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March 31, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tylor Love looks like a shortstop and acts like a shortstop. He's rangy, sure-handed, a quiet leader with his teammates' complete trust. Nick Tierno looks like a second baseman and acts like a second baseman. He's quick, athletic, a little louder than his buddy on the other side of the bag. Put the two of them together on a baseball field, and Eastern coach Rob Christ hears a symphony inspired by their synchronicity. "It's artistry," Christ said of his double-play combination.
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February 9, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not since 1983 have the Phillies created an older infield than the one planned for 2013. Thirty years ago, they were called the Wheeze Kids, christened by a Sports Illustrated cover photo that spring. Youth was unnecessary in 1983. It helped that three-fourths of the infield was composed of future Hall of Famers and Pete Rose. This bunch has no nicknames or covers, but when manager Charlie Manuel starts transferring lineups from his mind to paper, there is no more important unit than his infield.
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March 26, 1998 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Danielle Follosco waited, watched and played the good soldier for Marple Newtown last year until head coach Bill Bradley unleashed her against Upper Moreland in the district softball playoffs. Follosco threw a perfect game against Upper Moreland. The sophomore ought to have a handful of no-hitters and a perfect game or two left in her, the way she threw in an 18-0 rout of Radnor in the Tigers' season opener yesterday. "I couldn't wait to get the season started," said Follosco, who surrendered one infield hit and struck out 10 in a game shortened to four innings because of the 15-run rule.
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April 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - The ball skipped past Chase Utley, drawn in because the tying run stood on third base, and Jonathan Papelbon raised his arms in disgust. The richest closer in baseball blew his first save opportunity of 2014, and with it the chance at a season-opening series victory vanished. Minutes after a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night, Papelbon sat with his left leg crossed over his right and stared into his empty locker. Pitching coach Bob McClure consoled him. "It's just one of those weird innings, man," Papelbon said.
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May 23, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Rutgers-Camden softball team completed its run to the 2006 NCAA Division III title by edging two-time defending national champion St. Thomas (Minn.), 3-2, yesterday in Raleigh, N.C. The Scarlet Raptors, who completed their season at 47-5 to win the school's first NCAA championship in any sport, went 4-0 at the national championship series, including a pair of wins over St. Thomas. The Tommies, who closed their season with a 48-4 record, entered the national tournament as the top-ranked team in the country.
SPORTS
March 7, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - They shuffled in, one by one, taking their turns, and the balls came fast and furious. And it wasn't even 9 a.m. Michael Young, Kevin Frandsen and Cody Asche - the former All-Star, the utility infielder and the prospect - got their own wake-up calls at third base on the short field at the Carpenter Complex. "He was just hammering them at me," Young said later. As is their morning ritual, the practice before the practice, Young and his fellow third basemen got extra infield work with new third base coach and infield instructor Ryne Sandberg on Monday morning, before the team's trip to Bradenton.
SPORTS
March 10, 2012 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKELAND, Fla. - Sam Perlozzo is waiting for Chase Utley. But the Phillies are deferring to their second baseman, saying he knows his body best. When he is ready to test his chronically injured right knee with regular activity, he will inform everyone. But right now, there are no secret drills on back fields with Utley and Perlozzo, the team's first-base coach and infield coordinator. Utley has mostly stayed off his feet, but all parties involved say this is by design. "He's not a guy you go bug," Perlozzo said.
SPORTS
April 1, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Tylor Love looks like a shortstop and acts like a shortstop. He's rangy, sure-handed, a quiet leader with his teammates' complete trust. Nick Tierno looks like a second baseman and acts like a second baseman. He's quick, athletic, and a little louder than his buddy on the other side of the bag. Put the two of them together on a baseball field, and Eastern coach Rob Christ hears a symphony inspired by their synchronicity. "It's artistry," Christ said of his double-play combination.
NEWS
March 21, 1994 | By Lou Costello, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Here is a preview of softball teams from Chester County, including three Pioneer Athletic Conference teams in Great Valley, Phoenixville and Owen J. Roberts; plus Villa Maria Academy and West Chester Christian. PIONEER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE GREAT VALLEY. The two-time defending league champion Patriots will have a new coach in Dick Abplanalp, who takes over for co-coaches John Whitelock and Hal Honig. Returning to the squad that went 22-2 overall and 18-0 in the league (35-1 the last two years)
SPORTS
May 24, 1992 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It took the Bishop Eustace softball team a few innings to get going offensively yesterday when it played Morris Catholic in the state Parochial B title game. But once the Crusaders (21-4) did, they didn't stop until they had a 7-2 victory at Trenton State College. The state championship was the squad's second in the last four years. "I thought if we played well and executed all year - which we did - we could get to this game and win it," said Eustace's second-year coach, Mike Sacca.
