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August 20, 2012
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been slapped with a two-game suspension for what MLB called "excessive arguing" with an umpire. He was also fined an undisclosed amount for a minutes-long tirade which began soon after home plate umpire Angel Campos ejected Matt Kemp in Thursday's 10-6 loss in Pittsburgh. Amazingly, Kemp was in the dugout when he was tossed and the last pitch had been a ball. Mattingly was also amazed, of course, and immediately went to Campos for an explanation.
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August 30, 2012
The Chicago Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro have agreed to a seven-year contract with a club option for 2020. The 22-year-old Castro is a two-time all-star and in just his second full major-league season. He led the National League in hits with 207 last season. Since making his major-league debut on May 7, 2010, Castro has more hits than any player in the NL with 486. Castro, a career .296 hitter, was batting .276 this season with 12 homers and 63 RBIs before Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee.
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September 30, 2011 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
A season that ended with one of the most thrilling nights in major- league history (at least if you're not a fan of the Red Sox or Braves) also ended with some good numbers for Major League Baseball: Average attendance rose by about half of 1 percent this year, ending three straight seasons of drops. That may not seem like a lot, but the overall attendance of 73,425,568 was the fifth-highest in MLB history. At the top were the Phillies, who led the leagues for the first time, drawing 3,680,718 fans to Citizens Bank Park.
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September 23, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Wow, the Yankees' Russell Martin must really not want to run the risk of facing Tampa Bay or Los Angeles in the playoffs. If not, why would he give Boston (11-4 against New York this season) great bulletin-board fodder such as this to light a fire under the fading Red Sox, up 21/2 games on the Rays and Angels in the AL wild-card chase? "I hate the Red Sox," the all-star catcher said Thursday, contemplating the three-game series in New York this weekend. "Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me. " (Of course, it could be reverse psychology - maybe he just wants the Red Sox to think he wants them out, because then they'll press to stay in, and he really doesn't want the Rays to win, unless it's really the Angels he wants . . . ow, head-game headache!
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April 6, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
STEPHEN STRASBURG could hardly wait for this one. His first opener, at Wrigley Field for the first time. "Just to think about all the Hall of Famers who have played here. It's an honor," he said. It's even better on days like this. Strasburg dominated the Cubs for seven innings, and Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth on a windy Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 win over Chicago. Strasburg allowed one run and five hits, including an RBI single to Marlon Byrd in the fourth.
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July 19, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Forget temperature and humidity readings. Walk into the shower room of a health club sometime when every stall is blasting hot water. Then put on a baseball uniform and try to retire a major league lineup. That was Roy Halladay last night at Wrigley Field. The veteran righthander lasted less than five innings in the thick blanket of heat and humidity that swallowed the Windy City, allowing three runs in four-plus innings before watching the rest of the Phillies' 6-1 loss to the Cubs from the clubhouse.
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April 4, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
When your franchise has an 18-year losing streak, you might be inclined to take a few chances to win games. That's what Pittsburgh's Neil Walker did yesterday in Chicago, when he scored the game-winner from second base on a two-run infield single by Pedro Alvarez in the ninth inning to beat Cubs closer Carlos Marmol, 5-4. "It goes back to the aggressive baserunning trend, try to be smart and try to be aggressive," Pirates manager Clint...
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June 10, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Roy Halladay crossed one more item off his to-do list and Placido Polanco adapted well to a new place in the batting order on Friday night. Halladay had never beaten the Chicago Cubs until the Phillies' 7-5 victory in front of the 157th consecutive regular-season sellout crowd at Citizens Bank Park. Polanco had not batted fifth this season until manager Charlie Manuel penciled him in at that spot on Friday. If one night is any indication, he may not be moving. Polanco's seventh-inning grand slam gave the Phillies 7-0 lead.
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August 23, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
Jair Jurrjens pitched in and out of trouble for 6 2/3 innings, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman homered and the visiting Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, last night for their fifth straight win. Jurrjens (13-5) allowed eight hits and walked five. The Cubs stranded 11 runners in the first six innings. Uggla reached 30 home runs for the fifth straight season. No other second baseman in major league history has hit 30 homers more than three times overall. The Braves won for the seventh time in eight games.
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July 20, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Since June 4, the Phillies have placed two top relievers on the disabled list and released another. They have recalled John Mayberry Jr. from Triple A and they have sent him back down to Triple A and they have recalled him again. They have recalled Vance Worley and they have optioned him and they have recalled him again. They have seen Shane Victorino emerge from the disabled list and return to the disabled list and emerge once again. But there is one thing the Phillies have not done since June 4: lose back-to-back games.
