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September 18, 2011
Somerset 102 001 003 - 7 15 0 Camden 010 100 001 - 3 9 1 WP: Oxspring (5-9). LP: Jarrett (1-2). A: 8,132.
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June 10, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
All scheduled minor-league baseball games in the region were rained out on Wednesday. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs' International League game against visiting Toledo was postponed. The teams will play a doubleheader at 6:05 p.m. Thursday. The Eastern League game between the Trenton Thunder and the Phillies at Reading was postponed and will be played as part of a doubleheader at 6:05 p.m. on Aug. 3. The Camden Riversharks' Atlantic League game at the Long Island Ducks was postponed.
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December 14, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
The minor leagues approved a seven-year contract with the major leagues by a 27-9 vote yesterday. The vote by the National Association of the Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor-league governing body, was exactly the 75 percent minimum required for approval. Major-league owners ratified the Professional Baseball Agreement on Tuesday. "The majors and the minors must work together to ensure the best, and most orderly, system of developing talent for big league play," National Association president Sal Artiaga said in St. Petersburg, Fla. The contract may be reopened after four years.
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July 14, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
Jason Belcher blasted a grand slam in the sixth inning to lead the Somerset Patriots to a 13-1 rout of the Camden Riversharks in an Atlantic League game at Campbell's Field on Tuesday. Wayne Lydon had a triple among his two hits and drove in two runs. Former Malvern Prep star Ben Davis took the loss for Camden, giving up seven runs in 32/3 innings. W: Jones. L: Davis. HR: Belcher (3). A: 1 ,515  
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September 12, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Jonathan Pettibone allowed just one hit in seven innings and Sebastian Valle ripped a two-run homer in the first to lead the Lakewood BlueClaws to a 6-0 win over the Hickory Crawdads and a victory in the first round of the South Atlantic League playoffs. The Claws took the series, two games to one, and will meet the Greenville Drive for the league championship. The date of the first game has not been announced. Pettibone struck out nine in his gem and Luke Wertz allowed only one more hit in two shutout innings in relief.
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September 17, 2010 | The Inquirer Staff
A bench-clearing brawl in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League finals Tuesday between Lakewood and Greenville resulted in one-game suspensions for six players. Lakewood leftfielder Leandro Castro and utility player Korby Mintken will sit out Game 3, while pitcher Jorge Rodriguez will miss Game 4. Greenville infielder Michael Almanzar and outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker will sit out Game 3, while infielder Vladimir Frias misses Game 4. The donnybrook came when Greenville's Derrik Gibson collided with Lakewood catcher Sebastian Valle while trying to score.
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November 28, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
Negotiators for baseball's major and minor leagues yesterday appeared to move closer to an agreement that would end their dispute over finances and control. Bill Murray, director of baseball operations for the commissioner's office, and Mike Moore, secretary and chief administrative officer for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, met for five hours in New York. Both sides said there was progress. "I don't think there are major stumbling blocks there," Murray said.
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September 2, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The good news for the Phillies in this season of so much bad is that the minor-league system has had a renaissance of sorts. "I think we had a good year in the minor leagues," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' first-year director of player development. "There were a lot of good stories and some struggles along the way, but what I see as the most successful part is that we had a lot of good arms that stayed healthy and got their innings. " The better news for the Phillies in this season of so much bad is that a scout from outside the organization agrees and was even stronger in his praise than Jordan.
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July 22, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco had never felt something like this, he said. The rookie said he felt "a little bit of pain" in his right elbow. And that little bit proved to be enough for the Phillies to show caution Monday night in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay. Franco was removed from the game with elbow soreness. Interim manager Pete Mackanin said he thinks Franco hurt his the elbow on a sharp diving catch and throw to end the sixth inning of the Phillies' fourth straight victory. Franco was evaluated after the game.
