Phil Coke
American professional baseball pitcher
Phil Coke
Phillip "Phil" Douglas Coke is an American professional baseball left-handed pitcher with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. Coke was born in Sonora, California.
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Yahoo News - 5 months
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired veteran left-hander Phil Coke from the New York Yankees on Thursday for cash considerations. Coke 34, has not pitched in the majors for the New York Yankees since May 16. Coke went 5-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 23 games (11 starts) at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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Polanco, Pirates Rally for 5-4 Win Over Cubs
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Gregory Polanco got three hits, including a go-ahead single in the seventh inning off Cubs reliever Phil Coke to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates over Chicago 5-4 on Thursday.
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Large number of Ohioans are close to slipping into poverty
NPR - almost 2 years
Nearly half of Ohioans could be pushed into poverty by a medical crisis, a job loss or in some other emergency. That's the conclusion of a report from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. The group's executive director, Phil Cole, says that figure is huge, but it's understandable, because so many people live paycheck-to-paycheck.   WKSU's Karen Kasler reports.
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Cubs to sign Phil Coke: report
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Joe Maddon made no secret of the Chicago Cubs' search for a left-handed reliever, and they might have found one in Phil Coke.
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Sports Masochism: Big Papi, Crazy Uncle Jimbo and Neanderthal Man
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
I learned long ago that my garage is never more organized than it is on autumn Sunday afternoons. When the Lions are on, something positive has to happen by 4 p.m. So, to the embarrassment of my wife, I buried a coaxial cable under the ground and ran it to the garage so I could keep half an eye on my latest garbage-picked 32" television while I fold paint tarps, sort screws, clean bike chains or set mousetraps. I have been a Lions fan since the mid 1970s. I have seen the Dallas Cowboys and 49ers go from bad, to great, to bad again, then great again. And since turning negative-seven years-old, the Lions have amassed exactly one playoff victory -- in 1991 against the Cowboys without injured Troy Aikman. For me, Wayne Fontes is the good old days. No Lions head coach has ever been a head coach anywhere else. Big Papis and Sports Slappies Sunday night, I smugly watched the amazing Max Scherzer throttle the life from the fearsome Boston Red Sox. But his pitch-count, like Anibal San ...
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The Last Game at Yankee Stadium, September 21, 2008
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Now that baseball season has ended in New York, I'm in a hot-stove season funk. It feels like the boys of summer must still be playing, on these 80-degree days in Manhattan. Thinking about my team, the New York Yankees, and the way this year felt like conclusions all around -- Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retiring, Derek Jeter injured, Alex Rodriguez facing a year and a half's suspension -- it's inevitable to remember the very last game at Yankee Stadium, if you were there. Here's what I thought at the time, five years ago.... Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, summer 2008 (photo by me) September 21, 2008. A gorgeous summery day in the Bronx. Sunshine, and scattered harmless clouds in the sky. The bat, its white-taped hilt towering above the rubble and fencing around its base. In the distance, beyond it, the ivory upsweep of Macombs Dam Bridge. A trio of flagpoles, with American, New York state, and National Park Service flags lying limp against them. The beige-khaki walls ...
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Tigers Clinch Playoff Spot With 4-2 Win Over Twins
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
MINNEAPOLIS -- MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doug Fister struck out seven and the Detroit Tigers homered three times in the fourth inning to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Victor Martinez and Omar Infante went back-to-back and Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer later in the fourth to put the Tigers in front. Fister (14-9) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings to help Detroit secure at least an AL wild card. Cleveland rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning to prevent the Tigers from clinching their third straight AL Central title. One more Tigers win or Indians loss will lock it up for Detroit. Scott Diamond (6-12) gave up four runs on nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, and Ryan Doumit homered for the Twins. The Tigers entered needing a victory and a loss by the Indians to win the division. For a moment, it looked as though this was going to be Detroit's night when the White Sox homered twice in the ...
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Rios Ties AL Mark With 6 Hits In Sox Win Over Tigers
Huffington Post - over 3 years
DETROIT -- Alex Rios tied an American League mark with six hits in a nine-inning game and Adam Dunn hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the eighth to lift the Chicago White Sox to an 11-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Dayan Vicideo's second homer of the game helped the White Sox score seven runs in the eighth inning, and they scored three more runs in the ninth to surpass a season high for scoring. Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th homer, an impressive blast to left-center, to give him a major league high 92 RBIs and .363 batting average. He broke the franchise record for homers before the All-Star game, surpassing the total Cecil Fielder had at the break in 1990 during his 51-homer season Verlander (9-6) gave up a season-high 12 hits, five runs and struck out three to match a season low in seven-plus innings. Rios singled in the first, tripled in the third and also singled twice in the eighth inning. He also singled in the fifth and ...
