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June 16, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - This was Cole Hamels as good as we've ever seen him. As good as he was in the playoffs in Cincinnati, as good as he was in the stifling heat in St. Louis. For seven scoreless innings yesterday he handcuffed the Pirates, striking out 12 - his seventh career start of 12 or more - while allowing just four hits and one walk. A.J. Burnett did not have the same level of stuff, but the Phillies were just as futile against him. By the end of the ninth inning, they had managed just five hits and a walk while forcing the veteran righthander to throw just 101 pitches.
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June 16, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - It was a play, Ryne Sandberg said, that Freddy Galvis makes "all the time. " The grounder to short and the sharp throw across the field for the out at first. But there was nothing routine about the shortstop's error that precipitated the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Pirates Sunday at PNC Park. Galvis fielded Jose Tabata's grounder and threw high and to the left of Ryan Howard at first base - a bad throw, Galvis said. The play would have ended the 11th inning. Instead, Neil Walker moved to third and scored on Josh Harrison's single to center.
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June 15, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Freddy Galvis walked across the infield grass with his hands on his hips. He had already removed his helmet. His batting gloves, too. What appeared to be the start of a thunderous rally had ended without much of a rumble. The Phillies loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park. Three straight ground balls quickly extinguished their hopes and sealed the team's fifth straight loss. The Phils have lost 15 of their last 18 games.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE CELLPHONE screen was blowing up with messages. The plastic cup beside it was chilled with ice. The wrestling championship belt was in its usual place, hanging along the side. But standing on its own in the locker stall of Jonathan Robert Papelbon was a reward for not only a successful night's work, but for a career achievement that set the relief pitcher aside from every other player in the 133 years of Philadelphia Phillies baseball. It was a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue.
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May 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordy Mercer's fly ball landed in Jeff Francoeur's glove in foul territory and the journeyman rightfielder fired toward home. The throw was perfect, nailing Steve Lombardozzi at the plate and cementing Jonathan Papelbon as the Phillies' all-time saves leader. Papelbon saved the 113th game of his four-year tenure with the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In dramatic fashion, he surpassed Jose Mesa on the franchise's all-time list.
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May 14, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ON SUNDAY, Ryne Sandberg opted against inserting setup man Ken Giles in the eighth inning of a game in which the Phillies had battled back to trim a three-run deficit to one. Long reliever Jeanmar Gomez ended up allowing a pair of runs to thwart the comeback effort, but Sandberg said afterward he was hesitant to use his big weapons in a deficit situation, given that relievers can't pitch in every game. So it was with a bit of frustration that, two days later, the manager found himself calling on Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon to pitch with a five-run deficit on the scoreboard because both relievers needed work.
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May 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Right after the Phillies trimmed their deficit to one run Tuesday night, Luis Garcia followed a recent trend among the team's pitchers. The hard-throwing righthander gave runs right back, putting the game out of reach for baseball's worst offense. A four-run seventh inning by the Pittsburgh Pirates punctuated the Phillies' fourth consecutive loss, a 7-2 defeat at Citizens Bank Park that put them a major-league-worst 12 games under .500. This is the latest into a season that the Phillies have owned baseball's worst record since late in their 97-loss campaign in 2000.
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May 14, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IT'S ALWAYS NICE when somebody does your work for you, so a big shout-out to Travis Sawchik. At varying points over the last year, we've used a Phillies opponent as a prism through which to view their ongoing efforts to return the organization to a state of perennial competitiveness. Today, we turn our attention to the Pirates, for a variety of reasons. First, they are in town, which automatically makes them the most interesting baseball team in the city. Second, they are one of the ascendant franchises that has stepped up to fill the void left by the Phillies' self-implosion.
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May 13, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first indication the Phillies had made a roster move Monday night came when manager Ryne Sandberg arrived about 15 minutes later than usual for his postgame news conference. But instead of the expected trimming of their eight-man bullpen, the Phillies made a surprise announcement after a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park and optioned third baseman Cody Asche to triple-A Lehigh Valley.   Asche was demoted to garner everyday repetitions in left field with the IronPigs, a precursor to the looming promotion of third base prospect Maikel Franco.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WITH ALL the pending war on "Game of Thrones," you'd think someone would try to take out the pirates. According to piracy-tracking firm Excipio, Sunday's episode was downloaded a record-breaking 2.2 million times in less than half a day after it aired on HBO. Winter is coming. And a lot of people don't want to pay for it. The new "GoT" piracy record, the Toronto Sun reports, comes about a month after HBO launched the $15/month HBO Now with no cable deal required. Since that hasn't had any effect, HBO is now planning to pay mercenary rates to Daenerys Targaryen and her flying dragons to end the problem.
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