April 1, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Cleanthony Early kept stealing glances down at the hat in his hands while he waited for his turn to climb the stepladder, scissors in hand. The Wichita State forward seemed stunned at the words embroidered on his brand new ball cap: "Final Four Atlanta. " "It's crazy. I still can't believe we're here," Early said. "You try to expect it, but you expect a lot of things that don't happen. This really happened. " Believe it. Wichita State is going to Atlanta, and these Shockers are no longer a surprise after the way the tenacious ninth seeds held off mighty Ohio State in the West Regional final.
March 25, 2013 |
Uh, oh. Atlanta rookie Julio Teheran, who will be the Braves' fifth starter, struck out 10 in six no-hit innings in a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., on Saturday. (OK, it's spring, but it's still scary.) The 22-year-old righthander walked three while lowering his ERA to 1.04 in six spring starts - in which he's given up just seven hits over 26 innings. "That's a really good arm," said Astros manager Bo Porter, a sharp-eyed baseball man. (Easy for him to say - his team is headed to the AL West.)
March 25, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Adam Morgan was 16, he had a chance to pitch to current Braves star Jason Heyward when the two played on the same travel team. "I got ahead of him, I remember, two strikes, and then that next pitch I tried to hump up and blow one by him," Morgan recalled, "and it went off the centerfield wall. " Morgan did not get a chance to face Heyward on Friday, but he did have plenty of success against his Atlanta teammates, holding the Braves to one run in 4 2/3 innings after the Phillies recalled him from minor league camp for a spot start.
March 23, 2013 |
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Roy Halladay will have thrown 25 pitches in a span of 10 days when he takes the ball Saturday at the Carpenter Complex to start a minor-league game. The Phillies want Halladay to start the second game of the regular season, April 3 in Atlanta. They believe he has enough time to catch up. "Sure," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "What's the risk?" Halladay will make two more starts, Saturday in the minors and Thursday against Toronto at Bright House Field.
March 22, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For guys like Roy Halladay, Mike Stutes and Phillippe Aumont, the next week is as much of a stretch run as a baseball player can experience in March. For Domonic Brown, the heavy lifting is done. We can say all of this with a fair amount of certainty after spending Thursday afternoon taking the temperature inside the coaches' offices at Bright House Field. Manager Charlie Manuel still isn't ready to proclaim Brown an everyday corner outfielder, but that's pretty much what he did when he hung up the lineup for that night's game in Fort Myers against the Red Sox. Fort Myers is the longest bus trip of the spring, and most players would rather not make it, and this trip is particularly bad because the game is at night, which means the team bus probably won't be getting back to Clearwater until after midnight.
March 8, 2013 |
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks couldn't have been less ready to play than they were at the beginning of Wednesday's game against the 76ers. It was sort of understandable as Atlanta had just returned home from a six-game road trip, which it had split, but had lost the final three. Wednesday was the Hawks' first game at home in almost 2 weeks and it showed from the opening jump. Their first 10 possessions consisted of six missed shots and four turnovers. And yet, with all that sloppiness and seemingly little desire to compete, the Sixers could only jump out to an eight-point lead.
March 2, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If the Phillies were to pen the perfect script for the month of March, it would include Roy Halladay toying with hitters like it was 2010, Chase Utley playing through the spring schedule uninterrupted, Jimmy Rollins leading Team USA to a World Baseball Classic title and Ryan Howard mashing Grapefruit League pitching. In February, Howard did a fine job auditioning for that role. Howard hit his first home run of the spring...
March 1, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It used to be the Phillies and Mets - sparring via sound bites across the state - that fueled the National League East preseason trash talk every spring. Then the Washington Nationals rose from the basement of the division and Jayson Werth, a longtime veteran of the division, took over Jimmy Rollins' old role as the NL East's primary provoker. Werth made waves when he called his Washington team the "most complete team" he has played on, and again this week when he said the Phillies, not the Braves, were the Nationals' chief competition within the division.
March 1, 2013 |
In February, Howard did a fine job auditioning for that role. Howard hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday, a solo, opposite-field shot off of Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, to help the Phils beat the Braves 10-5. Howard also doubled, finishing the day 2-for-3 with two RBI. "He was totally relaxed and stayed on the ball, went with it," manager Charlie Manuel said of the home run. "The ball was out away from him and he just stayed on it, went with it. " Howard, who missed the entirety of the spring schedule and the first 3 months of last season recovering from left Achilles' surgery, has started in all six games this spring.
February 20, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday. Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of Hayden, Idaho, is no longer an employee of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group, Daniel Keeney of DPK Public Relations confirmed Sunday night. Al Haase, president and CEO of AGC, issued a statement early Sunday that, while not referring to Hundley by name, called reports of behavior by one of its executives on recent personal travel "offensive and disturbing" and said he "is no longer employed with the company.