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June 11, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
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October 24, 2008 | by Daily News
Best-of-Seven TV: Fox29 Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); ESPN (950-AM), WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish GAME 1: Phillies 3, Tampa Bay 2 WP: Hamels (1-0) LP: Kazmir (0-1) HR: Utley for Phillies, Crawford for Rays GAME 2: Rays 4, Phillies 2 (Series tied, 1-1) WP: Shields (1-0). LP: Myers (0-1) HR: Bruntlett for Phillies GAME 3: Tomorrow, at Phillies, 8:35 p.m.: Moyer (16-7) vs. Garza (11-9) GAME 4: Sunday, at Phillies, 8:29 p.m.: Blanton (4-0) vs. Sonnanstine (13-9)
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June 25, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Antonio Bastardo had one bad inning. Cliff Lee had two bad innings. As a result, the Phillies suffered through one extremely bad day, and night, suffering a split-doubleheader loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park. Lee allowed three runs in the second inning and two in the sixth during the Phillies' 7-3 evening loss to the Rays. After Cole Hamels had thrown seven shutout innings in Game 1, Bastardo came on in the eighth and allowed two walks and Carlos Pena's three-run home run in a 3-2 defeat.
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June 26, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was a #badloss, and the line of questioning afterward appealed to Charlie Manuel about as much as his late-inning bullpen bridge to closer Jonathan Papelbon. Already grumpy after watching Antonio Bastardo turn seven shutout innings from Cole Hamels into a 3-1 deficit in the top of the eighth inning, Manuel also had to answer for his own handling of the bench Sunday as the Phillies tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth in the first game of a doubleheader. "You guys ought to sit in the dugout with me and give me all the scenarios if you don't think I know them," the manager told reporters, mixing his Southern drawl with biting sarcasm.
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October 21, 2008 | by Daily News
Best-of-Seven TV: Fox29 Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); ESPN (950-AM), WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish GAME 1: TOMORROW, Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays, 8:35 p.m. Phillies' Cole Hamels (14-10) vs. Rays' Scott Kazmir (12-8) GAME 2: THURSDAY, Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays, 8:29 p.m. Phillies' Brett Myers (10-13) vs. Rays' James Shields (14-8) GAME 3: SATURDAY, Tampa Bay Rays at Phillies, 8:35 p.m. GAME 4: SUNDAY, Tampa Bay Rays at Phillies, 8:29 p.m. GAME 5: MONDAY, Tampa Bay Rays at Phillies, 8:29 p.m. GAME 6: WEDNESDAY, Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays, 8:35 p.m. GAME 7: THURSDAY, Oct. 30, Phillies at Tampa Bay, 8:29 p.m. If necessary.
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April 5, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
MASCOTS ARE supposed to romp among the fans, kiss babies, flirt with the ladies and act silly. Someone, it seems, forgot to tell that to Raymond, the blue creature (he's supposed to be a sea dog) employed by the Tampa Bay Rays. On Wednesday, in a home game against the Orioles, a fan with a sick sense of humor handed Raymond a sign. The mascot looked it over and then held it up. Bad move. As you can see from the photo, it wasn't funny. Steve Irwin, you might remember, was better known as the host of "The Crocodile Hunter" TV show.
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October 2, 2011 | DAILY NEWS STAFFThose late bedtimes on school nights have to wait until the next round of the baseball playoffs for Phillies fans
The start times for the remainder of the first round were announced tonight and the Phillies and Cardinals will play at 5:07 p.m. on Tuesday in Game 3 and 6:07 p.m. on Wednesday in Game 4, if necessary. The Game 4 start time could move back to 8:07 if that is the only game, should the Brewers-Diamondbacks series end in a sweep. Both games 3 and 4 are scheduled to be in St. Louis. If Game 5 is needed, the Phillies would host an 8:37 start on Friday, if both NLDS go the distance.
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November 21, 2013
THE PHILLIES have signed veteran infielder Reid Brignac to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Brignac, who turns 28 in January, is a versatile, lefthanded-hitting reserve who provides inventory, not unlike the roles Michael Martinez and Pete Orr have held in the last few seasons. A former top prospect with the Tampa Bay Rays, Brignac hit .185 in 46 games with the Colorado Rockies and New York Yankees in 2013. Brignac is a career .221 hitter with a .573 OPS in 302 games with Tampa, Colorado and New York.
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January 9, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Tickets to see individual Phillies spring-training games will go on sale Thursday morning. And they're not all in the Sunshine State. Besides 17 games at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, Fla., the club is offering seats for two exhibitions in Philadelphia, as the Toronto Blue Jays visit Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Fans wanting to attend several Florida games can already buy...
