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February 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryne Sandberg shared a dugout with Pete Rose when he made his major league debut 3 decades ago. Like Rose, Sandberg valued playing the game hard. When Rose ran over a catcher to score a run for the Phillies, Sandberg and anyone else in the dugout obviously would be thrilled, not only to see their team score a run but also because they respected a good, hard baseball play. Major League Baseball reportedly is set to ban home-plate collisions, something first discussed as a serious possibility at the winter meetings in December.
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April 15, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IT TOOK only 54 seconds for umpires to confirm what they ruled they had seen in the fourth inning. It is going to take a lot longer for the Phillies to understand. "I think nobody really knows what the rule is, honestly," Tony Gwynn Jr. said. The situation: sixth inning, tie game, Gwynn on first base. Chase Utley lines a double to leftfield, where Marlins rookie Christian Yelich juggles the ball as he fields it off the ground. Phillies third-base coach Pete Mackanin waves Gwynn around third.
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April 13, 2001 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With 28 days left to the Camden Riversharks' home opener, the name went up on Campbell's Field yesterday as workers sloshed through ankle-deep mud in a race to get the 6,500-seat baseball stadium ready. While completion might look, to the untrained eye, as if it will come later than May 11, John Brandt, the Riversharks' general manager, said work was within schedule. "We will look, for the most part, 100 percent done" by opening night, he promised yesterday. The main ingredients for a night of hardball on the Delaware River waterfront - seats, grass, lights, restrooms and concessions stands - should be ready for the first fans, Brandt said.
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April 13, 1995 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Neshaminy and Pennsbury, two undefeated baseball teams, played Monday at Pennsbury, and the home team won a game decided by mistakes and umpires' rulings. As a result, the 6-5 Pennsbury win did not really separate one team from the other in what is expected to be a close race in the Suburban One National Conference's Patriot Division. "It was a big game," said Neshaminy coach Bob Loven. ". . . But it was ugly the way it ended. " "We won our last two games by coming from behind," said Pennsbury coach Steve Nielsen.
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October 15, 1993 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS; GEORGE REYNOLDS/ DAILY NEWS; ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
TALK ABOUT EXCITEMENT National League Championship Series MVP Curt Schilling (top) cruises the Vet after the Phillies clinch. Atlanta catcher Damon Berryhill tags out Dave Hollins at home plate (left) in perhaps the most controversial call of Game 6, which John Kruk (right) played most of with torn pants. The win was especially sweet for kid fans (above).
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April 7, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
The best football fields and basketball courts are the same rectangular shape. Baseball fields are different. Like some football fields and basketball courts, many of the best baseball fields in South Jersey are notable for their location, backdrop, and the way their surroundings impact the fan and playing experience. But some baseball fields are truly different - with odd shapes and unusual dimensions, with short porches in right field, and wide variations in the amount of foul territory behind home plate and along both baselines.
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May 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
  ERIE, Pa. By the look of the box score, it was another grim day for baseball back in Philadelphia. A couple of early leads disintegrated and a late rally fell short, leaving the last-place Phillies nearly 10 games out of first place two weeks before Memorial Day. If you were fortunate enough to be in Pennsylvania's fourth-largest city Sunday afternoon, you would at least feel better about the organization's future. That's because it was Aaron Nola's day to pitch at cozy Jerry Uht Park.
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November 2, 2009 | By Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One night after an overhanging camera in right field caused the first use of instant replay in postseason history, Fox and Major League Baseball decided to move the camera back so it would not interfere with play. "We took a look at it," said Dan Bell, a Fox spokesman. "It was an easy decision to move it back slightly. " During Game 3, the camera hung about 10 inches over the right field wall, adjacent to the foul pole. In the fourth inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a ball off the camera and it was originally called a double because the ball fell back into play.
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May 24, 1993 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The ballfield was groomed. The fans took their seats. The umpire dusted off home plate and the band struck up the wedding march. This was no regular Saturday afternoon ballgame. Craig Kellerman and Christine Lowrie were tying the knot at home plate. "I grew up playing baseball on this field," Kellerman said after the ceremony at Cowan Field in Radnor Township. "It means more to me than any church. This was the most perfect place for us to get married. " Kellerman, wearing a 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers uniform, waited patiently for his bride at home plate.
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April 25, 2002 | By Judy Downing
It was a time when the ragman still drove around in a horse-pulled wagon on dirt roads, calling out in rhythmic poetic tones, "Any old raaaaggggsss?" The milkman delivered quarts of milk in glass bottles, which in winter oozed frozen yellow cream from under dairy-labeled seals at the top if left outside too long. The circus came to town, some years putting up its tent where the Cherry Hill Mall now sits. We went into Camden to shop for shoes and clothes, to see a movie at the Arlo Theater, and to go to the dentist, who used the dreaded low-speed-drill, which inflicted memorable pain whether or not Novocain was used.
