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MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks NEW YORK (AP) – There won’t be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season. The players’ association has agreed to Major

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Cameron Rupp works on sharpening skills behind the plate

Cameron Rupp works on sharpening skills behind the plate CLEARWATER, Fla. – Every morning, the seven catchers in Phillies camp haul their duffel bags of equipment from the clubhouse at

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Even when the Phillies didn't call, Andres Blanco knew they would

Even when the Phillies didn't call, Andres Blanco knew they would CLEARWATER, Fla. — He was a free agent for the first time in his career, but Andres Blanco had one

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Murphy: Manuel thinks Stairs has what it takes as hitting coach

Murphy: Manuel thinks Stairs has what it takes as hitting coach CLEARWATER, Fla. – It doesn’t matter what you know if nobody will listen. The man who made this point

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Murphy: How the Phillies' lineup is improved

Murphy: How the Phillies' lineup is improved CLEARWATER, Fla. – A couple of weeks ago, I made an off-the-cuff statement that attracted a decent amount of reader email. After an

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Chris Coghlan, after being part of history with Cubs, joins rebuilding Phillies

Chris Coghlan, after being part of history with Cubs, joins rebuilding Phillies CLEARWATER, Fla. – He plopped into a leather chair, minutes after his first workout with his new team

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Zach Eflin skips bullpen session because of soreness in knee

Zach Eflin skips bullpen session because of soreness in knee CLEARWATER, Fla. – This is a long spring, the longest spring, which incentivizes caution when it comes to the young

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Brookover: Odubel Herrera on his way to being best Rule 5 pick in Phillies history

Brookover: Odubel Herrera on his way to being best Rule 5 pick in Phillies history CLEARWATER, Fla. – Baseball’s Rule 5 draft is a flea market in which teams go

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Mark Appel 'hungry' to show Phillies he belongs in pitching plans

Mark Appel 'hungry' to show Phillies he belongs in pitching plans CLEARWATER, Fla. – The cruelty of it all was not lost on Mark Appel, a former No. 1 overall

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Joaquin Benoit is Phillies' oldest player, but his fastball doesn't look the part

Joaquin Benoit is Phillies' oldest player, but his fastball doesn't look the part CLEARWATER, Fla. – The first time Joaquin Benoit stepped on a major-league mound, Ivan Rodriguez was his

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Murphy: Gomez working with Lidge to close deal on closer's role

Murphy: Gomez working with Lidge to close deal on closer's role CLEARWATER, Fla. – The room was empty when the last of them arrived: a lean figure with bristly black

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No longer dabbing, Phillies bench hopeful has Ozzie Guillen's backing

No longer dabbing, Phillies bench hopeful has Ozzie Guillen's backing CLEARWATER, Fla. – Brock Stassi’s time this winter in Venezuela ended with the manager –  fiery former major-league skipper Ozzie

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Nick Williams seeks discipline — at the plate and in his head

Nick Williams seeks discipline — at the plate and in his head CLEARWATER, Fla. — Class started almost two weeks ago with a simple proposition. Matt Stairs wore sneakers. Nick Williams

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Brookover: Mackanin's lineup will evolve all season

Brookover: Mackanin's lineup will evolve all season CLEARWATER, Fla. – They were curious words coming from a manager in charge of a team that won only 71 games a year

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Freddy Galvis to miss World Baseball Classic with groin injury

Freddy Galvis to miss World Baseball Classic with groin injury CLEARWATER, Fla. — Freddy Galvis is out of the World Baseball Classic before it even begins. The Phillies shortstop said Wednesday

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Murphy: Phillies' Neris shows devotion to his son by being devoted to his career

Murphy: Phillies' Neris shows devotion to his son by being devoted to his career CLEARWATER, Fla. – How much weight can one arm bear? Ask Hector Neris. He’ll smile. Throw

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Brookover: Mackanin's message for Phillies is the right one

Brookover: Mackanin's message for Phillies is the right one CLEARWATER, Fla. – Pete Mackanin posted the number last month, and it was an ambitious one. The Phillies manager said in

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Murphy: Don't count Phils out as trade-deadline buyers

Murphy: Don't count Phils out as trade-deadline buyers THE TRADE deadline might look a lot different for the Phillies this time around. Since midway through the 2014 season, they’ve been

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Andy MacPhail: Phillies will have 'pleasant surprises'

Andy MacPhail: Phillies will have 'pleasant surprises' CLEARWATER, Fla. – It started again on the back fields, with a few games of catch and some bullpen sessions and hacks in

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Murphy: 3 key pitching issues for Phils this spring

Murphy: 3 key pitching issues for Phils this spring CLEARWATER, Fla. – Beneath the concrete seating bowl of Spectrum Field, there is a dimly lit corridor that leads to a

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Brookover: Phillies enter spring training with six good, young starting pitchers

Brookover: Phillies enter spring training with six good, young starting pitchers To get where they want to go, the Phillies know they must close the gap in the starting pitching

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Frank's Place: Sports-TV connection was born in Philly in 1937

Frank's Place: Sports-TV connection was born in Philly in 1937 Sorry, Gil Scott-Heron, but in baseball at least the revolution was televised. TV has transformed America’s game more thoroughly than

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Connie Mack Stadium lives on, in a patch of replanted turf at Haverford College

Connie Mack Stadium lives on, in a patch of replanted turf at Haverford College Like prized museum pieces, items removed from Connie Mack Stadium during and after its closing on

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One stat will tell you if Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph is having a good season

One stat will tell you if Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph is having a good season There will be many ways to determine if this year is a success for

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Expect Pete Rose to be voted onto Phillies Wall of Fame

Expect Pete Rose to be voted onto Phillies Wall of Fame Pete Rose could soon be coming to a wall near you. At the very least, baseball’s all-time leader in