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September 17, 1998 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the Atlanta Braves, this three-game series was another routine tune-up for their seventh straight excursion into the postseason. For the Phillies, it was three more losses and a painful reminder of how very far they are from measuring up to the class of their division. "They're just much better than we are," the glum-looking Curt Schilling said while he packed his bags after the Phils' 5-1 loss yesterday at Turner Field. The Braves outscored the Phils, 12-3, in the series.
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April 19, 2000 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Five hours before the first pitch, a couple of dozen fans lined the fence that encloses the players' parking lot at Turner Field. As each Braves player wheeled in, as usual, the people shouted words of encouragement and requests for autographs. This, of course, was anything but business-as-usual, even though the arrival of John Rocker was greeted with the ritual cheers. This was the closer's first game back from the suspension imposed after his comments in Sports Illustrated about gays, minorities, foreigners and New Yorkers jolted the national consciousness last December.
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April 9, 2011
ATLANTA - They love Bobby Cox here so it was right that the loudest Turner Field got during pregame festivities for opening night was when the retired manager threw the first pitch to current Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. Cox, wearing khakis and his old home white No. 6 jersey, threw a strike to Gonzalez and then tipped his cap on his way to the stands, where he became a fan just like everyone else. It makes you wonder what the Phillies will do once Charlie Manuel hangs 'em up. Will he be carried into Citizens Bank Park on a chariot?
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April 11, 2011
ATLANTA - The Avett Brothers performed a postgame concert at Turner Field following Sunday's series finale, and it always seems as if the Braves are booking musical guests when the Phillies are in town. Last season, The Beach Boys and REO Speedwagon played after Phillies-Braves games. Later this season, Ludacris will play a postgame concert after the Phillies-Braves game on May 14. Alas, the Phillies are not in town when the B-52s and Yacht Rock Revue play postgame concerts this season.
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July 31, 1999 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Atlanta Braves' not being in first place in the National League East is about as unlikely a thought as . . . well, Paul Byrd's throwing punches and being labeled a troublemaker. Strange but true. The fighting Phillies knocked the Braves out of first place when they hammered their way to an emotional 9-2 victory over the perennial division champions last night at raucous Turner Field. Byrd pitched a seven-inning gem against the team that waived him a year ago, and he was backed by four home runs as the Phils improved to a season-high 11 games over .500.
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April 10, 2011
ATLANTA - Quite possibly the best pregame fan contest in baseball is held here at Turner Field. Normally once a homestand, three contestants and one Braves player participate in a closest-to-the-pin game. On Saturday, it was infielder Brooks Conrad's turn. They set up a small plot of turf in the on-deck circle and a flag in center field. Conrad took the high-iron club and hit the golf ball to within 15 feet of the pin. Usually the Braves player has the best shot. This time, two of the fan contestants couldn't even chip the ball out of the infield.
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June 2, 2010 | by David Murphy
1:05, Turner Field, Atlanta. TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.04) vs. Braves RHP Derek Lowe (7-4, 4.86)   Three matchups to watch   Kendrick vs. Braves: His last start at Turner Field, when he allowed four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 4-3 loss on April 20, may have turned his season around. Including that game, he is 3-2 with a 3.62 ERA in eight starts. Lowe vs. Phillies: The veteran righthander has already faced them twice this season, allowing five runs in five innings of an 8-3 loss on April 22, and seven runs on 11 hits in five innings of a 7-0 loss on May 7. Since that last start against the Phillies, Lowe has posted a 2.88 ERA and held opponents to a .224 average in four starts.
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August 14, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - A month ago, everyone was waiting for Roy Halladay to throw off a mound for the first time. But before the Phillies began a three-game series against the Braves at Turner Field last night, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said there's a possibility that the righthander could rejoin the rotation before their next homestand ends. Halladay will begin an official rehab assignment when he starts a game for the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Thursday. "If he goes in a straight line," Amaro said, meaning no setbacks, "I don't see him going more than two [starts]
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April 21, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Must-see TV As someone who has spent a lot of time in both a baseball clubhouse and a football locker room, I really am fascinated at how different the two places are. There are plenty of TVs in football locker rooms, but because there is so little downtime between meetings and practice, the players rarely watch them unless one of their colleges is playing. In baseball, of course, there is a lot of waiting, especially when you are the visiting team and have to take batting practice after the home team.
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September 23, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Another year, another division title for the Braves. Atlanta became the first team to win six straight division championships, clinching the National League East when Florida lost to the New York Mets, then beating the visiting Montreal Expos, 3-2, last night in 11 innings. Steven Kline threw a third-strike wild pitch to Mike Mordecai with the bases loaded, allowing Danny Bautista to trot home with the winning run. By then, the division already was Atlanta's. "It's a great feeling every time we do this," third baseman Chipper Jones said in a champagne-filled clubhouse.
