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September 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Maikel Franco's first day in a Phillies uniform probably felt as quick as his rapid ascension from Class A ball to the big leagues in the last 16 months. Franco was called up on Monday. Yesterday, the 22-year-old was penciled into the lineup of his major league game, becoming the youngest position player to start a game for the Phillies since a 21-year-old Jimmy Rollins took his spot as shortstop at Veterans Stadium 14 years ago this month. Franco grounded out in each of his first three plate appearances against Atlanta lefthander Mike Minor.
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September 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The Phillies promoted prospect Maikel Franco, who will become the team's youngest position player since Jimmy Rollins made his debut in 2000. Franco, 22, could start Tuesday at Turner Field against Braves lefthander Mike Minor. The Dominican infielder was among seven September additions announced after Monday's no-hit win over the Braves. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the $12 million mystery Cuban import who has thrived as a reliever, was another. Infielder Cesar Hernandez, catcher Cameron Rupp, righthander Luis Garcia, and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. earned promotions.
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September 2, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
 NEW YORK - It was a day of individual milestones overshadowed by a familiar conclusion for the Phillies, one delivered this time by a sub-.200-hitting catcher. Anthony Recker's towering three-run homer to left field in the sixth inning propelled the New York Mets to a 6-5 win Sunday at Citi Field.  Thus the season or career milestones reached by A.J. Burnett, Ben Revere, and Jimmy Rollins were marred by another day of failing to deliver in the clutch. The Phillies left 10 runners on base.
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September 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the 16th time this season, Ryne Sandberg assembled a lineup designed last winter to keep the Phillies competitive. No team in baseball has employed the same batting order as many times as Sandberg's familiar combination. That unit, after a 7-2 singles-fueled win over the Mets on Saturday, is 5-11. "You look at our lineup on paper, and it's a great lineup," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "For some reason, some years it just doesn't click. You get two guys hitting and the rest aren't hitting, or you get the rest of the guys hot and it's split up too much in the lineup.
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August 28, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE INNING began with Cole Hamels serving up a game-tying home run, being greeted by his manager, and handing the ball over with nary a word or even eye contact. It ended with the rookie reliever hopping off the same mound in celebration, after striking out all three hitters he faced on 13 pitches. The score remained the same, but a game Hamels had owned for six innings was suddenly going Washington's way, before Ken Giles entered and quieted the Nats' bats. Giles' latest dominating performance awakened the sleepy crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
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August 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOURTEEN YEARS ago, the Phillies entered the final month of the season 20 games under .500. As most non-contending teams are prone to do, the 2000 Phillies called up a top prospect that month in order to give him a look in the major leagues. Twenty-one-year-old Jimmy Rollins hit .321 in 14 games that September. Four years later, the Phillies were 12 1/2 games out of the National League East when they summoned power-hitting first baseman Ryan Howard to the big leagues for the first time.
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August 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins got the night off Monday in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Ruiz took his place in the batting order and looked comfortable in the No. 2 hole. Ruiz went 0 for 2 but drew walks in his first three at-bats and scored the Phillies' first run. This season as the No. 2 hitter, Ruiz is batting .269 but has a .437 on-base percentage in 87 plate appearances. He has drawn 14 walks, scored 12 runs and has an .840 OPS. Ruiz is obviously comfortable batting high in the order.
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August 20, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies righthander Jerome Williams understood he was running out of chances, so he decided to put his trust in his new catcher. Following the lead of Carlos Ruiz has made a major difference for Williams, who made his second straight strong start Monday since the Phillies claimed him on waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. Williams allowed one run on three hits in seven-plus innings of a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Citizens...
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August 20, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
In midst of the Phillies' struggles, centerfielder Ben Revere finds himself in the race for the National League batting crown. Revere was batting .315 after Monday's game, second in the National League to Colorado's Justin Morneau at .323. Revere insists he isn't consumed with the idea of being in a batting race. "Honestly, I don't pay much attention," he said before the game. "As long as I can help the team win, that is the main thing. " He said giving a potential batting title much thought would be a recipe for disaster.
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August 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Kyle Kendrick's cutter jammed Pablo Sandoval in the sixth inning, and the ball hovered over the infield Saturday at AT&T Park. The Phillies converged for a tableau of the franchise's current disrepair. "You got it," Chase Utley yelled at Ryan Howard. The first baseman heard, "Got it," and assumed Utley would catch it. The ball plopped on the grass between them. Utley, who had time to set and throw to second for an out, instead rushed one of his trademark backhanded flips from 50 feet.
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