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Sun 20 April, 2014

12:16 Hoping to spur lagging offense, Phils take extra work - PHI Homepage News
Held without an extra-base hit since Monday, the Phillies took batting practice on Sunday morning to get some extra work in.
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12:16 Phils enduring collision rule growing pains - PHI Homepage News
Twice in one week the Phillies had a play at home where a catcher blocked the plate before he received the ball. Both times the home plate umpire called out the baserunner, and both times a manager asked the play to be reviewed under Collision Rule 7.13 to see if the catcher blocked the plate illegally.
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09:36 Rockies version of the 'Rally Squirrel' runs circles around Phillies (Big League Stew) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
The Rally Squirrel is back! Well, maybe it's not THAT Rally Squirrel, but his Colorado cousin — call him Rocky J? — did the family legacy proud on Saturday night when he took over Coors Field during the third and fourth innings of the Rockies 3-1 victory over the Phillies . Ah, yes, the Philadelphia Phillies. They just can’t escape those pesky four-legged creatures. If you recall, they were the St. Louis Cardinals opponents during the 2011 NLDS when the original Rally Squirrel made his debut at Busch Stadium. And, yes, they lost the series, blowing a two games to one lead by dropping Game 4 in St. Louis and Game 5 in Philadelphia. It's no wonder none of the Phillies seemed excited to see him, even the ones who weren't on that Phillies team. Squirrel on field. "Umm. Breakfast," says Papelbon — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) April 20, 2014 Papelbon wasn't actually quoted as saying that, but does anybody doubt that ran through his mind? Squirrel! pic.twitter.com/buONXfGVrD — MLB Fan Cave (@MLBFanCave) April 20, 2014 It appears the squirrel gained entry into the stadium through an opening in right field. His first few minutes were spent roaming that area, possibly chirping at right fielder Marlon Byrd, but he soon became more adventurous and made his way towards the infield, forcing multiple stoppages in play.  A killer squirrel? pic.twitter.com/9OL53dSSBO — Ed Scott (@RoxProgressive) April 20, 2014 To the Phillies, maybe. The squirrel did his best to divide their attention during his brief stay. Perhaps the Rockies should just go ahead and adopt him much the same way the Milwaukee Brewers have adopted Hank the Dog. Anytime would be a good time to replace Dinger, the purple dinosaur who parades around as Colorado's mascot and distracts opposing pitchers from his perch behind home plate. The squirrel had the final part down pat, creating havoc and causing his biggest distractions only when Philadelphia was on the field. In fact, it's probably no coincidence that his final jaunt around the field occurred just moments before Justin Morneau’s two-run fourth inning homer. He already knows his role. Whatever the case, the squirrel was definitely the star of the show on Saturday night. When the Coors Field grounds crew lured him through the center field gate, the disappointment was audible. He still had plenty of energy, and the fans still desired to see more, but that will have to wait for another day if he can find his way back again. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813
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09:35 Today's Lineup: Wil Nieves behind the plate (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
The Phillies will wrap up their series with the Colorado Rockies Sunday afternoon (4:10 p.m./CSN) at Coors Field.
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07:45 Phillies continue to struggle at the plate, drop series - Philadelphia Phillies News

But the Phillies continued their offensive hibernation in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night, dropping them to 7-10 and into last place in the National League East.


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06:40 Phillies-Rockies: 5 things you need to know (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
The Phillies fell for the fourth time in five games Saturday night in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. The loss leaves the Phillies (7-10) all alone in last place in the NL East. Colorado (10-9) has now won four of five and is 6-2 at home. Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.86) takes the ball as the Phils aim to avoid being swept at Coors Field for the first time since 2002.
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06:22 In-Game Live: Phillies at Rockies (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
Follow along live as Domonic Brown and the Phillies close out their series with Carlos Gonzalez and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
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03:33 Recap: Colorado vs. Philadelphia - Philadelphia Phillies News

Jordan Lyles worked seven-plus innings to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in the second game of a three-game set.


