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April 19, 1993 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dennis Ellixson appeared rattled, letting up a run in the bottom of the third then escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth. A good start was not Ellixson's strong point in his first real varsity action, against Glen Mills in a Del-Val League baseball game Thursday. His curveball, on the other hand, was. Using an inside-out philosophy of pitching, setting up his curveball with his fastball, Ellixson struck out a career-high eight batters over six innings of relief in helping Sun Valley to a 4-2 victory at Glen Mills.
SPORTS
October 2, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a look at the finer points of yesterday's 3-1 Phillies victory. In two regular-season starts against the Milwaukee Brewers, Cole Hamels allowed 14 hits and seven runs in 13 1/3 innings. Yesterday, in Game 1 of the division series, Hamels held the Brewers scoreless on two hits over eight innings. He struck out nine. Word out of the Brewers' clubhouse was that Hamels' signature change-up was better than ever, and that he had a good fastball. But three pitches are better than two and one key to Hamels' success was the use of his curveball.
SPORTS
April 2, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE HARD PART about being on top? The margin for improvement is far smaller than the margin for regression. Roy Halladay has faced this quandary throughout most of his career, but coming off a career year in which he went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and won the National League Cy Young Award, it was difficult to envision an aspect of his game that he could manage to refine. Well, yesterday provided a bit of insight. In spring training, Halladay spent significant time working on his curveball, and in the Phillies' dramatic, 5-4 victory over the Astros, he used the pitch with a great deal of effectiveness.
SPORTS
February 27, 2010 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last week, Rich Dubee said it was counterproductive for Cole Hamels to work on two pitches. The pitching coach wanted to see consistency from Hamels' curveball before experimenting with a cutter. Yesterday, as Hamels faced hitters for the first time during live batting practice, he threw more cutters than curveballs. "He's been playing with it," Dubee said of the cutter. "We played with it last year some. I think he's very comfortable where he is arm-wise. He feels like he's ready to do that stuff.
SPORTS
February 19, 2010 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cole Hamels says he doesn't need to see the video - he remembers what he did. Rich Dubee does, too. He saw the times Hamels snatched the throw back from his catcher and stomped around the mound after something went wrong. When Hamels was at his best in 2008, Dubee said, he never noticed a hitch in Hamels' mound mannerisms. That changed in 2009. And so did the results. "The success won't come back until the demeanor changes - his attitude and his focus," said Dubee, the Phillies' pitching coach.
SPORTS
September 28, 1997 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The visitors' bullpen in Yankee Stadium was far out in left field, and the big fence in front of it hampered the players' view. "You really couldn't see home plate from there," said Paul Hopkins. So when Hopkins got the signal from his manager and began the long walk to the mound in the middle of the fifth inning, he wasn't sure who he'd be facing. Not that it would have made much of a difference. Just called up by the Washington Senators, this was his first appearance in the majors and his nerves were already tattered.
SPORTS
April 10, 2001 | By Brian Miller INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It's not an eerie calm. And it's certainly not a dead calm. But Owen J. Roberts baseball coach Greg Gilbert said his current group is just . . . calm. Calm? "I asked them about it a couple of times, and I haven't got a straight answer yet," Gilbert said. "But they're going out and doing what they have to do. Every group is different, I guess. " Actually, since Gilbert showed up in Bucktown four years ago, every group of Wildcats has been the same as far as winning in the Pioneer Athletic Conference is concerned.
SPORTS
August 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOOSIC, Pa. - Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage described Jerad Eickhoff as having a "bulldog mentality. " The righthander commands the mound with a tenacious approach, Brundage said. All signs point to the bulldog being unleashed in the major leagues Saturday. The Phillies have yet to name a starter for that day's game in Miami. The IronPigs have not named a starter for Friday, which would be Eickhoff's normal day to pitch. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is still figuring it out. Brundage said it's not his decision.
SPORTS
September 17, 2010 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
MIAMI - The edict came down during Roy Oswalt's first season in Double A. Thou shalt throw changeups, the Astros brass said, and thou shalt throw them at least 20 percent of the time. Needless to say, young Oswalt was not pleased. He was in the middle of a spectacular season - he'd finish at 15-7 with a 2.21 ERA - and was hellbent on reaching the majors via the shortest possible route. That route did not include shelving a dominant fastball and curveball in favor of a pitch he'd never thrown with any sort of success.
NEWS
March 30, 2005 | By Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
A presidential commission investigating U.S. intelligence failures in Iraq has concluded that many of the same weaknesses that plagued American efforts to investigate Saddam Hussein's regime are preventing the United States from collecting accurate intelligence on Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs. Lacking American spies in either country's top leadership or weapons programs, the commission concluded, the United States has relied heavily on satellite photos and communications intercepts, and on foreign intelligence services, exiles and defectors.
