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PostHeaderIcon Rollins to the Rescue: Papelbon survives as Phils hang on to win bullpen game

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The Phillies celebrate after defeating the Braves, 5-4, on Saturday. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

The Phillies celebrate after defeating the Braves, 5-4, on Saturday. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

For eight innings, the bullpen was in control. After everything went wrong with Roy Halladay’s final start, there were plenty of issues with this game in terms of pitching.

Ethan Martin started the game. Luis Garcia, Mike Stutes, Jake Diekman and B.J. Rosenberg all pitched in relief. The five pitchers had combined to hold the Braves to one run on eight hits, walking four and striking out seven. It certainly wasn’t a golden performance, but it was more than enough as the Phillies clawed a few runs across for what appeared to be a comfortable lead.

When the ninth inning rolled around, it turned out to be less than comfortable. If not for a diving stop and great defensive play by Jimmy Rollins, the game may have ended differently. Instead, Rollins’ spectacular play saved the game for the Phillies and Jonathan Papelbon in a 5-4 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.

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PostHeaderIcon Exit Sandman: Rivera exits with dignity, class

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Mariano Rivera hugs Andy Pettitte after being removed from his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mariano Rivera hugs Andy Pettitte after being removed from his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

It is very rare in baseball to find a closer, a relief pitcher with a single, microscopic role, that truly changes the game and defines an era. Very rarely does a true Hall-of-Famer also get the proper farewell.

Those two crossroads met on Thursday night.

Mariano Rivera, the longtime closer of the Yankees and all-time saves leader in Major League Baseball with 652, took the field for the final time at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, retired all four batters he faced. Upon being removed from the game with two outs in the ninth, longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came out to make the pitching change. Rivera smiled, recognizing what was happened, and sobbed as he embraced his two friends.

And with that, Rivera walked off the field. He waved, tipped his cap and walked away from the place he called home for his entire career knowing he left everything on the field. As he reached manager Joe Girardi, the two embraced and cried together, making for one of the more emotional scenes ever seen on a baseball diamond.

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PostHeaderIcon Johnson’s 8th-inning homer sinks Lee, Phillies

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Cesar Hernandez reacts after being tagged out trying to steal second in the sixth inning of the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Braves. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Cesar Hernandez reacts after being tagged out trying to steal second in the sixth inning of the Phillies’ 1-0 loss to the Braves. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Let’s be honest. With three games left in the season and a dismal record, there isn’t much reason to watch the Phillies. But if you did on Friday night, Cliff Lee and Kris Medlen made sure it didn’t take up too much of your night.

Lee and Medlen traded seven scoreless innings apiece before Chris Johnson belted a solo home run to lead off the eighth. That was the only run of the game. The two teams combined for five hits.

That was the entertainment quality that was in a 1-0 Braves win over the Phillies on Friday at Turner Field.

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PostHeaderIcon Selig to retire following 2014 season

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Bud Selig will retire as Commissioner of Major League Baseball following the 2014 season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Bud Selig will retire as Commissioner of Major League Baseball following the 2014 season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

After 22 years at the helm of baseball, Bud will be hanging ’em up.

Allen H. “Bud” Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, announced in a statement on Thursday that he will be retiring following the 2014 season. His last day as Commissioner will be Jan. 25, 2015.

“It remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life,” Selig said in his statement. “Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term.

“I am grateful to the owners throughout Major League Baseball for their unwavering support and for allowing me to lead this great institution. I thank our players, who give me unlimited enthusiasm about the future of our game. Together, we have taken this sport to new heights and have positioned our national pastime to thrive for generations to come. Most of all, I would like to thank our fans, who are the heart and soul of our game.”

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PostHeaderIcon Brawl Brewing: Braves, Brewers tussle after Gomez homer

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Carlos Gomez and Brian McCann shout at each other after Gomez showboated around the bases on a home run in the first inning of a game between the Brewers and Braves on Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Carlos Gomez and Brian McCann shout at each other after Gomez showboated around the bases on a home run in the first inning of a game between the Brewers and Braves on Wednesday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Once again, on Wednesday night, the unwritten rules of baseball struck again.

Carlos Gomez, centerfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, hit a solo home run two batters into the game against the Atlanta Braves off pitcher Paul Maholm.

Gomez flipped his bat and stared from home plate as the ball sailed out of the ballpark before jogging slowly to first base. There were words exchanged briefly from Maholm. Freddie Freeman gave Gomez an earful as he rounded first. As he rounded third, there was more barking toward Maholm. Upon arriving at home plate, Gomez was greeted by Brian McCann. He never touched home plate.