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Sat 19 April, 2014

23:52 Singles-hitting Phillies can't beat Rockies - Philly.com Phillies
DENVER - This winter, the Rockies demolished about 4,000 seats in Coors Field's upper deck. They installed a bar with 52 beer taps and numerous restaurants. Ryne Sandberg noticed it when the Phillies took early batting practice Friday afternoon. Fly balls, he said, did not travel deep to right like they are known to at high altitude. The Phillies manager wondered if that trend would translate into the games.
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23:52 Rockies 3, Phillies 1 - Philly.com Phillies
The Phillies' offense sputtered once again Saturday. This time, during a 3-1 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver.
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23:52 Phillies Notes: Hamels will have no restrictions in first start - Philly.com Phillies
DENVER - Cole Hamels roamed the visitors clubhouse Saturday at Coors Field. He followed A.J. Burnett to the bullpen to watch his teammate throw. He affixed cuff weights to his wrists for shoulder exercises. He watched video of Dodgers hitters.
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23:52 Holt's RBI triple helps Boston beat Orioles 4-2 - Philly.com Phillies
BOSTON (AP) - Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and scored on Jonathan Herrera's suicide squeeze, lifting the Boston Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Saturday.
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23:52 Hanigan, Archer key Rays 16-1 win over Yankees - Philly.com Phillies
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Hanigan homered twice and had six RBIs, and Chris Archer continued his dominance over the Yankees as the Tampa Bay Rays routed New York 16-1 on Saturday night.
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23:52 Braves pull Kimbrel, hold off Mets 7-5 - Philly.com Phillies
NEW YORK (AP) - Jordan Walden got the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled star closer Craig Kimbrel, and the Braves held off the New York Mets 7-5 Saturday night.
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23:52 Alvarez pitches Marlins past Mariners 7-0 - Philly.com Phillies
MIAMI (AP) - Henderson Alvarez won for the first time since his no-hitter to end the 2013 season, pitching a two-hitter to help the Miami Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 7-0 Saturday.
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23:51 "Rapid" Reaction - Rockies 3, Phillies 1 - The Good Phight - All Posts

For varying degrees of rapid, that is.

The Rockies won. The Phillies lost. There was a controversial call at the plate. Kendrick was decent. Utley got a hit. Other things may have happened. More to follow tomorrow perhaps. Goodnight.
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23:12 Same old problems hurting the Philadelphia Phillies - Philadelphia Phillies News

It is time for a pop quiz! When the Philadelphia Phillies were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, what was the main reason they lost? Anyone who has watched the Phillies the past few years knows that C is the obvious answer to this question.


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22:13 Play at plate overturned on collision rule - PHI Homepage News
The Rockies scored first Saturday night in Coors Field after a bang-bang play at the plate was overturned when it was determined that Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz violated the new collision rule.
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21:52 Phillies-Rockies Preview (The Associated Press) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
The Colorado Rockies' offense has fluctuated during their winning streak, but solid pitching has been a constant. Juan Nicasio looks to add another stellar outing to that list as Colorado seeks to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The Rockies (10-9) began their three-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory at San Diego on Thursday, had a season-best 18 hits in Friday's 12-1 win over the Phillies and won 3-1 again Saturday as Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer. Colorado has allowed one earned run and 13 hits during the streak after opening the season with a 4.70 ERA.
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21:45 Anemic offense continues to plague Phillies (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
But even baseballs most notorious hitters park hasnt been able to help the anemic Phillies find their stroke. The Phils lost their second straight game in the home park of the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. Kyle Kendrick kept his club in the game, but the Phillies bat rack offered him no support in a 3-1 loss (see Instant Replay). The loss was the Phillies fourth in the last five games as they slipped into the basement of the National League East at 7-10.
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21:20 Lyles leads Rockies to third straight win (The SportsXchange) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
DENVER -- Jordan Lyles has taken full advantage of his opportunity to start for the Colorado Rockies. On Saturday night, he became their first starter to pitch into the eighth inning this season as the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1. The victory gave the Rockies a season-high three-game winning streak and extended the torment for Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, whose career-high losing streak was extended to seven games. Lyles allowed one unearned run in seven innings.
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21:15 Lyles' pitching, Morneau's HR key Rockies' win (The Associated Press) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
Initially inserted into the Colorado Rockies' rotation as a stop-gap injury replacement, Jordan Lyles has rapidly become a fixture. Lyles pitched effectively into the eighth inning for his third straight win, Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer, and the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Saturday night. ''He's really given us a lift in that rotation,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Lyles. He originally was slated to begin the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs but wound up filling in for Tyler Chatwood after he strained a hamstring late in spring training.
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21:03 Is there any hope for the Philadelphia Phillies bullpen? - Philadelphia Phillies News

As a whole, the Phillies' relievers have not performed well this season. There have been brief stretches of competent pitching, but for the most part, it's been a frightening experience every time the bullpen doors open.


