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June 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the first of three straight fireworks nights at Citizens Bank Park. That's one more than the Phillies have staged in recent seasons, but you have to do something to get the fans back in the seats when the ball club has lost the firepower it once displayed on a daily basis. Fireworks never fail to attract crowds and applause even in the worst of times. (See 1984 through 1992 and 1994 through 2002). It was up to the Phillies, a team that has mostly tortured its fans at home this season, to provide something extra Thursday night.
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June 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF YOU STAYED at Citizens Bank Park late enough last night, you got some early Independence Day fireworks. You got to hear a second rendition of "Take Me Out to The Ball Game. " And you got to see one of the franchise's most popular players end the game in dramatic fashion for the first time in 7 years. After the Phillies and Miami Marlins took part in an old-fashioned staring contest for six innings, with neither team blinking, Chase Utley swatted a ball deep into the early summer night, providing a memorable souvenir for a lucky fan. Utley followed a leadoff single by Jimmy Rollins with a two-run, walkoff home run off Chris Hatcher in the 14th inning as the Phillies overcame an early deficit to beat Miami, 5-3. "I just tried to square one up, go home," Utley said after the conclusion of the 4-hour, 41-minute game.
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June 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
EVEN AFTER a five-game winning streak was followed by a three-game losing streak, Ryne Sandberg managed to remain upbeat. It was a lot of, "We'll put this one behind us," and "We'll start another good streak," or "The boys will bounce back tomorrow" following the most recent defeat. (Editor's note: Sandberg never said "the boys. " He's not a hockey coach.) But the baseball season isn't even halfway over and it's Sandberg's first full season as a manager, so there's no reason for him to operate any other way. And since they haven't hit the midway point and are closer to the top of the division after 75 games this year than they were last year, the Phillies are not clinically dead yet . . . even if they haven't been able to climb above fourth place in their own division in more than 2 months.
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June 25, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON A NIGHT that began with a who's who of former Phillies from the turn of the century taking the field to honor the franchise's newly crowned all-time hits king, Jimmy Rollins, starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez collected the first hit of his 9-year career. Hernandez, who entered the game hitless in his first 40 big-league at-bats, singled to rightfield to lead off the third inning. Hernandez is paid to pitch, however, and he fared well on the mound after a shaky first inning. For the first time in a Phillies uniform, Hernandez managed to pitch six innings in consecutive starts.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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