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September 22, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
OAKLAND - As the Phillies spread out across foul territory for their daily pre-batting-practice stretch, Jimmy Rollins paused for a moment and looked behind the visitor's dugout at O.co Coliseum. "Right there is where I used to sit and watch Mark McGwire hit home runs," the shortstop said, pointing to a section of seats in the lower bowl. The Alameda native could be doing more than watching this weekend as the Phillies continue their three-game series against the A's. Rollins has been sidelined since straining his hamstring on Sept.
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September 23, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. - A.J. Burnett walked his sixth batter, the immortal Nick Punto, and turned his back to the Phillies dugout. Ryne Sandberg snatched the ball from a perturbed Burnett in the fifth inning of Sunday's 8-6 loss to the A's. The 37-year-old pitcher marched 39 steps to the dugout. Later, after his teammates fought a desperate Oakland team for 10 innings, Burnett spoke like a spent man. He contemplated retirement last winter. He must make a $12.75 million decision about his future soon after the World Series ends.
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September 23, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
OAKLAND - The A's tried their hardest to continue their epic collapse but, in the end, they were no match for the Phillies, who left the O.co Coliseum as 8-6 losers yesterday thanks to a two-run, walkoff home run by Josh Donaldson off Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in the 10th inning. One day after the Phillies seized a 3-0 victory, A.J. Burnett walked six batters and hit two more with pitches in a sloppy performance by both teams. The A's are atop the wild-card standings, by one-half game over Kansas City and by two games over Seattle.
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August 22, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Chace Numata rose from his crouch and approached the mound at FirstEnergy Park. There is little a 21-year-old catcher can say to one of the best pitchers of this generation, yet Numata tried. He patted Roy Halladay on the lower back. Halladay threw eight straight balls in the fourth inning of a dull rehab start with single-A Lakewood. He resembled the drained pitcher seen earlier in 2013, before a surgeon cut into his right shoulder. That was three months ago. Halladay could not command his arsenal.
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July 10, 2011
We have reached the all-star break and the Phillies are on pace to win more than 100 games for only the third time in franchise history. The starting rotation, even with one of its four aces (Roy Oswalt) and the expected fifth wheel (Joe Blanton) on the disabled list, has more than lived up to expectations. The bullpen, despite being on its fourth closer (Antonio Bastardo), has far exceeded expectations. The lineup, rarely intact for the second straight season because of an assortment of injuries, continues its downward spiral from the height of its success, when the team won the World Series in 2008.
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September 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The Phillies have spent six days in the last two seasons over .500, a status that reinforces that the franchise's current problems extend well beyond one player. The numbers tell a narrative, as do the eyes. "Really," Ryne Sandberg said, "spending a whole year with a team, you get a real good feel on the guys who have been here. " Sandberg sees a need for better starting pitching. He wants improved defense. And, for the middle of his lineup, he craves a consistent contact presence to alleviate the bundles of men left on base.
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September 27, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Books, magazines, and newspapers are filled with stories about the 1964 Phillies' late-season collapse, and the general consensus is that manager Gene Mauch blew the pennant by overusing star pitchers Jim Bunning and Chris Short down the stretch. Fifty years later, many of the '64 Phillies disagree with that theory, pointing to an injury suffered by slugging first baseman Frank Thomas as the trigger to the 10-game tailspin, one that erased a 61/2-game lead in the National League.
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August 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Yankee Stadium. The visitors clubhouse. Not long after midnight on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009. The Phillies had just lost the World Series to the Yankees in six games, failing in their attempt to win back-to-back championships, and Ryan Howard, having struck out a record 13 times in the Series, having already showered and changed into his street clothes, sat at his locker, slipping on a pair of gleaming white sneakers. A man in a Phillies windbreaker and a Phillies cap knelt down in front of Howard.
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September 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fallout from a third straight year out of the playoffs and this season's last-place finish has begun for the Phillies. Shortly before Friday's 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies announced they had fired Marti Wolever, the assistant general manager for amateur scouting. "There is nothing easy about it," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said after the game. "Marti's served our organization very well for a long period of time. But we felt it was time for us to make a change there.
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March 21, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For $414,000, the Phillies apparently are willing to see what's left in Luis Castillo's 35-year-old body. The Phillies agreed to a minor-league deal with Castillo, the former all-star and Gold Glove second baseman who was unceremoniously cut by the Mets on Friday, according to a report by CSNPhilly.com, citing anonymous sources late Sunday night. Castillo is due $6 million in the final year of a four-year, $25 million deal, but the Mets will be on the hook for everything but the major-league minimum.
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