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September 22, 1994 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Once, there may have been no job in America that Lee Thomas would rather have had than general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. But that was nearly a decade ago - in a very different time, before Thomas ever left the Cardinals to become general manager of the Phillies. Yesterday, however, Lee Thomas' onetime dream job opened up again when the Cardinals fired Dal Maxvill after nine years as GM. And one of the first names to pop to the top of the rumor circuit, naturally, was that of James Leroy Thomas.
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April 19, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
In the season's first two weeks, the Phillies received more production from the No. 9 spot in the lineup than what their leadoff hitters mustered. The manager batted Freddy Galvis first on Sunday "for lack of a better option" and, naturally, Galvis stood at the plate in the most decisive moment of a 3-2 comeback win over Washington. He was the perfect hitter to oppose Jonathan Papelbon. The diminutive but aggressive shortstop swung at a fastball, high and outside. The ball sailed over Jayson Werth's head in left.
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March 29, 2013
The Phillies may be dancing to their last waltz this season after winning the World Series in 2008. What the core players did: The Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays, four games to one, to win the 2008 title and were led by Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins struggled at the plate, but Series MVP Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed just four earned runs in 13 innings over two starts. Here is how they fared that season: Hamels: 14-10 regular season; 1-0, 2.77 ERA and World Series MVP. Howard: .251, 48 HRS, 153 RBIs regular season; .286, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs World Series.
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November 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Ryan Howard's twin brother sued him for $2.8 million; before his father, who helped manage the Phillies slugger's money, allegedly requested a $10 million separation payment; before Howard claimed his parents and brothers conspired to defraud him, Howard planned a mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The sprawling Florida home was a place for the family - especially Corey, Ryan's look-alike confidant who moved from St. Louis to Philadelphia in 2008 to live with Ryan.
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February 16, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Domonic Brown repeated the words more than once as he stood in front of his locker Tuesday afternoon. "I'm hungry," he said. A deep-fried cheeseburger could not curb the kind of appetite Brown has right now. The only thing that can make the Phillies' rookie feel full again is a job as manager Charlie Manuel's opening-day rightfielder when the team plays the Houston Astros April 1 at Citizens Bank Park. At one point last summer as Brown ripped through the Eastern League at double-A Reading and then the International League with triple-A Lehigh Valley, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the franchise's best prospect would slide into the right-field spot vacated when free agent Jayson Werth signed elsewhere.
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April 7, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Aaron Nola tucked his glove under his arm and walked the dirt path that leads out of the Phillies' minor-league complex. His work in Florida was finished. A new season - his first full one in the majors - awaited. Nola made his last start in Clearwater, Fla., last week, pitching five innings in a minor-league game in front of a handful of fans. His outing was moved to the back fields because the team wanted to get a closer look at other pitchers. The 22-year-old's spot on the team was well secured.
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November 13, 2011
With the addition of Jonathan Papelbon as the closer, we now know that the Phillies' pitching department is at least going to remain among baseball's elite, if not the gold standard. We also know that pitching was not the problem during these past two postseasons, when the Phillies were eliminated first by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series and then by the St. Louis Cardinals one round earlier. Nothing is wrong with the plan that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies have implemented.
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May 5, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki, Inquirer Staff Writer
 Jamie Moyer has seen and pitched enough baseball to know nothing is fair.                                                                
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April 8, 2013 | By John Rossi
This week's opening of the film 42 , on Jackie Robinson's integration of baseball, brings to mind the dramatic role played by Philadelphia in this seminal event in America's civil rights history. Robinson's integration of Major League Baseball during the 1947 season was revolutionary. The game had been segregated since the 1880s, reflecting the isolation of African Americans in the nation. Even in the years after World War II, America remained a segregated society, with African Americans, save for some entertainers and athletes like Joe Louis, largely invisible.
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April 16, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Vince Velasquez took a deep breath before he dared the Padres to hit one more of his fastballs. He raised his tan glove to his face. Those in the ballpark - including Wil Myers, the batter - knew what would come next. "I reached back," Velasquez said. "I wasn't really looking at the radar gun. I was just trying to get a last strikeout and celebrate. " It was 3:34 p.m. Thursday, and Velasquez had done it. Myers swung and missed, and Velasquez raised his arms to cap a 3-0 Phillies win over San Diego.
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April 26, 2016
Police were investigating Sunday the shooting death of a 36-year-old man in North Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. Officer said they found a man inside a green Pontiac Grand Prix on the 2300 block of W. Huntingdon Street suffering multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:47 p.m. The victim's name was not released, pending notification of relatives. Police said they had no motive for the shooting. A suspect in the case is described as a heavy-set, light-complexioned black male, 30-35 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7, wearing a blue work uniform and a reflective vest.