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May 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
  ERIE, Pa. By the look of the box score, it was another grim day for baseball back in Philadelphia. A couple of early leads disintegrated and a late rally fell short, leaving the last-place Phillies nearly 10 games out of first place two weeks before Memorial Day. If you were fortunate enough to be in Pennsylvania's fourth-largest city Sunday afternoon, you would at least feel better about the organization's future. That's because it was Aaron Nola's day to pitch at cozy Jerry Uht Park.
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April 26, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies batboy plucked Freddy Galvis' batting helmet from the dirt near home plate as the team celebrated near first base. The helmet had been spiked by Galvis after he leaped to his feet following his slide into home for the winning run of Friday's 1-0, walk-off win over Atlanta. It was left behind as he sprinted to grab Ben Revere, who ignited the celebration with a grounder to first base. Galvis reached on a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cesar Hernandez. With Revere batting, he moved to third on a passed ball.
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April 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 23, 2015 | Daily News staff and wire reports
NEW YORK - Major League Baseball is making some changes designed to speed games, but won't implement more radical proposals this year. The league and the players' union announced an agreement yesterday to enforce the rule requiring a hitter to keep at least one foot in the batter's box in most cases. MLB also will post stadium clocks timing pitching changes and between-inning breaks. MLB did not institute many of the ideas experimented with during the Arizona Fall League, such as a 20-second clock between pitches, a limitation of pitcher's mound conferences involving catchers and managers, and no-pitch intentional walks.
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September 30, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
T HIS SEASON, the Phillies struggled just as much in the stands as they did on the field. The Phightens drew 2,423,852 fans to Citizens Bank Park, an average of 29,924 per game. That was over a half-million fewer than last year - 588,551 to be exact - and marked the fourth straight season there was a drop in home attendance. The Phillies' year-by-year home attendance figures since they moved to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 are on Page 57.   My bad High-five to Jets quarterback Geno Smith for apologizing after cursing at a fan while leaving the field following a 24-17 loss to the Lions yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2014
WITH ALL the tempting choices out there, most, if not all of us, struggle with cooking at home. Home-cooked meals from scratch are likely more nutritious and better for overall health. But these days, with our mainly sedentary, round-the-clock lifestyles, it is increasingly difficult for people to carve out the time to plan, shop and prepare nutritious meals at home. Budgeting, planning, shopping and preparing healthy meals can be particularly challenging when resources are slim and money is tight.
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August 12, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, Conn. - After a full morning's batting practice, while her teammates were having lunch, Mo'ne Davis stood in a field at the Little League Eastern Region headquarters Saturday, calmly facing a cameraman for the Today show. It would be the second interview of the day, with several more to go, but Mo'ne neither complained nor seemed put out. After answering a series of now-familiar questions, she obliged the news crew by dipping into a basketful of baseballs and pitching them, perfectly, one after another, toward home plate.
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August 10, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRISTOL, CONN. - The stage is set. The Taney Dragons, the upstarts from Center City who have advanced further than any other Little League team ever from Philadelphia, will play Newark National (Del.) - a power that appeared in the Little League World Series in 2013 - in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Little League final Sunday at 6 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN2. Both teams won their regional semifinals Friday. Taney rallied to defeat Colonie (N.Y.), 6-5, in the morning, and Newark National sent Toms River home, 4-3, in the afternoon.
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June 9, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - Ryne Sandberg darted toward umpire Tom Hallion in the sixth inning. "Do not argue!" Hallion yelled. He raised his right hand to stop the Phillies manager; it was a fruitless gesture. Hallion ejected Sandberg, and the mild-mannered Hall of Famer became enraged. "He blocked the [expletive] plate!" Sandberg screamed. He raised his arms and shouted some more. Then Sandberg retreated to the visiting manager's office at Great American Ballpark and watched the Phillies lose, 6-5, with a crucial run eliminated at the plate using a convoluted rule no one understands.
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April 16, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
BONNER-Prendergast junior Nick Bralczyk sure isn't the new kid anymore. Truth be told, the 6-4, 195-pound transfer from Upper Darby hasn't felt like a newbie since the Friars' mid-March trip to Florida. However, when the righthander started in yesterday's Catholic League Blue battle of unbeatens at Archbishop Carroll, he was unproven. And when he threw a wild pitch that allowed Carroll to tie the game at 1-all in the fifth inning, the pressure was on. "As a pitcher, I'm thinking it's kind of my fault," Bralczyk said.
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