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January 2, 2013 | WIRE REPORTS
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms with free-agent righthander Brett Myers on a one-year contract. Myers, who pitched for Houston and the Chicago White Sox last season, will get a chance to win a spot in Cleveland's starting rotation. His deal with the Indians includes a club option for 2014. It will not be finalized until he passes a physical. Myers went 3-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 35 relief appearances with the White Sox, who acquired him in a July trade with the Astros.
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November 16, 2014
Mariners star Robinson Cano is expected to miss three to four weeks after breaking a toe during the Major League Baseball All-Stars tour of Japan. Seattle said Saturday that Cano will not need a cast and that the injury will heal with rest. He will likely be able to resume baseball activities in mid-December. The second baseman was hit by a pitch on the right foot during a 4-0 loss in Tokyo on Saturday. X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe. Cano signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners before last season.
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June 11, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
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June 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - Domonic Brown broke for home, but had nowhere to go. After hitting the first of back-to-back, one-out singles off Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey, Brown left third and made way for the plate when Cesar Hernandez hit a ground ball to third. With the pitcher on deck, Brown pretty much had to head home on contact. Brown was out by at least a few feet. It was the third time in less than 24 hours that a Phillies baserunner morphed into a dead duck in the 90 feet that separates third base from the plate.
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June 2, 2014 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
What if Big Papi declared war and nobody joined up? It kind of looked that way at Fenway Park on Saturday evening, when the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox tangled one night after David Price hit David Ortiz and Mike Carp with pitches in a 3-2 Sox win in a 10-inning game filled with beanballs, bench-clearing brawls (of the grab-your-partner do-si-do baseball type), and ejections. After Friday's game, Ortiz got all Bugs Bunny vs. Yosemite Sam about it, announcing "this means war" while preparing a Candygram rigged with a boxing glove.
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March 20, 2014
Former Phillie Vance Worley allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in Minnesota's 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Fort Myers, Fla. Worley's spring ERA rose to 13.50, and he didn't get through the third inning. He is battling for the Twins' final rotation spot.   Niese returns Jonathon Niese was relieved to be back at spring training with the New York Mets after receiving a relatively good medical report. The lefthander had an MRI exam of his pitching elbow in New York on Monday, and the scan revealed he had some inflammation but no damage.
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November 21, 2013
THE PHILLIES have signed veteran infielder Reid Brignac to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Brignac, who turns 28 in January, is a versatile, lefthanded-hitting reserve who provides inventory, not unlike the roles Michael Martinez and Pete Orr have held in the last few seasons. A former top prospect with the Tampa Bay Rays, Brignac hit .185 in 46 games with the Colorado Rockies and New York Yankees in 2013. Brignac is a career .221 hitter with a .573 OPS in 302 games with Tampa, Colorado and New York.
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August 12, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took Oakland's Josh Reddick 82 games to hit five home runs. He doubled his season total in two, parking a couple in the Athletics' 5-4 win over Toronto on Saturday, one day after blasting three into the stands as the A's routed the Blue Jays, 14-6 on Friday night. The hirsute slugger, who has one of the best beards in sports this side of James Harden, matched the majors' record for homers over two games. Reddick, hitless in his previous 20 at-bats before the sudden power surge, had 32 dingers last year.
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July 23, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
NEW YORK YANKEES third baseman Alex Rodriguez isn't ready to rejoin the team. The Yankees said Rodriguez has a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps muscle and won't be able to return this week in Texas, as had been planned. Instead, he will remain on the disabled list and return to Tampa, Fla., "for rest and treatment," the Yankees said in a statement issued before their game against the Red Sox last night in Boston. Rodriguez and manager Joe Girardi had said they were hoping he would return for tomorrow night's game against the Rangers.
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July 22, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Curse of the Home Run Derby strikes again. Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, who won the event during all-star festivities, was scratched from the Athletics' game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night because of a sore left wrist. "It came up today in batting practice," A's skipper Bob Melvin said. "When he was taking some swings in the cage, he still felt it, so we pulled him out. " Cespedes hit 32 homers to win the Derby on Monday night at Citi Field in New York, something nobody except TV producers and Major League Baseball executives will remember.
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June 18, 2013 | Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb left the hospital and went home yesterday, 1 day after he was hit in the right ear by a line drive. The Rays announced during their game against Kansas City yesterday that Cobb had been released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. The team said he will be placed on the 7-day concussion list. There was no timetable for when Cobb will rejoin the rotation. Cobb texted teammates yesterday morning, including pitcher Matt Moore, saying he had a headache but would soon be out of the hospital.
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