April 1, 2015 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - McKechnie Field's public address announcer instructed the fans to remove their caps. The national anthem was ready to be performed. That is when the nerves kicked in Monday. "Here we go," said Larry Eflin, his shaky right hand covering his heart. His son, Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin, stood below in the bullpen. Preparations were all but finished for Eflin's first game against major-league hitters. His father could only watch. Zach Eflin pitched the first three innings of an 18-4 Grapefruit League loss against Pittsburgh.
March 3, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two days after starting five non-roster spring training invitees in an exhibition against the University of Tampa, the Phillies will open their Grapefruit League slate with a lineup that is expected to feature more regulars. But second baseman Chase Utley won't be among those taking the field for Tuesday afternoon's game against the New York Yankees, manager Ryne Sandberg said Sunday. Utley, who in January sprained his right ankle while fielding ground balls, is "just getting in the flow of things a little bit as far as being on the field so much," Sandberg said.
June 16, 2013
The Paloma too often gets overshadowed by big sister Margarita - at least, north of the Rio Grande. But in Mexico, it seems, Paloma reigns as the tequila drink queen, in large part because this quenching grapefruit cocktail better harmonizes with the tequila. Recipes for this highball drink vary from basic - one-part tequila, half-a-lime squeezed, three parts grapefruit soda (Jarritos or Squirt) - to more natural variations with fresh-squeezed grapefruit and lime juices, plus club soda and agave syrup.
March 29, 2013 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - The Phillies went into spring training hoping they would have a potent combination at the top of the rotation. After Wednesday, they know they at least are leaving Florida with their No. 1 starter still packing a nasty left uppercut that can take apart any team in baseball, with the possible exception of the Dominican Republic all-star team that won the World Baseball Classic. "That lineup was ridiculous," Cole Hamels said after making his final Grapefruit League start Wednesday against another loaded batting order.
February 25, 2013 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - Expectations had to be tempered because the setting required it. Roy Halladay threw 22 pitches in a Grapefruit League game Sunday with a few thousand people watching at Joker Marchant Stadium. This is the time when the pitchers are usually ahead of the hitters; when radar-gun readings mean little; when praise is readily distributed because, after all, optimism is boundless during springtime. Halladay said he felt fine after allowing one run in two innings against the Detroit Tigers.
December 22, 2012
Grapefruit's surprising effects prescription drugs Grapefruit can affect the response of 85 drugs, including cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, new anti-cancer agents, and some synthetic opiates and psychiatric drugs, as well as some birth control pills and estrogen treatments. (The list is at http://tinyurl.com/cu9yk3z ) For 43 of the 85 drugs, consumption with grapefruit can be life-threatening, said Canadian researcher David Bailey who compiled the list. Many are linked to an increase in heart rhythm, known as torsade de pointes, that can lead to death.
July 28, 2011 |
Basil is officially inescapable. It's exploding in my garden. Neighbors are leaving their surplus on my stoop. Huge bouquets, from local farms, are front and center when I shop at Whole Foods. And when life hands me basil? I make pesto. The garlicky, herby sauce pretty much pairs with everything (watch your back, ketchup), which is why I like to plow through my bounty by blending up a batch of pesto, and then getting creative in the kitchen. Here, with my Garden Fresh Pesto recipe, you can effortlessly pull together a complete and elegant meal, add zip to a healthy weeknight dinner, and spruce up a side so it becomes the star.
March 28, 2011 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Another National League Cy Young Award will be awaiting Roy Halladay after the season if the ace of all clubs pitches anything close to the way he did during the Phillies' Grapefruit League schedule. Halladay completed his exhibition work Sunday with three scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves, lowering his spring training ERA to 0.42. He allowed just one run, struck out 16, and walked six batters in 212/3 innings this spring. After the Phillies beat the Braves, 6-1, Halladay declared himself ready for Friday's season opener against the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park.
February 27, 2011 |
TAMPA, Fla. - There will be no more photo shoots of the Phillies starting rotation - that is unless this season ends with a World Series victory parade. Then no one cares how many posed pictures are required. After two weeks of batting practice, bullpen sessions, and daily manufactured smiles or scowls for the camera, baseball began Saturday with the Grapefruit League opener. "Yeah," Cole Hamels said, "I can actually play. It's nice. " The Phillies handed Hamels the ball for starters.
February 26, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley will not be in the lineup today when the Phillies travel to Tampa to face the Yankees in both teams' Grapefruit League opener. Neither will Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino or Carlos Ruiz. But Utley's absence is notable because he has been suffering from what manager Charlie Manuel described as "routine" soreness in his legs and knees. On Thursday, when Utley watched the Phillies' exhibition game against Florida State from the dugout, Manuel downplayed concern about his second baseman, who missed extended periods of time with a torn thumb ligament in 2010 and a broken wrist in 2007, and played most of 2008 while hampered by a sore hip that required offseason surgery.