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August 13, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Charlie Manuel talked about Vance Worley as if he hadn't expected much more than the righthander gave him Sunday during the Phillies' 8-7, 11-inning victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. "He battled," the Phillies manager said. "He stays in there and he usually gives us a chance to win the game. He usually takes you five or six innings. If you're going to be a fourth or fifth starter . . . in the major leagues, that ain't all bad. He definitely guts it out at times. " It could be argued that Worley has been gutting it out for some time.
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February 28, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - When a surgeon mercifully removed the calcified bone spur from Vance Worley's right elbow in September, it was not offered to the pitcher as a parting gift. "They didn't even show it to me," Worley said. "Everybody else I know got to keep theirs. " Worley, standing Wednesday in the bowels of Hammond Stadium, laughed. The bespectacled pitcher is now a Minnesota Twin and perhaps the team's opening day starter. He is engaged, and he popped the question the day he was traded from the Phillies.
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September 12, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Vance Worley has stood tall next to the Phillies aces this season, and Sunday he had an opportunity to put his name in the franchise record books alongside Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. One more team win and Worley would have matched the 15 straight games the wretched 1972 Phillies won with Lefty on the mound. Anybody who saw that coming six months ago probably should open a psychic shop in Center City or play Powerball for a living. Worley, as it turned out, fell one game short of Carlton's record when he and the Phillies lost the series finale with the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2, at Miller Park.
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September 7, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was late October weather, wet and raw, so it could have been viewed as typical for postseason baseball. There was another aspect to Tuesday's Phillies-Braves game that channeled late October: They were going to get this game in if the players had to perform in kayaks. If not, the Phillies would have been burdened with three split doubleheaders and 25 games in the final 22 days of the regular season. "Doubleheaders at this time of the year - we got two already," manager Charlie Manuel said.
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September 22, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Perhaps the best way to measure the accomplishments of the Phillies' starting rotation this season is to reference Vance Worley. Now is as good a time as any, because the rookie righthander probably made his final start of the season Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies' losing streak reached five games for the first time this season in a 7-5 defeat by Washington. A brief recap of Worley's season seems in order. The 23-year-old had the longest winning streak ever by a Phillies rookie - nine games.
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July 7, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - While a gaggle of media (more than a dozen) surrounded former Pirates pitcher and current Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett in the visiting dugout at PNC Park, a current Pirate and former Phillies pitcher, who had a longer career in Philly than Burnett had in Pittsburgh, talked to a much smaller group across the diamond. Vance Worley, traded with pitching prospect Trevor May for Ben Revere two Decembers ago, is back in the big leagues. And even though he's been on the Pirates roster for only 20 days, Worley has a poster adorned outside the picturesque, downtown Pittsburgh ballpark.
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June 24, 2011
At Citizens Bank Park. Friday at 7:05 p.m. Oakland RHP Guillermo Moscoso (2-3, 3.30 ERA) vs. RHP Vance Worley (2-1, 3.41). Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Oakland RHP Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51). Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Oakland LHP Josh Outman (3-1, 2.86) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.51).
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July 7, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - While a gaggle of media (more than a dozen) surrounded former Pirates pitcher and current Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett in the visiting dugout at PNC Park, a current Pirate and former Phillies pitcher, who had a longer career in Philly than Burnett had in Pittsburgh, talked to a much smaller group across the diamond. Vance Worley, traded with pitching prospect Trevor May for Ben Revere two Decembers ago, is back in the big leagues. And even though he's been on the Pirates roster for only 20 days, Worley has a poster adorned outside the picturesque, downtown Pittsburgh ballpark.
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March 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKELAND, Fla. - The Phillies do not require a fifth starter until the season's 13th game, April 14 against Atlanta. As Ryne Sandberg said Thursday, they have time on their side in choosing who will fill Cole Hamels' place in the rotation. They do not have a clear answer. "These spring training games become meaningful for those guys," Sandberg said. "It creates an opportunity. " The Phillies manager identified Sean O'Sullivan, Jeff Manship, and David Buchanan as candidates for that rotation spot.
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June 7, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MILWAUKEE - Four weeks ago, Tyler Cloyd pitched into the seventh inning of his first major league game of the season, holding the hot-hitting Arizona Diamondbacks to two runs. Before the night was over, he was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley. Cloyd wasn't guaranteed anything on that night and he might not be around a month from now, either. John Lannan was scheduled to make his first rehab start last night in Clearwater before rain washed out the game, and tonight in Reading, Carlos Zambrano will try to impress in his quest for a return to the big leagues.
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May 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - The latest reminder of how fragile young pitching is happened last week, when Minnesota demoted its opening-day starter to triple A. For two seasons, Vance Worley mystified hitters as a mainstay in the Phillies' rotation. No one threw a higher percentage of his pitches for called strikes. The rest of baseball adjusted when the Twins acquired him. Worley allowed 82 hits in 482/3 innings for a 7.21 ERA and became a Rochester Red Wing before May concluded. This is particularly relevant to Jonathan Pettibone, the latest unheralded, 22-year-old pitcher to crash the Phillies' rotation.
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March 29, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies went into the season two years ago with four aces and a sense that something special was about to happen. And they were right. The special wasn't quite as special as they had hoped, and they had no idea that Vance Worley, not Roy Oswalt, would be the fourth ace. Worley didn't even get to pose as one of the five aces when it was inexplicably decided that Joe Blanton should be the ace of something, too. Two years later, the...
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March 18, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay talked for quite some time after his turbulent 22/3 innings Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers. He insisted that his lack of velocity and loss of command could all be dismissed as by-products of a tired arm and body. He had a different workout routine this offseason and threw two bullpens between his March 6 start against Washington and his infamous March 12 assignment against the Tigers. He was overcome by lethargy. Manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee weighed in, too. In expressing his concern, Manuel also said he still had to keep sending Halladay out there because the pitcher insisted he was healthy.
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March 15, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On Thursday afternoon, the Phillies sent a starter to the mound who had a 5.54 ERA in 59 major league games over the previous three seasons. While that alone isn't unique during spring training, the fact that they went out of their way to get a look at righthander Aaron Cook against a quality lineup was a fitting commentary on the perilous state of the club's pitching depth. What once was the undisputed strength of the Phillies roster is now something of a question mark, one that only grew larger after Roy Halladay's ominous outing Tuesday against the Tigers.
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March 5, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was the kind of day that is known to occur once or twice this time of year. The flags in centerfield were pointing out of the ballpark and the temperature was struggling to stay in the 50s and the guys on the mound were no longer pitching like they were ahead of the hitters. Up and down the Gulf Coast of Florida, long fly balls screamed out of stadiums like tracers on an overcast sky. Back in Clearwater, Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard both launched pitches into the heart of the jet stream, the latter's home run looking for an instant like it might drop a surprise on the hood of one of the unwitting blue hairs who were matriculating their vehicles up the highway that runs behind the rightfield wall.
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March 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Domonic Brown continued his path to the first Opening Day start of his career with another productive day at the plate against Minnesota. He had two walks, scored three runs and hit a long RBI double off the centerfield wall. The Phillies' other young outfield hopeful, Darin Ruf, was missing in action for the second straight day, until Charlie Manuel found an ideal situation for the power-hitting righthanded batter. With the Phils trailing, 12-5, Manuel sent Ruf up to pinch-hit for Pete Orr against lefty Andrew Albers, who isn't in major league camp with the Twins.
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