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April 7, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS THE CUBS were preparing to open the season with a nationally televised game against the Cardinals, the Braves were busy trading the best closer in baseball for a solid but unspectacular pitching prospect and salary relief. We like to talk about rebuilding as if it is something that can be achieved with an instruction manual and some elbow grease. A linear, mechanical process with easily identifiable steps. Yet, as the Phillies prepare to take on the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on one of the most anticlimactic Opening Days in their history, the Cubs and Braves remind us of just how varied the journey can be. Down in Atlanta, general manager John Hart spent the offseason deconstructing a roster that won 94 games in 2012 and 96 games in 2013 and had won at least 86 games five straight seasons.
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August 30, 2012
The Chicago Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro have agreed to a seven-year contract with a club option for 2020. The 22-year-old Castro is a two-time all-star and in just his second full major-league season. He led the National League in hits with 207 last season. Since making his major-league debut on May 7, 2010, Castro has more hits than any player in the NL with 486. Castro, a career .296 hitter, was batting .276 this season with 12 homers and 63 RBIs before Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee.
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August 20, 2012
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been slapped with a two-game suspension for what MLB called "excessive arguing" with an umpire. He was also fined an undisclosed amount for a minutes-long tirade which began soon after home plate umpire Angel Campos ejected Matt Kemp in Thursday's 10-6 loss in Pittsburgh. Amazingly, Kemp was in the dugout when he was tossed and the last pitch had been a ball. Mattingly was also amazed, of course, and immediately went to Campos for an explanation.
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April 6, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
STEPHEN STRASBURG could hardly wait for this one. His first opener, at Wrigley Field for the first time. "Just to think about all the Hall of Famers who have played here. It's an honor," he said. It's even better on days like this. Strasburg dominated the Cubs for seven innings, and Ian Desmond singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth on a windy Thursday to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 win over Chicago. Strasburg allowed one run and five hits, including an RBI single to Marlon Byrd in the fourth.
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September 30, 2011 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
A season that ended with one of the most thrilling nights in major- league history (at least if you're not a fan of the Red Sox or Braves) also ended with some good numbers for Major League Baseball: Average attendance rose by about half of 1 percent this year, ending three straight seasons of drops. That may not seem like a lot, but the overall attendance of 73,425,568 was the fifth-highest in MLB history. At the top were the Phillies, who led the leagues for the first time, drawing 3,680,718 fans to Citizens Bank Park.
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September 23, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Wow, the Yankees' Russell Martin must really not want to run the risk of facing Tampa Bay or Los Angeles in the playoffs. If not, why would he give Boston (11-4 against New York this season) great bulletin-board fodder such as this to light a fire under the fading Red Sox, up 21/2 games on the Rays and Angels in the AL wild-card chase? "I hate the Red Sox," the all-star catcher said Thursday, contemplating the three-game series in New York this weekend. "Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me. " (Of course, it could be reverse psychology - maybe he just wants the Red Sox to think he wants them out, because then they'll press to stay in, and he really doesn't want the Rays to win, unless it's really the Angels he wants . . . ow, head-game headache!
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August 23, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
Jair Jurrjens pitched in and out of trouble for 6 2/3 innings, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman homered and the visiting Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, last night for their fifth straight win. Jurrjens (13-5) allowed eight hits and walked five. The Cubs stranded 11 runners in the first six innings. Uggla reached 30 home runs for the fifth straight season. No other second baseman in major league history has hit 30 homers more than three times overall. The Braves won for the seventh time in eight games.
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July 20, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Since June 4, the Phillies have placed two top relievers on the disabled list and released another. They have recalled John Mayberry Jr. from Triple A and they have sent him back down to Triple A and they have recalled him again. They have recalled Vance Worley and they have optioned him and they have recalled him again. They have seen Shane Victorino emerge from the disabled list and return to the disabled list and emerge once again. But there is one thing the Phillies have not done since June 4: lose back-to-back games.
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July 19, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Forget temperature and humidity readings. Walk into the shower room of a health club sometime when every stall is blasting hot water. Then put on a baseball uniform and try to retire a major league lineup. That was Roy Halladay last night at Wrigley Field. The veteran righthander lasted less than five innings in the thick blanket of heat and humidity that swallowed the Windy City, allowing three runs in four-plus innings before watching the rest of the Phillies' 6-1 loss to the Cubs from the clubhouse.
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July 19, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO - Before Rich Dubee's feet touched the first-base line at Wrigley Field, his star pitcher was bent over, hands on his knees, with the gray No. 34 Phillies road jersey drenched in sweat. The mound is Roy Halladay's sanctuary, the place where he imposes a will upon hitters unlike any other pitcher in the game. Batters rarely know what is flying from Halladay's right hand. But on this night, when the pitching coach jogged to the mound and Halladay's teammates briskly created a circle around their ace, his own team did not know what to expect - an uncomfortable and unfamiliar feeling when it's his day to throw.
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