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April 4, 2012
A SPRING that has had more than its share of sour notes ended with a nice surprise. The Phillies announced after Tuesday night's game that lefthanded reliever Joe Savery had made the roster. Though he pitched in four games as a call-up last September, making the club out of the gate represents another step in Savery's career. The Phillies drafted Savery as a first baseman in the 2007 first round. "He's a good story," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's come a long way. " Veterans Scott Podsednik, Hector Luna and Raul Valdes did not make the club.
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March 22, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For guys like Roy Halladay, Mike Stutes and Phillippe Aumont, the next week is as much of a stretch run as a baseball player can experience in March. For Domonic Brown, the heavy lifting is done. We can say all of this with a fair amount of certainty after spending Thursday afternoon taking the temperature inside the coaches' offices at Bright House Field. Manager Charlie Manuel still isn't ready to proclaim Brown an everyday corner outfielder, but that's pretty much what he did when he hung up the lineup for that night's game in Fort Myers against the Red Sox. Fort Myers is the longest bus trip of the spring, and most players would rather not make it, and this trip is particularly bad because the game is at night, which means the team bus probably won't be getting back to Clearwater until after midnight.
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April 1, 2011
  No. Pitchers             B-T    HT      WT      AGE     SPRING TRAINING SUMMARY   55 Danys Baez      R-R   6-3   225   33       1 save, 2-0, 2.70 ERA, 5 walks, 7 SO in 11 appearances, 131/3 innings. 58 Antonio Bastardo   R-L   5-11   195   25       1 save, 0-0, 1.00 ERA, 4 walks, 9 SO in 9 appearances, 9 innings. 56 Joe Blanton      R-R   6-3   245   30       2-1, 3.19 ERA, 4 walks, 18 SO, 3 HRs in 6 starts, 31 innings.
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August 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies have 43 players on their 40-man roster - two on the 60-day disabled list and one suspended - and all but three have appeared in the majors at some point in their careers. A new front office billed this season as a chance to evaluate the talent it inherited before making the next wave of decisions in the rebuilding process. That phase is almost near. The overturn on the 40-man roster, starting in a few weeks when rosters are expanded for September, will be immense.
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November 21, 2012 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
AT THE VERY least, the Phillies' major league decision makers will get an extended firsthand look at Zach Collier, a former first-round pick who was one of four players added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday. That alone is a big step for the 22-year-old outfielder, who entered the 2012 season as an afterthought after four disappointing years in the minor league system. While the three other players who joined the roster - pitchers Trevor May, Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin - were virtual locks for their promotions, Collier's status was unclear.
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May 11, 2012 | By BOB BROOKOVER, Inquirer Staff Writer
EVEN THE OFF days are difficult ones for the Phillies right now. Instead of rest and relaxation, the Phillies had to do some roster juggling Thursday as they prepared for the start of Friday's three-game series against the San Diego Padres. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is "probably going to make some changes over the next few days," but he refused to comment on the Twitter revelation from recently demoted reliever Michael Schwimer that the team has promoted infielder Hector Luna and pitchers Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes from Triple A Lehigh Valley.
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July 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies made three roster moves before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. The most difficult move was designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Just last month, Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died. "It was tough with Tony with everything he's gone through," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game. "He's a very professional guy, a terrific teammate, so it's tough. " Sandberg said that Gwynn could still remain with the organization.
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April 30, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies have enough injuries that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. felt the need to give an update on all of them before a three-game series against the New York Mets began Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Catcher Carlos Ruiz's back injury led to the latest roster move. The Phillies said before the game that reliever Mike Zagurski had been optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for catcher Dane Sardinha , whose contract was purchased from the IronPigs.
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September 30, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Though nothing can bring back the hour "Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower. "   - William Wordsworth, from "Intimations of Immortality"   Get ready to say goodbye, Philadelphia. Savor the sight of these Phillies when, to one more ovation, they awkwardly arrange themselves along the first base line before Saturday's start of their 2011 National League division series. As they stand there in the glory of a fifth straight postseason appearance, surrounded by the splendid grass of Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies almost certainly will be providing Philadelphia with a valedictory snapshot.
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August 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Ryan Howard dropped his bat, stood at home plate and watched. He watched his grand slam rocket over the right-center-field wall, watched it crash into Citizens Bank Park's visiting bullpen, and watched it trigger a 10-6 win over the Colorado Rockies. The watch was vintage Howard. And his recent run may be enough for Howard to find himself playing for a contender for the final stretch of the season. The grand slam - Howard's 14th of his career - is the first baseman's seventh homer in his last 27 games.
