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April 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR A GUY who was given no more than 24 hours to prepare for his first start in more than 11 months, Dustin McGowan did the job of a spot starter yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The 33-year-old former first-round pick didn't allow a run in his first three innings against the Marlins. McGowan struck out the first two batters he faced, and kept at it, sending Giancarlo Stanton down on strikes in the third inning, too. "He looked sharp early on," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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September 19, 1993 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Aug. 6 deal looked like a no-lose situation for the Phillies. Jose DeLeon was seeing very little work and maybe Bobby Thigpen would rediscover himself in the National League. It doesn't look that way anymore. With Terry Mulholland sidelined during the stretch drive, with Ben Rivera fighting his control problems and losing, with untested Mike Williams scheduled for a few important starts, the experienced DeLeon might have been invaluable as a spot starter. Meanwhile, after an encouraging stretch of games, Thigpen is pitching again like he did in his troubled final years with the White Sox. "What he's throwing, they're hitting," was Phillies manager Jim Fregosi's apt description of the righthander's problems.
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July 6, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Seeking to add even more pitching depth for the second half, the first-place New York Yankees acquired Jeff Weaver from Detroit early today as part of a three-team trade that also included Oakland. In the deal, the Athletics sent infielder Carlos Pena to the Tigers and the Yankees sent pitcher Ted Lilly to Oakland. Weaver, a 25-year-old righthander, was 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA this season for a Tigers team that is 30-53. He joins a New York rotation that already includes Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Orlando Hernandez, a rotation that has reduced Sterling Hitchcock to a reliever and a spot starter.
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July 11, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Now that draft pick J.D. Drew is signed, the St. Louis Cardinals are trying to hang on to outfielder Brian Jordan. General manager Walt Jocketty and Jordan's St. Louis-based agent, Jim Turner, had preliminary contract talks Thursday and yesterday. Turner said he expected a proposal from the Cardinals next week. "Personally, I don't think the J.D. Drew situation really has to affect one particular player," Turner said. "The bottom line is it gives the club flexibility. " Drew may be batting .421 with three homers after 19 at-bats in the double-A Texas League, but Jordan entered last night one point off the NL batting lead with a .336 average, and had 15 homers and 57 RBIs batting cleanup behind Mark McGwire.
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February 14, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - To be clear, there is no competition for the fifth starter's spot. The job is Joe Blanton 's, assuming, of course, a trade does not prevent him from heading north with the Phillies. "Joe's our fifth starter," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. So where, exactly, does that leave Kyle Kendrick ? "It's out of my hands," Kendrick said. "I just need to have a good spring, and they'll make the decision. " The decision for now is to stretch both Kendrick and Vance Worley out as starters.
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November 25, 1995 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
William Fuller knew the $8,000 fine from the NFL was coming for the hit he put on New York Giants quarterback Dave Brown Sunday. Fuller, the Eagles' left defensive end, refrained from commenting on the fine until he received official word. He got the word yesterday. After watching film of the hit in question, Fuller expressed his disagreement. "I think it was a good, clean hit," Fuller said. "I didn't feel it was spearing. I hit him with the upper portion of my helmet.
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June 21, 1986 | By BILL CONLIN, Daily News Sports Writer
Even as manager John Felske was issuing a weak vote of confidence in behalf of lefthanded legend Steve Carlton, the Phillies were announcing a minor deal for the pitcher who could eventually replace Lefty in the starting rotation. The Phils yesterday acquired 28-year-old lefthander Mike Madden from the Houston Astros for Portland Beavers reliever Rocky Childress. Madden, a spot starter and long reliever this season, was 1-2 with a 4.08 earned run average for the National League West leaders.
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April 24, 2010 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies arrived in Arizona at 2 a.m. Friday after a late-night cross-country flight. Righthander Nelson Figueroa still woke up early. He had work to do at Chandler Traditional Academy-Goodman elementary school, where he volunteers in the off-season. Figueroa made some copies. "I have black ink all over my hands still," he said. He created a poster of "Mr. Gallon," which explained there are four quarts and eight pints in a gallon. And he read to the kids, including his 6-year-old daughter, Renee.
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May 18, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Wes Obermueller had a perfect game with one out in the seventh inning. Then, for the first time all game, he shook off his catcher's sign. "He called a fastball in," Obermueller said. "And I wanted fastball away. " Bad decision. The fastball away was a little too high. Jamey Carroll slapped the 1-2 pitch into rightfield for a clean single, forcing Obermueller to settle for a victory without the immortality in the visiting Milwaukee Brewers' 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals last night.
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August 14, 1997 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies' never-ending search for pitching prompted them to put in a claim yesterday for righthander William VanLandingham, who had been placed on release waivers by the San Francisco Giants. While the Phillies would love to add an arm like VanLandingham's to their stable, however, there's no guarantee they will get him. Because he was waived for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release, VanLandingham has the option of becoming a free agent and signing with any team.
