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April 29, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
New York's new chant: 'We like Ike' It's official. New Yorkers are swooning over rookie first baseman Ike Davis in a manner heretofore reserved only for Yankees. But Davis - the son of ex-Yankee reliever Ron Davis - wears the blue and orange of the Mets. And judging from the early response to his sizzling start, he's going to be in the rather sparse pantheon of Mets superheroes. "In just nine games, Davis has become the face of the Mets," gushed columnist Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.
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December 19, 2014 | Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies agreed more than a week ago to trade Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles, and there are no indications that the deal is in jeopardy despite a delayed official announcement. The Rollins trade is tied to a separate transaction - the six-player deal between San Diego and Los Angeles - that has not been finalized. Matt Kemp, the centerpiece of that trade, underwent a physical examination Tuesday in San Diego, according to various published reports. The Dodgers, according to a Los Angeles Times report, were under the assumption Wednesday that nothing endangered the trade.
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October 16, 2009 | by Bob Vetrone Jr
THE PLAY: Chan Ho Park, last seen grabbing his hamstring on the Citizens Bank Park mound on Sept. 16, reappeared on the Dodger Stadium mound in the bottom of the seventh inning with no outs and the tying run on second base. Oh, yeah, did we mention the meat of LA's order was about to come to the plate? THE SETUP: After J.A. Happ, who had escaped a bases-loaded situation in the sixth, allowed a leadoff double to Andre Ethier, Park was called on to preserve the Phillies' 5-4 lead.
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October 9, 2008 | By PAUL VIGNA
Phillies vs. Dodgers (Phils split the series, 4-4) AT LOS ANGELES (Aug. 11-14) Dodgers 8, Phillies 6 WP: Derek Lowe; LP: Kyle Kendrick; S: Jonathan Broxton Top hitters: Phillies - Chase Utley (3 hits, 2 RBI, 2 doubles), Jimmy Rollins (single, triple); Dodgers - James Loney (3 hits, 3 RBI), Casey Blake (2-run HR), Jeff Kent (3 hits, RBI), Manny Ramirez (2 hits, 2 RBI) What happened: Blake and Ramirez knocked in two runs apiece in a six-run third to knock out Kendrick.
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June 6, 2009 | by David Murphy
4:05 p.m., Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. TV: Fox. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Phillies RHP Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.86) vs. Dodgers RHP Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.53) Phillies update: The Phillies have won the last four games Blanton has pitched, the last three of which he has recorded victories ... Blanton is coming off two strong starts against the Marlins and Padres in which he allowed three runs and struck out 16 in 14 innings ... Blanton pitched twice against the Dodgers last season, going 0-0 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings ... 2B Chase Utley is 2-for-6 in his career off Kuroda.
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October 14, 2008 | By Robyn Norwood FOR THE INQUIRER
He looked like Mighty Casey. And then the Dodgers' night - and Casey Blake's - ended badly, like the poem goes. Blake's home run gave the Dodgers the lead in Game 4 last night, but the bullpen gave it back. "The bullpen, those guys have been great all year long," Blake said. "It's going to happen. "Yeah, it's tough. At this point in the season, you need every win you can get. It looks like things are in your favor, and then they cash in two big home runs. " Like Manny Ramirez, Blake joined the Dodgers with the season in progress.
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October 14, 2008 | by Paul Hagen
What we're talking about following the Phillies win over the Dodgers in Game 4: The Phillies need only one win in their next three games to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1993 ... and only the sixth time in franchise history. Staff ace Cole Hamels can wrap it up in Game 5 tomorrow night. When the Phillies picked up veteran bat Matt Stairs from the Blue Jays on Aug. 30 for a player to be named later, it hardly seemed like big deal. It became a big deal in the eighth inning last night when Stairs hit a game-winning, two-run homer off Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton.
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October 7, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
FORMER ALL-STAR third baseman Robin Ventura is replacing the fiery Ozzie Guillen as manager of the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox say that Ventura agreed to a multiyear deal yesterday. A longtime star with the White Sox, Ventura was hired by the club last June as a special adviser to director of player development Buddy Bell. Ventura is the 38th White Sox manager overall, including 17 who played for the team. Guillen was released from his contract with 1 year remaining after eight seasons with the White Sox and immediately was hired by the Florida Marlins as their manager.
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July 24, 2013
Matt Garza has been traded to Texas from the Chicago Cubs, giving the Rangers a pitcher they have long coveted. The deal completed Monday night gives the Rangers a boost to a starting rotation plagued by injuries. Texas sent the Cubs rookie pitcher Justin Grimm, top prospect third baseman Mike Olt, and single-A pitcher C.J. Edwards. There will also be a player to be named later. Garza, a 29-year-old righthander who can be a free agent after the season, is 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA his last six starts.
