May 20, 2015 |
DENVER - Cole Hamels' last three starts have lowered his season ERA by almost a full run. The 31-year-old lefthander's latest performance, his longest outing of the season, fueled the Phillies to their longest winning streak since September 2012. The Phillies earned their sixth consecutive win on Monday night in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. Their ace allowed just one run and six hits over 71/3 innings. Hamels has won each of his last 11 starts in which he has been afforded at least three runs of support while he is in the game.
May 7, 2015 |
ATLANTA - A brisk top of the first inning Tuesday night ensured only three extra minutes for any nerves to stew as Chad Billingsley readied in the visitors dugout. The 30-year-old righthander walked to the Turner Field mound, threw his seven warm-up pitches, and toed the rubber to face Nick Markakis. After two years, two elbow surgeries, and countless steps of rehabilitation on his right elbow, Billingsley was a major-league pitcher again. The results in the Phillies' 9-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves proved far from what the pitcher had envisioned, but he left with some encouragement.
April 29, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - Cole Hamels trotted out to the Busch Stadium mound shortly after 9 p.m. local time Monday. The bottom of the seventh inning signified just the second time this season the 31-year-old lefthander toed the rubber with a lead. A three-run top of the seventh in the Phillies' 4-1 win matched the team's combined run support for its ace over his first four starts. Hamels' win was his first in seven outings dating to last season. It came against the Cardinals on the same day the St. Louis ball club officially lost ace Adam Wainwright for the rest of the season.
September 19, 2014 |
THERE IS A scene in the old TV show "M*A*S*H" where Charles Winchester, the rich snob from Boston, chuckles because some farmers in the United States were wiped out by a tornado or something. Winchester owned stock in the farmers' direct competitors and the disaster resulted in a windfall for the heartless doctor. "They have their interests," he sneered. "I have mine. " When star players get suspended or go on injured reserve or whatever, there is an opportunity for fantasy leaguers to pounce on the misfortune - often by grabbing that player's direct backup.
July 17, 2014 |
THREE YEARS AGO, Jose Antonio Vargas was a 30-year-old with the kind of career that most young journalists only dream of - a share of a Pulitzer Prize with the Washington Post , a coveted byline in the New Yorker - when he decided to risk everything on the truth. The former Daily News intern confessed in a magazine article that he's been in the United States as an undocumented immigrant - brought here without papers from the Philippines at age 12 - and then announced he was leaving journalism to fight as an activist for the rights of some 12 million people who share his plight.
February 19, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A suspect taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital grabbed for a police officer's gun after his handcuffs were removed for a medical procedure Monday night, police said. Dwayne Walker, 38, of the Tioga section of the city, was in custody in connection with the stabbing Saturday of a 15-year-old boy when he was taken to the hospital, police said. Walker had sustained "a severe laceration" to his hand, police said, but it was unclear when or how. Two officers stationed in his room around 12:30 a.m. Monday removed his handcuffs so hospital staff could conduct testing, police said Once his handcuffs were removed, Walker stood, yelled that he wasn't going back to jail, and tried to grab the gun of one of the officers, police said.
August 14, 2013 |
ATLANTA - The remnants of a depleted crowd chanted "Freddie! Freddie! Freddie!" when Cole Hamels threw his 84th pitch of the damp night. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman waved at the majestic change-up that scraped the soaked dirt in the sixth inning. Carlos Ruiz hopped, ripped off his mask, and shouted at Hamels after the strikeout. "I know we haven't done it much, but we've got to start something," Hamels said. "The pride that we all have, it has to be for something. There's not too many opportunities to play the game of baseball.
December 6, 2012
Two men impersonating police officers stole a truck from three men they handcuffed Wednesday night in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. Shortly before 10 p.m., the impersonators, wearing jackets that said police and fake badges around their necks, pulled over a silver Chevrolet Silverado extended-cab truck and handcuffed the occupants, police said. Medics took one of the men to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus with a possible broken arm. - Robert Moran
November 16, 2012
AFTER HEARING about the recent heroin overdose of Stephanie Bongiovi, the 19-year-old daughter of entertainer and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi (Tattle, Nov. 15), I was relieved to learn the young lady received medical attention quickly enough to avoid death or permanent injury. However, I was saddened to learn that police in the upstate New York town where she was attending college are now pursuing criminal charges against her for drug possession, in relation to the incident. Ms. Bongiovi is not a criminal, but rather someone in need of health services.