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September 27, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
   
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September 11, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
THREE MONTHS AGO, they would have closed their eyes and hoped for the best. Three years ago, they would have taken a bathroom break, fearing the worst. Giancarlo Stanton, who makes regular work of depositing baseballs over ballpark fences, stood at the plate with the bases loaded against Kyle Kendrick. The same Kyle Kendrick who had to spend a year in the minor leagues after winning a World Series ring. The same Kyle Kendrick who rebuilt himself as an effective big-league pitcher in the last 2 years but still couldn't finagle himself into a regular spot in the Phillies' rotation.
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January 14, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kyle Kendrick signed a one-year deal with the Phillies Friday, avoiding salary arbitration. According to Scott Proefrock, the Phillies assistant general manager, the righthander's deal will pay him $3.585 million in 2012. Bouncing between the bullpen and the rotation in 2011, Kendrick went 8-6 with a career-best 3.22 ERA in 34 games. Pressed into duty as a starter after injuries to Joe Blanton and Roy Oswalt, Kendrick made 15 starts. The Phillies went 7-8 in those games.
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May 14, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Seven innings of two-run baseball on Sunday lowered Kyle Kendrick's ERA to 2.47. That mark ranks 10th in the National League. Every five days, he is making his case as one of the league's best pitchers. Has it sunk in yet? "No," Kendrick said after a 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I was talking to Roy [Halladay] the other day in the outfield about when you're going like that, you don't think about it. You just move on. Like tomorrow, I'm going to get ready for my next start.
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September 26, 2007
IT WAS WELL into the season and the Phillies still didn't have a reliable No. 5 starter. They were hanging around a middle-class neighborhood called .500 and something had to be done to save what was starting to look like yet another season headed for pennantless frustration. Many eyebrows were arched when the men manipulating the joysticks summoned a minor league righthander who had not even been invited to spring training. The organization people liked his arm, but he had often lost focus on a sometimes bumpy climb through the bushes.
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March 31, 2013 | By Tim McManus, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kyle Kendrick will hope the main event goes better than the dress rehearsal. Kendrick, scheduled to start the Phillies home opener Friday, had one last spring tune up Saturday in the exhibition finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. The 10-4 loss wasn't the warm homecoming he wanted. Kendrick allowed five earned runs on six hits in three innings. He left the mound to sarcastic cheers after finally retiring the side in a four-run third inning. "The good thing is they don't count," Kendrick said.
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July 21, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Kyle Kendrick typically has little room for error. He does not have overpowering stuff. His 4.24 strikeouts per nine innings are second fewest among National League starters. So really, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said, Kendrick is a pitcher who needs more consistency than others might. That hadn't happened of late. "He makes a lot of mistakes," Dubee said. "If you've got average stuff, you have to have good command. He has to learn to be able to get balls to certain parts of the plate.
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April 7, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Friday's 13-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the Phillies' home opener, righthander Kyle Kendrick voiced his displeasure at being lifted with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning. The Phillies led, 4-2, but then Alex Gordon greeted reliever Jeremy Horst with a three-run triple. When Charlie Manuel was asked his opinion about Kendrick's complaint, the Phillies manager had a strong response. "I don't care what he says," Manuel said before Saturday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Royals.
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February 21, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The biweekly bullpen sessions started in late January. Every Tuesday and Friday, Rich Dubee made the 60-mile drive from his home in Sarasota to watch Roy Halladay and Kyle Kendrick throw from mounds outside Bright House Field. The Phillies pitching coach's interest in Halladay, his fallen ace, was obvious. Kendrick did his work, and no one - even Dubee - needed to tell him the words he had waited five years to hear. "I guess it was just known," Kendrick said.
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May 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Jimmy Rollins smiled at his former teammate as he stepped into the batter's box and Kyle Kendrick gave him a grin back from the mound last month. The two former, longtime Phillies squared off again Sunday. But the Rockies' Kendrick won't pitch this week with the Phillies at Coors Field for four games and, barring a rainout in the next week, he said his turn in the Colorado rotation won't come up when the teams meet up again at Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series that begins a week from Friday.
