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March 5, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Few moments unfold as you have dreamt them. Life is too complex. It is not a zero sum endeavor. In any given moment, there are other moments, little things that end up sticking in your mind at the expense of more prominent details, things that must be observed, experienced, things that cannot be anticipated. Take the morning Mario Hollands got the call he'd been anticipating his entire life. He can't immediately recall who was in the office with Ryne Sandberg, and he can't immediately recall what he said when they told him to pack a bag for Texas because he'd made the big-league club.
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March 3, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Phillies catcher John Hester ambled to the mound Sunday, hoping to give reliever Phillippe Aumont a bit of relief in the sixth inning of a 6-2 loss to the University of Tampa. Runners stood on first and second with two outs. The righthanded Aumont had already yielded a run. More damage appeared imminent. "Let's get this next batter out," Hester told him. Aumont did just that, forcing a fly ball to escape the inning. Aumont's first appearance of spring training - the most vital camp of his career - was complete.
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March 3, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two days after starting five non-roster spring training invitees in an exhibition against the University of Tampa, the Phillies will open their Grapefruit League slate with a lineup that is expected to feature more regulars. But second baseman Chase Utley won't be among those taking the field for Tuesday afternoon's game against the New York Yankees, manager Ryne Sandberg said Sunday. Utley, who in January sprained his right ankle while fielding ground balls, is "just getting in the flow of things a little bit as far as being on the field so much," Sandberg said.
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March 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Pettibone visited three doctors and underwent several MRI exams last year but never got an answer as to what was ailing his pitching shoulder. It was not until a surgeon looked inside his shoulder, the 24-year-old righthander said Saturday, that Pettibone learned the problem. He underwent an operation June 17 to repair a labrum tear. His 2015 season will begin after most of the other starters in the Phillies' major-league camp. "It was a relief, I guess, at the time," he said of finally discerning the reason for his shoulder problems.
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March 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Another positive sign in Cliff Lee's path back from last year's season-ending elbow strain came Friday, when Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure read off his schedule for the first week of spring training games. Lee, who on Saturday will pitch his second live batting practice, is slated to start the Grapefruit League game Thursday against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee. That puts the 36-year-old lefthander on schedule with the rest of the team's starters. "He's thrown well," McClure said.
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March 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - David Buchanan entered his first major-league spring training as a late invitee. Baseball's 29 other teams had passed on him in the previous December's Rule 5 draft. He donned a No. 78 uniform, the highest number issued to a player in camp. This spring has a different feel. Buchanan is sporting No. 55, the same number in which he made 20 post-April starts last season and recorded a 3.95 ERA for the Phillies. A year after his breakout spring, he is competing to begin the season in the major-league rotation.
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February 27, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ethan Martin arrived to the Phillies organization on the day Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence departed. A year and 2 days later, the former first-round pick made his big-league debut and stuck on the roster for the remainder of the season. Martin, the key piece that came back from the Dodgers in exchange for Victorino, impressed late in the summer of 2013 with a fastball that averaged 95 mph in his first four starts. But Martin's progress as a rising young big-leaguer was halted last spring, when he faced only four hitters in his only Grapefruit League game.
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February 27, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For eight minutes Wednesday, Cliff Lee offered pitches to a rotating trio of teammates: Carlos Ruiz, Ben Revere, and Freddy Galvis. The live batting practice was the first time Lee threw to hitters since a strained elbow cost him the last two months of last season. The reports provided to Ryne Sandberg were "excellent," the manager said. "Felt good," Lee said. "Felt normal. No complaints. " Lee threw each of his pitches in the session. The 36-year-old lefthander warmed up with a bullpen session, his third of spring training.
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February 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The greatest hitter in Phillies history gripped a red bat Wednesday afternoon. He had just finished overseeing batting practice for his hitting group and was demonstrating for an observer the focus of his work with his most-scrutinized student. Mike Schmidt is trying to rid Domonic Brown of his tendency to fall back and release an uppercut swing. The Hall of Fame third baseman wants the Phillies' oft-maligned rightfielder to "think top half of the ball, line drive, stay in the middle of the field.
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February 26, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - I am going to double back on something I wrote yesterday, and because there are still 37 days left in spring training, I'm not going to feel bad about it. Words will be written on other topics. For now, though, let's look at an issue that several people raised via Twitter and email yesterday with regard to the Red Sox' signing of Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada. As I mentioned in the column, one of the mitigating factors that clubs had to consider before signing Moncada was the accompanying forfeiture of the right to sign any international players for more than $300,000 for 2 years.
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