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20:49 Phillies continue to struggle at the plate, drop series - PHI Homepage News
The Phillies continued their offensive hibernation in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night, dropping them to 7-10 and into last place in the National League East.
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19:56 Rockies hand Phils' Kendrick seventh straight loss, 3-1 (The SportsXchange) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
DENVER -- Jordan Lyles has taken full advantage of his opportunity to start for the Colorado Rockies. On Saturday night, he became their first starter to pitch into the eighth inning this season as the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1. The victory gave the Rockies a season-high, three-game winning streak and extended the torment for Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, whose career-high losing streak was extended to seven games. Lyles allowed one unearned run in seven innings.
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19:39 Ranking the Phillies' prospects, Nos. 11-25 - Philly.com Phillies
This is the second installment of The Inquirer's Phillies Top 25 prospects. Some are long-range prospects, with six of the final 15 being 20 years old or younger.
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19:39 Inside the Phillies: Phils' Hollands already fashioning next career - Philly.com Phillies
Eleven days after Mario Hollands became a major-league player, he pulled a box filled with books from his locker at Citizens Bank Park. Classes for the spring quarter at the Los Angeles-based Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising started April 10, and the lefthanded pitcher had reading assignments.
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19:37 Instant Replay: Rockies 3, Phillies 1 (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
DENVER -- The Phillies got a solid start from Kyle Kendrick, but once again the offense stumbled in a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night. The loss was the Phillies fourth in the last five games as they slipped into the basement of the National League East at 7-10. In two games at Coors Field, a hitters paradise, they have scored only two runs (both unearned) while collecting just seven singles. The Phillies, who lost Friday nights series opener by a score of 12-1, look to avoid a sweep Sunday afternoon.
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17:44 Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards - Philly.com Phillies
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bryce Harper hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath.
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16:28 Hamels will bring Phillies rotation to full strength - PHI Homepage News
Cole Hamels is set to make his first start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He opened on the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder. His recovery following a setback March 1 cost him three starts.
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16:28 Phillies plan to ease Adams in slowly - PHI Homepage News
Mike Adams pitched in a big league game for the first time since having surgery July 31. He threw a perfect inning with two groundball outs on Friday. The Phillies plan to ease in Adams slowly until he shows he is capable of returning to a late-inning role.
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16:28 Phils look to Camp to buoy bullpen - PHI Homepage News
The Phillies promoted ShawnCamp to the big leagues Friday night, optioning right-hander Jonathan Pettibone to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for him on the 25-man roster.
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16:25 Gameday 17: Phillies vs. Rockies - Phillies Nation
Philadelphia Phillies (7-9) at Colorado Rockies (9-9) Starting Pitchers: PHI: Kyle Kendrick vs. COL: Jordan Lyles Time: 8:10, Coors Field TV: CSN Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 60 Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Tonight: Yesterday was about as bad as it gets. Kyle Kendrick will look to stop the Rockies tonight in a place where Continue reading Gameday 17: Phillies vs. Rockies


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14:58 It's Official: Hamels starts Wednesday in L.A (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
DENVER Cole Hamels is no longer a rehabbing pitcher.He is a completely healthy Phillies starter ready to make his first start of the regular season.That start will come Wednesday night in Los Angeles.Ive been waiting for that day, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said on Saturday.Hamels was behind schedule all spring after dealing with an offseason bout of shoulder tendinitis. He completed his personal spring training Thursday night and is eager to get his season going. In the final analysis, Hamels missed three starts.My workouts are pretty much what everybody elses are right now, Hamels said. ...
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13:53 Tonight's Lineup: Kendrick starts for Phillies (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) - Yahoo Sports - MLB - Philadelphia Phillies News
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg hasn't made any changes to his lineup card for Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies.
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