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May 26, 2011 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kane Price is a starting outfielder and backup catcher for Council Rock South, but his No. 51 jersey is not a tribute to Phillies backstop Carlos Ruiz. "I've worn that number ever since I was 13," he said. "I was playing junior-legion ball for Northampton, and the coach just happened to give me that jersey. I had a great season, so I decided to stay with it. " Price also has made the most out of the number 8, as in his spot in C.R. South's batting lineup. In Wednesday's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA second-round playoff against Downingtown East, his 3-for-3 effort sparked the Golden Hawks to a dramatic 6-5 victory in Holland.
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April 13, 2011 | By JEFF JANICZEK, janiczj@phillynews.com
When Ryan Ferguson first showed up at baseball tryouts 3 years ago, Temple coach Rob Valli was baffled by what had just come his way. "Literally, this big, strong, lefthanded hitter just showed up at walk-on tryouts," Valli said. "We had no idea who he was, but he stood out like a sore thumb. " Ferguson's game might have been rough around the edges at the time, but Valli saw something in the 6-2, 225-pound catcher that he simply could not pass up. "He was a strong-armed guy from behind the plate, and he was pretty intriguing, so I kept him," Valli said.
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March 22, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies' signing of Luis Castillo is more about due diligence than desperation, more about a look-see than finding their man. More than anything, though, it is about the growing discomfort manager Charlie Manuel and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. are feeling as the reality of starting the regular season without Chase Utley closes in on them. Nobody is disparaging the job that Wilson Valdez did in a reserve role a year ago or the job he might do if asked to fill in for an extended amount of time at second base this season.
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March 8, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
TAMPA, Fla. - As the lineups were introduced before the game, that line from The Usual Suspects came to mind: "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. " Music from a different movie, Star Wars , played. For the Phillies, it was "The Imperial March. " The Yankees were introduced to the rousing music associated with the gallant rebel forces. Phillies: Darth Vader. Yankees: Bunch of Luke Skywalkers. A nifty trick by baseball's true Evil Empire, trying to convince the world the Yankees are the gutsy underdogs, battling the Big Bad Bullies from the National League.
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December 3, 2010
MICHAEL VICK'S night finally ended at 12:30 this morning, a small groan seeping out as he lifted his body from a chair and stepped gingerly from the podium. This was after a long stint in the training room, that followed another superhuman performance that required what seems to be superhuman resilience. "I'm used to taking hits," he said after the Eagles outgunned the Houston Texans, 34-24, at the Linc last night. "It's not that bad. They may look harder than what they seem. But it's not that bad. If I take one and I stay down, then you know I took a good one. I'm a pretty tough guy. " How tough?
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October 27, 2010 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his first public comments since he took a vicious hit two weeks ago, DeSean Jackson said that the collision he had with Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson felt like he "was in a car accident. " The Eagles wide receiver confirmed that he lost consciousness for what he believed to be "a couple of minutes. " Jackson said it took about an hour before he regained his bearings. "I was like, 'What happened?' " Jackson said Tuesday on Comcast SportsNet's Daily News Live . "Everybody was like, 'You got hit hard.
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October 20, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - As soon as Raul Ibanez stripped off his uniform following the Phillies' Game 3 loss Tuesday afternoon, he moved through the horde of reporters who lingered awkwardly in the visitors' clubhouse waiting for a willing interviewee, any willing interviewee. Ibanez stopped at a laptop computer and sat down next to Chase Utley, who was doing the same. The leftfielder apparently was queuing up video of previous at-bats in search of a solution to his ongoing postseason hitting troubles.
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October 20, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - The hard decision really wasn't that hard for Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. Despite days of public coyness, he appears to have made it a while ago and correctly has not wavered. Starting Joe Blanton in Game 4 of this teetering National League Championship Series makes sense. Throwing your entire starting staff out of whack in order to get Roy Halladay on the field tonight on 3 days' rest does not make sense. That really was the easy one, though. Knowing Manuel, the question of his starting lineup is likely to be the one that kept him awake last night.
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October 20, 2010
Eagles right tackle Winston Justice is writing a column for the Daily News again this season. His columns appear Wednesdays.   HITS LIKE THE ONE DeSean Jackson suffered on Sunday really scare you. Being on the field when something serious like that happens, your first instinct is to hope they will just stand up and shake it off. But when you see their motionless body on the ground, you know they will not get back up anytime soon....
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