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May 9, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
TORONTO - Four and a half years ago, the Toronto Blue Jays had an opportunity to reshape their franchise with one move. They had Roy Halladay, arguably the best pitcher in baseball, as a trade chip. On Dec. 16, 2009, Toronto sent Halladay to the Phillies for three prospects: pitcher Kyle Drabek, catcher Travis d'Arnaud and outfielder Michael Taylor. On the surface, it looks as if that trade worked out about as well for Toronto as a second trade the Phillies made that day: Cliff Lee to Seattle for three prospects, none of whom is in the major leagues (or appears close to getting to the majors in 2014)
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April 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The penultimate pitch Cliff Lee threw in Arlington, Texas, was an 86-m.p.h. cutter that did not cut. It floated into Edgar Renteria's swing, and Lee slammed his left fist into his glove. He knew. The ball landed just beyond the left-field wall for a three-run homer in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series. For the second consecutive season, Lee failed to secure a World Series ring. That was a Monday four Novembers ago, the last time Lee threw in the ballpark where he will begin 2014, a season that promises professional and personal drama for the lefthander.
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March 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After finding a seat on top of a picnic table outside the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field yesterday morning, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt quickly repositioned himself. He said something about trying to avoid the sun. In the 20 minutes that followed, Schmidt explained why he was wary of the sun and why he was unable to perform his regular duties as an on-field guest instructor this spring training, too. Schmidt, 64, was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in August and underwent two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the months that followed.
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March 13, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - David Buchanan was one of the final players added to the Phillies' spring-training roster this winter. Two months later, the 24-year-old righthander is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, at least until lefthander Cole Hamels is healthy and strong enough to pitch again. Buchanan helped himself yesterday afternoon, blanking the Braves for three innings in the Phillies' 9-1 loss. Facing most of Atlanta's regular lineup - B.J. Upton was the only name missing - Buchanan limited Atlanta to a hit and a walk.
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March 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Justin Upton popped a David Buchanan sinker into the sky, and the 24-year-old Phillies righthander shouted as he descended the Champion Stadium mound. Shortstop Freddy Galvis captured the lazy fly ball. Buchanan, an improbable entrant in the fifth-starter competition this spring, completed three scoreless innings Tuesday against a stacked Braves lineup. He was disappointed. "You never like falling behind [the hitters] because you never want to get hurt," Buchanan said.
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March 1, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The link between the two men goes back to 2009, when the Phillies pursued each one at the trade deadline in an effort to win a second straight World Series. Toronto, in the eyes of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., wanted too much for Roy Halladay at that time. Cliff Lee, as it turned out, became quite the consolation prize in a lopsided deal with the Cleveland Indians. Lee became an instant Philadelphia icon with a dominant postseason, and then in the next instant was gone, traded to Seattle the same day Amaro pulled the trigger on the deal for Halladay.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - As the sterling major-league career of Roy Halladay concluded in September, Ethan Martin's entered its nascent stages. The 24-year-old righthander bounced between the rotation and bullpen, pitched to a 6.08 ERA on a moribund team, and endured difficult baseball lessons. One of his first realizations was to steer clear of Halladay. Do not engage Halladay unless he initiates it. Halladay was not rude; he just channeled all of his energy toward his next start. Halladay's failing right shoulder and back robbed him of another season.
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February 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay is no longer walking around with the laser-like focus of a finely tuned professional athlete set on beating everyone to the ballpark each morning for a meticulously planned and regimented workout. He's sleeping more. He's coaching his two sons' baseball and basketball teams. Halladay, the former Phillies ace who retired 2 months ago, said he probably lost 10 pounds this winter. "The weight training is different," Halladay said with a laugh yesterday.
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February 21, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Earlier this week, a potentially awkward moment unfolded in the corner of the Bright House Field locker room that is home to an assortment of minor leaguers, most of whom will depart camp well before the Phillies head north for the season. One of those players, a 23-year-old outfielder named Zach Collier, was approaching his locker after that day's workout when he noticed a stranger sitting in his chair. Collier hesitated, as if contemplating how to proceed.
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February 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay pulled a chair to the corner of the Phillies clubhouse reserved for players with jersey numbers in the 60s or 70s - the veterans hanging onto major-league hopes and the prospects experiencing their first taste of the life. Halladay wanted to see No. 70. Jesse Biddle, 22 and lifelong Phillies fan, listened while the rest of the room emptied for the day. "There are a lot of things you want to learn from a guy like that," Biddle said. "He's a Hall of Famer.
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