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July 26, 2011 | STAFF REPORT
The Phillies will honor new Hall of Fame inductee Pat Gillick with a ceremony before Wednesday night's game. The ceremony begins at 6:45 before the 7:05 start against the San Francisco Giants. Gillick was the team's general manager from 2005 to 2008, including the 2008 World Series championship team. He remains with the team in an advisory role. Gillick, who was enshrined Sunday in Cooperstown, will be presented with several items by the Phillies. After the ceremony, he will take a victory lap around the field, greeting fans.
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May 7, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here is a year-by-year look at some of Kyle Kendrick's statistics. Kendrick, 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts this season, is 10-5 in his last 18 starts dating back to last season. He will pitch Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants.                         Opp.        vs. Year       Record    ERA    avg. L.H. batters   SO per 9 IP 2007       10-4       3.87    .280       .321          3.6 2008       11-9       5.49    .304       .334          3.4 2009       3-1       3.42    .273       .267          5.1 2010       11-10       4.73    .283       .312          4.2 2011       8-6       3.22    .255       .234          4.6 2012       11-12       3.90    .254       .238          6.6 2013       3-1       2.43    .235       .233          6.4 - Bob Brookover SOURCE: BaseballReference.com
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January 11, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF REPORT
The Phillies released John Bowker on Tuesday to allow him to pursue an opportunity with a professional team in Japan. In a combined 31 games with the Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates last season, Bowker batted .133 with two RBIs. The 28-year-old outfielder spent most of the season at triple-A Indianapolis in the Pirates' system, hitting .306 with 15 home runs and 76 RBIs in 106 games. For his major-league career, Bowker has hit .232 with 17 homers and 73 RBIs in 240 games with the San Francisco Giants, Pirates, and Phillies.
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November 27, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
All-star third baseman Evan Longoria agreed to a $136.6 million, 10-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million to his current deal. The agreement with the 27-year-old slugger includes a team option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $144.6 million over 11 years. Series shares. A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth $377,003, breaking the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals' record.
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April 12, 2012 | Daily News Staff Report
Pat Burrell will officially retire as a Phillie during the Boston Red Sox series at Citizens Bank Park in May, the team announced. Burrell, 35, will sign a one-day minor league contract with the Phillies. He will be honored before the Saturday, May 19 game by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Burrell retired in the offseason because of a chronic foot injury that limited him to 92 games with a .230 average last season with San Francisco. Burrell was with the Phillies for nine seasons and is fourth in team history in home runs (251)
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July 5, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Manny may be coming back, but his dreadlocks are taking a holiday. The Texas Rangers agreed Wednesday on a minor-league deal with Ramirez, 41, last seen with Taiwan's EDA Rhinos. He hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 49 games with the Rhinos, who offered to raise his salary from $25,000 to $60,000 to get him to stay. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said part of the deal was that Ramirez, twice suspended for positive drug tests, agree to cut his hair. (Yeah, that'll do it.)
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March 31, 2013 | Daily News Wire Services
For Justin Verlander, $180 million was enough. No need to wait two seasons, become a free agent and find out how much baseball's biggest spenders would offer. "I wondered what it would be like to test free agency, but the pull of Detroit was too much," the Tigers' ace said Friday after agreeing to a 7-year contract, the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history. "Once spring training started, I knew I wanted to stay. " Verlander's deal broke the record for pitchers set just a month earlier when Seattle's Felix Hernandez agreed to a $175 million, 7-year contract.
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July 3, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - In his rookie season, Mike Trout is a major-league all-star. So, how did he celebrate? The centerfielder from Millville, N.J., hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels in a 10-6 win Sunday at Toronto. Trout was among 66 players chosen by fans, managers, and big-leaguers for the July 10 All-Star Game in Kansas City. "It's awesome getting picked," the 20-year-old told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. "I'm getting chills thinking about it right now. " Joining him as a reserve on the American League team, managed by Texas manager Ron Washington, will be Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo, and pitchers Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson.
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September 1, 2016 | George Clay
  Two questions: (1) What is next for Colin Kaepernick? (2) Does Kaepernick fully understand the ramifications of his actions? Let's take Question No. 2 first. The San Francisco 49ers' mercurial quarterback told highly respected writer Steve Wyche of the NFL Network that he was prepared for the intense backlash. Background: Kaepernick staged a one-man sit-out late Friday night when he refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem. Anyone who watches sports has seen the opposite ritual thousands of times before the start of a contest: Athlete focuses on the U.S. flag, stands at attention, usually with right hand placed over the heart.
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August 4, 2011
The Phillies have a rematch with the San Francisco Giants when they open a four-game series at AT&T Park on Thursday night. Although they lost last year's National League Championship Series and a three-game series last week at Citizens Bank Park to San Francisco, Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay said Wednesday that the games that matter most are the ones that have the word playoff before them. "Obviously you want to win games regardless of who you're playing," Halladay said.
