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August 24, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
John Smoltz had a brilliant debut with the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out a season-high nine - including seven straight - and holding the Padres to three hits over five scoreless innings in a 5-2 victory yesterday in San Diego. Smoltz, 42, also had a bunt single and scored the first run for the NL Central-leading Cardinals, who retained their eight-game lead over the Cubs. He didn't walk a batter. Albert Pujols hit his 40th homer, a leadoff shot to right in the fourth. It marks the fifth time he's hit 40 homers and the first time since 2006, when he hit a career-high 49. Smoltz (1-0)
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September 27, 1995 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the Phillies, the rest of this season can be captured with the haunting words of a certain Eagles running back: For who? For what? Last night, the meaningless tail end of the schedule officially arrived. Playing for the first time since they were eliminated from the, ahem, riveting wild-card race, the Phils dropped a 5-1 decision to the Atlanta Braves at soggy Veterans Stadium. Leftfielder Ryan Klesko launched a three-run, first-inning homer off Paul Quantrill and collected four RBIs.
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August 17, 2008 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Glavine done First it was John Smoltz. Now Tom Glavine is done for the season and possibly his career. The Braves pitcher expects to have surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow, but if he needs the more serious ligament surgery, the future Hall of Famer said yesterday that he would retire, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Junk Bonds Rather than let Barry Bonds slither away into Ty Cobb obscurity - well, at least until his perjury trial - agent Jeff Borris is still barking about baseball's so-called blackball of the Home Run King.
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May 1, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
John Smoltz is making it look easy, and it's not just against the Cincinnati Reds. Smoltz hurled a one-hitter, allowing only a fifth-inning single by Eddie Taubensee, and led host Atlanta over the Reds and former teammate Steve Avery last night, 3-0. Smoltz (4-0) won his 10th consecutive decision against the Reds since June 19, 1994, and improved to 16-10 against Cincinnati in his career. "I really don't know why. I don't go out there pitching against the Reds saying I've won this many in a row," he said.
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October 21, 1996 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
Until this year, seasons kind of ran backward for John Smoltz. Spring training would be a disaster, the regular season a tug-of-war between tight wins and hard-luck losses. The postseason? Except for last year, when he was coming off surgery, the postseason was never a problem. In '91, '92 and '93, the Braves' righthander looked like Don Drysdale in the playoffs. His pitches jumped, his breaking balls dove, he punched out hitters for as many innings as it took for his team to score runs.
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September 27, 1995 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has announced that he will go with a three-man rotation - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz - for the first round of the National League playoffs. Cox said Maddux would start Game 1, followed by Glavine and Smoltz in the best-of-five series that will begin Tuesday at Los Angeles, Colorado or Houston. The two pitchers from the regular-season rotation who were left out - Steve Avery and Kent Mercker - will be used in the bullpen. On Monday night, Frank Castillo of the Chicago Cubs became the fifth major-leaguer to lose a no-hitter in the ninth inning this season.
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October 10, 1993 | By Michael Bamberger, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A gruesome combination of uninspired hitting, lackluster defense and flat pitching resulted in a grim outcome for the Phillies yesterday afternoon. They lost to the Atlanta Braves, 9-4, and now trail in the National League playoffs, two games to one. The fourth game of this best-of-seven series will begin here tonight at 8:29. John Smoltz will be the starting pitcher for the Braves and Danny Jackson for the Phillies. Yesterday, the Phillies started Terry Mullholland, who pitched only five innings in September because of a hip injury.
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September 20, 2005 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In this age of small ballparks, big sluggers and tape-measure home runs, there has been an abundance of pitching stories this season in major-league baseball, one seemingly better than the other. There has been the continued dominance of 43-year-old Roger Clemens, whose lack of run support will cost him a chance to win 20 games. Pedro Martinez has once again made baseball meaningful for the New York Mets. Chris Carpenter, who missed the entire 2003 season with an arm injury and was shelved for last year's postseason for the same reason, is a leading Cy Young Award candidate.
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May 25, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz was suspended yesterday for eight games by the National League for throwing at John Cangelosi of the New York Mets and provoking a brawl. Cangelosi was suspended by NL president Leonard Coleman for four games for charging the mound after he was hit by Smoltz. Both players were fined. The Major League Baseball Players Association appealed the penalties, which cannot take effect until after Coleman holds a hearing. The suspension of Smoltz was the longest for an NL player since 1987, when A. Bartlett Giamatti suspended Houston's Billy Hatcher for 10 days for using a corked bat. Pete Rose, then manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was suspended for 30 days the following season for bumping an umpire.
