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April 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Ryan Howard received his big payday 4 years ago this month, when the Phillies extended the former MVP's contract to the tune of 5 years and $125 million. Kyle Kendrick is at least 7 months away from getting his own career-defining contract. Last night at Globe Life Park, two of the more-beleaguered remaining members of the 2008 world-championship team did their part to earn their salaries and help the Phillies take the rubber game of the season-opening series with the Texas Rangers, too. Jonathan Papelbon, however, did not. Papelbon, who received the biggest contract for a relief pitcher in the history of major league baseball two winters ago, entered the ninth inning with a two-run lead and quickly made it disappear.
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April 4, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - We'll eventually get to the state of the Phillies' bullpen, and their never-a-dull-moment closer. First though, we have to point out that Jonathan Papelbon has a point when, in a soft voice reeking of disappointment, he said that the ninth inning of last night's 4-3 loss was "one of those innings. " The only thing that matters, of course, is that Papelbon eventually lost it: his composure, his command and, ultimately, the game. He is paid good money not to lose any of those things.
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April 1, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
WHEN WE'RE talking about the health of a rotation, the perfect season goes something like this: 33-33-32-32-32. That's 162 starts split among five players. It hasn't happened in the history of the National League. Last season, no team in the NL had more than three starters finish with 32 starts. Pitchers get hurt. That's what they do, because the body wasn't designed for throwing overhand. I'm guessing you see where this is going, so let's skip the pleasantries. The Phillies are one significant pitching injury away from disaster.
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March 30, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
AS SPRING training wraps up, the Phillies are back home with some of the same habits left over from 2013. In their first exhibition game at Citizens Bank Park this spring, the Phillies' bats were silenced in the team's 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The loss gives Philadelphia a 9-18-3 spring record. "It feels good [to be back], and with the season opener right around the corner, these two games are nice tuneup games really to get the players familiar with things," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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March 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six months without baseball didn't exactly leave the Phillies fan in a hurry to welcome the team as it took the field at Citizens Bank Park for the first time this year. Maybe it was the memories of a 73-89 season, or possibly a 9-17-3 Grapefruit League record, or the fact that this was an exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but this was clearly a late-arriving crowd. The attendance was 24,274, and it appeared many didn't mind being late for the game or missing it altogether.
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March 28, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The national anthem ended as the slender lefty prepared to take the mound for his second inning of work, the final few notes drifting across the palm trees and chain-link fences that serve as an unofficial barrier between majors and minors. For most of the next month, this will be the site of Cole Hamels' spring training. He flew north with the team yesterday and will be present for Opening Day in Arlington on Monday. At the moment, though, his most meaningful contribution to the Phillies' long-term prospects will be the progress he makes in working his arm back into regular-season shape.
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March 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Clubhouse attendants yanked the fresh Phillies green caps and jerseys from lockers Monday and stored them for Thursday. St. Patrick's Day was postponed for three days. A few Phillies pitchers scrambled through the raindrops to the minor-league complex for indoor simulated games. It felt longer than two weeks until opening day. So manager Ryne Sandberg decided it was time to reveal a not-so-secret nomination. Cliff Lee will start March 31 at Globe Life Park opposite the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish.
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March 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Justin Upton popped a David Buchanan sinker into the sky, and the 24-year-old Phillies righthander shouted as he descended the Champion Stadium mound. Shortstop Freddy Galvis captured the lazy fly ball. Buchanan, an improbable entrant in the fifth-starter competition this spring, completed three scoreless innings Tuesday against a stacked Braves lineup. He was disappointed. "You never like falling behind [the hitters] because you never want to get hurt," Buchanan said.
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March 8, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The long band of thunderstorms that came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday morning brought tornado warnings and tight, swirling winds that bent the palm trees lining Bright House Field nearly sideways. Baseball is about optimism, though, so the Yankees got on their bus from Tampa for the scheduled 1:05 p.m. game, and many of the Phillies got on another bus for Lakeland and a split-squad game against the Tigers. Optimism split the doubleheader, with the game in Lakeland being rained out and the home game against New York finally slipping through a narrow window of better weather that opened nearly 90 minutes after the scheduled start.
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March 7, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
LAKELAND, Fla. - Twenty-four days from today, in Arlington, Texas, two teams will take the field as living testaments to the importance of roster depth. In the home dugout, the Rangers, their rotation missing two of its top three starters, Matt Harrison recovering from back stiffness, Derek Holland on the DL with a knee injury. In the visitor's dugout, a team whose trials and tribulations increased yesterday with the news that lefthander Cole Hamels had hit a bump in his road to recovery from biceps tendinitis.
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