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May 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Despite giving up a home run to the second batter he faced, Jerome Williams was doing what he's basically done best since joining the Phillies last August in the first half of last night's game at Turner Field. He was keeping his team in the game. He retired eight straight after Andrelton Simmons' home run. Williams and the Phillies were down by just one run heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. But then Williams tried to finish off rookie Jace Peterson with a 1-2 changeup on the outer half of the plate to begin the fifth.
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May 8, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Chase Utley took the field with the rest of his teammates for the routine pregame stretch last night at Turner Field. But his footwear choice stood out. While the rest of his teammates had their regular red spikes or turf shoes on, Utley had on a pair of standard tennis sneakers, more electric orange-red than team colors. When the rest of his teammates hit the field for batting and fielding practice, Utley retreated back to the dugout. "That's typical of him on an off day," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Utley giving his swing a complete rest.
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May 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Two months ago, Aaron Rowand stood inside the home clubhouse in Clearwater, Fla., and gushed over Odubel Herrera. "Athletically," Rowand said, "he's off the charts. " Rowand had just finished an early-morning workout with Herrera in centerfield at Bright House Field. Herrera, the 23-year-old Venezuelan the Phillies took in December's Rule 5 draft, never played a game in the outfield in his first 487 games and five seasons in the Texas Rangers' minor league system.
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September 5, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Mario Hollands' season started in November, when he pitched for La Guaira Sharks in the Venezuelan winter league. The lefthander pitched there for a month and rested in January. He went to spring training in February, won a job with the Phillies, and threw fine until his left forearm stiffened Wednesday. Phillies coaches noticed a problem in the fifth inning of a 7-4 loss to Atlanta. Head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan accompanied them to the mound. Hollands was removed.
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September 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - Before he ascended to interim president of the Phillies, Pat Gillick spoke with Ruben Amaro Jr. two or three times a week on the phone. Gillick, a Hall of Fame executive, served from his Seattle home as a sounding board for Amaro. Little will change now that Gillick, 77, is Amaro's boss. "Ruben and I mutually agree on most decisions that we make," Gillick said Tuesday at Turner Field. "Ruben is very inclusive on any decisions that we make for the ball club. But right now, if there's something I might have a different opinion, I'll certainly voice that opinion, and we'll talk it through and try to make what we think is the correct decision.
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September 3, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Seven of the first eight pitches Cole Hamels threw on a sweltering Labor Day start at Turner Field landed out of the strike zone. Five of the first 12 batters he faced reached base with a free pass: a walk or after being hit by a pitch. The only thing rising quicker than the first-pitch temperature of 88 degrees in Atlanta yesterday afternoon was Hamels' pitch count. "Cole wasn't himself," manager Ryne Sandberg would say later. "Not even close. " Hamels had thrown 108 pitches as he stood in the on-deck circle in the seventh inning of a two-run game.
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July 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - For four days, the Phillies dispersed. Most went home. A few vacationed at the beach, and one traveled to Minnesota. They convened Friday at Turner Field, a group of 25 men still intact from last weekend. That will not last. Ryne Sandberg relaxed in Cape May, and the Phillies manager heard unsolicited advice from fans. He, like everyone in the Phillies clubhouse, knows change is looming. He watched another dispiriting loss, 6-4, to first-place Atlanta, and he must create another lineup Saturday because that is what this job demands.
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July 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MINNEAPOLIS - When the Annual New York Yankees Midseason Retirement Party - er, Major League Baseball All-Star Game - came to an end on Tuesday night, Chase Utley became the final Phillies player to get a mid-July break. Utley packed his things and, like everyone else in greater Minneapolis, headed for the airport. He didn't have to be anywhere until tomorrow, when the Phillies open a three-game series at Turner Field in Atlanta. "No matter how you're doing I think it's important to be able to take this time and step back a little bit, give your body a break and give your mind a break because it's a grueling season," Utley said.
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June 29, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
The last time they met the Braves, the Phillies scored 21 runs and allowed only eight over a three-game set to earn a crucial sweep at Turner Field. Last night's series opener at Citizens Bank Park failed to follow suit. Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman homered and drove in four runs, all in the first two innings, and the Philadelphia bats couldn't muster a comeback in a 4-2 loss. The defeat snapped the Phillies' four-game winning streak against the Braves, their longest such streak against the division foe since 2011-12.
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