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April 30, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE LEGACY of Ruben Amaro Jr. will center not on the three playoff trips or on the Phillies' seventh World Series appearance. Instead, Amaro will be remembered for the crippling contracts given to veterans who failed to produce because of injury, ineptness or age. Some of those contracts went to future Hall of Famers in their twilights - Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, maybe Jimmy Rollins. Others went to unquestioned stars: Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, streaky Cole Hamels, who has yet to earn a Cy Young Award or even win 20 games.
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April 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - The first month of what might be Cole Hamels' last season in a Phillies uniform is over and the pitcher has come through unscathed and, per usual, unlucky. Hamels had given the Phillies innings and a chance to win seemingly every time he'd touched the baseball. In return, he'd gotten next to nothing: a measly six runs in four starts. Lady Luck finally arrived for the former World Series MVP - and at least for one of the Phillies hard-luck hitters, too - in Hamels' fifth and final start of April last night.
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April 16, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - When Ryne Sandberg took over as Phillies manager in August 2013, one of his first changes was using longtime leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins more regularly in the second spot in his lineup. He hoped it would give Rollins a different outlook at the plate, with a different job in his new place in the lineup. Sandberg seems to have the same idea in mind with Freddy Galvis, who hit from the second spot in the lineup for the fourth time in the last five games last night against the Mets.
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April 8, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The pageantry was executed to perfection Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The baseball was not. The sunshine arrived before the gates opened and remained in place the entire day. Game-time temperature was 71 degrees, a welcome respite from a rugged winter. The ceremonial first pitches started with cancer survivor Julie Kramer's strike to Chase Utley (the two first met on The Ellen DeGeneres Show just before Christmas) and ended with another inspirational toss down the middle from Kyle Shanahan, an 8-year-old from Warrington who was born with spina bifida and also has fluid on the brain.
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April 8, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THIS YEAR, they are resigned to their fate. For more than a decade, Phillies fans embraced Opening Day with happier mindsets than they had yesterday. It ranged from vaguely interested, in the days of Scott Rolen, Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins; to mildly hopeful, both with the Jim Thome/Kevin Millwood editions and the Cole Hamels/Chase Utley/Ryan Howard editions; and moved up to downright entitled when they added Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Cliff Lee - Lee, twice.
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April 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - McKechnie Field's public address announcer instructed the fans to remove their caps. The national anthem was ready to be performed. That is when the nerves kicked in Monday. "Here we go," said Larry Eflin, his shaky right hand covering his heart. His son, Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin, stood below in the bullpen. Preparations were all but finished for Eflin's first game against major-league hitters. His father could only watch. Zach Eflin pitched the first three innings of an 18-4 Grapefruit League loss against Pittsburgh.
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April 1, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
BRADENTON, Fla. - It was only a year ago that the Phillies seemed oblivious to the reality that they faced. As late as last June, the front office bristled at the notion that it should focus its attention squarely on the future. But as Ruben Amaro Jr. stood outside the visitors' dugout at McKechnie Field yesterday, he left little doubt that his philosophy had changed. "This year is more about our future than our present," the general manager said. "We've said that many times.
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March 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Jimmy Rollins sat at his corner locker stall and nodded toward one locker designated for Yasiel Puig and another belonging to Clayton Kershaw. "You've got 66 and 22. Those are the stars," Rollins said, referring to the players by their uniform numbers. "Everybody else falls in behind them. And that's quite OK. You just do your job, and if they do their jobs, they get the headlines. " If there was ever an indication of Rollins' new life with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it's this admission.
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March 30, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Zach Eflin had to step outside Frenchy's beachfront restaurant on Friday evening. His phone was buzzing, and a band was playing inside. The call was from Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. The pitching prospect had no idea why Jordan was calling. Jordan told Eflin that he will start Monday for the Phillies when they travel south to Bradenton. The 20-year-old will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first game against a major-league opponent.
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March 20, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's not officially over for Cliff Lee. All he needs is a miracle, and he could be back throwing on a mound near you before the end of the summer. Even he concedes that is unlikely. "It's fairly likely it will remain the same," the Phillies lefthander said Monday at Bright House Field after the team placed him on the 60-day disabled list and announced that he will attempt a third rehab of his aching left elbow. Surgery has been recommended, but that would end Lee's season and tenure with the Phillies.
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