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October 15, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS, who has been in a Phillies uniform long enough to accumulate more hits than any player in franchise history, experienced a first in 2014: He spent the entire season on a team that would finish in last place. "It's not a place anyone wants to be," Rollins said. "But it is the place we ended up. And that's all I can say about it. " Given his team's place in a big market with a big payroll and big expectations, Rollins understands that last place is unacceptable.
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August 20, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Jahli Hendricks' batting-practice hit drifted into shallow center field on Monday afternoon, sending Jack Rice a few steps inward. Rice dove headfirst and snared the ball in his glove before it hit the grass. If anyone was worried that Taney's third baseman would be affected by the blow to the face he took early in Sunday's win over Pearland, Texas, that catch put those concerns to rest. Manager Alex Rice said his son was fine. Rice is expected to be in the starting lineup Wednesday when Taney plays in the third round of the Little League World Series against Mountain Ridge (Las Vegas)
SPORTS
August 6, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
WITHOUT EVEN playing yesterday, Philadelphia's Taney Dragons nailed down a berth in Friday's semifinals of the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn. When the Newark (Del.) National team that Taney beat on Sunday bounced back yesterday to beat Northwest Washington (D.C.), Taney (2-0) was assured of advancing to the semifinals by virtue of winning tiebreakers. But first, there still is a game to be played tonight, against Colonie (N.Y.) Little League. One big reason that Taney finds itself in this enviable position is star female pitcher and infielder Mo'ne Davis.
SPORTS
May 8, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
KYLE KENDRICK was a pitch away from either getting out of a dicey seventh inning, or, in his words, letting the game get "out of hand. " But with the bases loaded and one out on Monday night, and Toronto already up, 3-0, Kendrick threw a 3-1 sinker and watched as Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end the inning. But it wasn't a traditional 6-4-3 doubleplay. Shortstop Freddy Galvis fielded the ball in the hole between where a third baseman and shortstop are usually positioned.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - The ball skipped past Chase Utley, drawn in because the tying run stood on third base, and Jonathan Papelbon raised his arms in disgust. The richest closer in baseball blew his first save opportunity of 2014, and with it the chance at a season-opening series victory vanished. Minutes after a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night, Papelbon sat with his left leg crossed over his right and stared into his empty locker. Pitching coach Bob McClure consoled him. "It's just one of those weird innings, man," Papelbon said.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A white placard bearing his name still graced the top of the locker where he used to dress, but Kevin Frandsen was nowhere to be found yesterday. Nor is he expected to be found from this point forward, at least not at Bright House Field or Citizens Bank Park or anywhere else where players in Phillies jerseys congregate. The veteran infielder informed the organization yesterday that he had decided to decline an assignment to Triple A Lehigh Valley, a move that came as a mild surprise since it meant he was forgoing the $900,000 salary he was guaranteed to be paid for 2014.
SPORTS
March 23, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed Friday that Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis has contracted MRSA. "Right now we are more concerned about his overall health than anything else," Amaro said. "He will be in the hospital for a little bit, but we are not sure how long. " According to the Mayo Clinic, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus auerus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - With one week completed in the Grapefruit League schedule, the typical spring maladies have affected the Phillies infield. Reserves Freddy Galvis (twisted right ankle) and Ronny Cedeno (back tightness) were removed Monday from a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Cody Asche nursed a bruised right hand while Jimmy Rollins stayed home with flu symptoms. None of the ailments was considered serious. Asche's provided the biggest scare, but his day was not a total loss. The third baseman participated in infield drills one day after being drilled on his right hand by a pitch.
SPORTS
January 15, 2014
The Phillies signed veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training, which opens Feb. 13 in Clearwater, Fla. Cedeno, 30, played in 89 games with Houston and San Diego last season, batting a combined .242 with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs. He has played all four infield positions at different points during a nine-year big-league career that included stints with the Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Pittsburgh and the New York Mets.
SPORTS
November 21, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies signed veteran infielder Reid Brignac to a minor-league deal on Tuesday, and they have more roster shuffling to do on Wednesday. Brignac, 27, provides depth at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He can play both shortstop and second base. He is a career .221 hitter known for his glove. He could fill the role Michael Martinez did for the previous two seasons. All 30 teams must set their reserve lists by midnight Wednesday in advance of December's Rule 5 draft. Players eligible for protection must be added to the 40-man roster before then or become subject to selection by another team.
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