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October 16, 2008 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - The best player in the 2008 National League playoffs hit two home runs, including a grand slam; drove in 11 runs, a club record; and, in baseball's ultimate sign of respect, was intentionally walked twice in the most important game of the year. Manny Ramirez? As if. Try Shane Victorino. The Phillies' 5-foot-9, 180-pound centerfielder got the slugger treatment twice last night, drawing intentional walks for only the fifth and sixth time in his major-league career.
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October 7, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
IF RYAN HOWARD is Mr. September and Carlos Ruiz is Senor Octobre , Shane Victorino deserves a playoff nickname, too. Victorino's cagey at-bats and baserunning in the first and second innings yesterday chased Reds starter Edinson Volquez, gave Roy Halladay a lead and framed the righthander's no-hitter. It also made Victorino the Phillies' postseason hits leader. His 35 are two better than Mike Schmidt's career total, and Victorino did it in 33 games, three fewer than Schmidt.
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September 22, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The all-star centerfielder had made a promise to renovate the rundown Boys and Girls Club, near a gas station and a struggling high school, into a place of dreams and pride. Standing outside its doors Thursday, under the threat of gray clouds, the Phillies' own Shane Victorino, dressed plainly in a white shirt and jeans, with leis around his neck, stood on a makeshift stage, lowered his head, and wiped away tears. The newly renovated club in Nicetown, which now bears his name and his promise, had officially reopened.
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May 24, 2013 | BY JACK McCARTHY, For the Daily News
CHICAGO - Shane Victorino can't wait to get back to Philadelphia. It has been nearly 10 months since the Phillies dealt the popular outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a journey that continued on to Boston when he signed 3-year, $39 million contract in the offseason. Victorino returns to Citizens Bank Park - the scene of memorable personal and team triumphs - for the first time Wednesday when the Red Sox visit for a two-game interleague series. But first, Victorino's Red Sox host the Phillies on Memorial Day and Tuesday at Fenway Park.
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November 30, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
AS WE wrote in Thursday's Daily News, the Phillies face a fascinating conundrum with their situation in centerfield . They have money to spend, and they have an obvious place to spend it. But they do not have limitless money. And they have enough needs outside of centerfield that paying B.J. Upton $75 million over 5 years might not have been the wisest move. Especially since there are plenty of potentially cheaper options. But when you look at those potentially cheaper options, you can't ignore the following batting line from the 2012 season: .255 batting average, .321 on base percentage, .383 slugging percentage, 11 home runs, 39-for-45 on stolen bases.
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July 16, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
DENVER - For the second consecutive game, Shane Victorino served as an offensive trigger with an extra-base hit in the opening inning. Victorino had gone 98 plate appearances and 89 at-bats before hitting a one-out double in the first inning of Saturday night's 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies. That was his first extra-base hit since June 13 in Minnesota, a remarkably long stretch for a player with his speed. He added an RBI triple in the ninth inning of that game. Victorino returned to work Sunday by setting the tone again with a one-out triple off lefthander Drew Pomeranz before scoring on a two-out single by Carlos Ruiz in what became a 5-1 Phillies victory in the series finale at Coors Field.
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January 6, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shane Victorino strolled into a playroom at the Nicetown building that bears his name Friday and spoke to about 50 children. He told them to study hard, listen to their parents, and then asked if there were any questions. "What team do you play for?" one boy said. Victorino grinned. "Unfortunately," he said, "I don't play for the Phillies anymore. I play for the Boston Red Sox now. " This was a "bittersweet" day, Victorino said. He returned to Philadelphia for the one-year anniversary celebration of the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club - a building his wife, Melissa, and he helped renovate with a $900,000 donation.
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September 23, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
The all-star centerfielder had made a promise to renovate the rundown Boys and Girls Club, near a gas station and a struggling high school, into a place of dreams and pride. Standing outside its doors Thursday, under the threat of gray clouds, the Phillies' own Shane Victorino, dressed plainly in a white shirt and jeans, with leis around his neck, stood on a makeshift stage, lowered his head, and wiped away tears. The newly renovated club in Nicetown, which now bears his name and his promise, had officially reopened.
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April 25, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yesterday afternoon, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was asked if he would consider moving Shane Victorino down in the batting order. The team's No.2 hitter had a .323 on-base percentage, after all, and the Phils were not scoring enough runs. But Manuel shook his head and said no, Victorino would resolve his issues and did not need a demotion. Less than six hours later, the centerfielder hit his first career regular-season grand slam in the ninth inning, giving the Phillies their first lead of the night and redeeming a previously listless game.
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July 9, 2012 | By Chad Graff, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An inning after a "Ja-son Pri-die" chant broke out Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, Pridie stood on second base, having ripped a one-hopper off the wall in right-center field. The 28-year-old Phillie clapped his hands below his knees, sending dirt flying off his batting gloves. Pridie wasn't supposed to play in Sunday afternoon's game against Atlanta. But he filled in valiantly for Shane Victorino, going 2 for 3 with a home run and the double, driving in all three Phillies runs.
