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June 22, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ben Revere ran to the warning track before stopping. The centerfielder had no choice but to watch the home run clear the fence and bounce into the bullpen in the sixth inning of the Phillies' 10-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Aaron Harang, who started this season as a pleasant surprise, was unraveling again. Harang allowed four runs on seven hits, none bigger than Randal Grichuk's three-run homer in the sixth. Harang has a 10.65 ERA and opponents batted .272 against him in his last four starts.
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June 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A MEDIUM-SIZED rodent - perhaps about the size of the pitching rubber - deftly scaled the screen behind home plate in the second inning of last night's game between the Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. It distracted everyone on the field and in the stands, which wasn't the worst thing in the world. The people, after all, came to be entertained. The Citizens Bank Park Squirrel, no relation to the 2011 NLDS Busch Stadium Squirrel, according to a baseball source, didn't stop with his high-wire act. With a hop, skip and a jump, our hero was suddenly dancing on the dugout.
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June 22, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you need a reason for why the Phillies have reportedly targeted longtime baseball executive Andy MacPhail to join their much-maligned front office, look no further than Citizens Bank Park's visitors' dugout last week. MacPhail's biggest triumphs came in 1987 and 1991, when he was general manager for two Minnesota Twins world championships, and he followed them by spending 12 less-successful years as president and CEO of the Chicago Cubs. But the Baltimore Orioles' recent success - their 2012 wild-card berth and last year's American League Championship Series appearance - wouldn't have happened without moves made by the now-62-year-old MacPhail.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the shadow of Charleston, scores gathered in Germantown on Saturday to celebrate the events of a day 150 years ago - the freeing of slaves on American soil. People met near the spot where the first protest against slavery was written, joined a loud, drum-banging march up and down hilly Germantown Avenue, and fell silent at emotional reenactments of the plight of those who had been held in servitude. They called out the names of ancestors and remembered those whose names have been lost.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer
AS A PEDIATRIC ER doctor, Trey Katzenbach works the overnight shift. And with two children and a third one on the way, his home life isn't too restful either. Still, in what free time he has, Katzenbach, 44, serves as a captain of the Philadelphia Spinners, the city's premier professional Ultimate Frisbee team. "People think I'm nuts," he said of the schedule he keeps. But "I wouldn't be as good a doctor if I didn't have my free time. " That "free time" consists of Ultimate games and 12 hours of team practice each week.
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June 22, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Ryne Sandberg's tortured tenure as manager of the Phillies during one of their most woeful times - which is really saying something - ended Tuesday in Baltimore when Chase Utley openly berated the pitching coach, and by extension Sandberg, for a clumsy bit of strategy that was failing badly. What currency Sandberg still held in the clubhouse and within the organization was spent in those moments, not necessarily because Utley was right, but because his crime against the most hallowed tenet of the game, not showing up the manager, went entirely unpunished and ignored.
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June 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels says he hopes to make his next start and unlike Thursday, this was no prank. Hamels missed Friday's start with the St. Louis Cardinals with a mild right hamstring strain. He has his eye toward his next start Wednesday against the host New York Yankees. "I'll throw a bullpen on Sunday and go back to my normal day start on Wednesday; that is the plan," Hamels said before Friday's game. Of course, much will depend on how he feels after the bullpen session on Sunday. Hamels insists that he wasn't going on the disabled list and says he is feeling much better.
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June 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The latest player to hit the Phillies' starting rotation didn't do so with the utmost confidence. Righthander Phillippe Aumont has always had the strongest of arms, but he conceded his biggest downfall has come between the ears. As for between the white lines, the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Aumont for six runs in four innings during Friday's 12-4 romp over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. "It has to be between the ears; I have done it plenty of times, physically," Aumont said.
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June 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ON THE DAY he was supposed to take the mound against baseball's best team, only to have his start scratched with a minor right hamstring injury, Cole Hamels said he felt "really good. " He will not go on the disabled list. His eyes nearly rolled out of his head when he was asked - twice - about that possibility yesterday afternoon. Hamels plans to throw his regular, in-between starts bullpen session tomorrow with an eye on rejoining the Phillies' rotation Wednesday afternoon at Yankees Stadium.
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June 20, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cole Hamels threw his between-starts bullpen session and went through a workout Tuesday in Baltimore. A day later, the pitcher felt something in his hamstring, according to Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. On Thursday, the Phillies ace and top trade chip was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals with what the team called a mild right hamstring strain. It was not known whether the 31-year-old lefthander would miss just the one start or need a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
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