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October 1, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TWO WEEKS earlier, Chase d'Arnaud was just grateful to return to the major leagues, a week after his minor league season at Triple A Lehigh Valley ended. The 28-year-old d'Arnaud had played in only 16 big-league games since 2011 when he was added to the roster after Cesar Hernandez suffered a season-ending thumb injury. But d'Arnaud's return to the big leagues came with a bonus for the final week of the season: His younger brother and parents arrived at Citizens Bank Park yesterday.
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September 28, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - When Pete Mackanin and the Phillies arrived at Nationals Park yesterday afternoon, they had the chance to take part in the conclusion of the National League East race before the end of the weekend - and possibly as early as today. The New York Mets' magic number to clinch the division was 3, meaning that any combination of Mets wins and Nationals losses that totaled three in the coming weekend would crown New York the champ and eliminate Washington from playoff contention.
NEWS
September 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Jonathan Papelbon could not talk on Friday afternoon about the three-game suspension levied earlier in the day by Major League Baseball. Any comments, Papelbon said, would disrupt the appeal process as he disagrees with the league's notion that he purposely threw at a batter on Wednesday night. But, the former Phillies closer could talk about other topics. Like his decision to approve a trade to Washington in July, believing the move would mark a return to the postseason.
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September 27, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Aaron Altherr slowed as he neared first base, almost stopping as he watched his hit fall to shallow center field on Friday night in the third inning of an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals. He then saw the ball blitz past a diving outfielder and skip toward the wall at Nationals Park. It was time to run again. Altherr sprinted around the bases and slid safely into home without a throw. It was the 14th inside-the-park grand slam in Phillies history and first since Ted Kazanski in 1956.
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September 18, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE 11TH PITCH Justin De Fratus threw last night was a 92-mph fastball that was delivered just above belt-high and on the outer half of the strike zone. It was not where Cameron Rupp's glove was set up, low and and on the other side of the plate. Instead, it was the kind of pitch you might have your buddy throw you while in the middle of a Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby during a midsummer barbecue. And De Fratus, who has been hard at work tinkering with mechanics in what's been a lost season, knew it pretty much a second after it left his right hand.
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September 4, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - After one inning Wednesday night at CitiField, the MLB.com website promoted the game between the Phillies and New York Mets as a confrontation between a couple of aces. They were wrong on both counts and that is a major problem facing the Phillies not only now but also in the future. Yes, Aaron Nola is the titular staff ace of the Phillies, but only because he is followed by three fellow rookies and a veteran with an earned run average pushing five per game. Put Nola in the Mets' organization and he might still be pitching at the triple-A level, which in no way is meant as a knock at his ability or what he could become.
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September 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - There was a sense of optimism around the Phillies in recent days that Maikel Franco would return to game action before season's end. The rookie third baseman had taken ground balls and played catch for more than a week without pain in his left wrist. But that optimism was tempered Wednesday afternoon when Franco took 20 pitches of soft toss in a Citi Field batting cage. The same discomfort Franco had experienced resurfaced when he swung through the ball. The Phillies could shut him down for the season if his wrist does not improve over the next week.
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September 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The ball landed under Domonic Brown's outstretched glove as the Phillies outfielder headed toward the low, right-field wall in foul territory Wednesday night at Citi Field. His momentum carried him into and over it, and he tumbled onto a concrete walkway as the ball skipped all the way to the warning track. The misplayed ball that led to Ruben Tejada's two-run inside-the-park home run in the second inning served as a microcosm of Aaron Nola's outing. The 22-year-old righthander received little defensive help and was chased early in a 9-4 loss to the first-place New York Mets.
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September 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - About five hours before the game Tuesday night at Citi Field, Pete Mackanin sat at his desk in the visiting manager's office and prepared to draw up the Phillies lineup. Searching for anything to change his team's fortunes against the division rival New York Mets, he eschewed his customary black calligraphy pen and instead picked out a green one. "Just to change something," Mackanin said. "We've got to look for any way we can to beat these guys. " Whether it was different-colored ink or Darin Ruf's first career six-RBI game that made the difference, the Phillies snapped their wretched 10-game losing streak against the Mets.
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September 3, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - Pete Mackanin was looking for something, anything really, to help change his team's luck against its NL East rival, the New York Mets. So he drew up last night's lineup card in his usual calligraphic way, but wrote every player's name in green, "just to change something. " "We gotta look for any way we can to beat these guys," Mackanin said before the game, his team a loser in 10 straight and 13 of 14 on the year against the Mets entering the night. The 10 straight losses to the Mets tied a franchise record.
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