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August 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels lingered in the on-deck circle Wednesday as Seattle reliever Tom Wilhelmsen tossed four intentional balls to Andres Blanco. It was the fifth inning, and Hamels knew this ended his uninspired afternoon. He dangled his bat in disappointment. Jake Diekman warmed in the bullpen. Later, after a 4-3 Phillies win over Seattle at Citizens Bank Park, the 27-year-old lefthanded reliever recalled how bleak his practice throws were. He could not control the baseball. "I was panicking," Diekman said.
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August 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Montgomery, speaking Tuesday to a group of fans at Citizens Bank Park, issued yet another vote of confidence for Ruben Amaro Jr. The Phillies, who have spent more than $500 million in payroll since the start of the 2012 season, will miss the postseason for the third straight year. "Ruben is not on the hot seat," Montgomery, the team's president, told fans. The question-and-answer session was part of the team's annual Baseball 101 event for women. Montgomery, who is undergoing treatment for jaw cancer, has not changed his public message about Amaro, his embattled general manager.
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August 21, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A PHILADELPHIA police sergeant sparked an Internal Affairs probe this month after he showed up at a police district off-duty, handed over three handguns and then refused to cooperate when officers began to ask questions, the Daily News has learned. Sgt. Brandon Ruff, an eight-year veteran, walked into the 35th Police District, at Broad Street and Champlost Avenue in Ogontz, at 10 p.m. Aug. 3 with three handguns - a 9 mm Taurus, a .38-caliber Taurus revolver, and a Bryco Arms .380 - in a maroon handbag, according to a police incident report.
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August 21, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
ONE DAY after publication of his first book, The Way Forward , U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan made Philly the first stop on his book tour last night, chatting with broadcast personality and columnist Michael Smerconish in front of more than 300 people at the Union League. The Wisconsin Republican and onetime vice-presidential candidate got a warm welcome, with a cocktail reception and a meet-and-greet before speaking to the audience in an evening hosted by the World Affairs Council. For more than an hour, Ryan touched on: the state of the conservative movement; U.S. foreign policy; Ferguson, Mo.; Obamacare; his life as the youngest of four children and a fifth-generation Wisconsinite; and his early career, starting with a stint behind the counter at McDonald's.
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August 21, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
AS MANY AS 35,000 people trekked to see the latest episode in Taney Little League's destiny run last night, fueled by ESPN's blanket coverage and the appearance of star pitcher Mo'ne Davis on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, and fueling further adulation and, yes, unease. The concern that this is too much too soon is well-meant. But if I've learned anything as a parent helping to raise three children to adulthood, it is that as much pressure is felt during an untelevised regional spelling bee or debate at that age as there is a televised game.
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August 21, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
GROWING UP in Olney where he still lives, Tony Chennault knew all about the lure of the streets. Following a decorated basketball career at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High, two seasons playing at Wake Forest and two more at Villanova and now armed with a communications degree from Villanova, Chennault is telling a story from those streets in a film called "Oldhead," about the wise, older mentor some young men will believe in while others will ignore....
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August 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A.J. BURNETT'S answer wasn't definitive, but it did reinforce the widely held belief that the veteran pitcher would lean toward retirement when the 2014 season ends. After taking the mound for his 27th start of the season on Tuesday night, Burnett earned himself a half-million dollars (a performance bonus in his contract) and set himself up to make $1.5 million more for next year, too. Burnett's player option for the 2015 season can increase twice more this season if and when he reaches 30 and 32 starts on the season.
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August 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff .Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
BORN IN INDIA - made in America, Ajay Raju likes to say. He might not be a household name in Philadelphia, but drop it around any of the power brokers who make this city churn like a giant waterwheel and you've just made a friend. He's not in the Kennedy class yet, but Raju's name is - and has been - getting a lot of traction. He serves on more than a dozen nonprofit boards, gives his money away unabashedly to philanthropic causes and is constantly mulling the next big idea, such as a proposed online, citizen-based journalism project with former Daily News editor Larry Platt.
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August 20, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ON THE SURFACE, it was one of those mid-August wins that years from now will be notable only for the trivia possibilities of the names in the box score. Jerome Williams and Andres Blanco. Remember those guys? Yet even if Williams' seven solid innings and Blanco's three-run home run will prove to be of little consequence in the grand scheme of things, there were a couple of morsels buried in the Phillies' 4-1 win over the visiting Mariners that could be worth storing for future reference.
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August 20, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
OVER THE last couple of months, no player on the Phillies' roster has done more to improve his stock than Ben Revere. In an outfield that features a steady, four-man rotation on the corners, Revere has moved from sharing time with John Mayberry Jr. and Grady Sizemore to one of the hottest components of the lineup. Between July 22 and the start of play yesterday, Revere was hitting .382 with an .824 OPS, moving his average from .292 to .314, the second-best mark in the National League behind Justin Morneau's .323.
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