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April 6, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Carlos Ruiz logged nine plate appearances in the last two games and reached base six times, a number that will stick in the back of Ryne Sandberg's mind. Ruiz's two-game stay as the Phillies' No. 2 hitter will end Saturday when Jimmy Rollins returns. But the catcher made an impression at the top of the lineup. "Whatever spot he's in, I think he takes on that role," Sandberg said. "Maybe the fact he's batting second, it is a job to get on base and set the table for the other guys.
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April 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cole Hamels will start his official rehab assignment Sunday with single-A Clearwater, and a return later this month looks increasingly probable. Hamels, who is recovering from biceps tendinitis and a fatigued arm, said at the end of spring training that he expected to need six starts before being major-league ready. (He has made two in scrimmages.) Hamels will attempt to simulate a typical spring training one month later than everyone else. If Hamels pitches every fifth day and does not suffer any setbacks, it could put the lefthander back in the Phillies rotation around April 26. But the Phillies could cushion a few of those outings with extra days and have Hamels pitch the opener of a homestand against New York on April 29. That scenario makes sense because it would come on the regular turn for the fifth spot in the rotation.
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April 2, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Phillies played Monday for 3 hours and 36 minutes, not sufficient time to override a city's apathy that spanned an entire winter and bled into springtime, but enough to create the kind of first impression they so craved. Jimmy Rollins swatted away his detractors. His teammates withstood a furious rally. The lineup produced from top to bottom. Phillies 14, Rangers 10, and Ryne Sandberg's bunch could sleep well because it led the league in everything after one day. "This team is a different team than it was last year," Ryan Howard said.
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April 2, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jimmy Rollins strode into the Metroplex around 11 p.m. Sunday. He was wearing Jordans and a gray track suit and walking with his usual swagger. First pitch was about 14 hours away, and for those looking to push a preordained narrative, this could have been a "Thing. " But Rollins never has cared much about these kinds of things. At times - like, for example, yesterday afternoon, surrounded by a pack of media, discussing a 14-10 win sparked by his second-inning grand slam - he offers the not-so-subtle impression that he is amused by it all. The glint in his eye, the gap-toothed grin.
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April 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - The human lightning rod created the season's first electricity. After being benched for three days in spring training for using two words - "Who cares?" - that infuriated his manager and the masses, another mini-controversy swirled around Jimmy Rollins on the eve of opening day. With his wife, Johari, expecting the couple's second child, the Phillies shortstop did not accompany his teammates to Texas on Saturday night. He spent the night with his wife, and when he was sure his second child wasn't ready to arrive just yet, he made a solo departure on Sunday afternoon.
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April 2, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - When Jimmy Rollins crushed a grand slam that spawned a six-run Phillies lead in the second inning Monday, Larry Bowa thought, "It's over. " The bench coach was not alone. Cliff Lee had made 99 straight starts without allowing more than six earned runs. The lead vanished by the third inning. Lee endured five lackluster innings but still earned the win, and Bowa found beauty in that. "All those games I watched when I was at MLB [Network], he was losing 1-0 or 2-1," Bowa said, "so justice was served today.
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April 1, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies did not break camp in Clearwater last week - which brings to mind a crisp departure like a football team clapping in unison as it exits the huddle - as much as they escaped it. Their six weeks in Florida were attended by the requisite rituals of spring, although not by nearly as many fans as in the past, and from the outside it was just another normal slow buildup to the grind of the regular season. But any camp that includes an outbreak of a potentially life-threatening staph infection in the clubhouse is not one that will be remembered fondly.
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April 1, 2014
JIMMY ROLLINS may not be in the lineup for the Phillies' opener today in Arlington, Texas. Rollins did not fly on the team's charter flight on Saturday since he and his wife, Johari, are expecting the couple's second child. Rollins could still join the team before the game, which begins at 2 p.m. EDT. If the Phillies have to place Rollins on the paternity list, he could stay off the roster for as many as three games (but could also return after one game missed, too). If the Phils have to call up an infielder to replace Rollins, they have options.
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April 1, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
HERE IS a look at a six-pack of top prospects in the Phillies' farm system: MAIKEL FRANCO Age: 21 Position: Third base Scouting report: The Phillies' top prospect and Baseball America's No. 17 prospect overall stormed onto the scene last year with 31 combined home runs in the minors and a .320 batting average. In Franco's first two seasons in the Phillies' farm system, he hit .222 and .247. But in the last two seasons, he hit .280 and .320. Speed is not one of Franco's best attributes, but the third baseman relies on soft hands and fairly good actions at the hot corner.
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April 1, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR A 2-WEEK period at the end of spring training, after watching an older group of Phillies players fail to score runs regularly, an assembly line of scouts was quoted in a couple of national media publications. Their words were less than kind. "I've been reading it," admitted Larry Bowa, the former shortstop, third-base coach and manager of the Phillies, who is currently Ryne Sandberg's bench coach. " 'They're done.' 'They're the worst team I've ever seen.' " Bowa was exaggerating, but only by a bit. Still, he disagreed with the commonly held opinion that the old, injury-plagued, once-successful Phillies were a shell of their former selves and headed for an ugly 2014 season.
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