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September 11, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
THE PHILLIES aren't looking at the standings. They don't care too much for the calendar, either. Ask them to compute the math that stands between them and their sixth straight postseason spot and they'd take a pass or turn to a cliché or six. "I don't think any of the guys are thinking about a race, so to speak, I know I'm not," closer Jonathan Papelbon said. "I'm going with the cliché one game at a time and I know it is a cliché, but I think everybody here is just trying to come to work everyday and leave everything out on the field 1 day at a time.
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September 10, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For a short time Sunday afternoon, it appeared as if the Phillies would have a real chance to get within five games of the second wild-card spot that seemed so far away even at the beginning of September. They had recovered from an early two-run deficit in the first game of a doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies and pulled out a walk-off, 3-2 victory courtesy of a bases-loaded, two-out single from the rejuvenated John Mayberry Jr. Meanwhile, as the cleaning crew got Citizens Bank Park ready for the nighttime portion of the doubleheader, the St. Louis Cardinals coughed up a late two-run lead and were forced to play extra innings against the white-hot Milwaukee Brewers.
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August 31, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BRYCE HARPER hit his third home run in two games, Jayson Werth homered for the first time since May, and Edwin Jackson struck out 10 Thursday night as the Washington Nationals padded their NL East lead with an 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals opened an 11-game homestand with an overwhelming performance against a wild-card contender that failed to score an earned run for the third straight game. Jackson (8-9) have up four hits over eight innings. The victory moved the Nationals 5 1/2 games ahead of idle Atlanta.
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August 31, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE ONLY DOWNSIDE for the Oakland Athletics is that they don't play the Cleveland Indians again this season. Oakland capped a four-game sweep of the free-falling Indians with a 12-7 victory on Thursday. The Athletics, who have won six straight and eight of nine, finish the season series against Cleveland with an 8-2 record. After dropping the first two games in April, Oakland won the final eight versus the Indians. "We played against a team that we really needed to take a series from," said rightfielder Josh Reddick, who had three hits and three RBI. "We had a great opportunity to move up in the standings against a team we've played well against all year and we did just that.
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August 29, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - So, Novak Djokovic, tell us how you really felt about your first-round match at the U.S. Open on a windy Tuesday night. "I tried to analyze my game," Djokovic said, "and my game was great from the start to the end. " Well, then. Pretty accurate assessment, actually. Djokovic lost the opening game of his title defense at Flushing Meadows, and then reeled off 18 of the next 19 games, completely controlling every aspect of a 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 victory over 69th-ranked Paolo Lorenzi.
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August 29, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BRETT ANDERSON gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over seven innings as the visiting Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-0, on Monday night. Oakland came in one-half game behind Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card race and earned its ninth win in 11 games. The Rays lost to Texas, 6-5. The Indians lost starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) after 2 1/3 innings with a sprained right ankle and fell to 5-24 since July 27. Anderson (2-0), in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery in July 2011, retired the first 13 batters until Michael Brantley was ruled safe with an infield hit in the fifth inning.
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August 16, 2012 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer
MAPQUEST WILL tell you that it takes about 2 hours to get from Center City to the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y. Julia Cohen will tell you it takes a lifetime. On the heels of her best performance at a WTA event, Cohen has been chosen as a wild card for the main draw of the U.S. Open. This is like a baseball team making the playoffs as a wild card. "This means so much to me because Philadelphia and New York is so close," Cohen said. "This is like a dream come true. " Cohen, 23, said she has played the Open four times, but has never gotten past qualifying.
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July 11, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bryce Harper remembered Oct. 27, when just 414 fans were at Scottsdale Stadium to watch his Scorpions play the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. With the Scorpions down by 7-5, Harper vowed to teammate Brandon Crawford to hit a game-winning home run. "I'll drop a bomb and walk off the field, tell them we own this place," Harper said. "Yeah, OK," Mike Trout told him in disbelief. Trout, the all-star out of Millville High in South Jersey, led off with a single, Scottsdale got another hit with one out, and Harper followed with a home run to right-center field off Jeff Inman.
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July 11, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighty-nine wins. That's the average number of victories it would have taken to earn the second wild-card spot in each league since 1996, the first year the single-game wild-card format was in place during a 162-game season. It's not a magic number, because there have been times when it would have taken more and times it would have taken less. The Phillies, for example, would have been the second wild-card team with just 85 wins in 2006, and the Cincinnati Reds would have been playoff spectators in 1999 despite winning 96 games.
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July 3, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
A SELLER IS only a seller after something has been sold. So calling general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. a seller at this point would be incorrect. Jim Thome does not count — he just made no sense for the Phillies when it became clear that he could not play in the field anymore. Trading him to Baltimore for prospects was just normal baseball business — a sale, yes, but not necessarily a harbinger. Because the Phillies cannot give up yet. It isn't just that the sport is replete with recent teams that have played like stink for long stretches of the season, only to get hot at the end and make a run in the postseason.
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