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NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHILLIES handed Jimmy Rollins a pair of suitcases last night, but it's not what you think. They were for a trip to Italy with his wife in the future, hopefully when his 15th year in a Phillies uniform concludes, after he's added to the record he set recently as the franchise hits leader, after he's played all but a handful of games of another season as the team's sometimes revered, sometimes reviled, always electric shortstop. Still, Rollins looked a little awkward, his eldest daughter Camryn in his arms, as team vice president Michael Stiles wheeled the luggage toward the pregame home-plate ceremony.
SPORTS
June 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before a pitch was thrown Monday, Jimmy Rollins cradled Camryn, his 2-year-old daughter, as both dugouts at Citizens Bank Park filled to the top step. Players were instructed to report by 6:55 p.m. to celebrate Rollins' ascension to Phillies hit king. The shortstop welcomed guests and accepted gifts in an 18-minute ceremony. To conclude, he grabbed a microphone. "Thank you," Rollins said, "and now let's go play some baseball. " To start the first inning, Rollins rapped a single to right for his 2,242d career hit. But the Phillies trailed before he squeezed the bat. Five straight wins had generated optimism in a moribund National League East.
SPORTS
June 24, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - It was a successful trip that ended on a sour note. Make that two sour notes. The Phillies won their first five games on the trip, but they dropped the last two, including Sunday's 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. A week ago, the Phillies appeared buried after a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs left them 61/2 games out of first place. They did gain ground on the trip that began with a three-game sweep in Atlanta, but not enough to really know if they are going to be buyers or sellers by the July 31 trade deadline.
SPORTS
June 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels was pitching - and hitting - adeptly, but his work on the mound was not enough to keep the Phillies' road roll going. Afterward, Hamels had nothing to say about his performance at the plate or on the mound. On this steamy day in St. Louis, the Phillies ace finally met his match in St. Louis Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright. Mixing speeds and working both sides of the plate, Wainwright went eight strong innings during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Phillies before 44,789 at sold-out Busch Stadium.
SPORTS
June 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When it's time to sell, the most valuable player is the one who can bring the most in return. They are the guys whom contending teams want regardless of the salary. They are the players who can single-handedly restock a farm system while possibly bringing some young major-league-ready talent, too. Examine the Phillies' roster, and they have exactly one player with that kind of appeal. Cole Hamels. Would you trade him? Shortly before the Phillies embarked on their surprisingly successful road trip through Atlanta and St. Louis, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was asked whether he had any untouchables on his roster.
SPORTS
June 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - A.J. Burnett and the Phillies have had quite a turnaround since the righthander's last start. With Burnett pitching his first complete game since August, the Phillies defeated the Cardinals, 5-1, Friday at Busch Stadium in a game delayed 50 minutes at the start due to rain. The Phillies (34-38) have now won five in a row, all on the road. The last loss was Sunday's 3-0 defeat to the visiting Chicago Cubs, with Burnett the losing pitcher. Since then, the Phillies have enjoyed their best stretch of the season, sweeping the Atlanta Braves and now winning the first two of a four-game series in St. Louis.
SPORTS
June 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was a break between innings during a recent Phillies loss, and David Montgomery looked toward second base from the owner's suite at Citizens Bank Park. That is Chase Utley's spot; it was his when this sparkling ballpark opened, and when the Phillies signed Utley to a two-year contract last summer with three option years, Montgomery imagined it was Utley's until he relinquished it. Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins have started 1,129 games together, the most of all active double-play combinations.
SPORTS
June 18, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - It took longer than they would have liked - four innings longer, to be precise - but the Phillies took the first of a three-game series against the first-place Braves at Turner Field last night. After Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save since April 2, it took until the 13th inning for one of the two teams to break a 1-1 tie. That team was the Phillies, who did so in a big way, scoring five runs off righthander David Hale to claim a 6-1 win. A fielding error on Freddie Freeman on a sharp one-hopper off the bat of Ryan Howard pushed the go-ahead run home before the floodgates opened.
SPORTS
June 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - All across the Phillies clubhouse Monday afternoon, Tony Gwynn's presence endured. There was Ryne Sandberg, who played alongside Gwynn in 10 All-Star Games. Larry Bowa managed Gwynn for two seasons in San Diego. Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd were tutored there one winter by Gwynn. And the Hall of Famer's son, Tony Jr., is their teammate. He flew Sunday night with the Phillies to Atlanta, was awakened Monday by the message every child dreads, and departed to grieve. The Phillies mourned by celebrating Gwynn's many legacies, one of which is Tony Jr. His No. 19 Phillies jersey hung in the dugout Monday night.
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