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August 7, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It could be the occasional boos and incessant Eagles chants. It could be the fact there's been no October baseball since 1993. You can just sense that some Phillies fans aren't real confident in their team's chances to make the postseason. But here's something that might cause a few fans to choke on their morning bagel: The Phillies, who have won six of their last nine, are just 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Houston Astros in the National League wild-card race after last night's 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 28, 2006 | By Rob Parent INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel lectured on his life's work - the science of hitting a baseball - after yet another home loss yesterday. It is technical and complex, but it is certainly not rocket science. However, it seems to be for the Phillies when they hit with runners in scoring position. Going a lusty 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, the Phils wasted a somewhat encouraging start from Jon Lieber en route to a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. So it's off to Pittsburgh after another getaway gone bad for a Phillies team that has lost 10 of 15 starts at Citizens Bank Park against mostly so-so competition.
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May 30, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ryan Howard said he felt he needed to make amends. He threw a ball into the outfield in the fourth inning last night at Citizens Bank Park that cost the Phillies the lead. Howard then found himself with the perfect opportunity in the sixth to make up for his error. So he smacked a three-run home run just over the left-field fence that sparked an 11-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. "If I make an error, I feel like I've got to try to get it back someway, somehow," Howard said.
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August 18, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies think this time can be different. They have had their share of memorable misses in the recent past, the frustrating result of inconsistent play that has kept them from the playoffs since 1993. But they think their recent stretch since July 9 - they are 21-12, the second-best mark in the National League - is not an aberration. The Phils moved into a first-place tie with the Houston Astros in the National League wild-card race with a 4-3 victory last night over the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 20, 2007
Tonight at 7:10 RHP Jon Lieber (0-0, 11.57 ERA) vs. Cincinnati RHP Kyle Lohse (1-0, 2.53). Tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. LHP Cole Hamels (1-0, 3.32) vs. Cincinnati LHP Eric Milton (0-2, 5.06). Sunday at 1:15 p.m. RHP Freddy Garcia (0-1, 5.79) vs. Cincinnati RHP Matt Belisle (2-0, 3.63).
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June 25, 1993 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Columbus Clippers won their fifth straight game last night, defeating the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, 6-1, in the International League. Kyle Abbot took the loss for Scranton, which was limited to five hits. The Clippers remain in first place in the league's West Division. WILMINGTON 3, FREDERICK 1 FREDERICK, Md. - The Blue Rocks got a complete-game victory from righthander Jon Lieber (9-1) and a fifth-inning home run from Andy Stewart in the Carolina League game.
NEWS
August 16, 2006
PHILLY has lost its bid to be the U.S. choice to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Philadelphia has come a long way, but there was no reason to believe we were in the same league as the actual choices unless we had something special to offer. And we didn't. The leaders of our effort, Joe Torsella and David Cohen, pointed out that it was the lack of an image that hurt us. I'm uncomfortable that we didn't come up with an approach that we obviously needed if the outcome was to be changed.
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October 4, 2005
If Philadelphia can be named America's "next great city," as it has by National Geographic Traveler magazine, then perhaps the Phillies can be baseball's next great team. Someday. But not this year. The Phillies narrowly missed a trip to the National League playoffs on the last day of the season. But the club gave fans an interesting ride to the end. It has a nucleus of exciting players that bodes well for the future. Ryan Howard, in replacing injured first baseman Jim Thome, hit 22 home runs.
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March 20, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charlie Manuel looked like a tortured man yesterday at Bright House Networks Field. A big decision could be on his mind. Pat Gillick said Sunday it was unlikely that he would be able to trade one of his six starters - the top candidate to leave remains righthander Jon Lieber - before the April 2 season opener against Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park. If that holds true, it means Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee will have to choose between Lieber and righthander Adam Eaton and move one of them into the bullpen.
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January 17, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Phillies righthander Jon Lieber, a 20-game winner for the Cubs in 2001, rejoined the team yesterday by agreeing to a $3.5 million, 1-year contract. Lieber will go to spring training next month with a chance to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. He can earn performance bonuses based on games started and innings pitched this season. The 37-year-old Lieber is 129-121 with a 4.28 ERA in 375 major league appearances, including 326 starts. He was 48-36 with the Cubs from 1999 to 2002, including 20-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 2001 when he made the NL All-Star team.
