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April 17, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE
CINCINNATI - The explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line and the horrific aftermath that followed were just playing out when most of the Phillies arrived at Great American Ball Park on Monday. Other than a few words spoken in hushed tones, the normally lively clubhouse was quiet. All eyes were glued to the TV screens as the anchorman from a cable station read aloud the latest reports. Jonathan Papelbon went up to one of the TVs and pointed. "I used to live right above where one of the bombs went off," the veteran closer said.
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April 30, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE LEGACY of Ruben Amaro Jr. will center not on the three playoff trips or on the Phillies' seventh World Series appearance. Instead, Amaro will be remembered for the crippling contracts given to veterans who failed to produce because of injury, ineptness or age. Some of those contracts went to future Hall of Famers in their twilights - Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, maybe Jimmy Rollins. Others went to unquestioned stars: Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, streaky Cole Hamels, who has yet to earn a Cy Young Award or even win 20 games.
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June 11, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
BALTIMORE - Jonathan Papelbon threw two pitches from about 40 feet in the visitors' bullpen at Camden Yards in the top of the 10th inning, and that represented a day's work Sunday. The Phillies lost, 5-4, to the Baltimore Orioles for their seventh walk-off loss of the season. Papelbon, the $50 million closer, has not pitched in any of those games. Charlie Manuel has played those situations by the book. Managers typically will not use their closer in a tie game on the road, instead opting to hold him back for a save situation.
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February 26, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon has a job in the Phillies' bullpen, while Mike Stutes is trying to win his back this spring. Neither had encouraging starts in his Grapefruit League debut in the Phils' 10-1 loss Monday to the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. Papelbon couldn't even complete an inning. He allowed five hits and two walks to seven of the nine batters he faced in the fifth inning. Papelbon also served up close to 1,000 feet of home-run balls. After Detroit prospect Nick Castellanos turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 Detroit lead with a blast to center, reigning Triple Crown winner and American League MVP Miguel Cabrera annihilated a pitch for a three-run shot.
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August 2, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon were the two guys Ruben Amaro Jr. had to have when they became free agents, and the Phillies general manager spent $170 million to get them. No free agent from outside the organization has ever been paid more than Lee, and no closer in baseball history has ever received more than Papelbon. Both players, of course, said Philadelphia was the place they'd rather be when they joined the Phillies. "Here I am," Lee said upon his return to the franchise in December 2010.
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February 19, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was a bold prediction on the final day of an unpleasant season. "If we're not the top bullpen in Major League Baseball [next season], we'll definitely be the top in the National League," Jonathan Papelbon said after the Phillies finished 2012 with a lackluster loss to Washington at Nationals Park. Nearly 20 weeks later, the Phillies closer was asked to explain his comment before Sunday's wind-chilled workout at the Carpenter Complex. "The only reason I said that is because I see a very eerily similar bullpen to the one I was in during the 2006 season," Papelbon said.
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June 6, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
It is unknown whether D.J. Reyburn can read minds. It is fairly certain, though, that Bud Selig and his posse in the commissioner's office can read written words. So Jonathan Papelbon won't be fined for being the first player ejected because an umpire read his thoughts. But the Phillies closer probably can expect an involuntary payroll deduction for his comments after Monday night's 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I thought he was terrible," Papelbon said of Reyburn's work behind the plate.
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May 27, 2012 | By David Murphy
Jonathan Papelbon is sitting in the Phillies dugout at Citizens Bank Park, surrounded by a pack of reporters who have spent much of the previous decade chronicling his every pitch. The Red Sox are in town, and with them one of the major league's largest media contingents, the entirety of which is quizzing the veteran closer on the looming showdown with his former team. Reveling in the attention, Papelbon begins to refer himself as "Cinco Ocho," a label that began as a nickname coined by former teammate Alex Cora but has since morphed into an entity that he considers to be his alter-ego.
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January 25, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SIX MONTHS AGO, Jonathan Papelbon sat in his locker stall in the visiting clubhouse at Milwaukee's Miller Park and held court with reporters. The subject: the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. The summary of Papelbon's stance: Get me the heck out of here. Perhaps Papelbon finally will get his wish, and, coincidentally, find a new home in the city where he voiced his opinion last summer. Yahoo Sports reported early yesterday morning that the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have had "serious discussions" about a Papelbon trade.
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April 11, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Shane Victorino was asked Thursday night if he still felt like a Phillie after two full seasons in Boston, including one that ended with a parade down Boylston Street celebrating the second World Series title of his career. The question was intended as a joke in light of the latest Papelgate incident that surfaced Wednesday night in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. The Flyin' Hawaiian opted to answer seriously and he essentially said something similar to what Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon had told the Boston Globe, which predictably triggered another in a series of controversial episodes involving the highest-paid closer in baseball.
