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June 18, 2008 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a comfort thing. Hitters need to feel comfortable at the plate. "Feeling and comfort has a lot to do with it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after last night's 3-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. "When you play, comfort is the first thing with hitting. " The Phillies certainly weren't comfortable at the plate against Red Sox lefthander Jon Lester, who pitched seven shutout innings. The Phils, who have lost five of their last eight games, need to win the series finale this afternoon or they will lose three straight series for the first time since Aug. 17-26 last season, when they lost two of three in Pittsburgh, two of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and two of three against San Diego.
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June 28, 2011
At Citizens Bank Park. Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Boston RHP Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86 ERA) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87). Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Boston RHP John Lackey (5-6, 7.36) vs. RHP Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83). Thursday at 1:05 p.m. Boston LHP Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49).
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December 16, 2014 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Chicago White Sox's stealth pursuit of free agent Melky Cabrera paid off when the former Blue Jays outfielder agreed to a three-year deal. MLB.com confirmed Sunday that the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42 million to $43.5 million, pending a physical. The move gives the Sox some much-needed on-base percentage from the left-field spot, and another table-setter to join Adam Eaton. They have been in discussions with the Mariners on Dayan Viciedo, who also had pursued Cabrera.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, flew last week to Atlanta for a second meeting with Jon Lester. The pitcher helped Boston win a World Series. He beat cancer and threw a no-hitter two years later. He grew up in the Red Sox organization. Now, Henry needed to sway a beloved figure. Boston's final offer, according to Yahoo Sports, was six years and $135 million. Lester signed with the Cubs for $155 million. He rejected those emotional ties for a better deal.
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April 3, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe now we know why, despite an offseason rife with speculation, the Phillies haven't yet traded Cole Hamels. After all, it took five Arizona State grad students using two computer models and countless statistical metrics more than 60 hours over five days to devise what a panel of baseball experts judged the best possible deal for the Phillies ace. Their winning proposal, selected from among all those formulated by 21 teams of collegians, had...
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December 3, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The Yankees likely will pull out of trade talks for Johan Santana if the Twins don't make a decision by late today. "I'm not going to be played against the Red Sox. That's not something I'll do. That's not something the Yankees should ever do, and that's I think what they're trying to do now," Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said yesterday in Nashville, Tenn., site of the winter meetings. The Yankees have proposed swapping pitcher Phil Hughes, centerfielder Melky Cabrera and a midlevel prospect for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who can become a free agent after next season.
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March 18, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Japanese righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka will start Boston's regular-season opener against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo on March 25. "I think that will be a ton of excitement," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before yesterday's exhibition game against the New York Yankees. "I know he's honored. " Jon Lester will pitch the second of the two-game series with the A's in Japan on March 26. Clay Buchholz and Tim Wakefield will be on the hill for exhibition games in Japan prior to the regular-season contests.
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October 7, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
The Boston Red Sox brushed aside the 100-win Angels in four games, dismissing their best-in-baseball regular season as last month's news. When it turns to October, no one dominates like Boston. Moments after the Angels botched a suicide squeeze, Jason Bay slid headfirst into home plate to score on rookie Jed Lowrie's two-out single in the ninth inning. The defending World Series champions beat Los Angeles last night, 3-2, in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series and advanced to play for the AL pennant for the fourth time in six seasons.
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July 24, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Jon Lester walked into Boston's clubhouse, yanked off his brown cowboy boots and slipped on a pair of shower shoes. Seconds later, he shuffled off to join a pitcher's meeting before resuming his major league career. Cancer didn't defeat the 23-year-old, and now it was time to see whether he could help the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians. Lester, whose rookie season ended prematurely when he was diagnosed with a treatable form of lymphoma nearly 1 year ago, returned to the mound last night to pitch the opener of a four-game series at Cleveland's Jacobs Field.
