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September 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - It's highly unlikely you'll see Jimmy Rollins take the field at Marlins Park this afternoon, or in the three games that follow at Citizens Bank Park to close out the 2014 season. Rollins sat out for the 15th straight game last night. He suffered a left hamstring injury on Sept. 8 and despite taking regular fielding work and batting practice in the last week, has yet to run at full speed. Although no one will say he has been shut down for the season, Rollins has pretty much been shut down for the season.
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September 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. rejoined the Phillies on Tuesday after two international fact-finding trips, which culminated in a private workout Monday with coveted Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas. A cadre of Phillies officials watched Tomas, who turns 24 in November, at the team's Dominican Republic complex. That showcase came after a recent trip to Japan by Amaro, who was accompanied by senior adviser Charlie Manuel and Sal Agostinelli, the Phillies' international scouting director.
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September 22, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
OAKLAND - As the Phillies spread out across foul territory for their daily pre-batting-practice stretch, Jimmy Rollins paused for a moment and looked behind the visitor's dugout at O.co Coliseum. "Right there is where I used to sit and watch Mark McGwire hit home runs," the shortstop said, pointing to a section of seats in the lower bowl. The Alameda native could be doing more than watching this weekend as the Phillies continue their three-game series against the A's. Rollins has been sidelined since straining his hamstring on Sept.
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September 22, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. - An Athletics fan circled the upper deck of the O.co Coliseum in the seventh inning of a scoreless game with a drum strapped to his waist. He banged it three times. Fans responded with a tepid cheer: "Let's go, Oakland. " These are anguished moments for an A's team with a tenuous postseason standing. They are numb to moments like Saturday's 3-0 Phillies win, in which Freddy Galvis, a diminutive shortstop, smashed an appetizing fastball to deep right. "Surprising power, at times, for a little guy," Phils manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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September 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Ben Revere figured it was a trick question. He scanned the Phillies clubhouse Thursday afternoon at Petco Park and looked for the team's last 50-base stealer. He glanced at Jimmy Rollins' locker. Nope, Rollins stole 47 in 2008. But the answer was somewhere in the room. "Who's that?" Revere asked. Juan Samuel, now the team's first-base coach, stole 53 bases in 1985. (Revere, 26, was born in 1988.) Every major-league team has had at least one player with 50 steals since then.
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September 19, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - For a team with so many players under club control for next season, the Phillies have a remarkably malleable roster that offers few hints as to what their 2015 squad will look like. Barring a trade, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are locks to be in the lineup somewhere. Same goes for Carlos Ruiz. And Ben Revere certainly seems to have done enough to warrant another go-round in centerfield. But one needed to look only as far as the lineup card hanging in the Phillies' clubhouse yesterday to realize that virtually every other position is muddled.
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September 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The moment A.J. Burnett threw his first pitch in Tuesday's 5-4 Phillies loss, he made his impending decision harder. This, Burnett's 32d start, ensured the 37-year-old righthander $12.75 million for 2015 if he exercises a player option. And, like many of the 31 previous starts, Burnett's night ended in defeat. He allowed five runs (four earned) in 52/3 innings to suffer his 17th loss. That is the most for a Phillies pitcher since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997. Burnett has two more starts in 2014.
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September 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - After grounding out to end the second inning, Domonic Brown returned to the Phillies dugout Monday with an idea. The Padres employed a rare shift against him, and Brown wanted to combat it with a bunt in his next at bat. When he did it in the fifth inning of a 1-0 Phillies loss, it just so happened to be the team's first hit. Andrew Cashner, who silenced the Phillies on 92 pitches, stared at Brown. "Excellent," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I'd like to see more of it. That's how you stop the shift.
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September 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
BELIEVE IT or not, there have been some encouraging signs to come out of this 2014 season for the Phillies. Ken Giles has been nothing short of dominant. Cole Hamels continues to pitch like an ace. Maikel Franco is in the major leagues after a an explosive couple of minor league seasons. At the top of the list, though, is the performance of 2013 first-round draft pick J.P. Crawford, who was at Citizens Bank Park yesterday to receive the organization's Paul Owens Award, given annually to the top pitcher and top hitter in the minor leagues.
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September 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies first-round draft choice in 2013, has made a favorable impression on manager Ryne Sandberg. Crawford was in Philadelphia on Friday to accept the Paul Owens Award as the Phillies minor-league position player of the year. Righthander Luis Garcia also received the award as minor-league pitcher of the year. Sandberg saw Crawford play last year in the Florida Instructional League. "He looked very athletic and looked like he had a lot of instincts," Sandberg said before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins.
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