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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 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins drew incentive from the wrath of a fan, and it led to the second walk-off home run of his career. Rollins' two-out, solo home run to left field off Dan Jennings in the 10th inning gave the Phillies a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Afterward, he credited a heckler whom he didn't see but certainly heard. "Some fan in the stands was popping off," Rollins said. "I don't know where he was, but it was right behind the dugout and was close enough to yell, and it [ticked]
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November 16, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. - The man overseeing one of baseball's largest payrolls used the phrase "best bang for the buck" when discussing his aggressive pursuit of Marlon Byrd, a midlevel outfielder in a market teeming with talent. There is Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran and Curtis Granderson. All will command massive sums of money. All are flawed, sure. But all would upgrade the Phillies' current outfield. And all are likely headed elsewhere with nothing but cursory interest from the Phillies before they pounced on Byrd, a 36-year-old one year removed from baseball purgatory.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
As a Phillies fan, I never really expected my team to land Masahiro Tanaka, the latest Japanese phenom, or pull off a surprise blockbuster trade. If this isn't the year the old gang finally gets it all together - hey, Charlie Manuel is back! - then the most I can hope for is rebuilding, even with the promise of a new $2.5 billion TV pact with Comcast. But there was one deal I was counting on, and the home team sorely disappointed me. The Phils could have insisted that Comcast finally play ball with Dish Network and DirecTV, the satellite services that still can't show viewers the vast majority of home-team games telecast over Comcast's SportsNet channel.
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April 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THERE ARE plenty of words that can be used to describe the way Chase Utley is swinging the bat right now, and his manager and teammates used plenty of them yesterday. But the most accurate assessment is probably the one that B.J. Rosenberg offered after yesterday's display, which featured an eighth-inning, go-ahead home run that propelled the Phillies to a 4-3, sweep-clinching victory over the Marlins. "It's pretty awesome to watch," Rosenberg said with an awestruck smile. There are plenty of ancillary reasons why Utley will someday retire as one of the most popular athletes to ever don a uniform in Philadelphia, but the foundation is still the fact that he is pretty darn good at baseball.
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April 10, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
AT SOME POINT this season, you'll hear somebody talk about the energy, or attitude, or want-to that the Phillies appear to be lacking. When that happens, remind them of yesterday, when the Brewers took the field for batting practice around 2:30 p.m. and then never left. See, there wasn't much energy percolating in the ballpark by the end of a home-opening 10-4 loss, not because the Phillies lacked the requisite amount of dirt and/or pine tar on their uniforms, but because they watched a two-run deficit transform into a six-run deficit, an activity that tends to have a deflationary effect on even the most robust of psyches.
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November 11, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SURPRISE, Ariz. - The most powerful arm in the Phillies minor-league system twists a white towel into knots. The veins in Ken Giles' right arm bulge as he squeezes. There is tension, and this is a sunny afternoon on a day in which his activity at the Arizona Fall League was confined to sitting in the bullpen. "I know I'm close," Giles says, "but I can't speed myself up. " Speed is what fuels Giles. Last weekend, he threw a baseball at 100.6 m.p.h. in an all-star game for this prospect-laden league.
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April 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hours before the smallest crowd to attend a game at Citizens Bank Park in more than six years watched the Phillies bumble toward another loss - this one by 6-2 to Milwaukee on Thursday - Ryan Howard wanted to correct misguided notions. There is no reason to panic, he said. It is too early. The proof, he said, was beyond the numbers. "We've had a couple of mistakes that have cost us games," Howard said before batting practice. "But in all actuality, we've actually played very well this year.
NEWS
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 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not many baseball experts would have guessed that all the Phillies needed to do to break out of their slump was to face one of the best young pitchers in baseball.   Jumping on Jose Fernandez, last year's National League rookie of the year, for six runs, the Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.   How dominant had the 21-year-old Fernandez been before this game? This snapped his streak of allowing two earned runs or fewer in 13 consecutive games.    Fernandez, whose fastball was in the high 90s, lasted just four-plus innings.
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April 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies' weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins had a lot of sponsors, with the old double-play combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley contributing late-game, long-ball donations to the final two victories. It was enough to make you flash back to the glory days at Citizens Bank Park when it was filled to the brim and the runs and wins just kept on coming. What a lot of people forget about the greatest of those days is how big of a role the bullpen played when the franchise won its second World Series.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
So what happened, I asked Loews Corp. co-chairman Jonathan Tisch , to Sole Food ? The former fancy fish-themed street-level restaurant at Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Center City's third-largest, was replaced last week by Bank & Bourbon , part of what Loews says is a $25 million improvement, including room upgrades and a lot more places to plug in your devices. "It was a concept we thought reflected a period when people were trying to eat lighter," said Tisch, whose father and uncle founded the Loews chain 70 years ago. Loews has found that Americans talk low-fat but still prefer to eat and drink "heartier," as Tisch put it in a visit marking the upgrades.