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December 3, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
John Smoltz, who thrived with Atlanta after being moved to the bullpen, agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the Braves yesterday. The free-agent righthander was courted by several teams - including the Phillies - to resume his former role as a starter. He decided to stay with the Braves, who wanted him to remain a closer after he saved 10 games in 11 chances this year. Smoltz has spent his entire 14-year career with Atlanta. He won the Cy Young Award in 1996.
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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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January 9, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
CURT SCHILLING took to Twitter hours after appearing on a Boston radio station to tweet he was kidding when he said his right-wing views cost him votes in the recent Baseball Hall of Fame election. Damage control? Let's just say that Schilling, not known as a funny guy, sure sounded serious when he appeared on WEEI yesterday morning. On Tuesday, the former Phillies ace received 39.2 percent of the Hall of Fame votes, well short of the 75 percent needed to get to Cooperstown. The four players who were selected - John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio - all received more than 450 votes.
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August 2, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
As major-league debuts go, Ethan Martin's will likely be among the most nerve-racking. The Phillies announced Thursday that the 24-year-old righthander will make that debut Friday night at Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies open a three-game series against the first-place Atlanta Braves. The fact that the Braves come in as one of the hottest teams in baseball and with a huge lead in the National League East will make Martin's debut tough enough. Adding to the degree of difficulty will be the fact that the Braves are the team that Martin grew up watching and rooting for as a young boy in Georgia.
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June 9, 2012
After a six-day preliminary hearing, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday ordered the two men accused of brutally beating a San Francisco Giants fan last year outside Dodger Stadium to be tried on charges of committing mayhem, and assault and battery. Authorities say Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, so severely beat Bryan Stow, 43, on March 31, 2011, that the paramedic from Santa Cruz suffered permanent brain injury and will require care the rest of his life.
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April 5, 2012 | BY BRIAN DZENIS, Daily News Staff Writer
THIS IS THE year the Phillies can be had, according to former Oakland A's pitcher, and current TBS analyst, Dennis Eckersley. "If there was a time to get them, it's now, I think it wears on you not scoring runs after a while, and if they don't get guys healthy, it puts so much pressure [on pitchers] - I don't care good you are," Eckersley said. "They were so great last year, but it's hard to keep it going. " Eckersley and fellow TBS analyst John Smoltz are skeptical the Phillies can win their sixth consecutive National League East crown, especially in light of injuries to first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley.
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September 30, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Baseball is a series of tests, with the first examination lasting six months and 162 games. The Phillies literally aced that one, then declined a chance for extra credit by losing eight straight meaningless games near the end of September. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s plan for winning a fifth straight National League East title and a second World Series was to gather as many stud starting pitchers as possible. The Phillies were not the first team in history to conquer the long season by pummeling the opposition with one quality starting pitcher after another.
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August 15, 2011
THE SIMPLE mathematics say they are on pace for 106 victories. A lot can slip between the cup and the lip, as Don King used to say, but the math says the 2011 Phillies will win more regular-season games than all but a handful of teams in baseball history, and more than they ever have in theirs. And this makes you what? Thrilled? Happy? Excited beyond belief? Of course not. That would be like putting ketchup on a soft pretzel or Gouda on a cheesesteak. You're anxious already.
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June 13, 2011 | Associated Press
HOUSTON - Tommy Hanson struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings, Brian McCann and Dan Uggla hit two-run homers, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros, 4-1, Sunday for their sixth straight win. Hanson (8-4) gave up one run and three hits while improving to 3-0 in five career starts against the Astros. The 24-year-old righty struck out five in a row early in the game and fanned the last three batters he faced. Hanson's strikeouts were the most by a Braves pitcher since John Smoltz had 15 in 2005 against the Mets.
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March 17, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Does he know what he's getting into? Clint Hurdle guided the Colorado Rockies to their only World Series appearance, in 2007, a year Phillies fans recall all too sadly. Now he's taken the reins with Pittsburgh, a team that has endured 18 consecutive losing seasons. "I'm not afraid to work, and I'm not afraid of a challenge," he said, bravely. That's good, because here's the challenge - the incredibly bad Pirates were last in the National League in hitting, pitching, and defense last season.
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December 15, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let's face it. At this stage of the off-season, the Phillies' rotation, lifted from intimidating to awe-inspiring by the unexpected return of Cliff Lee, looks like the mound version of Murderers' Row. Cy Young Award winner Lee, Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, NL Championship Series MVP Roy Oswalt, and World Series MVP Cole Hamels are a formidable foursome no matter the identity of the rotation's fifth wheel. Given good health and good fortune, it's already difficult to envision a scenario in which the '11 Phils don't advance to their fifth straight postseason and perhaps a second World Championship since 2008.
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