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April 26, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MILWAUKEE - Cameron Rupp lowered his right hand and signaled for a fastball in the most crucial moment of an 8-5 Phillies loss to the Brewers. Jerad Eickhoff did not flinch. He stared at his catcher for three seconds to express his disapproval. Rupp flashed a new call. The curveball. "If I get beat on my curveball," Eickhoff said later, "I'll live with it. " On Sunday, he was beaten again and again on the curveball. Eickhoff allowed a career-high seven runs. Ten Brewers batted in the decisive six-run sixth inning.
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April 26, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Carson Wentz wanted to win so much that he sometimes would cry when he didn't play well or after his teams lost in midget football or little league baseball. He was only 11 or 12 at the time, so it wasn't as if his behavior was abnormal. But his emotional outbursts were what Ron Wingenbach, whose son played alongside Wentz, remembered most about Wentz's temperament. Coaches didn't have to motivate the athlete. No one was more critical of Wentz than he was of himself. He didn't cry because of outside pressures or out of embarrassment.
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April 26, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, STAFF WRITER
Police said Sunday they were investigating the separate shooting deaths of two men on Saturday in North Philadelphia. At 7:30 a.m., officers were called to the 1800 block of Sulis Street, where they found a man in his late 30s lying on steps outside a building, shot twice in the chest. He died at the scene. The victim's name has not been released. Police said they did not know a motive in the shooting and said no arrests have been made. In the second case, about 4:34 p.m., police were called to the 2300 block of West Huntingdon Street, where they found a 36-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds inside a green Pontiac Grand Prix.
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April 25, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Staff Writer
South Broad Street was turned into a Jersey Shore-style boardwalk, complete with funnel cakes, games of chance, and carnival rides, for Saturday's finale of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The event, organized by the Kimmel Center, got off to a slow start because of the morning rain, but once the sun emerged, crowds packed the street, which was closed to cars from City Hall to Pine Street. As in past years, the festival transformed Broad Street's workaday appearance with landscaping to create a temporary fantasy land.
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April 25, 2016
With Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary hours away, some would-be presidents are heading to the Philadelphia area, striving for support and snarling traffic. Their public events: Republican Donald Trump has a rally at West Chester University's Hollinger Field House that starts at 4 p.m. Monday. His rival John Kasich is due at 10 a.m. Monday at the Penrose Diner in South Philadelphia. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will both hold events in Philadelphia and answer questions during MSNBC-hosted town halls at the National Constitution Center.
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April 25, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas and Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITERS
By Claudia Vargas and Michaelle Bond STAFF WRITERS By now the pitch was familiar: Bill Clinton, his speechmaking skills sharp as ever, crisscrossed the region Saturday to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton, "the best change-maker I've ever known," as the Pennsylvania primary nears. He spoke in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, adding stops in Northeast Philadelphia and lower Bucks. Yet some of the day's most electrifying words were uttered not by the former president but by a former congresswoman - Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who joined him at a school in Lower Gwynedd.
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April 25, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Jerad Eickhoff was three years removed from being a 15th-round pick and even further from being considered a prospect. The pitcher was instead a middling minor-leaguer, struggling to find success on baseball's lowest rungs. Then, in the summer of 2014, he struck up a conversation with Mark Connor, a roving pitching instructor in the Texas Rangers' farm system. Connor told Eickhoff to throw his curveball more. He believed that American League pitchers who offered a heavy dosage of curveballs were more likely to succeed.
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April 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
MILWAUKEE - On the days he does not play, which are frequent, Tyler Goeddel finds sanctuary in an underground batting cage. That is where the Rule 5 pick's major-league career has begun. Goeddel started six of the Phillies' first 18 games. "It's definitely a little different," Goeddel said. "Obviously, there is no other place I'd rather be than in the big leagues. It's been an adjustment, I'd say. " Goeddel was in the lineup Saturday, his first such assignment this season against a righthanded pitcher.
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April 25, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Adam Morgan, who added a cutter and some velocity in spring training, struck out 20 batters in his first three starts. His best outing was Thursday, with six strikeouts and a walk in seven innings of two-run ball. . . . Tommy Joseph's slash line through 10 games is .367/.406/.733. Seven of his first 11 hits were for extra bases. . . . Darnell Sweeney, 25, has split his time between second base and center field. He has made three errors. . . . Last winter, a rival scout described the waiver-wire acquisition of infielder Taylor Featherston as a "nice buy-low move.
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