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May 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordy Mercer's fly ball landed in Jeff Francoeur's glove in foul territory and the journeyman rightfielder fired toward home. The throw was perfect, nailing Steve Lombardozzi at the plate and cementing Jonathan Papelbon as the Phillies' all-time saves leader. Papelbon saved the 113th game of his four-year tenure with the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In dramatic fashion, he surpassed Jose Mesa on the franchise's all-time list.
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May 11, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE DARK KNIGHT of Gotham arrived to South Philly for the first time in nearly two years. But the leading man in the New York Mets' starting rotation doesn't work alone. It's "Matt Harvey Night" when he pitches at Citi Field. Last night, he brought a legion of followers with him down I-95. The blue that intermingled with red at Citizens Bank Park wasn't the empty seats that have become a common fixture to Phillies baseball in 2015. They were Mets fans, attempting the take over the 12-year-old ballpark like the bad ol' days at Veterans Stadium.
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May 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels walked off the mound, raised his glove to his mouth and barked into the mitt. The pitcher headed to the dugout irritated after allowing a run in the fourth inning of Friday's 3-1 win over the New York Mets. It was the lone blemish on an otherwise striking night at Citizens Bank Park. Hamels struck out eight batters - the highest at home since last July - and allowed four hits. He retired 10 of his final 11 batters and threw more than 100 pitches for the sixth time in seven starts.
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April 30, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE LEGACY of Ruben Amaro Jr. will center not on the three playoff trips or on the Phillies' seventh World Series appearance. Instead, Amaro will be remembered for the crippling contracts given to veterans who failed to produce because of injury, ineptness or age. Some of those contracts went to future Hall of Famers in their twilights - Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, maybe Jimmy Rollins. Others went to unquestioned stars: Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, streaky Cole Hamels, who has yet to earn a Cy Young Award or even win 20 games.
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April 11, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Shane Victorino was asked Thursday night if he still felt like a Phillie after two full seasons in Boston, including one that ended with a parade down Boylston Street celebrating the second World Series title of his career. The question was intended as a joke in light of the latest Papelgate incident that surfaced Wednesday night in the home clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. The Flyin' Hawaiian opted to answer seriously and he essentially said something similar to what Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon had told the Boston Globe, which predictably triggered another in a series of controversial episodes involving the highest-paid closer in baseball.
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March 29, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cameron Rupp pulled a chair over to Aaron Nola's locker two hours before Nola, the Phillies' top pitching prospect, made his debut against major-league hitters. Rupp, the starting catcher for Friday's rain-shortened 10-0 loss to the New York Yankees, asked Nola which pitches he threw. He told Nola to be himself. Go for the throat, the catcher said. Rupp said he did not tell the pitcher that Friday's Yankees lineup was not a spring-training special. The starting nine included most of the team's opening-day regulars.
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March 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The 30 pitchers in Phillies camp broke their circle and each took a few steps to pick up his glove. Cliff Lee found a spot among the two rows of hurlers and began playing catch with bullpen coach Rod Nichols. This was the start of Lee's throwing program Wednesday. As he tossed a baseball for about 10 minutes, pitching coach Bob McClure watched by his side. Afterward, the 36-year-old lefthander retreated to a back field and threw his first bullpen session since the elbow setback that has put in question his season and could lead to the end of his playing career.
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March 13, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cliff Lee climbed back atop a mound yesterday morning, 5 days after feeling pain in his left elbow. The pain is still there. "I got through it," Lee said. "There's still something there . . . If it starts to progress worse, then obviously that's a pretty telling sign. If it maintains how it is, then I'll keep going. " Lee remains ready to attempt to pitch through a tear of the common flexor tendon, with the very real possibility that the pain that he first felt 10 months ago never goes away and that his 2015 season will end before it has a chance to begin, with a corrective surgical procedure.
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March 13, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The category: Phillies Relievers. The answer: After being called up from Triple A Lehigh Valley in late May, this homegrown righthander finished the season in dominant fashion, posting a 1.89 ERA and allowing just two home runs while averaging a strikeout per inning in 50 appearances. The question: Who is Justin De Fratus? If you don't know, pay attention. He might not hit 100 mph like Ken Giles and Jake Diekman, and he might not save games and grab, um, headlines like Jonathan Papelbon, but De Fratus is far from a third or fourth wheel in the back of the Phillies' bullpen.
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March 9, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Papelbon took the mound Saturday and consistently registered 93 m.p.h. with his fastball. Coincidentally, his 2015 Grapefruit League debut came against a club that might need a closer. "Huh, interesting," the Phillies closer said. That was Papelbon's catchphrase of the afternoon. The notion of the Toronto Blue Jays as a potential suitor in a future trade did not get his juices flowing, Papelbon said. His average fastball velocity last season was 91.2, according to FanGraphs' PITCHf/x data.
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