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April 1, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies needn't feel too badly, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. The Jays are 24-5, by far the best spring training record in either Florida or Arizona. In fact, they have the best winning percentage of any team since 1997, a spring that included two 10-game winning streaks. And here's what it gets them - a trip straight to fourth place in the highly competitive American League East. The Jays have been baseball's best fourth-place team each of the last four years - which, along with a buck-fifty, gets you a cup of coffee in any convenience store on either side of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
SPORTS
March 17, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - It was one of those spring training moments that, 10 years from now, might exist only in oblivion. Who knows, though. Maybe Starling Marte's home run off Cliff Lee represented an early meeting of superstars future and current. Marte, a top-100 prospect who is expected to start the season in the minor leagues, blasted a first-inning pitch from Lee over the fence in left field to help the Pirates beat the Phillies, 3-2, at McKechnie Field on Friday. The 23-year-old centerfielder hit .332 with a .370 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage, and 12 home runs last year at double-A Altoona.
SPORTS
March 21, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joe Roa went to the mound last night against the Toronto Blue Jays as an insurance policy for the Phillies' starting rotation. He may have walked off the mound as something much more than that. Pitching in place of the injured Brandon Duckworth for the second straight start, Roa delivered a performance that was even more dominating than the five scoreless innings Vicente Padilla posted Wednesday afternoon in Fort Myers. Roa allowed just one hit and one walk in five innings and the Phillies beat the Blue Jays, 1-0, at Jack Russell Stadium.
SPORTS
March 13, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Ozzie Guillen is in mid-season form, even though it's not yet the first day of spring. The new Miami Marlins manager was tossed out of a game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. While others are in Florida to work on their tans, their golf games and, occasionally, their baseball, Guillen was practicing irritating the umpires. "A little excitement, set the tone, protecting my players. That's it," Guillen said after getting run by Tim Timmons in the sixth inning.
NEWS
February 28, 2003 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eleanore Balderston Hoeffel, 83, of Bryn Mawr, a community activist with managerial skills, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Tuesday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. For more than 50 years, Mrs. Hoeffel was a volunteer and often an officer for charitable and cultural organizations. "She had good executive skills," her son, U.S. Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel 3d, said. She was former president of the Huntingdon Valley Garden Club and of the Philadelphia committee of the Garden Clubs of America.
SPORTS
March 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - Maikel Franco said he did not notice how far his first home run traveled on Monday afternoon. Franco did not stop to watch the path of his rocket, which left Ed Smith Stadium in the first inning and continued the third baseman's hot spring. Franco, who entered this camp with no home runs in his last two springs, homered again in the third inning of the team's 8-7 loss to Baltimore, bringing his spring homer total to six. "I never see the ball," Franco said. "I just swing, hit the ball, put my head down, and walk.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2006 | By ROBERT STRAUSS For the Daily News
Who knew that upscale would become the new mode in North Wildwood for mid-decade? After all, the place still has a lifesized statue of Cozy Morley, whose club, wrecked years ago, was nicknamed "The Toilet. " And the Boardwalk stores still sell T-shirts emblazoned with sayings not even the People Paper could print. Yet the signs are there. Moore's Inlet, where college crowds, and even their grandparents, snarfed down many a cheap Bud for several generations, will soon be a beachfront mid-rise.
NEWS
November 17, 1992 | By John Woestendiek, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
So, whom are you going to believe - the National Park Service or the Church Universal and Triumphant? The National Park Service is part of the federal government. Its employees do wear uniforms. And they have been the guardians of Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park since 1916. The Church Universal and Triumphant, on the other hand, does preach that the truth shall set you free. And it is headed by a "messenger for the Ascended Masters, each of whom has lived thousands of lifetimes on earth and has become one with God. " At issue?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A meditative little movie about two friends, slightly estranged by time and impending fatherhood, Old Joy begins and ends with the sounds of a car radio, broadcasting commentary about President Bush, the war in Iraq, the economic and social troubles at home. But Kelly Reichardt's peaceful reverie is less about politics and modern-day turmoil than it is about retreat and discovery: A retreat into the natural world, and the discovery that people change and grow apart. Shot in the ferny, rain-kissed forests of Oregon, Old Joy follows Kurt (Will Oldham)
SPORTS
April 5, 1999 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
Here's the inside pitch on third baseman Scott Rolen's hot spring. He started to turn on the inside pitch. "Scotty's getting to fastballs I haven't seen him get to before," said manager Terry Francona. "He's maturing. They've pounded him in the last couple years. Now, if they miss, he makes them pay. And he can really handle pitches out over the plate. So this all works in his favor. " Rolen played well enough in 1997 to be voted the National League's Rookie of the Year. Last year his stats took a giant step forward when he hit 31 homers and drove in 110 runs.