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February 27, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
TAMPA, Fla. - It was more than a little disorienting, arriving in Clearwater as the 2011 Grapefruit League schedule began. Picking up 40 degrees on the thermometer was nice, but that wasn't it. Neither was treading carefully to avoid immaculately manicured infield grass instead of patches of black ice, although that was a welcome change. Oh, and we can safely report that the sun is still working just fine. It will find its way north, honest. But that stuff has always come standard with the change in latitude.
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July 12, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hitting the all-star break in first How big was that Phillies win Sunday? It might just have kept them in the pennant race. According to Tom Verducci of SI.com, any team with a lead of more than five games at the all-star break is a virtual postseason lock. Since the current divisional format began in 1995, only one team led its division at the break by more than five games and failed to make the playoffs: the 2003 Royals, who blew a seven-game lead. Entering play Sunday, the Phils were 51/2 behind Atlanta.
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May 16, 2008 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cole Hamels has had special moments like this before, and he expects more in the future. He expects them to be even better. The lefthander carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning in his Phillies debut on May 12, 2006, in Cincinnati. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in Houston on Sept. 16, 2006. He struck out 15 in his first complete game, in Cincinnati on April 21, 2007. But last night, Hamels (5-3) picked up his first shutout in a 5-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
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February 14, 2008 | by Marcus Hayes, hayesm@phillynews.com
  THEY WERE happy to get to the playoffs. They overcame so much. So, how to get back? In the aftermath of a three-game playoff sweep at the hands of the Rockies, the Phillies reflected and projected that they needed to do the following: Over the next four pages, we'll dissect how the team did in fulfilling its five offseason goals to improve its chances on the field, and follow that with a look at how the team's first trip to the...
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January 17, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Phillies righthander Jon Lieber, a 20-game winner for the Cubs in 2001, rejoined the team yesterday by agreeing to a $3.5 million, 1-year contract. Lieber will go to spring training next month with a chance to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. He can earn performance bonuses based on games started and innings pitched this season. The 37-year-old Lieber is 129-121 with a 4.28 ERA in 375 major league appearances, including 326 starts. He was 48-36 with the Cubs from 1999 to 2002, including 20-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 2001 when he made the NL All-Star team.
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October 3, 2007 | By PAUL HAGEN, hagenp@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES' pitching staff had a 4.73 earned run average this year. The Phillies won the National League East. This does not compute. Only the Marlins, Pirates and Reds had higher ERAs among NL teams. Each lost at least 90 games. And that's the way it's supposed to be. At least, that's what we've been taught. So what in the name of Alex Madrid is going on here? Why has this team been able to defy the accepted laws of baseball gravity to meet the Colorado Rockies today in Game 1 of their National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park?
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July 22, 2007 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let's do something new and daring. Let's act as if we were in a major financial center. Let's pretend, just for the time it takes you to read this column, that Philadelphia plays in the same financial league as New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Let's even, and this is the biggest leap of all, deal with Scott Boras. Let's get A-Rod. Remember, we're pretending here. Don't send me the usual 100 or so e-mails saying, "That will never happen. " I am stipulating up front that this is pure fantasy.
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July 10, 2007
BUY OR sell? Starting to think sell. The Phillies are 44-44 at the All-Star break; this much we know. The rest will have to be surmise. Here goes. They have been here before and we have been here before, all for naught. To review, what follows is the Phillies' record and place in the standings for the last few July 10ths, all of which ended up a couple of months later with a handful of dust.   Year        W-L    GB Div.GB WC 2007. . . 44-4        4       4       4 2006.
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June 25, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - The road has not been kind to the Phillies this season. They have lost five pitchers to injuries while away from Citizens Bank Park: Tom Gordon in Atlanta on May 1, Ryan Madson in San Francisco on May 3, Brett Myers in Florida on May 23, Freddy Garcia in Kansas City on June 8, and Jon Lieber in Cleveland on Wednesday. But a makeshift bullpen that ranked second to last in the National League in ERA and a clutch pinch hit from Shane Victorino helped them close a road trip yesterday with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
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