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April 24, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FOR A GUY who was given no more than 24 hours to prepare for his first start in more than 11 months, Dustin McGowan did the job of a spot starter yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The 33-year-old former first-round pick didn't allow a run in his first three innings against the Marlins. McGowan struck out the first two batters he faced, and kept at it, sending Giancarlo Stanton down on strikes in the third inning, too. "He looked sharp early on," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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May 24, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - J.P. Arencibia drilled a three-run double in a five-run sixth inning, and Jose Bautista homered to help spot starter Carlos Villanueva and the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night. Starting in place of injured Jesse Litsch, Villanueva (2-0) limited the Yankees to two hits and a run in five innings. With a looping curveball, he struck out the side to open his first start since Oct. 3, 2009, for Milwaukee. Arencibia added an RBI single in the eighth, and Bautista didn't disappoint in his matchup with Curtis Granderson as the top two home run hitters in baseball.
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February 14, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - To be clear, there is no competition for the fifth starter's spot. The job is Joe Blanton 's, assuming, of course, a trade does not prevent him from heading north with the Phillies. "Joe's our fifth starter," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. So where, exactly, does that leave Kyle Kendrick ? "It's out of my hands," Kendrick said. "I just need to have a good spring, and they'll make the decision. " The decision for now is to stretch both Kendrick and Vance Worley out as starters.
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April 24, 2010 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Phillies arrived in Arizona at 2 a.m. Friday after a late-night cross-country flight. Righthander Nelson Figueroa still woke up early. He had work to do at Chandler Traditional Academy-Goodman elementary school, where he volunteers in the off-season. Figueroa made some copies. "I have black ink all over my hands still," he said. He created a poster of "Mr. Gallon," which explained there are four quarts and eight pints in a gallon. And he read to the kids, including his 6-year-old daughter, Renee.
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May 18, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Wes Obermueller had a perfect game with one out in the seventh inning. Then, for the first time all game, he shook off his catcher's sign. "He called a fastball in," Obermueller said. "And I wanted fastball away. " Bad decision. The fastball away was a little too high. Jamey Carroll slapped the 1-2 pitch into rightfield for a clean single, forcing Obermueller to settle for a victory without the immortality in the visiting Milwaukee Brewers' 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals last night.
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March 22, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brett Myers came to spring training with a job to lose. That he may still have a chance to lose it tells you how these Grapefruit League games have gone for the Phillies' 1999 first-round draft pick. Myers, 22, is faced with a critical start today when he goes to the mound against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers. Should he struggle, it could open the door for Joe Roa to move into manager Larry Bowa's starting rotation. Roa made his case Thursday night with five scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
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September 5, 2002 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David Coggin confirmed last night that he will not pitch winter ball. He also confessed that this has been one of the most difficult seasons of his baseball life. "This has been a very long season for me," the Phillies' 25-year-old pitcher said. "I've been put in a lot of different positions and I think it would be best to keep stress off my arm, then build it back up for spring training. " The stress of having to make an emergency start last week in Philadelphia has kept Coggin sidelined for seven straight days because of a sore arm. Coggin was called upon to replace lefthander Randy Wolf on Aug. 28 at Veterans Stadium during a driving rainstorm.
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July 6, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Seeking to add even more pitching depth for the second half, the first-place New York Yankees acquired Jeff Weaver from Detroit early today as part of a three-team trade that also included Oakland. In the deal, the Athletics sent infielder Carlos Pena to the Tigers and the Yankees sent pitcher Ted Lilly to Oakland. Weaver, a 25-year-old righthander, was 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA this season for a Tigers team that is 30-53. He joins a New York rotation that already includes Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Orlando Hernandez, a rotation that has reduced Sterling Hitchcock to a reliever and a spot starter.
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June 16, 1999 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The best way to open a trip to the West Coast is with a strong starting pitching performance, one that sets the tone for the whole week, one that the rest of the rotation can feed off. The worst way to open a West Coast trip is to do what Chad Ogea did last night. Ogea grabbed another loss and another early shower as the San Diego Padres handed the Phillies a 6-1 setback at Qualcomm Stadium. Ogea, a winner in just one of his last 10 starts, failed to get an out in the fourth inning.
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July 11, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Now that draft pick J.D. Drew is signed, the St. Louis Cardinals are trying to hang on to outfielder Brian Jordan. General manager Walt Jocketty and Jordan's St. Louis-based agent, Jim Turner, had preliminary contract talks Thursday and yesterday. Turner said he expected a proposal from the Cardinals next week. "Personally, I don't think the J.D. Drew situation really has to affect one particular player," Turner said. "The bottom line is it gives the club flexibility. " Drew may be batting .421 with three homers after 19 at-bats in the double-A Texas League, but Jordan entered last night one point off the NL batting lead with a .336 average, and had 15 homers and 57 RBIs batting cleanup behind Mark McGwire.
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