under four runs in all but three starts. In laymen's terms, he's pretty darn good. But he wasn't good last night, and the Phillies took advantage, scoring two in the first inning, one in the third, and three in the sixth en route to a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins.
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April 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins drew incentive from the wrath of a fan, and it led to the second walk-off home run of his career. Rollins' two-out, solo home run to left field off Dan Jennings in the 10th inning gave the Phillies a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Afterward, he credited a heckler whom he didn't see but certainly heard. "Some fan in the stands was popping off," Rollins said. "I don't know where he was, but it was right behind the dugout and was close enough to yell, and it [ticked]
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April 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Antonio Bastardo fired two sliders, both for strikes, at Mark Reynolds to start a tie game's eighth inning Wednesday. Reynolds has struck out more times than any hitter in baseball but one since 2007. He walked five pitches later. This is when the latest blunder - a 9-4 Phillies loss - brewed. It unfolded precisely the way Ryne Sandberg advised his team how not to perform. The Phillies could not throw strikes. They ignored baserunners. They failed at fundamentals. "That's possibly early-season stuff that we're still in the process of ironing out," Sandberg said.
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April 10, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
AT SOME POINT this season, you'll hear somebody talk about the energy, or attitude, or want-to that the Phillies appear to be lacking. When that happens, remind them of yesterday, when the Brewers took the field for batting practice around 2:30 p.m. and then never left. See, there wasn't much energy percolating in the ballpark by the end of a home-opening 10-4 loss, not because the Phillies lacked the requisite amount of dirt and/or pine tar on their uniforms, but because they watched a two-run deficit transform into a six-run deficit, an activity that tends to have a deflationary effect on even the most robust of psyches.
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