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April 14, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Absegami freshman Becca Roesch stepped up when her team needed it most. With Braves shortstop and captain Ryann Guy out with a leg injury suffered in Friday's win at Wildwood Catholic, Roesch was called on to fill the void. The freshman slugged a leadoff home run down the left-field line to spark a 10-2 win over Deptford in the first round of the Overbrook Tournament on Saturday. Roesch finished the day 3 for 5 at the plate, knocking in three runs and scoring once. Taylor Martin added three hits and scored a run. Braves lefthander Bobbie Beck threw a complete game, striking out 12 batters and walking only one. It was the second solid start that the sophomore had registered in two days, as she pitched her first career shutout against Wildwood Catholic on Friday.
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March 22, 2014
Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time Friday and is expected to miss the entire season. The Braves said Thursday that Los Angeles Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache will operate in Los Angeles. Beachy's ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by James Andrews on June 21, 2012. Braves pitcher Kris Medlen had a right elbow ligament replaced by Andrews for the second time Tuesday. Chapman has surgery Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery to repair a broken bone above his left eye, but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive Wednesday in a spring training game.
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March 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Justin Upton popped a David Buchanan sinker into the sky, and the 24-year-old Phillies righthander shouted as he descended the Champion Stadium mound. Shortstop Freddy Galvis captured the lazy fly ball. Buchanan, an improbable entrant in the fifth-starter competition this spring, completed three scoreless innings Tuesday against a stacked Braves lineup. He was disappointed. "You never like falling behind [the hitters] because you never want to get hurt," Buchanan said.
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March 12, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez could not recall which expletive he used Sunday when his No. 1 starter, Kris Medlen, darted from the mound to the clubhouse, then Monday to an MRI tube. There were fears that Medlen, a 28-year-old Tommy John survivor, had suffered another serious injury to his right arm. The Braves harbored faint optimism Monday as they prepared for a Grapefruit League game against their rival Phillies. Gonzalez coped with six words. "Thank God we signed Freddy Garcia," he said.
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February 27, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Here in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom sits the land of the young and the spring-training home of the Atlanta Braves. This baseball camp is in stark contrast to the one 87 miles to the west in beautiful Clearwater, Fla., where senior citizens won't just fill the stands at Bright House Field when the Grapefruit League schedule begins. They will also occupy the field. All right, so that's a cheap shot. Nobody in the Phillies camp has an AARP card. Not yet anyway.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE CITY'S homeless-outreach organizations have a secret weapon in Sean Rafferty, particularly when it comes to surveying the individual men and women who camp out on Philadelphia's streets, transit concourses and other public spaces. It's not often, after all, that the workers completing those surveys can swap stories about what it's like to have no place to go home. "The best way to address the homeless problem is through people who know where they're coming from," said Rafferty, who spent 10 years living on the streets of Philadelphia.
SPORTS
January 26, 2014
The Atlanta Braves agreed to a minor-league contract with righthander Freddy Garcia and invited him to their big-league spring-training camp. A 37-year-old righthander, Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 in six games for the Braves, including three starts, after he was acquired from Baltimore last year. He also pitched six solid innings in Game 4 of the division series against the Dodgers. Atlanta wanted a veteran to bolster a talented but young group of starters, especially after Tim Hudson signed with San Francisco.
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Any tradition that has lasted 114 years must evolve to survive. And so, the annual Mummers Parade has been put through Darwinian paces. Routes have been tweaked. Hours curtailed. Rules imposed. Crowds have expanded and contracted. Drag queens, who strutted until the 1970s, returned to the frilled fold in 2013 - and oh, dem golden kinky boots. But the 2014 rendition, which rolled and strutted, boogied and high-stepped, clowned and twirled up South Broad Street on Wednesday in a well-hydrated flurry of confetti, sequins, feathers, and face paint, was 100 percent consistent with its century-old roots in the most essential Philadelphia ways.
NEWS
November 30, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
  They could have slept in, or at least enjoyed the warmth of a new Thanksgiving pastime: Christmas shopping. Instead, Barry Walton, his wife, and their three children - and thousands of similarly hearty souls - stood bundled against wind and far-from-cozy conditions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Thursday morning to be part of a long-standing tradition. "It's a little cold but a lot of fun, so you kind of look past that," Walton, 44, of Mount Airy, said from the sidelines of the 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, the country's oldest.
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