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August 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOOSIC, Pa. - Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage described Jerad Eickhoff as having a "bulldog mentality. " The righthander commands the mound with a tenacious approach, Brundage said. All signs point to the bulldog being unleashed in the major leagues Saturday. The Phillies have yet to name a starter for that day's game in Miami. The IronPigs have not named a starter for Friday, which would be Eickhoff's normal day to pitch. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is still figuring it out. Brundage said it's not his decision.
SPORTS
June 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - A clubhouse attendant asked Chase d'Arnaud if he had good handwriting on Thursday night as two disco balls shined a rainbow of colors through the Lehigh Valley clubhouse. He wanted d'Arnaud to take a Sharpie and inscribe the game ball from Aaron Nola's first start with the IronPigs, a good-as-advertised, five-inning scoreless outing in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons. Nola struck out seven batters and walked just one. He scattered four hits and threw 98 pitches, 66 of which were for strikes.
NEWS
March 29, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brendon Little and his Conestoga baseball teammates have unfinished business after advancing to the PIAA Class AAAA state final last season and losing to La Salle in eight innings. "We lost quite a few seniors, but we expect to have another successful year," Little said. "The new guys are coming along nicely. " The return of Little, a hard-throwing lefthander and North Carolina recruit, goes a long way toward the team's primary goal of claiming a Central League title. He delivers a fastball that tops out at 94 m.p.h.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2015 | the Inquirer Staff
Schilling vs. the Trolls Former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling , furious, took up arms against two men he said were marauding his daughter Gabby via Twitter. On Feb. 25, he'd congratulated Gabby for getting to pitch for the Salve Regina University Seahawks softball team in Newport, R.I. The social-media reaction, mostly happy, included some gross and indecent messages. Schilling outed the messagers as one Adam Nagel of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., and another man later identified as Sean MacDonald.
SPORTS
June 27, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WHEN ROMAN QUINN was growing up in Florida, he always knew baseball was for him. The hard part was deciding what position to play. He was split between two positions that he enjoyed equally. "When I was 11 and 12 years old, I played shortstop," Quinn said. "Going into 14, 15 and playing on my summer leagues team I was on, I was always a centerfielder. " Just a few years later, Quinn is using his experience from his younger years to make a transition for High A Clearwater. He was drafted in 2011 out of Port St. Joe High School as a shortstop.
SPORTS
May 5, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Washington experienced many trying days last spring and summer while dealing with the death of his mother. "At first, it was pretty rough," the Episcopal Academy senior pitcher and first baseman said. "It was about persevering, really. I must say that baseball was a big help in taking my mind off it. " Washington, whose strong pitching keyed a 7-1 victory Saturday afternoon over Inter-Ac League rival Germantown Academy, scratches the initials "RCW" into the dirt before every start.
SPORTS
June 5, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
IT IS way too early to say that Domonic Brown saved baseball in Philadelphia, or even that he saved this lackluster 2013 season, but there is electricity in Citizens Bank Park again, and the guy with the defibrillator paddles is wearing No. 9. Last night, he hit home run No. 17, a lined shot that landed in the rightfield seats after an eight-pitch battle against a young pitcher named Tom Koehler. The stadium erupted, two runs scored and baseball felt fun once again. A couple of hours earlier, as Brown walked from the on-deck circle to home plate for his first at-bat of the game, Koehler and his catcher had called timeout to gather their thoughts together in front of the mound.
SPORTS
May 2, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
"That stinkin' curveball. " The comment came from a frustrated Archbishop Carroll supporter after Archbishop Wood's Scott Boches had recorded one of his seven strikeouts late in Tuesday's Catholic League Blue Division baseball game. The senior righthander mostly kept the host Patriots guessing with his tricky curveball, and with the aid of three home runs in a small ballpark, the Vikings triumphed, 7-3, in Radnor. "It's really been my 'out' pitch this season," Boches said.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
ANY TIME I SPEAK excitedly about watching the Little League World Series around sports writers, I invariably am misinterpreted. Someone will quickly point out how few of this week's participants have ever reached the major leagues, as if we should be watching these games with that as our focus. I watched Panama eliminate Mexico on Thursday, 2-1. Pitching dominated the game, as it so often does, the sharpness of the breaking balls thrown a source of amazement and uneasiness. Eleven- and 12-year-olds, snapping curveballs with their still-developing arms, well, wow, wow. And . . . shudder, shudder.
SPORTS
June 7, 2011 | By DAVID MURPHY, dmurphy@phillynews.com
BY THE END of the night, the Phillies' offense had produced three runs, their shortstop had missed his second straight game with a swollen knee, their first baseman had fouled a ball off an ankle, and there was significant cause to question which of their former closers was more game-ready: Brad Lidge, whose attempted return from a rotator-cuff strain has been interrupted by soreness in his elbow, or retiree Tom Gordon, who returned to Citizens Bank...
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