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September 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Ben Revere figured it was a trick question. He scanned the Phillies clubhouse Thursday afternoon at Petco Park and looked for the team's last 50-base stealer. He glanced at Jimmy Rollins' locker. Nope, Rollins stole 47 in 2008. But the answer was somewhere in the room. "Who's that?" Revere asked. Juan Samuel, now the team's first-base coach, stole 53 bases in 1985. (Revere, 26, was born in 1988.) Every major-league team has had at least one player with 50 steals since then.
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September 19, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - For a team with so many players under club control for next season, the Phillies have a remarkably malleable roster that offers few hints as to what their 2015 squad will look like. Barring a trade, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are locks to be in the lineup somewhere. Same goes for Carlos Ruiz. And Ben Revere certainly seems to have done enough to warrant another go-round in centerfield. But one needed to look only as far as the lineup card hanging in the Phillies' clubhouse yesterday to realize that virtually every other position is muddled.
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September 18, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The moment A.J. Burnett threw his first pitch in Tuesday's 5-4 Phillies loss, he made his impending decision harder. This, Burnett's 32d start, ensured the 37-year-old righthander $12.75 million for 2015 if he exercises a player option. And, like many of the 31 previous starts, Burnett's night ended in defeat. He allowed five runs (four earned) in 52/3 innings to suffer his 17th loss. That is the most for a Phillies pitcher since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997. Burnett has two more starts in 2014.
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September 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - After grounding out to end the second inning, Domonic Brown returned to the Phillies dugout Monday with an idea. The Padres employed a rare shift against him, and Brown wanted to combat it with a bunt in his next at bat. When he did it in the fifth inning of a 1-0 Phillies loss, it just so happened to be the team's first hit. Andrew Cashner, who silenced the Phillies on 92 pitches, stared at Brown. "Excellent," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I'd like to see more of it. That's how you stop the shift.
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September 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
BELIEVE IT or not, there have been some encouraging signs to come out of this 2014 season for the Phillies. Ken Giles has been nothing short of dominant. Cole Hamels continues to pitch like an ace. Maikel Franco is in the major leagues after a an explosive couple of minor league seasons. At the top of the list, though, is the performance of 2013 first-round draft pick J.P. Crawford, who was at Citizens Bank Park yesterday to receive the organization's Paul Owens Award, given annually to the top pitcher and top hitter in the minor leagues.
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September 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies first-round draft choice in 2013, has made a favorable impression on manager Ryne Sandberg. Crawford was in Philadelphia on Friday to accept the Paul Owens Award as the Phillies minor-league position player of the year. Righthander Luis Garcia also received the award as minor-league pitcher of the year. Sandberg saw Crawford play last year in the Florida Instructional League. "He looked very athletic and looked like he had a lot of instincts," Sandberg said before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins.
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September 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHASE UTLEY was out of the lineup last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a night after both Carlos Ruiz and Marlon Byrd didn't start. Jimmy Rollins hasn't played since suffering a mild hamstring strain on Monday, and he won't be rushed back because, on a team going nowhere in the final month of a long season, there's no point in running older players into the proverbial ground. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard started for the 35th time in the 36 games the Phillies have played since July 31. The rest of the mid-30-somethings have rested more often, while Howard has played regularly.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS may or may not return to the Phillies' lineup in the next 2 weeks, so naturally the first two batters last night found the new guy in the field. Defensive whiz Freddy Galvis, playing his natural shortstop position, handled both ground balls with ease. Galvis continued to be busy all night - he had eight balls hit his way, recording outs on seven and just missing two more on a pair of tough infield singles from Josh Harrison and Gregory Polanco. Galvis' defense, of course, hasn't ever been in question.
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September 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS will most likely not return to the lineup on the current homestand, but he should return sooner rather than later, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg said yesterday afternoon that tests on Rollins' left hamstring revealed a mild strain. The manager said his veteran shortstop was simply "day-to-day. " "A little bit better than it looked [Monday] night," said Sandberg, who had to replace Rollins before the fifth inning, a half inning after the 35-year-old infielder legged out his fourth triple of the season.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were two beneficiaries Tuesday in the immediate aftermath of Jimmy Rollins' "mild" left hamstring strain. Rookie Maikel Franco moved into Rollins' customary No. 2 lineup spot. Freddy Galvis, an .085 hitter in his first 24 games this season, assumed shortstop in Rollins' absence. Franco, the Phillies' youngest position player since Rollins' 2000 debut, has a clearer future than Galvis despite 148 fewer major-league games. Galvis - along with Cesar Hernandez - remains stuck in the murkiness that is life as a young bench player.
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