August 23, 2015 |
MIAMI - The 12th pitch Jerad Eickhoff delivered in his major league debut - a 92-mph fastball he spotted on the outside of the plate - was ripped back his way by Marlins cleanup hitter Justin Bour. The one-hopper deflected off Eickhoff's pitching hand and toward third baseman Andres Blanco. Pitching coach Bob McClure and the Phillies training staff made their way to the mound, where the rookie righthander's hand was examined before he attempted to throw a couple of warmup pitches.
August 23, 2015 |
MIAMI - Jerad Eickhoff needed only three starts with triple-A Lehigh Valley before the Phillies were comfortable bringing him to the major leagues. He needed only 75 pitches on Friday to cement himself on the list of intriguing players to watch over the final six weeks of this Phillies season. The first of the five prospects the Phillies acquired for Cole Hamels to debut in the major leagues, Eickhoff tossed six shutout innings in a 7-1 win at Marlins Park. The 6-foot-4 righthander became the first Phillies starter to not allow a run in his big-league debut since Hamels in May 2006.
August 23, 2015 |
MIAMI - Darnell Sweeney was getting ready to lead off and play center field in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night when he learned he was scratched from the lineup of the Dodgers' triple-A club. It didn't take much more than a scroll through Twitter to learn the reason. Sweeney's manager later officially alerted him that he had been traded to the Phillies. If that wasn't enough news, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called 20 minutes later and told Sweeney he was getting his first major-league promotion.
August 21, 2015 |
DICK VERMEIL has done just about everything in football, except own a team. Until now. Vermeil is buying a 2.5 percent stake in the Philadelphia Soul. Vermeil, 78, becomes the latest high-profile figure to join the group. Saints wide receiver Marques Colston became part of the ownership in October. There also has been talk that Philadelphia native Jahri Evans, a longtime teammate of Colston's, is next. Real estate mogul Craig Spencer, a co-founder of the Soul along with Ron Jaworski and Jon Bon Jovi, has been looking to diminish his investment in the club, which on Sunday will play for a berth in the ArenaBowl championship game.
August 20, 2015 |
"MAJOR League Bocce" is exactly the sort of tongue-in-cheek name that works for a league that's "major" mostly in how fast it has grown. The casual, social sport league that is helping to rejuvenate the ancient game expects about 12,000 registered players this year in Philadelphia and 10 other cities nationwide. In 2004, Sarah DeLucas and fellow co-founders started D.C. Bocce League with about 50 players as an alternative to an intramural kickball league that just wasn't cutting it. "People took kickball a little too seriously," she said, "getting out of their crap jobs and taking everything to the next level.
August 5, 2015 |
One day early in 2012, Bryan Morton found himself giving a tour of North Camden's baseball fields to a man he'd never met before. All Morton knew was that the man had money, and that he was thinking of donating to Morton's fledgling Little League. As they toured the dilapidated fields where members of the newly formed North Camden Little League played, Morton explained that baseball helped families feel connected to their community. He told of how sports could teach children about a world beyond the city's drug-ridden streets, and how he dreamed of a citywide league.
August 4, 2015 |
FOR A TEAM that just had a week off, the Soul's defense was in a rather foul mood. It seemingly meant nothing that they were 13-3 and had clinched their conference. At the root of their irritability was a loss to Jacksonville on July 18 in which the defense gave up the most points it had all season. "We had a chip on our shoulder all week," defensive back Dwayne Hollis said. "We allowed 74 points [to Jacksonville.] That's not characteristic of us. We had to come out and play lights-out.
August 2, 2015
4 p.m. Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center TV: ESPN3 Soul record (home record): 13-3 (8-0) VooDoo record (road record): 3-12 (0-6) Soul key players: Dan Raudabaugh, QB: 108 TDs, 12 INTs, 4,596 passing yards. Tommy Taggart Jr., RB: 83 attempts, 260 rushing yards, 12 TDs. Marco Thomas, WR: 141 receptions, 1,662 receiving yards, 35 TDs. VooDoo key players: Adam Kennedy, QB: 38 TDs, 11 INTs, 2,561 passing yards. Roosevelt Falls, RB: 41 attempts, 94 rushing yards, nine TDs. Chris Duvalt, WR: 100 receptions, 1,183 receiving yards, 21TDs.
July 28, 2015 |
CHICAGO - When Cole Hamels returned to his locker stall on Saturday, he was greeted with a bottle of Dom Pérignon, a gift from his teammates for pitching a no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Less than 24 hours later, Aaron Nola collected his first big-league win in his second career start. What was his prize? "I got the ball," Nola said, more than happy with the souvenir. It's probably worth pointing out that Nola is just 13 months removed from his 21st birthday. "I'll stick with some water," the rookie righthander joked following an 11-5 win over the Cubs yesterday afternoon.
July 23, 2015 |
RUBEN AMARO JR. found an empty chair next to the rookie pitcher's locker and waited for him to return. When Aaron Nola joined him, he received a few warm words and a hearty handshake from the Phillies' general manager. Maikel Franco followed, offering a fist bump to the 22-year-old righthander. Then relievers Luis Garcia, Hector Neris and Justin De Fratus, with a handshake, a hug, or a slap on the behind for the Louisianan Kid. Aaron Nola was as good as advertised in his major league debut.