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May 3, 2015 | By Julie Kayzerman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Denny Bentley didn't know he was going to pitch for the Williamstown baseball team Friday afternoon at Clearview. He also didn't know he would be at bat in the top of the eighth inning. Both ended up being pleasant surprises. He worked four scoreless inning of relief, and drove in the go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth as the Braves topped the Pioneers, 7-4. With the win, the Braves moved closer to securing the Tri-County Royal division's automatic berth to the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic.
SPORTS
April 28, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
NEARLY A MONTH into the season, nobody besides the Mets seems interested in winning the National League East. Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves left Citizens Bank Park having squandered an excellent opportunity to build on their surprising start, with two losses in three games against the last-place Phillies. Meanwhile, the Phillies actually moved themselves into a tie with the Nationals, who entered the season as the heavy favorite to claim the division title. Like the division itself, yesterday's game felt like a matter of who wanted to lose it more.
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April 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is the Big Piece a Big Tease? Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been written off more than a billionaire's tax exemptions. And while nobody is claiming he will ever recapture his MVP form, Howard is known to go on a brief tear that shows there may be something left. After the roughest of starts this season, the 35-year-old first baseman is slowly starting to come around. Howard hit a three-run homer in the first inning Sunday and then had nothing to show for three hard-hit outs in a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 27, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
RYNE SANDBERG walked out of his office, through the tunnel to the dugout and right onto the field about a half-hour before the Phillies took regular pregame batting practice yesterday afternoon. Ryan Howard was peppering the catchers with strikes from the mound, letting them practice throwing down to second base. Outfielders were working on their throws into the infield. Later, Larry Bowa shot sharp ground balls with a fungo bat to infielders. "Basic fundamentals of catching the ball, throwing the ball, routine plays, hitting the cutoff men," Sandberg said shortly after the extra work - and after addressing his position players, too. "Not asking for any miracles, just make the routine plays and make it a priority.
SPORTS
April 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Buchanan cruised through the first six innings Saturday night against his hometown Atlanta Braves. The Phillies' second-year righthander expended only 25 pitches to get through three innings. He didn't allow a hit until the fifth. But a shaky seventh doomed Buchanan and the Phillies in their 5-2 loss. A pair of two-out walks chased the starter from the game, and he watched from the dugout as consecutive Atlanta hits off Jake Diekman turned his one-run lead into a one-run deficit.
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April 26, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies batboy plucked Freddy Galvis' batting helmet from the dirt near home plate as the team celebrated near first base. The helmet had been spiked by Galvis after he leaped to his feet following his slide into home for the winning run of Friday's 1-0, walk-off win over Atlanta. It was left behind as he sprinted to grab Ben Revere, who ignited the celebration with a grounder to first base. Galvis reached on a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cesar Hernandez. With Revere batting, he moved to third on a passed ball.
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April 7, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AS THE CUBS were preparing to open the season with a nationally televised game against the Cardinals, the Braves were busy trading the best closer in baseball for a solid but unspectacular pitching prospect and salary relief. We like to talk about rebuilding as if it is something that can be achieved with an instruction manual and some elbow grease. A linear, mechanical process with easily identifiable steps. Yet, as the Phillies prepare to take on the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on one of the most anticlimactic Opening Days in their history, the Cubs and Braves remind us of just how varied the journey can be. Down in Atlanta, general manager John Hart spent the offseason deconstructing a roster that won 94 games in 2012 and 96 games in 2013 and had won at least 86 games five straight seasons.
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April 4, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ross Micka says he has a "big mouth. " He also says that because he's a catcher, that's a good thing. "You have to be talking all the time as a catcher," Micka said after helping Williamstown to a 9-8 victory over Cherry Hill East on Thursday afternoon. Micka did more than talk a good game in the nonleague clash of South Jersey Group 4 baseball programs on a warm, windy afternoon at Williamstown's field. He also rapped a pair of RBI singles as Williamstown rallied for the victory over the Cougars.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
NO ONE LANDED a knockout punch. No one stumbled badly. Thus, no one broke away from the pack. Instead, at last night's latest mayoral forum, six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor showed themselves to have quite similar views on a range of issues. Hosted by the Next Great City Coalition, which represents 130 community, faith, environmental, business and union organizations, the forum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center focused on the coalition's six key initiative areas: improving substandard housing, supporting small businesses, cleaning up public spaces, improving nutrition for children, creating more trails and bike lanes, and storm preparedness.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal and Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writers
Protesters marched through Mayfair on Saturday and demanded to see surveillance video footage from the December shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown, which his mother said contradicted the police account of his death. Video footage shows that Tate-Brown was running away from police officers when he was shot, according to his mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, and her attorney. Their account differs from police statements that Tate-Brown was shot after he tried to retrieve a gun from inside his car Dec. 15. "How I feel is even more hurt [than]
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