July 3, 2014 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Matt Hockenberry decided to take a nap after a Saturday day game while playing in the Gulf Coast League. He was feeling the effects of the Florida summer heat, and wanted to get a little shut-eye. His phone rang while he was sleeping, but he did not hear it. He did manage to wake up when roommate Brandon Leibrandt's phone rang, and Phillies minor league pitching coordinator Carlos Arroyo was on the other end of the line. He had this message for the 22-year-old Hockenberry: "Sleep at night, buddy.
April 28, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The three-year hunt for an effective bullpen continues, and it has uncovered Shawn Camp, a 38-year-old righthander who became the 11th reliever used by the Phillies in less than a month. He has joined Jeff Manship, another nonroster invitee in spring training, to form half of the righthanded relief options for manager Ryne Sandberg. The Phillies entered the weekend with the National League's worst bullpen ERA. They have tried 31 relievers since the start of the 2012 season, and no combination has yielded success.
September 18, 2013 |
In an ideal world for these Phillies, every fifth day in September would be dedicated to the education of Adam Morgan. This team is in search of fortification for its starting rotation in 2014. The lefthanded pitching prospect looked impressive last spring and earned an aggressive promotion to triple-A Lehigh Valley in April. But Morgan's season was derailed by lingering shoulder problems, and the team feared rotator-cuff surgery was possible. No surgery is required, however, after an MRI exam last week did not reveal changes in Morgan's shoulder.
August 12, 2012 |
Confirmation came when Nate Schierholtz traversed the streets of Beijing four summers ago. As a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team, Schierholtz barreled into China's catcher during a preliminary game to score on a sacrifice fly. The players in the two dugouts almost brawled, and China's manager was ejected. "There was a little bit of an uproar in China for a few days," Schierholtz said. "I was out in the city and a couple of people came up to me and said, 'You know, every person in this country hates you right now.' " He knew it then.
August 5, 2008 |
Police detained Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce in handcuffs during a weekend traffic stop on the Las Vegas Strip but released him without issuing a summons. Bill Cassell, a police officer, said yesterday that Pierce was handcuffed briefly after emerging "a little agitated" from a vehicle he was driving around 3 a.m. Sunday. Along with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Pierce led the Celtics to the championship this year and was named MVP of the NBA Finals. Pierce was given field sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer, which registered below the legal limit.
August 4, 2008 |
Carlos Arroyo is heading for Israel, making the veteran point guard and former Orlando Magic player the latest NBA free agent to head overseas, ESPN.com reported last night. Arroyo's agent, Leon Rose, confirmed the signing to ESPN. Maccabi Tel-Aviv coach Effy Birenboim told Israel's national sports network, Sport5, that the deal was the richest in the team's history. According to Israeli sources, Arroyo will earn an estimated $2.5 million next season - roughly the NBA equivalent of a $5 million salary before taxes - as part of a three-year contract.
February 3, 2008 |
We always know, with certainty, what is going to happen before each and every NBA season. For example, we knew that the Lakers would have no choice but to trade their unhappy, angry, unreachable superstar, Kobe Bryant. There was no chance that Andrew Bynum could develop in time to keep Bryant happy, and the Lakers had no assets to acquire the low-post presence that Bryant demanded. We knew, once Greg Oden was out for the season with a knee injury, that the young Trail Blazers were doomed to another trip to the lottery.
April 24, 2007 |
Rasheed Wallace usually needs to get mad at an official or face a late-game situation to get motivated. The opening tip was enough for him last night. Wallace blocked a shot and made a three-pointer on the opening possessions and finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks to help the Detroit Pistons beat the visiting Orlando Magic, 98-90, and take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. "Sheed has been very focused ever since we started practicing for the playoffs," Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups said.
March 11, 2006 |
Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady could miss up to 5 weeks with another back injury. He has been sidelined with back problems three different times this season and missed a total of 15 games. The Rockets are 2-13 without McGrady. McGrady was examined yesterday in Los Angeles by renowned back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. His latest injury is the result of a fall he took in the Rockets' win over Portland on March 5. Noteworthy Suns coach Mike D'Antoni was put in charge of the team's basketball operations.
March 5, 2006 |
Sunday, Olympic pooh-bah Jerry Colangelo is set to announce the 25 players he is inviting to try out for the U.S. men's Olympic team that will play first in the World Championships in Japan this fall, and then in Beijing in 2008. The group includes 22 NBA players. Three amateur players will be added to the tryout roster. It's likely, though not certain, that the three amateurs will be part of the select team that Colangelo hopes will form the core of international teams for the United States going forward - perhaps as early as the 2012 Games in London.