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June 20, 2000 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Beating the Atlanta Braves gets a whole lot easier once Greg Maddux leaves the game. The trick, of course, is getting him to leave. Atlanta's ace was cruising toward his 10th win of the season last night - if anyone, even Maddux, can be cruising with a one-run lead - but some uncharacteristic wildness and understandable fatigue derailed him in the eighth inning. With Maddux gone, the Phils beat up on the Atlanta bullpen in a four-run inning to fashion an unlikely, 5-2 comeback win that gave the Phillies three wins in the four-game series against the National League's best team.
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August 13, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As controversies go, this one is a lot more pleasant than having your third baseman show up at spring training and declare that your team is not committed to winning. Nevertheless, the Phillies do have a difficult decision on the horizon that will dramatically affect three catchers who have done an outstanding job for them. Phillies general manager Ed Wade said yesterday that he is in on-going negotiations with catcher Mike Lieberthal's agent about picking up his $7.25 million option for next season and extending his contract beyond that.
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March 31, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It looks like a good plan. Add David Bell, Jim Thome and Kevin Millwood to Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu and Randy Wolf and you'd think the sum of those parts would be enough to make the Phillies a contender in 2003. What could possibly go wrong for a team that invested so much time and money into getting better during the off-season? Take a look up the middle. That's a vital part of any baseball team's success or failure, and it's possible it could be a strength for the Phillies this season.
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June 17, 2000 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Curt Schilling could figure out a way to face the powerful Atlanta Braves every five days, if he could bottle the eighth-inning magic that made Veterans Stadium percolate with emotion last night, the veteran righthander might continue to resemble his old dominating self. At least that's what the statistics indicate. Schilling was at his overpowering best last night, striking out a season-high 11 and allowing just five hits in eight electric innings as the Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, in front of a roaring crowd of 20,495.
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April 3, 2006 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mike Lieberthal's long tenure as Phillies catcher will reach two high points soon. He will make his club-record 10th opening day start today. That will leave him 44 games shy of the club record for most games caught. The 34-year-old Californian comes into the season having squatted behind the plate for 1,079 games with the Phils and ranks behind only Red Dooin (1,124) and Bob Boone (1,095) for games caught in club history. Barring an unforeseen development, Lieberthal soon will pass Dooin and Boone, but it is unlikely he'll get beyond 10 opening-day starts with the club.
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April 5, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
First the bad news: The Phillies lost another one last night. Now the good news: Only one more day until Curt Schilling pitches again. The sad state of this team's pitching was exposed again as the Padres feasted on Bobby Munoz and others en route to a ridiculously easy 13-3 win at San Diego/Jack Murphy Stadium. Munoz, who had missed most of the last two seasons with a serious elbow injury that required ligament-replacement surgery, was mugged for five runs in the third inning as the Phils lost for the third time in as many nights to fall to 1-3 for the season.
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April 9, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Danny Tartabull couldn't play again last night because of a sore left foot. It's never good when your cleanup man can't answer the bell, but the blow was softened somewhat because manager Terry Francona got the opportunity to play Derrick May, one of the few Phillies swinging the bat well. Hits have been tough to come by for the Phils in the opening week of the season. Before last night's game No. 8 against the Giants at 3Com Park, the Phils had the second-worst batting average in the National League - .184.
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August 10, 2000 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Minds raced as Mike Lieberthal's ninth-inning fly ball headed for shallow left field. "We had more things to think about because they were playing so close," said John Vukovich, the Phillies' third-base coach. The final decision was to send Doug Glanville home from third base. Vukovich had been in Philadelphia long enough to know the possible consequences. "If it doesn't work, I get booed," he said. It worked. Glanville, despite a laser throw by San Diego outfielder Eric Owens, slid safely into home plate last night, and the Phillies celebrated their second straight victory, a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Padres at Veterans Stadium.
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May 6, 1999 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies apparently like working the day shift. Righthander Paul Byrd, who may be making the Atlanta Braves regret their decision to place him on waivers in August, pitched eight brilliant innings and was supported by four home runs as the Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres yesterday, 11-1, before an announced crowd of 18,229 at Veterans Stadium. The Phils, for whatever reason, are 6-1 and hitting .311 in day games this season. They are 8-12 and hitting .258 under the lights.
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June 27, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
These are the Phillies everyone had expected to see. These are the results: The Phillies beat Atlanta, 8-1, last night at Turner Field to take their second series against the Braves in a week, and their third against them this season. The Phils have won seven of their last nine games and moved to 7 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the National League East. "I don't know where it was or what happened exactly, but to me it was kind of a matter of time before we started playing better," Phillies pitcher Randy Wolf said.