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March 13, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For years, Ryan Howard may have wondered what it would be like to face Kyle Kendrick. The two were Phillies teammates for eight years until Kendrick departed for Colorado and now to Atlanta, where he signed a minor-league contract. On Friday, at Disney World, Howard stepped into the batter's box against Kendrick not having played in a game for a week. He crushed a two-run double to right in the first inning of a 9-2 win. The Phillies battered Kendrick for seven runs in less than two innings.
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June 19, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
BASEBALL PLAYERS are notorious for the practical jokes they play on teammates. During spring training in 2008, former Phillies pitcher Brett Myers famously orchestrated an elaborate ruse on young righthander Kyle Kendrick, convincing him he had been traded to the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese League for a player named Kobayashi Iwamura. The stunt, which required the cooperation of many members of the Phillies' staff, including manager Charlie Manuel, worked so well that Kendrick was virtually in tears before Myers giddily screamed Kendrick had "got punked.
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May 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Jimmy Rollins smiled at his former teammate as he stepped into the batter's box and Kyle Kendrick gave him a grin back from the mound last month. The two former, longtime Phillies squared off again Sunday. But the Rockies' Kendrick won't pitch this week with the Phillies at Coors Field for four games and, barring a rainout in the next week, he said his turn in the Colorado rotation won't come up when the teams meet up again at Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series that begins a week from Friday.
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March 25, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Yesterday was it. If you are like most people, a part of you wonders about this Phillies' team's upside, refuses to abandon all hope that this season will end in something other than a dumpster fire of losses. If X happens and Y happens and Z happens, couldn't they be all right? Well, yesterday was it. The If. The X and the Y and the Z. The ceiling. David Buchanan pitched five scoreless innings, then turned things over to a bullpen that held the Twins to three hits and one walk over the final four frames.
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February 5, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AND THEN there were four. The remaining core of the 2008 world champion Phillies is down to Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz. Six weeks after shortstop Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, free-agent righthander Kyle Kendrick reportedly agreed to a 1-year deal with the Colorado Rockies. According to Yahoo Sports, Kendrick will earn $5.5 million in 2015 with the chance to make an additional $500,000 if he pitches at least 190 innings. It's a pay cut for the 30-year-old Kendrick: He earned $7.675 million with the Phillies last season.
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February 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kyle Kendrick, who pitched in 226 games for the Phillies over the last eight seasons, agreed Tuesday to a contract with the Colorado Rockies, according to several media reports. The 30-year-old righthander and first-time free agent reportedly will pitch on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million in base salary. The deal is a significant pay cut for the veteran, who made $7.7 million last season. Kendrick is coming off a season in which he recorded a 4.61 ERA over 32 starts. He surrendered a whopping 25 home runs (four fewer than the major-league lead)
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November 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Whether by striking early or by reeling in an pre-Christmas gift, the Phillies under general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have never lacked for drama during baseball's hot-stove season. In an attempt to extend (and later, pry open) the window of contending in the National League, Amaro has often gone all-in, whether it was pulling off the Roy Halladay trade, surprising the industry by swiping Cliff Lee off the free-agent market or wasting no time awarding Jonathan Papelbon with the richest contract for a reliever in baseball history.
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October 23, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH UNCERTAINTY on the major league staff and no one in the minor league system expected to compete for a starting job this spring, the Phillies re-signed veteran Jerome Williams last night. Williams, who joined the team in August, agreed to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. The contract also includes performance bonuses. A native of Hawaii, Williams turns 33 in December. He would have been eligible to become a free agent after the World Series. Williams is likely to compete for one of the final slots in the Phillies' starting rotation when he reports to spring training.
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September 30, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
COLE HAMELS left Citizens Bank Park for the final time this season with a fat lip. He took a hard one-hopper off his face earlier in the day. "Sometimes," he said, "that happens. " It was the perfect souvenir from a season that was statistically the best of his career, but also forgettable since he had little to show for it when it all mercifully came to an end yesterday afternoon in South Philly. In the midst of retiring 20 straight Braves batters - and 24 of the final 25 he faced - Hamels took a comebacker off the bat of Tommy La Stella off his face to begin the second inning.
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