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October 23, 2012
WHEN I WAS hired at this place, way back in 1992, the sports editor painted me a rosy picture. I could write features for a while, cover baseball for a while, and when the columnist nearing retirement age got there, why I could slip right into that spot if I showed the right stuff. I wound up earning the position, which is the way you want get a job anyway. Last month, I got a call from the local sportstalk station, WIP, which said it had lost its pooh-bah, or at least it thought it had, and would I like to try the gig. I said sure, what the hey, but after a few weeks someone asked (begged?
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October 8, 2012 | By the Daily News
MARCUS HAYES: Let the garden bear fruit The Phillies season began on July 16. Evaluate this 2012 season only after July 16. On that date, in Los Angeles, Ryan Howard made his fifth start of the season for the Phillies. The immediate questions concerning his reattached Achilles' tendon were answered. His schedule of play was established. He had 18 major-league plate appearances. The Phillies were 39-51. They went 42-29 in the next 71 games. They played those 71 games at a pace to win 95 over a full season, a win total that would put them at or near the top of every division in baseball.
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September 28, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN THE Phillies begin holding full-squad workouts in 5 months in Clearwater, Fla., they will reboot from their lost 2012 season and expect to compete with the Washington Nationals and the rest of the National League East thanks to one important and expensive piece of their roster. The Phils will be confident they can collect their sixth division title in a 7-year span because of their starting pitching. Roy Halladay's health aside - nearly everyone in the organization expects the 35-year-old, two-time Cy Young Award winner to bounce back - the Phils will go to work in 2013 with three guys at the top of their rotation who represented the organization at the All-Star Game just 14 months ago. Starting pitching is what has propelled the Nationals from pretenders to contenders: They added Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson in the offseason and got (nearly)
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September 25, 2012
Time flies after you accumulate four aces. It has been less than two years since the signing of Cliff Lee triggered a citywide celebration and made the Phillies the favorites to win the 2011 World Series. The quartet of Lee, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt looked unbeatable on paper and initially exceeded expectations. With rookie Vance Worley serving as the surrogate fourth ace in place of the oft-injured Oswalt a year ago, the Phillies won a franchise-record 102 games.
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September 13, 2012 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There are 20 games remaining in the season for the Phillies, and the mathematical reality of what they must do to salvage an improbable postseason berth is becoming increasingly daunting. When the Phillies are scoreboard-watching these days, they have to watch the whole scoreboard to keep track of all the teams they must pass in order to put a hopeful punctuation on the end of a disappointing passage of baseball. Tuesday night kept that hope alive, though, as the Phillies held on to beat the Marlins, 9-7, and extended their winning streak to six games and their recent hot spell to 17 wins in their last 23 games.
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September 12, 2012
JUDGING BY the large swaths of blue evident in many seating sections, Phillies fans are resistant to the strain of playoff fever that is supposedly wafting through the air at Citizens Bank Park. Multiple cases of disappointment can have that effect on a person. After 5 months of watching this team repeatedly go to great lengths to kill whatever momentum it possessed, folks are going to need to see more than a six-game wild-card deficit, the predicament entering Monday's games, before they are reinvigorated by a sense of purpose.
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August 31, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
TYLER CLOYD'S phone rang shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, a day after he was named the Most Valuable Pitcher in the International League for the 2012 season. It was Hall of Famer and Triple A Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg. He called the 25-year-old Cloyd to deliver him the best news he's heard in what's been an unforgettable summer: Cloyd had been summoned to the big leagues to pitch in place of Cole Hamels, who called out sick. While making the hour-long drive to his first major league game, Cloyd called his parents in Nebraska.
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August 31, 2012 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
CAN YOU TRUST Kyle Kendrick to be one of the guys in 2013? Barring an offseason trade, the Phillies will again headline their starting rotation with the trio of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. You figure Vance Worley, who was just shut down for season-ending elbow surgery, has the inside track to the fourth spot in the rotation, but it's hardly a lock. Worley had a disappointed season, finishing 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 23 starts. That is some distance from the promise Worley showed last season, when he was 11-3 in 21 starts with a 3.02 ERA and finished third in voting for National League Rookie of the Year.
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August 30, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The morning after Vance Worley had failed once again, he was summoned to Citizens Bank Park where Phillies officials waited at a table. They presented the case for ending Worley's season Wednesday and the 24-year-old righthander could not disagree. "I mean, the way I've been pitching the last seven or eight games," Worley said, "it's almost like it needed to be done. " After 60 pitches served as the final evidence Tuesday, Worley maintained that the loose bodies in his right elbow that will be surgically removed next week had "zero effect" on his performance.
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August 30, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charlie Manuel did not chew his gum for very long Tuesday, which means his starting pitcher failed. With one out in the fifth inning of a 9-5 Phillies loss to the New York Mets, Manuel ambled toward the mound, tossed his gum, and yanked Vance Worley. A Ryan Howard grand slam and a Chase Utley solo blast only temporarily erased Worley's shortcomings in front of the smallest announced crowd this season at Citizens Bank Park. A four-game winning streak was snapped when B.J. Rosenberg, the sixth Phillies pitcher, was shelled for four 10th-inning runs.
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