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August 31, 2016
ISSUE | PHILLIES 'Chooch' an all-around winner Carlos Ruiz's legacy between the lines is well known: he caught three no-hitters and a perfect game and won a World Series in 11 seasons with the Phillies and made the 2012 National League all-star team before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday ("Bye, Chooch," Friday). But "Chooch" is leaving an equally important legacy off the field. His support of Philadelphia Futures is changing the lives of hundreds of low-income, first-generation-to-college students.
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August 15, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The Phillies have 43 players on their 40-man roster - two on the 60-day disabled list and one suspended - and all but three have appeared in the majors at some point in their careers. A new front office billed this season as a chance to evaluate the talent it inherited before making the next wave of decisions in the rebuilding process. That phase is almost near. The overturn on the 40-man roster, starting in a few weeks when rosters are expanded for September, will be immense.
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August 14, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Ryan Howard dropped his bat, stood at home plate and watched. He watched his grand slam rocket over the right-center-field wall, watched it crash into Citizens Bank Park's visiting bullpen, and watched it trigger a 10-6 win over the Colorado Rockies. The watch was vintage Howard. And his recent run may be enough for Howard to find himself playing for a contender for the final stretch of the season. The grand slam - Howard's 14th of his career - is the first baseman's seventh homer in his last 27 games.
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August 7, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
SAN DIEGO – The moment Cameron Rupp's bat connected with the baseball, Christian Friedrich jumped on the Petco Park mound. The Padres pitcher regretted the pitch, an 85-mph hanging slider that rocketed from Rupp's bat at 109 mph. The ball soared Friday night, in the fourth inning of a 5-4 Phillies win, until it struck the trunk of a palm tree beyond the centerfield wall. It could go no farther. "He left the pitch up," Rupp said. "I didn't miss it. " Rupp powered the Phillies at the start of their final West Coast trip.
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May 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - For most of the last four seasons, Darin Ruf has been a part-time player. It is a role that Ruf, who has his deficiencies, must master. He has lived on the fringe of the Phillies roster, a status endangered by his prolonged slump. "If I could put my finger on it, I would try to change something," Ruf said. "I started slow last year. Hopefully balls start falling. " Ruf, last season, batted .188 with a .573 OPS in the Phillies' first 34 games. This season, in the same span, he hit .161 with a .406 OPS. Playing time was a little more frequent at the start of last season, but not by much.
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April 6, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CINCINNATI - The first Phillies player to step onto the field Monday before batting practice was a rookie lefthander from Humble, Texas. Daniel Stumpf, one of two Rule 5 picks to make the Phillies roster, surveyed Great American Ballpark. "There's a lot of emotions," said Stumpf, 25. "I'm excited to show these guys what I can do. " The Phillies are just one of two teams (San Diego is the other) to carry two Rule 5 picks at the start of the season. It is rare for any Rule 5 pick to stick; an average of five per season have stayed on a roster for the whole season since 2006, according to Baseball America.
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April 3, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies rode 140 miles south on two buses last Sunday as the Grapefruit League schedule slogged to its conclusion. Matt Klentak stayed behind. The 35-year-old general manager of the Phillies walked to the Carpenter Complex, where Phillies minor leaguers scrimmaged against each other in two games. Klentak watched from a perch above home plate. He chatted with a few player-development officials as he shifted his focus from one game to the other. During the weeks spent in Florida, his presence on the back fields was a common sight.
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March 31, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Will Venable was at the Palestra for one of the more memorable nights in the arena's storied history. Penn rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit in February 2005 to defeat rival Princeton. The Palestra rocked and fans stormed the court. Quakers guard Tim Begley called it the favorite win of his career. Penn clinched the Ivy League title two weeks later. Venable, who joined the Phillies on Tuesday, was on the losing end. He was a senior for Princeton, as the Tigers unraveled under the pressure of Penn's full-court defense and raucous crowd.
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February 19, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - He had just returned from running sprints. You could see his chest rising up and down beneath his black cutoff T-shirt, the one with a disembodied Phillies catchers mask hovering in the center. He wore a gold chain with tiny diamonds pressed into the links. He leaned on a bat, his red gloves unfastened. That is to say, Carlos Ruiz looked a lot like he has in each of the 11 years that he has reported to Clearwater in the middle of February. His face is a little more weathered.
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September 9, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF A TREE falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If two bad baseball teams get together on a holiday evening for a game, does anyone care? If the Phillies have a home game scheduled at the same time as the Eagles' season opener, will anyone show up? These are the questions you find yourself pondering while the Phillies dropped their 85th loss of the season on Labor Day to the equally awful Atlanta Braves. Freddie Freeman launched Aaron Harang's 10th pitch of the night over the leftfield fence for a home run to help fuel Atlanta to a 7-2 victory over the Phillies last night.
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