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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DENVER — Colorado Rockies cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki used his patience first and then his power to help the Rockies wallop the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1 on Friday. Tulowitzki singled home a run in the sixth. The at-bat was the longest of Tulowitzki’s career. “You just keep on fouling away pitches and you try to get one you like,” Tulowitzki said.

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Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright’s two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night. As Harang’s pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. The Mets hit few balls hard against the resurgent Harang, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70.

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At some point, this country is going to have to have a serious talk about national security. Because the Secret Service has actually been threatening to kill mascots for far longer than we all want to admit.

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Cole Hamels appears ready to make his 2014 Phillies debut.

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Case in point, the rule came into play in two recent games involving American League West teams. Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley had a particularly tough time with the rule in a 3-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on Saturday. First baseman Brandon Moss’ apparent flyout in the third inning turned into an RBI single when Ackley dropped the ball during the transfer. However, Moss was called out for passing third baseman Josh Donaldson, who thought the ball was caught and retreated to first.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Julio Teheran pitched a three-hitter, Evan Gattis homered among a career-best four hits, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Wednesday night.

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Remember way back in the offseason when there was all that talk about the New York Yankees wanting to scale back on salaries? That was before the high-priced additions of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka from Japan and major-league free agents such as outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. The thing is, the Yankees are still the Yankees, and a survey from the British publication Sporting Intelligence drives that home once again. The Yankees figure for this year comes in at $8.03 million, behind only Manchester City of soccers English Premier League, at $8.11 million.

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Mother Nature provided the Phillies with an extra day to heal the wounds of Monday nights harrowing 9-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies got excellent work from their bullpen — three wins and a 2.13 ERA — in sweeping the Miami Marlins over the weekend, but Monday night was a different story. B.J. Rosenberg allowed home runs to the only three batters he faced and Jake Diekman, pressed into closers duty because Jonathan Papelbon needed a break after pitching three days in a row, had a tough time throwing strikes before Dan Uggla took him deep for a game-deciding grand slam. After 13 games, the Phillies have the highest bullpen ERA in the National League at 5.53.

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Maybe, hopes Yahoo!’s Tim Brown, “MLB will recognize the literal interpretation of its rule is nullifying the actual point of playing defense, which is to catch the baseball.” (Yahoo! Sports) Jeff Samardzija admits “it’s looking like” he’ll be traded by the Cubs . Like Koji Uehara, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has shoulder soreness that the team says — hopes? Coach Cal ought to spring for a gold watch for many years of service, or something.

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