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May 25, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
DETROIT - The Phillies constructed their team last winter with a premium on defense. Manager Pete Mackanin focused the majority of his first spring training on drills that instructed fielding fundamentals. The results through the season's first seven weeks are starting to show. The Phillies entered Monday with the second-lowest number of defensive giveaways, a statistic created by baseball scouting service Inside Edge. The metric combines a team's errors, poor plays that are not ruled errors, fielder's choices that do not result in outs, and passed balls.
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February 19, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - He had just returned from running sprints. You could see his chest rising up and down beneath his black cutoff T-shirt, the one with a disembodied Phillies catchers mask hovering in the center. He wore a gold chain with tiny diamonds pressed into the links. He leaned on a bat, his red gloves unfastened. That is to say, Carlos Ruiz looked a lot like he has in each of the 11 years that he has reported to Clearwater in the middle of February. His face is a little more weathered.
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September 23, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The last season in which Carlos Ruiz caught fewer innings than he will in this one was when he first broke into the lineup by filling in for an injured Mike Lieberthal. That was 2006, Lieberthal's final season with the Phillies, and the last year before this one in which Ruiz was not the team's primary catcher. In the seasons between, Ruiz won a World Series, played in an All-Star Game and handled one of the best starting staffs in modern baseball history. No one has caught more no-hitters than his four, and only three have caught more games in a Phillies uniform.
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September 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The first year of the Phillies' rebuild featured a revitalization of the farm system at various positions. That was certainly the case at catcher, the position at which Jorge Alfaro joined the organization in the Cole Hamels trade, and Andrew Knapp broke out with a torrid final 12 weeks at double-A Reading. Neither Alfaro nor Knapp, however, will be major-league ready come the beginning of the next baseball season. And so when the Phillies break camp next April for season No. 2 of their transition, it is likely their catching arrangement will mirror what it has for the latter months of this year.
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September 2, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Cameron Rupp got to spend the last day of August in the MLB Network studio in New York City. He was joined by teammate Aaron Altherr on MLB Central with host Matt Vasgersian and analysts Mark DeRosa and Cliff Floyd. Rupp and Altherr talked about the young, rebuilding Phillies and their recent personal successes. Back at Citi Field, Rupp found his name penciled in the lineup card for the 17th time in August, six more starts than longtime catcher Carlos Ruiz received.
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June 25, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Carlos Ruiz has seen his recent playing time diminish as Cameron Rupp has gotten hot, but it hasn't affected the attitude of the veteran Phillies catcher. Ruiz, who was not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the New York Yankees, said he is thinking of the team first. No one has benefited more than Rupp, who was in the starting lineup for the third straight day and the fifth game in the last seven. "He has been awesome," Rupp said of Ruiz before the game at Yankee Stadium.
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April 2, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
SOMEBODY cue up Kenny Rogers' "Through The Years," while hoping the most successful era of Phillies baseball isn't quite over: 2007 Record: Went 89-73 and won the National League East for the first time since 1993. Synopsis: The season started with Jimmy Rollins' proclamation that the Phillies were the team to beat and closed with Rollins going 2-for-3 with a triple and two stolen bases as the Phils won the division on the final day of the season. Key additions: Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Tadahito Iguchi, Kyle Lohse.
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March 31, 2013 | By Dan McQuade, mcquade@gmail.com
It's no joke: The Phillies are opening on April 1 this year. It will be the third time the season starts on April Fools' Day, and since that history is mostly recent, it's actually pretty good. Plus, because it's April 1, you certainly can prank the ones you love. First some history, then some foolishness to try at home: April 1, 2011, Phillies' home opener vs. Astros It was the baseball gods playing a prank. It had to be. The Phillies came into 2011 with great promise: The team, two years removed from a World Series win, shockingly reacquired Cliff Lee as a free agent in the offseason.
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July 3, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Fifteen years ago Monday, the Phillies lost for the 58th time in 81 games. Curt Schilling screamed at Mike Lieberthal, first-year manager Terry Francona lashed into his appalling team, and Ricky Bottalico threw a bad pitch. "I'm just stupid," Bottalico said that night. These Phillies are not nearly as dreadful as the 1997 edition, yet it's been 15 years since Philadelphia has seen a worse first half of baseball than this. There was no yelling or screaming Sunday after a 5-2 loss to Miami completed a Marlins sweep and dropped the Phillies to 36-45 and 11 games out of first place.
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June 8, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
The Phillies again avoided the tumult that would have accompanied Curt Schilling's selection to the team's Wall of Fame. The Phillies announced that catcher Mike Lieberthal will be enshrined on Aug. 10. The announcement comes on the final day of a series with the Dodgers, the only other team that Lieberthal played for. He is the third catcher among the 34 members, joining Bob Boone and Darren Daulton. "What a tremendous honor it is to be added to the Wall of Fame along with some of the greatest players in Phillies history," Lieberthal, 40, said.
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