September 20, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Darin Ruf lost his rookie status in 2013, but when he returned to his locker Wednesday after a two-hit night, he found a costume. It was dress-up night for the rookies, an annual hazing event he should have avoided. Ruf's space-rock outfit made him look like David Bowie in Labyrinth . That was fine. Ruf is just happy to see more playing time. His reward Thursday for starting two rallies Wednesday was another start at first base, this time as the cleanup hitter. He doubled and scored a run in a 7-3 loss to the Padres.
May 30, 2014 |
FORMER ST. JOHN'S forward Orlando Sanchez will work out with the Sixers tomorrow, his agent confirmed. The franchise has seven picks in the upcoming draft, set for June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Sixers have the third and the 10th overall picks, which were decided in last week's lottery, and they also have five second-round choices. Sanchez, a 6-9, 232-pound forward from Nagua, Dominican Republic, averaged 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds this past season, his lone season with the Red Storm.
April 25, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - The Phillies believe they have a long-term solution at third base, a revolving-door position filled mostly by players from outside their farm system since Scott Rolen ascended to baseball heaven - that's St. Louis, in case you've forgotten - in the middle of the 2002 season. What the Phillies don't know and won't know for a while is the name attached to that solution. Maybe it's Cody Asche. It's his job to lose, and some would argue he's doing a pretty good job of losing it. To be fair, he has a history of being a slow starter, and he deserves a lot more than three weeks to prove himself.
March 21, 2014 |
JUST WATCH HIM. Keep your eye on Ronald Roberts Jr. when St. Joseph's plays Connecticut tonight in the NCAA Tournament. He is a 6-8 senior, slight and springy, the closest thing the Hawks have to a center. Still, with an NBA vertical and a 7-foot wingspan, he's worth a look. Your jaw will drop when he blocks a shot with his elbow, as he did against Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday. You won't believe it when he rams in a tip-slam, his head hovering above the rim, as he did later in that game.
February 21, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph unwrapped the plastic that covered a red Nike chest protector and shin guards. While seated at his locker, he strapped the new equipment to his body, and approved. For Joseph, just being able to wear catcher's gear was gratifying. His future behind the plate was jeopardized last season because of persistent concussion symptoms. It limited him to 36 minor-league games. When asked how many career concussions he has endured, Joseph said, "Three, I think.
February 19, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER An international fugitive accused of scamming an elderly Chester County man out of more than $260,000 has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and deported to Pennsylvania to face charges, according to law enforcement officials. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Jack Mayer stole the money from an 84-year-old East Caln Township man by telling him he had won a $3.5 million sweepstakes, and needed to pay the taxes and fees before receiving his prize.
February 15, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Antonio Bastardo's standing in the Phillies organization was never endangered. The lefthander knew as much the day he called Ruben Amaro Jr. last August to tell the general manager he was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. "Take the suspension," Bastardo remembered Amaro saying. "We're not going to make it this year. I need you for next year. " Bastardo forfeited about $460,000, but the stain will linger. He admitted Thursday to violating Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement.
February 14, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The questions might be warranted, but the Antonio Bastardo who pitched in the Dominican Republic this winter looked a lot like the one who dominated the National League in 2013 before a 50-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug ended his season. In 14 innings for Los Gigantes, Bastardo struck out 24, walked six, and allowed only three earned runs while holding opposing batters to a .160 average. "I feel great," the 28-year-old lefty said. "I'm ready to go. " Last year, Bastardo pitched great, logging an average of 9.9 strikeouts, 4.4 walks and 0.4 home runs per nine innings along with a 2.32 ERA. Then came the suspension for his connection to the Biogensis Clinic in Miami whose alleged PED operation resulted in the discipline of 13 players.
November 6, 2013 |
The St. Joseph's basketball community is extremely happy that 6-foot-8 senior Ronald Roberts Jr. eventually outgrew skateboarding. Even though he grew up in a basketball family - his mother and father played professionally overseas - Roberts' sport of choice for much of his youth was skateboarding. He said he really didn't become serious about basketball until his sophomore year at Bayonne (N.J.) High, which he attended before transferring to St. Peter's Prep for his final two years.
August 26, 2013 |
Maikel Franco bashed his 29th homer Saturday afternoon, a day that was noteworthy because the Phillies' top prospect played a new position. He moved across the diamond to start at first base for the first time in his career. "It's just to give him another position he could go to," assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "His bat is coming quick, it looks like. He's probably going to be limited to third or first. He's never played first, so we wanted to break him in and see if that's a possibility.