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April 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A single rose decorated the broadcast booth named in honor of Harry Kalas at Citizens Bank Park. Sunday - a gorgeous, summerlike spring day - marked five years since Kalas' death, and you could almost hear his voice in the eighth inning when Chase Utley delivered a 4-3 Phillies victory over Miami. Kalas dubbed him The Man in 2006, and not much has changed, even after knee problems threatened the second baseman's career. Utley's solo homer in the eighth Sunday sealed a series sweep of the Marlins.
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April 15, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
LAST WEEK, the trailer for the Disney Channel's newest offering, "Girl Meets World," premiered, sending ripples of nostalgia through the millennials who grew up with the series' beloved precursor: the Philadelphia-set "Boy Meets World. " But, what's this? The apartment occupied by "Boy"-turned-"Girl" stars Topanga ( Danielle Fishel ) and Cory Matthews ( Ben Savage ) is no Philly spot. Turns out the show is set in Manhattan, where Cory and Topanga's daughter, Riley ( Rowan Blanchard )
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April 15, 2014 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
IF MUHAMMAD ALI were fighting now, someone would probably be trying to sign his family up for a "reality" show. One could easily have been set in and around Philly, where the boxer lived during much of the period covered in tonight's "Independent Lens" presentation, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" (10 p.m. WHYY12). And Khalilah Camacho-Ali would probably be its star. Camacho-Ali, who appears in the film, was also known as Belinda in the days in which she, the fighter's second wife, was helping to keep his spirits up as he waited to see if he'd be jailed for refusing to serve in the military.
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April 15, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE REAL STORY of this Phillies weekend was not Jimmy's Saturday night walkoff, or Chase's game-winning blast yesterday or even the 6-3 victory Friday. The real story was that Jake Diekman won a game as a middle-inning reliever, and looked comfortable in that spot. And that B.J. Rosenberg pitched perfect innings in two straight games, striking out Giancarlo Stanton in the middle of a statement seventh inning yesterday, then walking off the mound as if, well, he does this for a living.
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April 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THERE ARE plenty of words that can be used to describe the way Chase Utley is swinging the bat right now, and his manager and teammates used plenty of them yesterday. But the most accurate assessment is probably the one that B.J. Rosenberg offered after yesterday's display, which featured an eighth-inning, go-ahead home run that propelled the Phillies to a 4-3, sweep-clinching victory over the Marlins. "It's pretty awesome to watch," Rosenberg said with an awestruck smile. There are plenty of ancillary reasons why Utley will someday retire as one of the most popular athletes to ever don a uniform in Philadelphia, but the foundation is still the fact that he is pretty darn good at baseball.
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April 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IT TOOK only 54 seconds for umpires to confirm what they ruled they had seen in the fourth inning. It is going to take a lot longer for the Phillies to understand. "I think nobody really knows what the rule is, honestly," Tony Gwynn Jr. said. The situation: sixth inning, tie game, Gwynn on first base. Chase Utley lines a double to leftfield, where Marlins rookie Christian Yelich juggles the ball as he fields it off the ground. Phillies third-base coach Pete Mackanin waves Gwynn around third.
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April 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twice, A.J. Burnett felt pain from his groin Sunday morning while he threw a bullpen session. It did not linger. The 37-year-old righthander said everything went "better than expected. " Still, he harbors fears of a larger problem, and that is why Burnett will see a doctor Monday. His Wednesday start against Atlanta is still in question. "I feel good," Burnett said, "but I want my mind to be 100 percent. " The Phillies were concerned enough to limit David Buchanan's start Sunday at triple-A Lehigh Valley to 12 pitches in one inning.
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April 15, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE GOOD NEWS for the Phillies: A.J. Burnett will make his start as scheduled tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. The bad news for Burnett: He'll need surgery at some point to correct an inguinal hernia. Burnett and the Phillies hope surgery won't have to take place until after the season. Burnett, who had a cortisone injection yesterday after getting hurt Friday, will have to spend the next 5 1/2 months managing the pain. "You don't want anything to happen, but it's something that I think is manageable," Burnett said.
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