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Tigers fall to Angels in the 10th inning
The Sacramento Bee - over 3 years
No one wanted to blame Phil Coke. But they didn't have to. Coke did a fine job of that himself.
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Valverde Blows Save, Cain's HR Leads Royals Past Tigers
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping the Kansas City Royals overcome Justin Verlander's seven scoreless innings Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest total this season. Verlander has a 15-2 record with a 2.56 ERA in 25 starts against the Royals. Drew Smyly pitched a one-hit eighth, then allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to Hosmer and was replaced by Valverde. He retired Santiago Perez on a flyout and struck out Billy Butler as Hosmer stole second – becoming the first Kansas City runner in scoring position. Cain fouled off three pitches, then sent an 85 mph offering over the wall in left-center. Valverde blew a save for the third time in 12 chances. Greg Holland ...
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Tigers Blow It
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
BALTIMORE -- Even after managing 3,392 games, Jim Leyland doesn't always make the right decision. At least not in his mind. If he could do it over again, Leyland would have handled his pitching staff differently in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Rick Porcello was cruising along with a three-hitter and took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning. Then it all came apart. After Chris Davis hit his major-league leading 20th home run, Chris Dickerson singled and took third on a single by J.J. Hardy. Phil Coke entered and gave up an RBI single to pinch-hitter Danny Valencia. Two batters later, Nate McLouth grounded a broken-bat single up the middle to bring home pinch-runner Alexi Casilla for a 3-2 lead. As Detroit packed up following a 1-5 road trip, Leyland lamented his choice to stick with Porcello to begin the seventh. "I botched it, it was my fault," the veteran manager said. "(Porcello) was pitching terrific, but the way the lineup set up, I shou ...
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - almost 4 years
Alex Gordon's grand slam capped a five-run top of the 10th inning that propelled the Kansas City Royals to an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Gordon finished with a pair of hits, while Billy Butler went 3-for-3 with an RBI single to help the Royals bounce back from a 7-5 loss in Wednesday's opener of the rain-shortened two-game series. Lorenzo Cain ended 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the triumph, Kansas City's third in four games overall. Tim Collins (1-0) picked up the win after striking out two while tossing a perfect bottom of the ninth in relief of James Shields, who allowed three runs on five hits over the first eight frames. Detroit ace Justin Verlander was in line for his third victory of the season after limiting the Royals to two runs -- one earned -- before exiting after seven innings due to cracked skin in his right thumb. However, the Royals tied the game ...
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Trumbo's homer in 13th inning lifts Angels over Tigers
Fox News - almost 4 years
Mark Trumbo hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 13th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.Trumbo sent a 3-1 offering from Phil Coke (0-2) over the left-field wall, lifting the Angels to their fifth straight win at home
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Lauren Cavanagh: Hypothermia, Heartburn and High Blood Pressure -- It Must Have Been the Detroit Tiger's Opening Weekend
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
During the Christmas season, I often think to myself, "This is the most wonderful time of the year." Then right around this time of year, I think to myself, "What the hell is wrong with me? It's Opening Frickin' Day and this is sooooooooo much better than Christmas." And that's the truth. Opening Day in Detroit is a holiday. It doesn't end after the home opener, either. It is a weekend of celebration. But unfortunately, with the good, comes the bad... Now please understand that I don't leave games (except for this past Sunday, but hang tight for that explanation). I am there for nine innings, and I will sit through all weather patterns. One time last season we were caught in a torrential downpour, waiting on the steps up to the concourse, attempting to seek shelter. I have seen snowflakes, and I have sweat through my shorts. I have experienced it all. But I must say, 47 degrees with no sun and a cool breeze is the worst type of baseball weather. While it was the most gorgeo ...
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Not The Best Start For Justin Verlander
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
DETROIT -- Justin Verlander made one mistake and Jayson Nix made him regret it. Nix hit a two-out, two-run homer off Verlander's high, hanging changeup and that was enough offense for New York because CC Sabathia pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-0 Sunday. "Poor pitch selection and poor pitch execution on the same pitch usually doesn't end up too well," Verlander said. Verlander (1-1) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks, looking shaky after throwing five scoreless innings in a season-opening win at Minnesota. "If he could have one pitch back the whole day, it would be the pitch to Nix," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. The Yankees (2-4) avoided a sweep and dropping to their worst six-game record since starting the 1989 season 1-7. New York's ace had a lot to do with helping his team get the much-needed win. Sabathia (1-1) gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four in 114 pitches ...
