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April 18, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Saves have varying degrees of difficulty, and this one, considering all the circumstances, was the equivalent of a reverse three-and-half somersault with one-and-a-half twists off a three-meter springboard. The Phillies had already lost the first two games of the series with the first-place Atlanta Braves in disheartening fashion. They blew a ninth-inning lead Monday and wasted a complete-game, 13-strikeout gem from Cliff Lee Wednesday. Lose again and they'd slip to five games behind the Braves in the National League East.
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April 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After being forced to leave his previous start because of a hernia-related injury, A.J. Burnett knew he had to be careful during his next bullpen session, making sure he didn't overstride and do any more damage. The veteran righthander tried a shorter stride and it worked. He employed the revamped move Thursday against the Atlanta Braves and it led to his best outing as a Phillie. Burnett kept the Braves off the scoreboard, allowing three hits over seven innings. Although he didn't figure in the decision at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies picked up a 1-0 victory on Ben Revere's RBI single in the eighth, he played a key role as his team took its lone win over the NL East leaders in this series.
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April 18, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IT IS PROBABLY overstating things to say Ben Revere was playing for his job yesterday afternoon. He went through something like this last year and eventually cemented himself as the Phillies' everyday centerfielder. Still, you don't want to give the guy behind you too many chances, and, over the previous week, Tony Gwynn Jr. had not just been getting those chances, but making the most of them, as well. And so here was Revere, who had entered the day riding an 0-for-12 skid, stepping to the plate with two outs in the eighth inning, the go-ahead run on second base.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE ONLY MOMENTS when A.J. Burnett appeared limited by his hernia occurred on the base paths. One was in the third inning, another in the sixth, both occasions featuring a gait that suggested soiled trousers. An inguinal hernia is not a pleasant thing, but in a 1-0 win over the Braves yesterday, it did not appear to hamper Burnett where he most matters. In fact, the 37-year-old righthander revealed after the game, the injury may have even helped him by preventing him from lengthening his stride during his delivery, a problem that at times affects his control.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fifth-inning play at second base - Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons scrambling after oversliding the bag on a stolen-base attempt, Jimmy Rollins applying the tag - was close enough Thursday for Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg to take a slow walk. When he got to second base, Sandberg looked into his dugout to bench coach Larry Bowa, who checks the replay and signals the manager either with a thumbs-up or a palms-down "no" indication to let him know if he should challenge the call.
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April 18, 2014
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NEWS
April 18, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE PHILADELPHIA Republican Party is fighting one of its own over a proposal that would soften the city's "resign to run" rule that forces elected officials to quit before running for new offices. Councilman David Oh, one of the GOP's three members on City Council, is pushing a ballot question before voters in next month's primary that would allow officials to run for some offices without resigning. His party's ward leaders, however, voted overwhelmingly to oppose the measure. In a strange exchange, Oh and his own party duked it out on Twitter earlier this week, with @PhillyGOP writing, "corruption, cronyism, wage tax, storm water charge, BIRT hurt our City.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IF YOU'D LIKE to take a random sampling of what goes through the mind of a Phillies fan on a night when a game is rained out, turn to Twitter. One fan's suggestion via Twitter to right the 6-7 Phillies: bench Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard, who have become "automatic outs" in the batting order. Of course, any of us actually paying attention would point out that resting the guy who has homered in back-to-back games (Howard) is probably not the most strategic of moves. Bad timing, to put it kindly.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jane Scaccetti, a certified public accountant, the well-connected chair of Temple Health System , a director of Pep Boys , and ex-wife of State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo , dances in front of City Hall. Ronald Drucker , CPA and law school grad, steps lively in a video montage of bopping tax partners. Associates and interns bop out of cubicles, shimmy in hallways, and spill through the Market Street West skyscraper district, sort of in time. It's not Soul Train , or American Bandstand , or the smooth dancers-in-suits show over the elevator banks at Comcast headquarters.
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