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May 16, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Last season, after lining out to second base for the final out, Olney Charter's Giovanni Ortega got an up-close look at Franklin Towne Charter's celebratory dogpile near the mound. Ortega and the error-prone Trojans squandered a four-run lead in bowing to the Coyotes, 9-7, in the Public League final at Campbell's Field in Camden. Fueled in part by last year's disappointment, Olney is 10-1 in league action and determined to be on the receiving end of Public League chairman Barry Strube's first-place trophy presentation this time.
SPORTS
May 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Triple-A Lehigh Valley When the Phillies moved Tommy Joseph from catcher to first base, team officials gently told Joseph one important step that had to follow. The best thing for his career, they said, was to shed some weight. Joseph, 24, has lost 25 pounds since last season. "It's a significant difference," he said. The position switch required Joseph to be more nimble. And, a move to first base meant Joseph had to hit for power to reach the majors. He lashed six doubles and five homers in his first 20 games.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
Goldie and Gladys. Gladys and Goldie. Their lives and their hospital volunteer work have been as intertwined as their names. (The short version: For a while in childhood, Goldie Block was called Gladys, a popular name of the day. And the name on Gladys Cutler's birth certificate is Goldie.) For upward of six decades, they have worked to raise funds for the Women's League for Medical Research, formed in 1951 to benefit the Albert Einstein Medical Center. While other groups may garner larger grants, this group of mostly women, led for much of the time by Goldie and Gladys, worked dollar by dollar, through bingo fund-raisers and annual ad books, to raise $2.8 million for cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal care.
SPORTS
May 9, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Within walking distance of the Sleep Inn and Suites in Hagerstown, Md., is a Waffle House, Wendy's, Cracker Barrel, Burger King, McDonald's, and a 7-Eleven tucked behind a gas station. This is where the single-A Lakewood BlueClaws stay three times a season, when they pile into a bus for a South Atlantic League road trip. Shane Watson, a former first-round pick back at Lakewood after shoulder surgery, prefers the Cracker Barrel. A few weeks ago, when Lakewood visited Hagerstown, Watson planned to dine there for lunch - until a caterer carried salmon and some steamed vegetables into the hotel lobby.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Clark DeLeon
Since I announced last month in a column that I changed my voter registration to Republican so I could vote in the Donald Trump referendum, a.k.a. the Pennsylvania primary election, my friends and family have been treating me like Kramer on Seinfeld . You know, the kook who lives next door and who comes and goes as he pleases and who leaves the toilet seat up, no matter how many times he's been told, nicely, not to. My liberal progressive Democratic...
NEWS
April 24, 2016
Government health officials will team up with minor-league baseball in a $36 million campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco. Baseball stadiums will feature the campaign's central message this summer - "smokeless doesn't mean harmless" - through advertising and promotions with players. The Food and Drug Administration says its latest effort targets white, rural males who are more likely to use dip, chew and other smokeless tobacco products. Mitch Zeller, director of the agency's tobacco program, said many young people don't understand the health effects of smokeless tobacco.
SPORTS
April 18, 2016 | By Rick O, Columnist
Dan Hammer's plan is to continue his baseball career at the University of Pittsburgh. That could change if a major-league organization thinks enough of the Father Judge pitcher to select him in the first-year player draft in June and make an irresistible financial offer. Crusaders first-year manager Kenny Devenney said scouts from the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals have been keeping tabs on the hard-throwing senior righthander. For now, Hammer, also a shortstop, is focused on trying to help lead Judge to its first Catholic League title since 2000.
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