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March 20, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It's not officially over for Cliff Lee. All he needs is a miracle, and he could be back throwing on a mound near you before the end of the summer. Even he concedes that is unlikely. "It's fairly likely it will remain the same," the Phillies lefthander said Monday at Bright House Field after the team placed him on the 60-day disabled list and announced that he will attempt a third rehab of his aching left elbow. Surgery has been recommended, but that would end Lee's season and tenure with the Phillies.
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March 17, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Things are different for the Phillies this spring. Everyone knows and acknowledges this. From 2004 through 2012, the Phillies came here with the expectation that they would compete for, if not presume to win, the National League East. In 2013 and 2014, they came here with the hope of repeating that success, even if anyone who had foreseen the team's predictable downward trajectory recognized that hope was faint. This spring is not like those springs. The expectations are minimal.
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March 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - J.P. Crawford was taking batting practice this winter near his home in California when a friend told him through the cage that Jimmy Rollins had been traded. The departure of the longest-tenured shortstop in Phillies history opened a clearer path for the team's shortstop of the future. "I was like 'Hmm. Good place to be in,' " Crawford said Sunday morning before the first full-squad workout for minor-league players. Baseball America ranks Crawford as the Phillies' top prospect and the 14th-best in all of baseball.
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March 3, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
   Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth were considered core players during the Phillies' run of five straight National League East titles. Werth was the first to leave after the 2010 season, with Victorino following in 2012 and Rollins after last season.    Here's a look at how those six players have performed since Werth joined the Washington Nationals in 2011: Player   G   AB   R   H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   AVG.   OBP.   SLG.   OPS Jayson Werth   507   1857   280   523   108   5   66   253   .282   .375   .452   .826 Chase Utley   472   1764   249   474   97   20   51   236   .269   .347   .433   .780 Carlos Ruiz   448   1473   178   416   96   1   33   176   .282   .360   .416   .776 Shane Victorino   438   1714   263   470   88   26   45   189   .274   .338   .435   .773 Ryan Howard   456   1672   208   401   79   4   81   310   .240   .321   .437   .759 Jimmy Rollins   596   2337   332   592   113   13   62   225   .253   .323   .392   .716 Source: BaseballReference.com - Bob Brookover
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February 28, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The two most assumable things when the gates swung open at Citizens Bank Park in April of 2004 were that no elite pitchers would ever want to come to Philadelphia and the Phillies would never finish last in baseball in home runs. In the ballpark's infancy, lots of guys pitched and moaned about the close proximity of the left-field flower beds to home plate. Recently named Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz infamously called the ballpark a "joke" and "the worst decision ever made" because of how easy it was to hit a home run there.
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February 27, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was Halloween and your world was collapsing around you: AIG and Citigroup toppling, your stocks and houses and wages deflating like air from a balloon that somebody had forgotten to tie, a balloon that was now darting around the room in flatulent loopty loops, the country clinging to its surface, powerless to resist the momentum pent up inside. This was the best day of your lives, in the best month of your lives, in a year you've spent the previous 7 yearning for. You swore it as you felt the morning sun stream through the skyscrapers, bathing you in slats of light, and you swore it as you watched the darkness drop like a curtain, the beer still glowing, the streets still swamped with mobs of red, one last night to soak it in, one more ibuprofen morning to greet without regret.
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February 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During the first week of activity in Clearwater, an assembly line of Phillies veterans have made their way in front of microphones and cameras to answer questions regarding their desire to stick with the team through a rebuilding phase. The first three contestants in "Do You Really Want to Be Here?" deftly danced around the topic, by way of props (Cliff Lee and his Magic 8 Ball), smoke screens (Jonathan Papelbon's belief that the Phillies can contend) or rambling on (Cole Hamels' filibustering)
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February 25, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley extended his right arm on Monday afternoon like a running back eluding a tackler. That is not how he would react, Utley said, if Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. approached him to discuss a trade. "I would listen to him out of respect for him and the entire organization and kind of go from there," the second baseman said a day before Tuesday's first full-squad workout. "I want nothing more than to play for this organization for as long as I can. " Utley, the longest-tenured Philadelphia athlete, has full no-trade rights.
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February 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis slightly pulled at the neck of his shirt yesterday morning to show off the battle scar of an athlete who already has put in his time before camp officially opens. Sunburn. The new Phillies shortstop arrived in Clearwater on Friday, when temperatures were hovering in the 30s. Galvis had spent the week fielding ground balls on an all-dirt baseball field in his hometown of Punto Fijo, Venezuela. "The field is like that," Galvis said, pointing to a bunch of rocks decorating the tunnel that leads to the Phillies' batting cages at Bright House Field.
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February 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before departing for Clearwater, Ruben Amaro Jr. reached out to Ryan Howard and asked him to come into the office. Within the last 2 weeks, the embattled general manager spoke with the beleaguered first baseman. Amaro, mainly, wanted to make amends for comments he made concerning Howard's place on the team 2 months ago. "Frankly, I apologized for those comments that I made that were public," Amaro said. "And I think he appreciated that. Other than that, I want to keep the conversation private.
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