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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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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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September 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
If there was any silver lining to an 0-6 homestand that began and ended with losses by Phillies starting pitcher Jake Thompson, it was actually the performance of the 22-year-old righthander. Forget the two losses on his pitching record, an often misleading statistic. Thompson was vastly improved in his last two starts after being roughed up in his first four. After being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 6, Thompson posted a 9.78 in his first four starts. He worked on mechanics with pitching coach Bob McClure and everything about his two starts since has been encouraging.
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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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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jeanmar Gomez handed the ball to Pete Mackanin on Friday night and shuffled into the Phillies dugout. An 8-4 loss to Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park was all but finished as Gomez imploded in the ninth inning. He allowed four runs and did not retire any of the four batters he faced, prompting the Phillies manager to head to the mound. The Phillies did not score after the second inning and their ninth-inning meltdown appeared to be inevitable. It was almost expected that the Phillies bullpen - which is as thin as a unit can be - would eventually yield a run. Freddie Freeman tagged Gomez for an RBI double and Matt Kemp followed with a run-scoring single.
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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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September 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Beautiful weather. Impressive starting pitching. Lousy homestand. That's the succinct version of the Phillies' 2-0 loss Sunday to the Atlanta Braves on a picture-perfect, 78-degree day at Citizens Bank Park that included just about everything but an effective offense for the home team. It gave the Phillies an 0-6 record for the homestand, which began with three games against the Washington Nationals. "A miserable homestand," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. This was the fourth time in franchise history the Phillies had gone winless in a homestand of six or more games, and the second time this season.
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September 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
If there was any silver lining to an 0-6 homestand that began and ended with losses by Phillies starting pitcher Jake Thompson, it was actually the performance of the 22-year-old righthander. Forget the two losses on his pitching record, an often misleading statistic. Thompson was vastly improved in his last two starts after being roughed up in his first four. After being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 6, Thompson posted a 9.78 in his first four starts. He worked on mechanics with pitching coach Bob McClure and everything about his two starts since has been encouraging.
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September 5, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The innings waned Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park and for the second straight night, the inevitable became the reality as the Phillies bullpen blew another lead in a 6-4 loss to Atlanta. The relief corps - one of the National League's most unreliable units - allowed Atlanta to tie the game in the eighth before winning it in in the 10th. For the second straight night, the Phillies scored four times off the starting pitcher but could not rally against the Braves relievers.
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September 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jeanmar Gomez handed the ball to Pete Mackanin on Friday night and shuffled into the Phillies dugout. An 8-4 loss to Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park was all but finished as Gomez imploded in the ninth inning. He allowed four runs and did not retire any of the four batters he faced, prompting the Phillies manager to head to the mound. The Phillies did not score after the second inning and their ninth-inning meltdown appeared to be inevitable. It was almost expected that the Phillies bullpen - which is as thin as a unit can be - would eventually yield a run. Freddie Freeman tagged Gomez for an RBI double and Matt Kemp followed with a run-scoring single.
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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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