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Archive: April, 2013

While waiting for Carlos Ruiz, a catcher evaluation

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 5:52 PM
CINCINNATI — On Monday, Erik Kratz hit into a double play and could not block a Cliff Lee curveball to prevent a run from scoring. He is 0 for his last 10. Dating back to last September, Kratz is hitting .169 (15 for 89) with six extra-base hits. The countdown to Carlos Ruiz's return started... Read more

Ryan Howard's diminished mobility could force more substitution

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 5:14 PM
CINCINNATI — When Ryan Howard runs, it looks unpleasant. The hulking first baseman — never known for his speed — is 18 months removed from major Achilles surgery. He has not moved the same since. At the end of spring training, a scout observed it "looks like he's running on pieces... Read more

A day of rest for Chase Utley

Monday, April 15, 2013, 5:42 PM
CINCINNATI — There was no stare, no eye rolling, nothing. When Charlie Manuel told Chase Utley he was not in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Reds, Utley peacefully reacted. "He didn't say anything," Manuel said. The second baseman's first respite came in the season's 13th... Read more

Former Bostonian Jonathan Papelbon jarred by news of explosions

Monday, April 15, 2013, 5:20 PM
CINCINNATI — The images of terror were shown on four TVs inside the visiting clubhouse at Great American Ballpark. A shirtless Jonathan Papelbon sat stunned. He stood up, pointed to a corner of one screen, and told Cliff Lee, "That's where I lived." Papelbon played seven seasons for the Boston... Read more

Marlins capitalize on ninth-inning stumbles

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 9:09 AM
MIAMI - The pitch went where Phillippe Aumont wanted it. Manager Charlie Manuel kept the ground-ball pitcher on the mound for this very reason. Chase Utley was positioned for a chance at preventing the winning run from scoring. The ball was hit right at him. When the play ended, Placido Polanco belly-flopped... Read more

Old friend Chad Qualls silences Phillies

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 6:20 PM
MIAMI — The Phillies were primed to explode Sunday. Then Chad Qualls entered the game. Last season, Qualls was napalm in tight situations. He started the season with the Phillies, was designated for assignment after posting a 4.60 ERA in 35 games, and stunk for both the Yankees and Pirates.... Read more

Freddy Galvis hits, gets hit

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 6:07 PM
MIAMI — A clubhouse attendant stuck out his right hand and Freddy Galvis shook it. He fist-bumped another with his right hand. Less than hour before, an 89 m.p.h. Jon Rauch fastball struck his right knuckle. "It's good," Galvis said. The Phillies were pleased with that because Galvis contributed... Read more

Giancarlo Stanton could miss entire weekend series

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10:32 AM
MIAMI — One of Charlie Manuel's favorite shows is Giancarlo Stanton's batting practice. The Phillies manager first noticed it one afternoon at Dolphins Stadium, where the Marlins previously called home. Manuel loves hitting. Stanton makes him woozy. "He is a guy in their lineup that we fear... Read more

Michael Young is sick; Freddy Galvis makes first start

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 5:46 PM
MIAMI — Charlie Manuel wants to play Freddy Galvis. But then he scans his lineup and sees an infield producing. There is no room for Galvis, a career .223 hitter. "That's hard," Manuel said. "I still have to find him some playing time somehow." A chance happened by accident Saturday. Third... Read more

Game 11: Facing a pitching phenom

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 3:35 PM
MIAMI — Jose Fernandez is 20 years old. His highest level of experience before 2013 was at single A, in the Florida State League. In his major-league debut, he fanned eight Mets in five innings. He makes his first home start Saturday. Miami is again without slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who could... Read more
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