The benches emptied and a full-on brouhaha unraveled.  Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Cloyd starts opener of final Phillies series

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Tyler Cloyd makes his final start of the season on Thursday against the Braves. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Tyler Cloyd makes his final start of the season on Thursday against the Braves. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

This is it – the final weekend for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2013 season. It has been a long year, that’s for sure. But very shortly, things will all be over.

The Phillies (72-86) enter the final series against the team that controlled the division for much of the year, as the NL East champion Atlanta Braves (93-65) host the final regular-season series starting on Thursday.

Tyler Cloyd (2-6, 5.40 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Cloyd allowed five runs on six hits in five innings in his last start against the Mets, suffering the loss. Cloyd has never faced the Braves and is making his first start at Turner Field.

The Phillies will face right-hander David Hale (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Hale made his major-league debut in his last start, pitching five shutout innings in a no-decision against the Padres at Turner Field. Hale makes his second major-league start and first against the Phillies.

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PostHeaderIcon Phils fall late to Marlins

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Justin Ruggiano scores the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Marlins. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Justin Ruggiano scores the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Phillies’ 3-2 loss to the Marlins. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

As this dismal season comes to a close, the Phillies opened their final five games the same way the final 10 began, with a loss.

Falling to 72-86, the Phillies are preparing to close the season in Atlanta. But first, they lost at the hands of the miserable Marlins.

The Phillies are going out with a whimper, losing in five of six games. That included Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Marlins.

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PostHeaderIcon Hamels goes for milestone win in Miami

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Cole Hamels goes for his ninth win of the season and 100th of his career on Wednesday against the Marlins. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cole Hamels goes for his ninth win of the season and 100th of his career on Wednesday against the Marlins. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Phillies finally snapped a five-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a victory over the Marlins in a bullpen game no less. It was a positive step for a group that has shown improvement in the second half.

The Phillies (72-85) enter the final five games of the season. The first of those five is the series finale against the Marlins (58-100) on Wednesday.

Cole Hamels (8-14, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed six runs on 10 hits in seven innings in a loss to the Mets in his last start. Hamels last faced the Marlins on June 5, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings in a win. In his career against the Marlins, Hamels is 9-12 with a 3.16 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA.

The Phillies will face left-hander Brad Hand (1-1, 3.14 ERA). Hand allowed one run on one hit in two innings in his last appearance on Friday against the Nationals. Hand picked up the win against the Phillies in relief on Sept. 18. He made his last start on Sept. 13 against the Mets, allowing four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. In his career against the Phillies, Hand is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Halladay starts as Phillies open final week in Miami

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The Phillies closed out the home schedule with a four-game losing streak, capped by a sweep from the New York Mets.

Things have not been good for the Phillies down the stretch. They clinched a losing season on Friday. Now they slip further as the losing continues.

The Phillies (71-84) move to the road for the final seven games of the season. That starts with the Miami Marlins (57-99) .

Roy Halladay (4-4, 6.91 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Halladay allowed one run on four hits in six innings in a win against the Marlins in his last start. Halladay has faced the Marlins three times this season, going 2-1 with a 6.06 ERA. In his career against the Marlins, Halladay is 9-5 with a 3.53 ERA. At Marlins Park, he is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 3.79 ERA). Eovaldi allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits in five innings against the Phillies, taking a no-decision. Eovaldi is 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA in his career against the Phillies. At Marlins Park, he is 2-8 with a 4.00 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Bowa On The Bench: Former Phillies skipper joining Sandberg would be nice partnership

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Larry Bowa served as the Phillies manager from 2001-2004. He last coached under Joe Torre with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010. (Photo by Miles Kennedy/Phillies.com)

Larry Bowa served as the Phillies manager from 2001-2004. He last coached under Joe Torre with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010. (Photo by Miles Kennedy/Phillies.com)

An interesting offseason storyline may begin to take shape in the next 10 days. As the Phillies close the season, they are likely going to announce that Ryne Sandberg will be sticking around as manager in 2014.

When Sandberg was named interim manager in August, he inherited the staff that Charlie Manuel had assembled. This will be his first chance to put together a staff of his own.

At the ballpark on Wednesday was a familiar face. Larry Bowa was a fixture of the Phillies teams in the late 1970s and a member of the 1980 World Champions. He managed the team from 2000 to 2004.

Sandberg and Bowa are already linked, both being part of a trade between the Phillies and Cubs. Bowa was finishing up his career. Sandberg was just starting his Hall-of-Fame career. Read the rest of this entry »

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