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July 19, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
This is all beginning to feel familiar, isn't it? If you're of a certain age and have followed the Phillies long enough, it should. If it isn't, take a seat, my young and once-innocent friends, and listen for a little while. You'll have a better understanding of what you're in for. Promise. Let's say you're 19, 20, maybe even as old as 25. The Phillies you've known went 10 years, from 2003 through 2012, without a losing season. They won five division titles, two National League pennants, a World Series.
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July 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MINNEAPOLIS- Benjamin Utley, according to his dad, can do it all. Hit, field, throw, run. The hitting for power will come, surely. "He's an active little guy," the elder Utley said of his 2 ½-year-old son. "He likes to throw everything - not just baseballs. Everything. " As the subject matter changed during a recent conversation, from his own health to his son's baseball activities, Utley couldn't help but break out into a smile. "He's doing everything," Utley said. "Well, it's not like I have him doing drills or anything.
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July 14, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Jonathan Papelbon said last week that he doesn't understand baseball players who are content to play with a non-contending team. It's not always easy to agree with the worldview of Papelbon, whose perspective rarely includes anyone other than himself, but there's no problem with that one. People here predictably jumped up and down, of course, because Philadelphia is so prone to civic insecurity that the moment someone suggests he might rather be...
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July 14, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THERE'S AN interesting dynamic inside the Phillies organization right now. The team is nine games under .500, with the fourth-worst run differential in the National League. For weeks now, the questions about the team's long-term direction have seemed more pressing than those involving the short term. Yet after last night's 6-2 dispatching of the Nationals, the Phillies are winners of five straight, tied for their longest streak of the season, and playing like the team they envisioned themselves to be at the start of the season.
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July 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was less than a week ago that the Phillies hit their low point of the season, but since then they have dramatically changed their fortunes. With Jimmy Rollins contributing the ninth multi-home run game of his career and A.J. Burnett allowing two runs in 72/3 innings, the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals, 6-2, on Friday night before 30,094 at Citizens Bank Park. It was the Phillies' fifth consecutive win, tying their season-best streak. "This is the reason I came here, for this kind of baseball," Burnett said.
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July 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - The Phillies played Thursday for 3 hours, 6 minutes, and it was a maddening brand of baseball because a four-game sweep of the Brewers, who own the National League's best record, does not mitigate the pain of being a 41-51 team. That did not stop them from savoring a peculiar 9-1 rout. Matt Garza no-hit the Phillies for six innings. He buckled in the seventh and the Phillies scored seven runs in the eighth. Twelve Phillies batted that inning to sink a downtrodden Milwaukee team that has lost nine of 10. "It's crazy," Jimmy Rollins said.
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July 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - The blank stares and general looks of uncertainty were replaced by more than a few did-that-really-just-happen grins. The sounds of silence were gone, too. Coolio played on the speakers in the victorious visiting clubhouse at Miller Park. It wasn't anything like the celebration in the same room six Octobers ago, when some of the same players clinched the franchise's first playoff series victory in 15 years. But it was certainly different than the vibe the Phillies had been unable to shake for the better part of the last month, too. "It's crazy," Jimmy Rollins said of the game of baseball, following yesterday's improbable 9-1 victory that capped a four-game series sweep.
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July 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - For the third day in a row, the Phillies looked like a winning team, from their timely hitting, bullpen pitching and overall play. All that said, their closer would like to find a new home at some point in the next 3 weeks. Following the Phillies' 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last night, their third straight win over the team with the National League's best record, Jonathan Papelbon expressed his desire to move from the last-place team to a contender before the July 31 trade deadline.
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July 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - Chase Utley stood off on his own, leaning on the batting cage, watching Jimmy Rollins take his pregame cuts an hour before first pitch yesterday. Cody Asche followed Rollins, and then Utley, and then Ryan Howard. The early-evening batting practice was ordinary, the routine monotonous. It's the beginning of what's likely to be a very long summer for the Phillies, who already have lost more than 50 games, a week before the All-Star break. Utley could choose to shorten that long summer and say so long to Philadelphia, of course.
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July 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is at wit's end, and anyone who has seen his sagging offense can understand why. Sandberg called for a few volunteers to jump on the offensive wagon Sunday after the Phillies were swept in their three-game series by the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-2 loss at PNC Park. The Phillies have lost nine of 10 and 13 of 16 to drop to 37-51, a season-high 14 games under .500. They are hitting .206 and have scored 41 runs in the last 16 games. They have struck out 122 times in that span.
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