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March 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - Maikel Franco said he did not notice how far his first home run traveled on Monday afternoon. Franco did not stop to watch the path of his rocket, which left Ed Smith Stadium in the first inning and continued the third baseman's hot spring. Franco, who entered this camp with no home runs in his last two springs, homered again in the third inning of the team's 8-7 loss to Baltimore, bringing his spring homer total to six. "I never see the ball," Franco said. "I just swing, hit the ball, put my head down, and walk.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2016 | By Carol Ann Davidson, TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
'There he is," said Juan Jose, pointing to the young sloth on a tree near the entrance to Nayara Springs. Not wanting to see a sloth is akin to not wanting to go zip-lining in Costa Rica. I had declined the vertiginous sport, but am thrilled to gaze upon that little guy hanging on to that tree for dear life. Juan Jose is one of the most enthusiastic staff members any hotel could have - a true naturalist at heart. As a matter of fact, heart has everything to do with this ultimate romantic boutique hotel, tucked away near the town of La Fortuna, steeped in the rain forest, and within sight of the one of the world's most active volcanos, Arenal.
TRAVEL
March 23, 2015 | By Noah Lederman, For The Inquirer
I had traveled to Dominica for the jungle, for the verdant cloak of bromeliads and fern trees that overlays this volcanic island in the Eastern Caribbean. But life just outside the forest, I would quickly discover, was as intriguing as inside. As we drove, my focus kept shifting from the incredible flora to the strips of asphalt spilling down the coast, twisting at improbable angles on descents. Locals walked the streets carrying umbrellas in one hand (to fight the inexorable rains)
SPORTS
March 22, 2013 | By Kate Harman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Up by seven points in the fourth quarter, the Spring-Ford girls' basketball team was looking to start its 2012-13 season with a win over Notre Dame. But a remarkable 33-point performance by Megan McGurk propelled the Irish to a comeback win in the final seconds. It was the last time the Rams have lost a game they were leading. It also was the last time the Rams have lost to a team from Pennsylvania. Since that opening loss, Spring-Ford (31-2) has been a different team, relying on its staunch defense and balanced attack to advance to the PIAA Class AAAA state final, a game they were one win away from a season ago. "It's so important to us," junior forward Shelby Mueller said after her team's semifinal win Tuesday over Cardinal O'Hara.
SPORTS
March 9, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - No one is hitting for more power in the Phillies camp than Kevin Frandsen, a backup infielder. Backup infielders are not supposed to have slugging percentages like .808. Frandsen homered off David Price on Friday. He is hitting .385 (10 for 26), with six of those hits going for extra bases. "He's hitting, man," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did some real good hitting. That's big-time hitting. Big-league hitting off a big-league pitcher. " Frandsen was rewarded with an $850,000 contract for his strong showing in 2012.
SPORTS
April 1, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
The Phillies needn't feel too badly, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. The Jays are 24-5, by far the best spring training record in either Florida or Arizona. In fact, they have the best winning percentage of any team since 1997, a spring that included two 10-game winning streaks. And here's what it gets them - a trip straight to fourth place in the highly competitive American League East. The Jays have been baseball's best fourth-place team each of the last four years - which, along with a buck-fifty, gets you a cup of coffee in any convenience store on either side of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
SPORTS
March 17, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - It was one of those spring training moments that, 10 years from now, might exist only in oblivion. Who knows, though. Maybe Starling Marte's home run off Cliff Lee represented an early meeting of superstars future and current. Marte, a top-100 prospect who is expected to start the season in the minor leagues, blasted a first-inning pitch from Lee over the fence in left field to help the Pirates beat the Phillies, 3-2, at McKechnie Field on Friday. The 23-year-old centerfielder hit .332 with a .370 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage, and 12 home runs last year at double-A Altoona.
SPORTS
March 13, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Ozzie Guillen is in mid-season form, even though it's not yet the first day of spring. The new Miami Marlins manager was tossed out of a game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. While others are in Florida to work on their tans, their golf games and, occasionally, their baseball, Guillen was practicing irritating the umpires. "A little excitement, set the tone, protecting my players. That's it," Guillen said after getting run by Tim Timmons in the sixth inning.
SPORTS
March 4, 2012 | By Brian Kotloff, Inquirer Staff Writer
While other teams walk through layup lines and free-throw practice before games, Spring-Ford runs suicides to half-court and intrasquad 5-on-5 games. "If you want to play fast," coach Jeff Rinehimer said, "you can't warm up shooting free throws. You have to get your motors started. " The Rams' motors have been revving nonstop for three months. And, based on Friday night's 46-33 win over North Penn in the District 1 Class AAAA championship game at Villanova's Pavilion, Spring-Ford has lapped its competition.
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