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CLEARWATER A familiar figure sits at the far corner of the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse, at the opposite end from such marquee starters as Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee and the at opposite end of the world he once dominated as a big-time starter himself.
These days, Dontrelle Willis is just hoping to prove hes worthy of a spot in the Philly bullpen as a spot reliever a far cry from his days as a flashy young Marlins lefthander who won the 2003 Rookie of the Year Award and racked up 22 wins with a 2.63 ERA two years later.
Im happy to be here theyve welcomed me with open arms, said the 30-year-old with the perpetually upbeat, energetic personality. Its such a great organization with great history. And Ive been working hard just to fit into the system.
His journey through baseball since leaving Florida as part of a blockbuster trade that sent him and slugger Miguel Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers has been a rocky one.
There were his two difficult seasons with Detroi...
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Oh this is rich. Jonathon Papelbon, the douchenozzle of a closer for the Philadelphia Phillies, decided to become just like the city he signed with, classless. Not that Boston fans are anyway endearing. In fact, they are a bunch of scum.
But Papelbon had this to say about the city that used to cheer for him
“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are...
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After yesterday’s 4-run, partial inning disaster and reports of a sore arm, it is looking like the Dontrelle Willis experiment may come to a quick end. It is a real shame though. Willis had a spectacular career during his first four years in the majors. But the 5 years that followed that were horrendous and Willis wound up spending a lot of time in the minors trying to get his...
Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer off Phillies ace Cliff Lee in the first inning and the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia tied at 4 in a split-squad game Sunday.
The game was called after the 10th.
Lee gave up three consecutive hits to begin the game, including Raburn's homer. After Miguel Cabrera singled, Lee set down three straight batters, striking out two of them.
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