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July 28, 2012 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
New York Mets rookie Matt Harvey started his big-league career in style Thursday night, becoming the first major-leaguer since 1900 to strike out more than 10 and get multiple hits in his debut. Harvey (1-0) struck out 11 and gave up just three hits in 51/3 innings in a 3-1 win over Arizona. He looked sharp at the plate as well, notching a double in the second and a single in the fourth. The Diamondbacks gave him credit, rather than claiming to be, uh, snakebit. "He had good life on the fastball and spotted the ball well.
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July 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The Phillies have won four consecutive series. To make it a fifth, they will have to beat one of the brightest young stars in the game after splitting their first two games with the New York Mets. On Sunday, Cliff Lee (10-3, 2.86) will oppose Mets righthander Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.35) at Citi Field. Harvey is coming off a sparkling performance at his home stadium with two shutout innings during Tuesday's All-Star Game. Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown saw Harvey at his best firsthand as his all-star teammate.
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September 30, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
For most people, a trip to Las Vegas is an exciting time, but for the New York Mets' Greg Burke, shuttling to Sin City and back was an exercise in tedium and frustration. Burke, a 31-year-old graduate of Gloucester Catholic, was optioned six times during the season to the Mets' triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League. While Burke conceded that it was frustrating, the righthanded reliever also realized that being sent down to the minors six times also meant that he was called up to the majors six times.
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July 23, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The Phillies were stymied by Matt Harvey for the third time this season, and the only consolation is that the New York Mets righthander has been unrelenting against virtually all opponents. It's just that the Phillies have had particular trouble. In an anticipated matchup of all-star pitchers, only Harvey kept up his part of the bargain with Sunday's 5-0 win over Cliff Lee and the Phillies at Citi Field. Lee allowed three home runs and five earned runs in six innings.
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June 10, 2013
Fed up after being swept by the lowly Marlins for a second straight weekend, the 23-35 New York Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis and two other players to triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday's defeat. Before Davis, who had been making $3.125 million and was a staple at first base for the Mets since April 2010, was sent down, manager Terry Collins pinch-hit for him against the Marlins. But you can't fault Collins: Davis was hitting .161 with 66 strikeouts this season. Also bounced were outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Robert Carson.
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June 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the speakers at Citizens Bank Park blasted Led Zeppelin, it signaled a moment for which Charlie Manuel longed. Nearing the halfway mark of 2013, his Phillies possessed their best roster thus far. Chase Utley returned Friday to a rock song. His teammates jumped to a three-run lead in the second inning. And Cole Hamels, the priciest player on an expensive and underachieving roster, could not contain a hapless New York Mets team from overcoming it. A 4-3 Phillies loss was but one microcosm in a season immobilized by averageness.
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May 1, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Roberto Hernandez is making a temporary move to the bullpen and that could set up some sensational pitching matchups when the Phillies play the Washington Nationals this weekend at Citizens Bank Park. With off days wrapped around the Phillies' two-game series with the New York Mets, manager Ryne Sandberg said Tuesday that Hernandez's scheduled turn Friday would be skipped. In that scenario, the Phillies will send Cliff Lee, A.J. Burnett, and Cole Hamels to the mound to face the Nationals.
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April 9, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Who would have thought that dropping his arm would prop up the baseball career of righthanded relief pitcher Greg Burke? A 2000 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High, Burke spent part of the 2009 season with the San Diego Padres, going 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 48 appearances. But after that, he was hit hard the next two seasons in triple A. So Burke, with nothing to lose, became a submariner, and that style of pitching has carried him back to the majors. He made the New York Mets roster out of spring training and will return home when the Mets play three games beginning Monday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
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May 31, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Carlos Ruiz couldn't catch, but hitting clearly wasn't a problem Wednesday night. Out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game with a strained right hamstring, Ruiz drilled a pinch-hit two-run home run that tied the score in the seventh inning. The Phillies got the lead in the next inning on their way to beating the New York Mets, 10-6, at Citi Field. They won two of three in New York and will take Thursday off before hosting the Miami Marlins in a weekend series.
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July 20, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Fresh off the all-star break, the Phillies will begin a nine-game road trip Friday, starting with a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. And rest assured, Mets ace Matt Harvey will be healthy. Harvey was skipped in his final start before the break because of a blister on his right index finger. But he pitched two scoreless innings in Tuesday's All-Star Game. "It feels fine, and I was able to finally throw my slider, which was definitely a big help," Harvey said after his stellar showing at Citi Field.
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