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July 6, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Not since Vince Velasquez struck out 16 batters on a memorable April afternoon had a Phillies pitcher thrown more than seven innings. Then, buoyed by enormous support Monday, Jerad Eickhoff made it look simple. He threw strikes in an 8-2 rout of Atlanta. He pitched a career-high 72/3 innings with eight strikeouts. Afterward, catcher Cameron Rupp offered the highest of compliments for his pitcher. "It seemed like," Rupp said, "we were on defense for 10 minutes. " Eickhoff allowed four hits.
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July 4, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - You could see why they wanted him. Anthony Hewitt took batting practice Wednesday, and everything looked right. Hewitt is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, his beefy upper body tapering to his feet like a giant V, and at each pitch he took an easy inside-out swing from the right side of home plate. Still, the ball rocketed off his bat: a line drive to the right-center-field gap, a deep fly ball to the warning track, so easy. As a senior in high school, Hewitt had put on an awe-inspiring batting-practice display that had helped persuade the Phillies to select him in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
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July 3, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Odubel Herrera plays the game with a flair that seems like it was created for an event like the All-Star Game. The bat-flipper will find out Tuesday if that is where he is headed. And he used Friday night's 4-3 win over Kansas City as an effort to push his candidacy. The centerfielder started the first inning with his first career leadoff homer. Herrera tossed his bat to the side almost as soon as he made contact. He ended the top of the third with a running catch in center field, crashed into the wall, and fell face-first into the warning track dirt at Citizens Bank Park.
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July 2, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The calendar flips to July on Friday, which means the countdown to baseball's trade deadline has begun. During Ruben Amaro's seven-year reign as Phillies general manager, it was almost always a fascinating time of year. One year it was Cliff Lee coming in from Cleveland at the trade deadline, the next it was Roy Oswalt from Houston to fill the vacancy left by the offseason trade that sent Lee to Seattle. At the 2011 deadline, Amaro acquired Hunter Pence in a four-for-one deal that filled the right-field vacancy created by Jayson Werth's free-agent departure to Washington and Domonic Brown's inability to live up to his top-prospect status.
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June 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
'HE'LL BE gone by the Fourth of July," the snowy-haired owner of the local hardware store said when I stopped in over the weekend. "They just said they're not going to cut Howard," I said. "Not Howard," he said. "The manager. Mackanin. They've got to get rid of him. " Just a little over a month ago the Phillies were seven games over .500, a half game out of first place, and Pete Mackanin was everyone's runaway choice for manager of the year. But this is Philadelphia, the birthplace of knee-jerk.
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May 21, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
First-pick fever has struck the Philadelphia sports scene. How can you not be excited about Tyler Goeddel? He's got it all - the arm (he ended a game with that weapon Saturday night against Cincinnati), the bat (he's hitting .474 with a 1.284 OPS during his current stretch of six straight starts in left field for the Phillies) and the great nickname (The Commish because his last name is spelled differently but pronounced the same as the NFL's commissioner). A good portion of the reading audience probably missed the draft in which the Phillies made Goeddel the first overall pick.
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February 28, 2016
Indians outfielder Abraham Almonte has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. MLB said Friday that Almonte tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid generally used by veterinarians on horses. The 26-year-old outfielder will not be allowed to play in regular season games until July, but he can play in spring training. Almonte was likely to compete for a starting job in the outfield while Michael Brantley works his way back from a shoulder injury.
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November 4, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur and starting pitchers Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams and Chad Billingsley were among 139 players who became free agents Monday. Free agents are permitted to negotiate contracts and sign with teams beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Francoeur, who turns 32 in January, is the likeliest to return. The Phillies will probably look elsewhere for veteran pitchers to fill out their otherwise young rotation. The Phillies, under new leadership in team president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak, are not expected to be big players in free agency this winter.
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June 1, 2015 | Marcus Hayes, Daily News
AFTER THE Phillies traded centerfielder Shane Victorino in the middle of the 2012 season, they had a chance to re-sign him in the offseason. They instead opted to trade starters Vance Worley and Trevor May for Ben Revere, a base-stealing threat with excellent outfield range who seldom strikes out. To some observers, Revere's throwing arm (he now plays leftfield) and his lack of power (he has two home runs in six seasons) might lessen his value. But at 27 and not being eligible for free agency until 2018, the versatile Revere, with his .289 career average, is a prime candidate for some contending team to snare from a bloated Phillies roster.
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April 10, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES were playing in Cincinnati on a Monday night. Ben Revere made a highlight-reel catch, with the words "Pray for Boston" freshly etched on his glove. The Red Sox had just wrapped up their annual Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park before heading out for a short, three-game trip to Cleveland. A week before the 2-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, a federal jury declared that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was guilty of all 30 counts he was charged with in the horrific event that left three spectators dead and wounded more than 200 people.
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