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September 16, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Ryne Sandberg was a 22-year-old infielder adjusting to life with a new team when he showed up to spring training in 1982. The Cubs asked him to try playing centerfield. "I played a handful [of games] out there," the Phillies manager recalled, before groaning. "It was a long way from home plate. I was used to being so close to the action. " Sandberg, who went on to become a Hall of Fame second baseman, can then relate to Phillies rookie Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez, 23, was thrown into centerfield 2 months ago at Triple A Lehigh Valley.
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September 15, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Weeks before he reappeared in a major-league game, Roy Halladay set the bar high for himself. He stood in the middle of the Phillies clubhouse, ready to begin a rehab assignment from shoulder surgery, and spoke about competing. "I'm not interested in coming back and pitching at the same level I was early this year," Halladay said Aug. 7. "I want to come back and pitch at a high level. " He failed to finish five innings Thursday in a 10-5 Phillies victory over San Diego.
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September 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roy Halladay continues his transformation on the mound from power pitcher to craftsman. In his fourth start since he underwent shoulder surgery on May 15, the Phillies righthander showed he still has a long way to go. His inconsistency was on display Thursday night in a 10-5 victory over the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was unable to last five innings. And the frustration is readily apparent since he understands there is little margin for error with the way he's pitching now. "In the past, I've been able to make things work and it seems like right now I kind of need everything to click," Halladay said.
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September 13, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ROY HALLADAY'S first two pitches were out of the strike zone. His third was sent over the rightfield fence at Citizens Bank Park. Of the final five batters Halladay faced last night, four reached base by way of a walk while the other legged out an infield single that Halladay aided with an errant throw to first. Halladay's fourth start since returning from a 3-month layoff from shoulder surgery was, at times, not pretty. His inability to throw a strike in the fifth inning was downright troubling.
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September 12, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEN REVERE took batting practice at Citizens Bank Park early yesterday afternoon and Domonic Brown hit in the cage for the first time in a week. Although both are close to returning to the field, only one of the outfielders is expected to be back in the Phillies' lineup this season. While Brown returns to baseball activities after a week of downtime while recovering from right Achilles' soreness, Revere is scheduled to take his rehab to Clearwater, Fla., tomorrow. Revere, who broke his right foot in mid-July, is not expected to rejoin the Phillies' lineup until 2014.
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September 12, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time ever, the Phillies will need a designated hitter on opening day. The 2014 season will begin in an American League ballpark with a three-game series at Texas against the Rangers, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Opening day is scheduled for March 31. The initial road trip continues to Wrigley Field for three games against Chicago on April 4 to 6, which could serve as another coronation for Ryne Sandberg if he is named full-time manager. Milwaukee serves as the opponent for the home opener at Citizens Bank Park, scheduled for April 7 at 3:05 p.m. All National League East teams will be subjected to increased travel because interleague play pairs them with the American League West.
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September 9, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing in the Phillies dugout hours before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves, pitching coach Rich Dubee made one of the least surprising announcements. Dubee said Phillies righthander Ethan Martin would be moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season and that Tyler Cloyd would take his place in the rotation. "His stuff has played phenomenally well the first time through a lineup," Dubee said. "Again, I don't know if it is because of fatigue, if he burns up too much energy, but his stuff shortens up the second and third time through.
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September 6, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ROY HALLADAY, who walked three batters in a game only four times in his first 65 starts with the Phillies, issued walks to three of the first five batters he faced last night. Halladay, who racked up 61 complete games in 269 starts from 2003 through 2011, thanks to his incomparable efficiency and control, threw more balls than strikes in a 29-pitch first inning against the Nationals. Ten batters into the game, Halladay had given free passes to half of the Nationals he faced by way of a walk or a hit batter.
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September 6, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roy Halladay, less than four months removed from shoulder surgery, opened a laptop in an empty locker stall next to his inside the Phillies clubhouse. There was no data set or scouting report to prepare him Wednesday for his third postoperative start. Still, he stared at the screen. This is territory few pitchers, even an indefatigable worker like Halladay, ever encounter. The beginning of Halladay's night in a 3-2 Phillies loss to Washington was humbling, sad, and miraculous all at once.
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