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September 17, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Here is proof that the Los Angeles Angels actually play in nearby Anaheim, home of Disneyland and other dreamers, like Mike Butcher . In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Angels pitching coach said he would take Jered Weaver , Dan Haren , and Ervin Santana "over anybody's top three starters. " Even over the Phillies' aces? "Absolutely," Butcher replied. "We're not pitching to a pitcher. I obviously respect what they do in Philadelphia.
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April 3, 2015
Speaking directly about the topic for the first time since gambling-related tweets appeared on his Twitter account last week, Miami pitcher Jarred Cosart denied ever betting on baseball. "I never have, never will bet on baseball," Cosart said Wednesday. Tweets that appeared on Cosart's account discussed gambling advice received from a gambling expert. They did not appear to involve baseball bets. Cosart briefly addressed the situation last week, stating he was cooperating with Major League Baseball's investigation.
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December 22, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR 9 DAYS, Jimmy Rollins, like everyone else in the baseball world, sat and waited. He tried to keep himself busy. He fended off questions from family members, who wondered if they needed to trade in their red pinstriped jerseys for Dodger blue. Yesterday morning, Rollins had just wrapped up a Pilates session when the phone call he was waiting for finally came through. It was Andrew Friedman, the Los Angeles Dodgers' team president of baseball operations. For the first time since he was 17, Rollins was no longer a Philadelphia Phillie.
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December 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The phone buzzed Friday morning after Pilates class; the voice on the other end was Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman welcoming Jimmy Rollins to his next baseball life. Rollins had told the Phillies he would play for either them or Los Angeles, and here was the call he expected nine days earlier, a call so unimaginable before. "It just means, really, my time there is up," Rollins said hours later. He spoke Friday, the day he was officially dealt to Los Angeles for two minor-league pitchers, without a hint of nostalgia.
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December 20, 2014 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Los Angeles and San Diego have signed off on the blockbuster deal that will send outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres, sources told ESPN on Thursday night. The six-player deal will pave the way for the trade that will send Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. Zach Eflin, a 20-year-old Padres prospect the Dodgers will receive in the Kemp trade, will go to the Phillies in the Rollins deal. Another Dodgers minor-league pitcher, Tom Windle, is the second piece in the package for Rollins.
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December 19, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
AND ON THE eighth day, Jimmy Rollins was still a member of the Phillies, but still very likely to end up in Dodger blue sometime soon. Possibly by the time you read this in today's Daily News . Although the Phillies front-office contingent left the Winter Meetings in San Diego more than a week ago, the trade terms they agreed to with the Los Angeles Dodgers had not been finalized as of late last night. It would still be startling, however, if the Rollins trade isn't a done deal before the weekend.
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December 19, 2014 | Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies agreed more than a week ago to trade Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles, and there are no indications that the deal is in jeopardy despite a delayed official announcement. The Rollins trade is tied to a separate transaction - the six-player deal between San Diego and Los Angeles - that has not been finalized. Matt Kemp, the centerpiece of that trade, underwent a physical examination Tuesday in San Diego, according to various published reports. The Dodgers, according to a Los Angeles Times report, were under the assumption Wednesday that nothing endangered the trade.
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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 David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SAN DIEGO - For the first time in a few years, the Phillies departed the winter meetings looking as if they had a reasonable plan and the ability to execute it. Trading a player with a no-trade clause isn't easy, but Ruben Amaro Jr. accomplished it, and the early reports are that he netted a couple of plausible big-league pitchers in return for shortstop Jimmy Rollins. If the reports from scouts are to be believed, neither Tom Windle nor Zach Eflin possesses top-of-the-rotation upside.
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April 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - This was the debut stage for the lanky lefthander they called "Hollywood" before he even reached the majors, and it was appropriate. Five seasons somehow passed since Cole Hamels' last appearance at Dodger Stadium. The Phillies unveiled their keystone here Wednesday, with another star pitcher, Zack Greinke, opposing him. When Hamels re-signed for $144 million in July 2012, the affluent Dodgers opened their wallet and paid $159 million for Greinke. They did not sign him for his bat, which earned a silver slugger award in 2013, and tormented the Phillies.
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March 18, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On Aug. 5, 2012, Tony Gwynn appeared in a big-league game for the 605th time. More than 3 years had passed since the Padres had promoted him to the majors and made him their everyday centerfielder. He still had another year remaining on the 2-year, $2 million contract extension that he had signed with the Dodgers in December 2011. So when the Dodgers designated him for assignment the following day, he had little sense that it would turn into the potential end of his major league career.
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