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September 1, 2016 | George Clay
  Two questions: (1) What is next for Colin Kaepernick? (2) Does Kaepernick fully understand the ramifications of his actions? Let's take Question No. 2 first. The San Francisco 49ers' mercurial quarterback told highly respected writer Steve Wyche of the NFL Network that he was prepared for the intense backlash. Background: Kaepernick staged a one-man sit-out late Friday night when he refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem. Anyone who watches sports has seen the opposite ritual thousands of times before the start of a contest: Athlete focuses on the U.S. flag, stands at attention, usually with right hand placed over the heart.
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August 4, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The objective is not to build the best farm system in baseball. The objective is to win again as soon as possible at the big-league level. In that regard, the Phillies did just fine by doing absolutely nothing at the trade deadline Monday. Pete Mackanin was thrilled to walk into a clubhouse that still had Jeremy Hellickson in it Tuesday and that's exactly how the manager should feel about his best starting pitcher through the first four months of the season. Forget about the veteran mentoring factor that Matt Klentak lauded after the general manager's first trade deadline passed without him making a move.
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April 25, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most frightening rain I ever saw was metal. That image, when a cascade of beer cans fell out of the floodlit gloom on a long-ago North Philly evening, has never faded. The cans, empty and full, were being hurled toward home plate at Connie Mack Stadium by Phillies fans. They were unhappy that a scheduled twi-night doubleheader had been ended after just five-plus innings. It was June 12, 1959, and Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants had a no-hitter through five.
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November 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Wade Davis is a rare breed of closer in more ways than one, a former starter who became a star with the Kansas City Royals after being converted into a full-time reliever. Perhaps that helps explain why, unlike most closers who rely on only two pitches, Davis throws three. "He's got a special talent," Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday at Citi Field as his team prepared for Game 5 of the World Series against the New York Mets. "It's very hard to not only command two pitches, but three pitches.
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August 17, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the week since his return from the disabled list after a six-week absence, Chase Utley's name has been most often linked in trade rumors to the San Francisco Giants. The defending World Series champions are without Joe Panik, their 24-year-old all-star second baseman, who is expected to be sidelined a couple of more weeks because of a back injury. The Giants, on the surface, make a lot of sense as the landing spot for the 36-year-old Utley, who by virtue of spending 10 years in the major leagues and at least that last five with the same team can veto any trade.
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August 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirteen years after he came to the Phillies as an 18-year-old kid from San Diego with a prized left arm, Cole Hamels arrived at Citizens Bank Park with his two sons, Caleb, 5, and Braxton, 3, by his side. They watched from the front row Friday afternoon as their father, sporting a plaid blue button-down and the beard he has worn most of the season, attempted to contextualize his time with the only major league baseball organization he had ever known. "I guess there's a lot to say," he said, "and not enough time.
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Dane and Anthony Nelson, two 30-year-olds, took a break last Sunday from their darts game at the Perch Pub on Locust Street to nurse beers and watch some golf on TV - the John Deere Classic in Illinois on CBS Sports. "This is the worst time in Philadelphia sports since I was a kid," Nelson said with a moan. He didn't know or seem to care that Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia was televising the hapless Phils in a game against the San Francisco Giants. Two blocks away at the Misconduct Tavern was Al McLaverty, 49, one of three guys watching the local Comcast SportsNet as the Phils bumbled through the Giants game.
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July 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Cole Hamels is in line to make only two more starts before baseball's July 31 trade deadline. The Phillies ace will make his first post-all-star break start Sunday afternoon against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. If he pitches on normal rest and the team doesn't use the July 23 off-day to skip another pitcher's turn, Hamels would also start July 25 at Wrigley Field and then the night of July 31 at Citizens Bank Park. Whether he makes that July 31 start, of course, is the burning question.
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July 14, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - The most defeat-filled first half in Phillies history ended Sunday with a brisk 2-hour, 23-minute afternoon game at AT&T Park. After a 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, the players on baseball's worst team packed their bags and headed opposite ways for a much-needed all-star break. "One good thing is, we've got the four-game break," interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "So we can go home and relax and try to get our heads together, just take the pressure off for a while and see what happens.
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July 12, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - The worst inning of Cole Hamels' career began with a three-pitch strikeout of San Francisco Giants all-star shortstop Brandon Crawford. Then it unraveled, to put it mildly. A ground-rule double, a walk, five singles and a home run later, Hamels' awful night was over early in the Phillies' 15-2 loss. Hunter Pence's grand slam was the final straw in the Giants' eight-run onslaught that was Friday's fourth inning at AT&T Park. Eight consecutive batters reached base before interim manager Pete Mackanin emerged from the visitors dugout to pull the Phillies ace and top trade chip.
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