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October 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The list of pitchers Daniel Murphy has tagged for home runs this postseason is similar to the National League Cy Young ballots submitted two weeks ago. Murphy, hero of these playoffs for the New York Mets, enhanced his resumé once again on a cold Sunday night with a homer off the mighty Jake Arrieta. The long ball, a two-run shot, set the tone early at Citi Field, where the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, to take a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series.
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October 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - As Matt Harvey prepares to start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, the innings limit fiasco of last month appears far from everyone's minds. The New York Mets ace even lobbied manager Terry Collins to make him available to pitch out of the bullpen in Thursday's decisive division series Game 5 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Between the regular season and his Game 3 start against the Dodgers, Harvey has logged 1941/3 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
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July 26, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Jeff Francoeur, among the unlikeliest of Phillies' trade candidates entering the season, reiterated Friday he does not wish to be dealt elsewhere before the July 31 trade deadline. The hot-hitting journeyman rightfielder is not helping his case the more he provides late-game heroics. His two-run home run in Friday's 10th inning sparked the Phillies to their 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the sixth win in seven games since the all-star break for the team still with baseball's worst record.
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July 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - The Phillies' hottest hitter is a 31-year-old outfielder who played for a team called the Chihuahuas after failing to win a major league job with any teams last spring. Jeff Francoeur could find another new team before Friday's trade deadline, given the way he's scalded pitches since returning from his Atlanta home during the All-Star break. With two outs in the 10th inning, Francoeur launched a two-run home run into the newly renovated leftfield bleachers at Wrigley Field to give the Phillies a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon.
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April 30, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
A PRETTY good indication that Ruben Amaro Jr. has made the right move in holding on to Cole Hamels is the number of general managers and personnel executives anonymously bellyaching about him in the national press. Amaro starring in "Little Big League 2" is an easy narrative to peddle, and his colleagues seem happy to play it up, but his culpability for the Phillies' current mess does not mean every decision he makes is a terrible one, and the decision to hang on to Hamels has proved to be the smart play.
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April 3, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe now we know why, despite an offseason rife with speculation, the Phillies haven't yet traded Cole Hamels. After all, it took five Arizona State grad students using two computer models and countless statistical metrics more than 60 hours over five days to devise what a panel of baseball experts judged the best possible deal for the Phillies ace. Their winning proposal, selected from among all those formulated by 21 teams of collegians, had...
NEWS
December 16, 2014 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Chicago White Sox's stealth pursuit of free agent Melky Cabrera paid off when the former Blue Jays outfielder agreed to a three-year deal. MLB.com confirmed Sunday that the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42 million to $43.5 million, pending a physical. The move gives the Sox some much-needed on-base percentage from the left-field spot, and another table-setter to join Adam Eaton. They have been in discussions with the Mariners on Dayan Viciedo, who also had pursued Cabrera.
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December 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The final 24 hours of these winter meetings, once they were unclogged by Jon Lester's decision to sign with the Cubs, assumed a frenzied pace. By the time Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff departed California on Thursday afternoon, they could say the Phillies' demolition had begun. Teams were more willing to do business and now will explore their backup plans involving other Phillies assets. But, after seven starting pitchers changed hands from Wednesday night into Thursday, there was less clarity about where the biggest fish, Cole Hamels, could land.
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December 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - Six days ago, Ruben Amaro Jr. answered his cellphone a few hours before boarding a flight bound for baseball's winter meetings and sounded as confident as ever. More than 2 months into the offseason, the embattled general manager had not made a significant move to begin the rebuilding process. But he was surely more hopeful than the fans who have been calling for his job with each passing day. "A lot of our players out there are being depicted as not as able commodities, but we've got some guys that still are," Amaro said Saturday.
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December 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - John Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, flew last week to Atlanta for a second meeting with Jon Lester. The pitcher helped Boston win a World Series. He beat cancer and threw a no-hitter two years later. He grew up in the Red Sox organization. Now, Henry needed to sway a beloved figure. Boston's final offer, according to Yahoo Sports, was six years and $135 million. Lester signed with the Cubs for $155 million. He rejected those emotional ties for a better deal.
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