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July 20, 2015
Being the closer, Ken Giles said, is like entering a "whole new world. " Chances are good that Giles will enter that world if the Phillies decide to part ways with Jonathan Papelbon before the trade deadline on July 31. "Everyone knows who you are when you come into that ninth inning, because you're the one that ends the game," Giles said Saturday. "You're the one that brings the fire. You have the starters that start the fire and you just finish it. You put that extra little fuel on it to finish the game off. " The 24-year-old Giles said he's trying not to get too ahead of himself.
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July 16, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
CINCINNATI - It's been two decades since Kevin Garnett opened up the NBA Preschool Learning Academy by jumping immediately from high school to the NBA draft. Since 1995, the Association and its fans have adjusted to the rush of kids, accepting that potential has become the driving force in player selection and that it is better to gamble on getting the next Kobe Bryant or LeBron James than to be cautious and face the wrath of missing out. Major league baseball has not reached the point where the NBA is, but it does seem to be undergoing a shift in the conventional wisdom of how to best develop an exceptional young prospect.
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July 12, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - When David Buchanan reported in May to the Phillies' facility in Clearwater, Fla., to rehab his severely sprained right ankle, the training staff assured him they would get him healthy and back to triple-A Lehigh Valley as quickly as possible. But the 26-year-old righthander had another destination he was working toward. "I was like, 'look, man, I don't want to get healthy to go back to Lehigh,' " he recounted Friday afternoon at AT&T Park. " 'I want to get healthy and go back to Philly.' " Once you get a taste of the sport's highest level, pitching in the minor leagues can be a humbling experience.
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June 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Cesar Hernandez started at second base last night for the fifth time in the last eight games. Chase Utley, who was out of the lineup in two of the previous three games, was also penciled into manager Ryne Sandberg's batting order. But eventually Sandberg won't have the luxury of the designated hitter to balance playing the younger, developing infielder (Hernandez, a career .294 hitter in the minor leagues) while also not benching the franchise icon (Utley, the unofficial leader of the 2007-11 era)
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May 18, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster, and Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the recently completed road trip with the team. This is the third in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. ERIE Pa. - Being a baseball lifer in the big leagues is one thing. Being a baseball lifer in the minor leagues is something else entirely. Just ask Dusty Wathan and Dave Lundquist, the primary caretakers of the Phillies' prospects playing this season at double-A Reading.
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May 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Ruben Amaro Jr. drove to Allentown on Tuesday. The Phillies general manager had news to deliver. Domonic Brown, who was an all-star just two seasons ago, would be staying in the minor leagues. The rightfielder and the general manager met over lunch near Coca-Cola Park, the home of triple-A Lehigh Valley. "I was a little bit frustrated because I know that I'm a big-league player and I want to be in the big leagues," Brown said before Lehigh Valley's game on Wednesday night.
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April 29, 2015
ST. LOUIS - Tuesday marks the end of Domonic Brown's 20-day rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues. The rightfielder could play his final game with triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night and then catch a flight to St. Louis and rejoin the Phillies. But that is not a certainty given Brown's struggles at the plate. The Phillies have flexibility because Brown can still be optioned to and from the minor leagues. Upon his activation from the 15-day disabled list, he may remain with the triple-A club for more at-bats.
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April 3, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. Luis Garcia had enough. Baseball was not working. It was time for the pitcher to find a normal job and live a normal life, he thought. Garcia cut hair for two months at a barber shop in Morristown, N.J. The shop was called Major League Barbers, a fitting name for someone who left the Dominican Republic in 2007 with dreams of being a major-league pitcher. Garcia later worked for a moving company, traveling in a truck with five men all over North Jersey. Life without baseball, Garcia said, felt empty.
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March 31, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez packed his bags Sunday morning and made the short walk from Bright House Field to the Phillies' minor-league clubhouse. The recipient of the most lucrative international contract in team history will again start a baseball season in the minor leagues. A dismal 141/3-inning sample size ensured Gonzalez a ticket to triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he will begin the season. This spring was different for the Cuban righthander but only for the fact that he was healthy.
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