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July 19, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
THE PHILLIES reportedly are among the teams interested in Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and his agent said he could be pitching in the majors soon, according to ESPNdeportes.com. The Phillies are joined by the Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Blue Jays, Twins and Marlins in showing interest, a source close to the pitcher told the website. His agent, Jaime Torres, believes the righthander will be signed by next week. "[Gonzalez] could help a team this season," Torres told ESPNdeportes.com.
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June 6, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brendon Little has been dreaming about playing professional baseball since he was a multi-position performer in the Berwyn-Paoli Little League. "I think it was last summer, when I was playing in front of major-league scouts and getting feedback from them, when I realized it could become a reality," the Conestoga senior said. A 6-foot-2, 200-pound lefthander with a fastball that has been clocked at 95 m.p.h., Little was closely watched by 15 to 30 scouts at games this year. With a huge upside, he could be picked next week in the Major League Baseball first-year draft.
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January 25, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
On Sept. 29, 1883, as the Phillies were ending their dreadful debut season with a 15-3 loss at North Philadelphia's Recreation Park, a city native who once was the National League's top pitcher was dying in a boarding house not far away. It would be another 11 days before Jim Devlin, just 34, passed. Although he had been a Philadelphia cop since 1880, the steady job hadn't reformed a dissolute life. His widow and son were left in debt, and an autopsy revealed that chronic alcoholism had exacerbated the tuberculosis that killed him. Devlin's is a sad story, one that came to mind last week when the Cincinnati Reds announced that Pete Rose would be entering their Hall of Fame.
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June 7, 2016 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
It all started at a swimming meet in December. When freshman Devon Miller was still at Kennett, she saw a friend of hers, Angela King, at the meet. The two became friends in preschool and went to Kennett Middle School together but had not seen each other in a few years. That's when King told Miller about Bishop Shanahan. Within a month, Miller shadowed a freshman at the school and made the decision to transfer. "I love it here," the 15-year old pitcher for the softball team said.
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April 8, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Most local players, coaches, and teams know Haverford High's Bridget Newman as a pitcher. With good reason, too. An imposing figure on the mound - she stands 6 feet tall - the Fords senior has made her mark over the last three seasons as one of the top hurlers in the Central League. Last week, Newman played shortstop for a couple of innings, impressing coach Bill Whitney with a play she made on a ground ball. She can mind third base, too - she's got a great arm. But although she pitches and sees some time in the infield for Haverford, she's actually a catcher.
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August 17, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Mo'ne Davis entered Friday's game to considerable hype. Her dominant performance on the pitcher's mound justified the attention. After firing a shutout, Davis was the talk of Twitter Friday afternoon. Her name was trending on the site in Philadelphia, and one social media tracking site, TwazzUp, said Friday night that more than 4,000 tweets per hour mentioned her. The Phillies, who changed their Twitter logo to that of the Taney Dragons, wrote "Mo'ne Davis was dealing on the mound again today!
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May 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whether it was kickball in the backyard, races by bonfire or all-you-can-eat free-for-alls at the dinner table, Maggie Balint has always been extremely competitive. Perhaps that's why the junior pitcher for Avon Grove had second thoughts after committing to Delaware during her sophomore year. "I'm a person who wants to play the most competitive softball I can play," the righthanded slinger said. After backing out of her commitment earlier this season, Balint is contemplating offers from Ohio State and James Madison while also fielding interest from Kentucky, Missouri and Penn State.
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December 13, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Phillies' front-office contingent left Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort early yesterday afternoon hoping it had found an answer in the quest for pitching depth. According to multiple reports, the first from CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies have come to an agreement on a deal with free agent pitcher Roberto Hernandez. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. couldn't comment specifically about the deal - nor name the pitcher - as he prepared to leave the site of baseball's winter meetings following yesterday morning's Rule 5 Draft.
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September 25, 2012
Time flies after you accumulate four aces. It has been less than two years since the signing of Cliff Lee triggered a citywide celebration and made the Phillies the favorites to win the 2011 World Series. The quartet of Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt looked unbeatable on paper and initially exceeded expectations. With rookie Vance Worley serving as the surrogate fourth ace in place of the oft-injured Oswalt a year ago, the Phillies won a franchise-record 102 games.
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March 13, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Monday was cloudy for most folks. It was sunny for Mike Shawaryn. "I was throwing today," Shawaryn, Gloucester Catholic's senior ace, said after a workout at the team's home field in Brooklawn. "I was thinking, 'There's no better feeling in the world than to be throwing the ball as a pitcher on a warm day and having everything feeling good.' "I was like, 'Yeah, man, I missed that last year.' " Shawaryn began last season as one of the most highly touted juniors in the state.
