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June 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies took interest in Grady Sizemore's comeback last winter, but not the way the Red Sox did. Boston offered Sizemore, 31, a guaranteed major-league contract. The Red Sox released the former Cleveland Indians star on June 18 after 205 mediocre plate appearances and a .216 batting average - significant because no outfield corps is worse than Boston's. On Tuesday, the Phillies decided Sizemore was worth the zero risk of a minor-league deal. The talented but often-injured Sizemore will report Thursday to triple-A Lehigh Valley for an audition in center field.
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June 16, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Bill Hunter was as unadorned as his standard outfit of workman's khakis and a crisp white T-shirt. An Army staff sergeant in World War II, he was an iron worker whose forearms looked like Popeye's. His lips constantly gripped an unfiltered Camel and there was always a rake, a hammer, or a bat in his big hands. Even as a kid, I knew this was a man who preferred work to words. With the aid of a lot of other Delaware County dads, all of them World War II veterans and most of them just as tough and taciturn, Hunter cleared a stretch of woodland on the far side of a gully, just off South Central Boulevard in Broomall, and built the Lawrence Park Little League complex.
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June 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
READING - A former top-five draft pick was playing winter ball in Venezuela when he started to sense he would have difficulty landing a job this spring. So Adam Loewen reverted to an old custom. He began to long toss. More than 5 years had elapsed since Loewen, once a ballyhooed Orioles' pitching prospect, last toed the rubber. Arm injuries had sent the touted 6-6 southpaw into a second career as a hitter. But nearing 30 and after 3 years of stints manning the outfield in Buffalo, Port St. Lucie and New Hampshire, he opted to again gauge the status of his once-prized left arm. "I felt like I left a lot out there, a lot of potential that was untapped, really," he said.
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June 15, 2014
Where: Wells Fargo Center. When: Saturday at 6 p.m. TV: ESPN3. Outlook: Soul (6-6) seeking revenge against cross-state rival Power (9-3) for earlier defeat (65-57). . . . Soul fullback Derrick Ross rushed for three touchdowns and now has 129 on his career. . . . Power quarterback Tommy Grady is second in the league in passing yards (3,091) and touchdown passes (72). . . . Pittsburgh's Virgil Gray is second in the league with eight interceptions. . . . Soul receivers Anthony Jones (1,061 yards and 25 touchdowns)
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June 13, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
AFTER STRIKING gold last summer with free-agent forward Michael Raffl, the Flyers have once again turned to Sweden in an attempt to fill a hole on their roster. The Flyers announced the signing of French left winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to an NHL contract yesterday, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Bellemare, 29, is a native of Paris. He has spent the last five seasons skating in Sweden's top league with Skelleftea AIK, capturing two consecutive championships. Bellemare likely stood out to the Flyers' scouting staff last month at the world championships, when he skated alongside Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel.
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June 13, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
HE GALLOPED in from the bullpen on a chariot made of solid gold, lightning bolts shooting from his eyes, flames streaming from his arms, thunder booming from the heavens as all in attendance threw themselves at his mercy. Eh, not quite. "I thought I was going to fall down," Kenny Giles said. "My legs were a little jellied. " Giles, a 23-year-old righthander whose ability to throw a fastball 100 miles per hour had made him a bit of a cause celebre amongst a fan base fatigued by some of the performances it had seen from the Phillies' bullpen, made his much-anticipated major league debut yesterday.
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June 6, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - Tyson Gillies was just 4 years old when his parents noticed something different about him. They thought he was not focusing, and ignoring them when they spoke to him. He was tested, and it was learned that he has 50 percent hearing in one ear, and just 30 percent in the other. "I was reading lips when I was 2 and 3 and speaking perfectly, so nobody knew," Gillies said. "There was something different. I found myself getting lost in different situations. Finally, when they brought me in for my third or fourth hearing test, they closed the blinds and I couldn't read lips anymore.
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June 5, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Minutes after Ryne Sandberg held a brief team meeting to emphasize the magnitude of the next week, a Phillies public relations employee handed the manager a cellphone. Sandberg scrolled down the screen. Then he marched to the visitors dugout at Nationals Park to face reporters. He looked irritated. "I'm fired up," Sandberg said. "Ready for another ball game to get ready to move in another direction. There was a lot to be learned from the series we had. " Larry Bowa, Sandberg's bench coach and confidant, agreed.
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June 5, 2014
COACHES' ALL-CATHOLIC TEAM MVPs Red: Dominic Cuoci, La Salle. Blue: Josh Ockimey, Neumann-Goretti. PITCHERS OF THE YEAR Red: Dominic Cuoci, La Salle Blue: Pat Doudican, Neumann-Goretti COACHES OF THE YEAR Red: John Grossi, O'Hara; Anthony Valucci, Roman. Blue: Jim DiGuiseppe Jr., Wood; Kevin Schneider, Neumann-Goretti. RED DIVISION First Team Pos. Player School Yr. 1B Colin Cunningham St. Joe's Prep Jr. INF Dominic Cuoci La Salle Sr. INF John Banes O'Hara Sr. INF Bobby Romano Arch.
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June 4, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DAN MARINO has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming he is suffering from concussion-related injuries, according to a report. The Los Angeles Times reported the former quarterback, who played his entire 17-year career with the Dolphins, is one of 15 former players to file a suit last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. According to the report, the players claim the league withheld information about football-related brain injuries. They are seeking benefits and an unspecified monetary settlement.
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