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March 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The message was clear before Bob McClure sent Roberto Hernandez to the mound Thursday for his sixth inning of work. The righthander, perfect through five innings against the Yankees, was permitted one or two more hitters. "I know it's spring training and there are pitchers behind me," Hernandez said, "but when I went to the mound, I wanted to pitch. " Minor-league infielder Scott Sizemore laced a single to center to start the sixth. McClure came for Hernandez, and a sold-out crowd at Bright House Field applauded during a 6-2 Phillies victory.
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March 14, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - In his first appearance in a Phillies uniform 2 weeks earlier, Roberto Hernandez served up a trio of near-400 foot batted balls before getting through the Toronto Blue Jays lineup. The third batter of the game, Jose Bautista, sent a ball into orbit that eventually landed outside Bright House Field for a home run. Hernandez was hit hard that day. But in the three starts that have followed, the 33-year-old free-agent addition has shown promise for a pitching staff in need of stability.
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March 14, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SARASOTA, Fla. - This will not surprise anybody who was conscious during last baseball season, but the Phillies bullpen was not very good at throwing strikes. No bullpen in the majors was worse at it. Relievers faced 2,101 batters during the 2013 season, and an astounding 10.8 percent of them reached base via walk. The only teams within a percentage point of that mark were the Astros, White Sox, Cubs, Angels, Mariners and Indians. Five of those teams play in the American League. The other was taking a seasonlong mulligan.
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March 14, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
BEFORE KICKING off the 2014 season, Temple football will hold 15 spring practices beginning on March 24. With 14 practices at six different locations, the Owls' spring season will conclude with its annual Cherry and White Game on April 26. With Temple resurfacing Chodoff Field at the team's Edberg Olson Hall facility, the Owls have many practice locations during the spring season. Temple's spring practices will be closed to the general public. The Owls' 2014 season will begin at Vanderbilt on Thursday, Aug. 28. The season opener will be nationally televised on ESPN/SEC Network.
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March 13, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There was no place for Darin Ruf in the Phillies' starting lineup yesterday afternoon at Disney World. Domonic Brown started in left and Ryan Howard at first base, just as they'll be on Opening Day in less than 3 weeks. Ruf didn't start on Monday, either. He was on the bus for the 2-hour trip to Champion Stadium at ESPN's Wide World of Sports yesterday, though, and sat on the bench ready for his turn at the plate. He's hoping he'll be available for similar duty on Opening Day. Manager Ryne Sandberg might have other plans.
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March 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jeff Manship entered free agency last Oct. 19, two days after the pitching-starved Colorado Rockies discarded the righthander. His resumé boasted nothing extraordinary; a 6.42 ERA in 52 career games, a few starts, and a checkered health history. The Phillies called more than a month later. They were the first - and only - team to inquire about Manship's 29-year-old right arm. The two sides reached an agreement Dec. 2 on a minor-league contract. "It was really an easy decision, I thought," Manship said.
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March 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - There are three weeks until the Phillies open the season at Texas, which means Bobby Abreu has three weeks to enhance a spring tryout that is two lackluster weeks old. "Well," Ryne Sandberg said, "his batting practices are very impressive. " The Phillies manager did not offer much else about Abreu's spring performance. The outfielder turns 40 on Tuesday, and his early birthday gift Sunday was a 272-mile trek to and from Hammond Stadium. Abreu grounded out to the right side three times, one of which was a double play, in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota.
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March 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - It is one thing to lose exhibition games and downplay them as practice, which is the purpose of the Grapefruit League. But the way the Phillies - using all but two of their regulars - played in the third inning of a 15-4 loss Friday to Baltimore showed a certain brand of ineptitude. They committed mental mistakes, physical gaffes, and pitching blunders. The Orioles scored four runs and sent 10 batters to the plate. It was poor baseball, no matter the month or setting.
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March 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - Listed second on Friday's pitching schedule tacked to a board in the Phillies clubhouse was "Gonzalez 2-3. " Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw 31 pitches in one inning, and that was enough for Bob McClure, even though the plan called for more. The pitching coach waved at the bullpen from the dugout. Later, Ryne Sandberg used the words "rust" and "erratic" to describe Gonzalez, the team's $12 million import from Cuba. There is opportunity; the Phillies lack a genuine replacement for Cole Hamels in the rotation.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Julia Terruso and Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writers
In Camden City schools, class will be in session during all of the previously scheduled spring break. Inclement weather, resulting in seven snow days, forced the decision. State law requires students to have 180 instructional days. That means school will be in session for students and staff from April 21 to 25, which is the week after Easter. Camden's last day of school also was bumped one day, to June 25 for students and June 26 for staff, to accommodate Monday's snow day. Should there be any more cancellations, additional days will be tacked on to the end of the year.
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