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September 23, 2016 | By Matt Gelb and Matt Breen, STAFF WRITERS
The Phillies season ends in less than two weeks, which makes it a great success that Jeanmar Gomez lasted this long as the team's closer. But the pitcher's luck - and his time in the closer's role - appears to be running out. Gomez was pulled on Tuesday night after allowing three ninth-inning runs in an eventual 7-6 win over the White Sox. Manager Pete Mackanin said he is unsure if Gomez is the team's closer. But at least this makes next year's decision a little easier. There will be no qualms if the team decides to see how a pitcher like Edubray Ramos or Hector Neris handles the ninth inning.
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September 12, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - It has been a little more than 13 months since the Phillies acquired Jerad Eickhoff, and the word that is used so often to describe the pitcher continues to be bulldog.   His triple-A manager labeled Eickhoff as one last summer before the righthander joined the Phillies. His teammates have called him one, and manager Pete Mackanin is always quick to use the term. Eickhoff lived up to his billing Saturday night as he gritted out six shutout innings in a 3-0 Phillies loss to Washington at Nationals Park.
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September 11, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - After Jake Thompson struggled in his first few major-league starts, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin began to wonder what happened to the pitcher who dominated through his time in the minors. It took some time, but that pitcher has slowly started to emerge. Thompson pitched 51/3 solid innings on Friday night in a 5-4 loss to Washington at Nationals Park. He has allowed five runs in his last 191/3 innings after allowing 21 in his first 191/3. The righthander struck out five batters, walked one, and allowed two runs and five hits.
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August 28, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The game moved fast last Wednesday. Jerad Eickhoff had faced the minimum in five innings, and now the first three White Sox hitters had reached in the sixth inning, with two runs across. There were no outs. The tying run stood at the plate. Eickhoff badly missed with his first pitch. That is when Freddy Galvis darted from shortstop to the mound and urged the 26-year-old righthander to relax at the most crucial moment of his 34th career start. The message stuck. "I tried to slow it down," Eickhoff said.
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August 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Maikel Franco glared toward the pitcher's mound Saturday night and for a moment it looked as if emotions were ready to boil over during the hottest game of the season. The dugouts emptied. The bullpens did, too. But the fourth-inning drama ended there in a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. Franco was upset after being hit by a pitch on the left knee by Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson, who was immediately ejected by home-plate umpire Eric Cooper. The pitcher tried to explain himself to Franco, who stood near home plate and stared through Anderson as he removed his equipment.
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August 11, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
LOS ANGELES - For more than a decade, Zach Eflin's knees have hurt. The 22-year-old pitcher learned to manage the pain with hot-and-cold contrasts, hip stretches, core exercises - anything to relieve the tension on his knees. It worked until Tuesday, when he woke up after allowing seven runs in three innings, and the pain was too great. The patellar tendinitis in the rookie righthander's knees forced him to the disabled list, and there is little known beyond that. The Phillies are not sure whether Eflin will pitch again this season.
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August 8, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
As Alan Dunn watched Aaron Nola fail in the majors last month, he thought of a bushy-haired freshman at Louisiana State. Nola faced a ranked Mississippi State team on a Sunday afternoon at Baton Rouge, La., in 2012. It was his first-ever SEC start. "He gave up five runs before we had a chance to sit down in the dugout," said Dunn, the LSU pitching coach and a mentor to Nola. "Here's a young kid. How is he going to respond?" Nola completed six innings. He allowed one more run, for a total of six. He never allowed more than five runs in game again at LSU. These are the anecdotes those around Nola cling to as the young pitcher fights a game that made him a millionaire before he graduated college.
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July 19, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Any thought of a perfect game exited Jacob deGrom's mind when a line drive by Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin lashed over his head. The single in the third inning Sunday gave the Phillies their lone hit in a 5-0 loss to the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. It was at that moment, DeGrom said, that he shifted his focus toward attaining his first shutout, which he completed in dominant fashion with seven strikeouts and just one walk. The righthander pitched brilliantly, but he may have been flirting with perfection had it not been for that fastball he grooved to Eflin.
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June 20, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Inquirer Player of the Year Nolan Jones Holy Ghost Prep, infielder The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder starred as a smooth-fielding shortstop, incredibly dangerous lefthanded hitter, and hard-throwing righthanded closer. Jones was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of Major League Baseball's amateur draft. He was the No. 55 overall pick. Many publications had predicted that the talented senior would be snatched in the first round. "Cleveland is a great organization, so I'm happy," Jones said.
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June 20, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
With a piece of chalk, Thomas Eshelman would etch a strike zone onto a cement wall near the driveway of his family's Southern California home. Eshelman would then split the strike zone into quadrants and pelt each rectangle. His parents - Dave and Rosemary - would complain about the patter of the ball's hitting the house. But it was in those sessions that the pitcher's uncanny command was born. "One time, I hit the side mirror of my dad's car," Eshelman said. "He was pretty mad about that.
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