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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.
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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.
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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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June 17, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE PREVIOUS TIME the Chicago Cubs won a series in Philadelphia, Jimmy Rollins, now the Phillies' all-time hit king, had 20 games of major league experience. Larry Bowa was capping his first week as the club's manager. Omar Daal was starting games, Jose Mesa closing them. It was all the way back during the home-opening series of the 2001 campaign, a nugget of information perhaps telling regarding both the Phillies' immense success since but also the struggles of 2014. Yesterday afternoon's game, a 3-0 Cubs' victory that gave Chicago claim to the three-game series, marked already the ninth time this season, just 67 games old, the Phillies were held without a run. It was the seventh game in which they were shut out at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.
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June 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Righthander Ken Giles gave the crowd at Citizens Bank Park something to cheer about on a day when there was little else offered. Giles pitched a scoreless ninth inning Sunday and did so with flair during a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. In his second Phillies appearance, Giles recorded two strikeouts, sandwiched around a pop-up. What got the crowd going was the radar gun. He threw one fastball that was recorded at 101 m.p.h. and another two at 100. This came after he allowed a home run and recorded the game's final out on a strikeout in a third of an inning during Thursday's 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres.
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June 17, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Had the Phillies shown up on Father's Day and played like men intent on having some say in the National League East race, this would have been a good time to point out that they are about to begin a brutal sequence of games against a lot of good teams and some great pitchers. There is no reason to do that, however. None whatsoever, because it was obvious after the offense's latest disappearing act that this team has no chance to be anything but dead and buried by the end of the 35-game stretch that begins Monday night against the first-place Atlanta Braves.
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June 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies righthander David Buchanan not only was proud to see history Saturday, but to be part of it. On the day Jimmy Rollins broke Mike Schmidt's team record with his 2,235th career hit, Buchanan was the winning pitcher in a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. Despite allowing three solo home runs, Buchanan went five innings, allowing the three runs on six hits. "We had history, man, and it was an honor," Buchanan said. Buchanan, who is 2-3 with a 5.97 ERA since being recalled from Lehigh Valley on May 24, said Rollins has helped him adjust to the big leagues.
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June 16, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt stood at first base and lifted the arm of the man who had just broken his longtime Phillies record. Schmidt stood with Jimmy Rollins after the shortstop surpassed Schmidt as the Phillies' all-time hit king on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. It was difficult to tell who was more excited, Schmidt, the proud former record-holder, or Rollins, the new one. With a fifth-inning single off Chicago Cubs righthander Edwin Jackson, Rollins stood on top of the Phillies hit list with 2,235.
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June 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
First in a four-part series. When the Boston Red Sox jettisoned $270 million of salary in disgruntled veteran players on Aug. 25, 2012, it forever established the bar for baseball fire sales. The trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers was negotiated under unprecedented circumstances. The Red Sox, armed with a strong farm system, reinvested the money and won the World Series in 2013. There is no such magic pill for the Phillies and Ruben Amaro Jr. Despite a recent spasm of success against the woeful Cubs and Padres, the Phillies will need to start over if they want to be title contenders again, but the process appears daunting.
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