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Phil Coke, Tigers Reliever, Coughs Up Lead As Detroit Fall 3-2 To Twins In 9th Inning
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers brought an even mightier lineup back from their American League championship season. Their starting rotation is still stacked. If there's a concern about this team's ability to reach the World Series again, and win it this time, that rests on the relievers. Read More... More on Detroit Tigers
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LOOK: Pictures Of Tigers With A Baby Tiger Will Make Your Day
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It's been an exciting day for the Detroit Tigers, Tigers fans and one tiger of the four-legged variety. Not only did the team sign pitcher Justin Verlander for five more years (for a cool $180 million -- not too shabby) but the team got to meet Rocky, an adorable Bengal cub from the Dade City Wild Things Zoo. AP Photo by Carlos Osorio Here's four-week-old Rocky with relief hitter Phil Coke, who looks eerily similar to his animal pal: AP Photo by Carlos Osorio We also "awwwed" when we saw a photo of Anibal Sanchez holding Rocky on Twitter: Go Tigers! twitter.com/AnibalSanchez1… — Anibal Sanchez (@AnibalSanchez19) March 29, 2013 And last but not least, manager Jim Leyland a staring contest with the cub. We're guessing Rocky melted his heart, at least a little. AP Photo by Carlos Osorio That's almost enough excitement to tide us over until Opening Day ... but we're still counting down until April 5.
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Tigers avoid arbitration with six players
Fox News - about 4 years
The Detroit Tigers agreed to one-year contracts with outfielders Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch, pitchers Doug Fister, Rick Porcello and Phil Coke and catcher Alex Avila, the team announced on Friday.All six players were eligible for arbitration
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SWEEP
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
DETROIT -- Smart pitching. Clutch hitting. Sharp fielding. Plus an MVP Panda. All the right elements for a sweet World Series sweep for the San Francisco Giants. Nearly knocked out in the playoffs time and time again, and finally pressed by the Detroit Tigers in Game 4, Pablo Sandoval and the Giants clinched their second title in three seasons Sunday night. Marco Scutaro – who else? – delivered one more key hit this October, a go-ahead single with two outs in the 10th inning that lifted the Giants to a 4-3 win. "Detroit probably didn't know what it was in for," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. "Our guys had a date with destiny." On a night of biting cold, stiff breezes and some rain, the Giants combined the most important elements of championship baseball. After three straight wins that looked relatively easy, they sealed this victory when Sergio Romo got Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to look at strike three for the final out. "Tonight wa ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Phil Coke
    TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    On October 18th in Game 4 of the 2012 ALCS, Coke sent the Tigers to the World Series for the first time in 6 years by getting Jayson Nix to pop out to Prince Fielder for the final out of the game.
    More Details Hide Details Coke spiked his glove in celebration as he pushed the Tigers past his former team.
    On October 14 and October 16, 2012, Phil Coke earned saves against the Yankees in games 2 and 3 of the 2012 ALCS.
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    He can earn an additional $50K in appearances or starts, depending on whether he'll be a starter or reliever for the 2012 season.
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    On January 16, 2012, Coke signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Tigers to avoid arbitration.
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  • 2011
    Age 28
    After spending all of his previous time in the major leagues as a relief pitcher, Coke was moved from the bullpen to the fifth spot in the starting rotation to start the 2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details On June 30, after accumulating a 1–8 record, Coke was moved back to the bullpen.
    The Tigers signed Coke to a new contract on February 7, 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    On December 9, 2009, Coke was traded to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.
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    In 2009, Coke got his first World Series title after the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.
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  • 2008
    Age 25
    He made his major league debut on September 1, 2008, for the Yankees against the Detroit Tigers with a scoreless inning and strikeouts of Curtis Granderson and Miguel Cabrera.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2002
    Age 19
    He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 26th round (786th overall) of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, and did sign.
    More Details Hide Details He began his baseball career with the GCL Yankees in. By, Coke had also pitched for the short season Staten Island Yankees, Class-A Charleston RiverDogs, and Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees. He made his Double-A debut with the Trenton Thunder in, going 9–4 with a 2.54 ERA in 23 games (20 starts). Later that year in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, he pitched in 13 games (starting one) and went 2–2 with a 4.67 ERA.
  • 2001
    Age 18
    Coke attended San Joaquin Delta College. He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 49th round (1450th overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Born on July 19, 1982.
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