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June 12, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Phillies went down to Georgia to scout Griffin High School's Cornelius Randolph, the scouts wanted to know who his hitting instructor was. A swing that pretty - one Phillies director of amateur scouting Johnny Almaraz says produced the "best bat in the country" among high schoolers - must have been through hours of training and mastering with a professional, right? Not really. Randolph never had a professional lesson. He did, though, spend countless hours in the batting cage with his father, Cedric.
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June 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Physically, Chase Utley, who has battled an assortment of injuries throughout his career, including chronic knee pain, said he's OK. "Yeah, I feel fine," Utley said following the Phillies' 5-2 loss to the Reds yesterday. But after an 0-for-3 afternoon, his 28th hitless performance in 51 starts, you surely had to wonder if the veteran All-Star's woes are beginning to wear on his mind. With an opportunity to get the Phillies back in yesterday's game - two on, two out, down two runs in the seventh inning - Utley produced a lazy, inning-ending fly ball to leftfield in his final at-bat.
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June 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was an unbelievable moment, Kenny Koplove said. The South Philadelphia native was sitting with his parents around the computer on Wednesday, the final day of baseball's first-year player draft. He got a call from his adviser, telling him that the Phillies would draft Koplove in the 17th round. "I put down the phone and a minute later it's on the board," the righthander said. "It's been a dream come true. It's hard to put it into words. When that opportunity came, it wasn't even a second thought.
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June 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The power outage that has contributed to the Phillies' struggles was not unexpected. Two of their top three home-run hitters - Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins - were dealt in December as part of the organization's rebuilding efforts. But the dearth of home runs has been accentuated recently by the team's inability to prevent them. Jerome Williams allowed the staff's 14th and 15th long balls in just a six-game span in a 4-1 loss Sunday to the Colorado Rockies, the Phillies' season-worst seventh consecutive defeat.
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May 15, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Sports Columnist
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder  Roman Quinn on the roster. Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the just-completed six-game road trip with the team. This is the second in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. HARRISBURG, Pa. - The terminology tends to dehumanize the process. We call them "prospects" and describe them as being "down on the farm. " The truth is they are young men trying to find their way in a survival-of-the-fittest world by throwing, hitting, and fielding a red-stitched white ball with a circumference of 9 to 9 1/4 inches.
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May 9, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - One is the veteran ace of a staff on a floundering team who is likely to find himself pitching in a new home ballpark three months from now. The other is arguably baseball's most dynamic young pitcher and headlines an up-and-coming club off to a hot start. The Phillies' Cole Hamels and New York Mets ace Matt Harvey face off Friday in perhaps the best pitching matchup Citizens Bank Park will host this season. The game displays the star attractions of two large-market National League East franchises headed in opposite directions.
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May 9, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Matt Harvey was dressed and on his way out of the Mets clubhouse at Citi Field late Wednesday night when he stopped to consider the consequences of the choice that changed his life and career. He will pitch against Cole Hamels and the Phillies on Friday, arriving as Major League Baseball's best starter and the biggest star in its biggest market: a 5-0 record, a 2.41 earned run average, 34 strikeouts in 332/3 innings, an average of 40,450 people in attendance for each of his last four outings.
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May 8, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
NEW YORK - Daniel Murphy let loose a loud, Ric Flair-like "wooo" as his five-man batting group finished its turn in the cage prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles. Murphy, a veteran infielder, was the only player in the group to homer in the final rotation of swings. A small victory. The New York Mets, fresh off a 3-7 stretch after starting the year 13-3, were feeling loose before opening a two-game interleague clash with reigning AL East champion Baltimore. They were answering questions about what was going wrong during that stretch.
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May 6, 2015
Four of the six worst batting averages in the NL belong to Phillies or ex-Phillies (through Sunday): 79. Ryan Howard .193 80. Josh Harrison .188 81. Marlon Byrd .181 81. Jay Bruce .181 83. Jimmy Rollins .176 84. Chase Utley .108
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May 3, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Ryan Howard Friday became the Phillies' all-time leader in games played at first base. He past Fred Luderus, who played 1,298 games at first game for the Phillies from 1910-20. Saturday, Howard reaches another career milestone. Howard's major league service time reaches 10 years. "It means I've been in the league for 10 years," Howard said. "That's an endeavor in itself. " And that's true. But, as a player with 10 years of big-league service time and at least the last five years with the same team, Howard also earns this: the right to refuse any trade.
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