Ruben Amaro: the goal is to sign and keep Cole Hamels

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Ken Rosenthal spoke with Ruben Amaro and asked for comment on the Cole Hamels stuff from yesterday. Here’s Ruben:

“Our goal is the same as it has been from the beginning. To sign him and keep him long-term in a Phillies uniform … I do not ever discuss the information that is out there, nor those rumors or speculations. This is the time of year where things will be out there. It is the nature of our sport and a product of the time of year.”

Which is General Manager Speak for “Well, sure, if someone offers us a bunch we’ll trade him, but in the very likely event that doesn’t happen, I don’t want to be on record saying we shopped the guy.”

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.