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SPORTS
November 23, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
OTTAWA, Ontario - With the Flyers offense struggling, general manager Ron Hextall may soon be tempted to recall high-scoring left winger Petr Straka from the Phantoms. For now, however, Hextall, is staying patient. That means the speedy Straka - who scored his AHL-leading 11th goal Saturday - is staying with Lehigh Valley for the time being. The general manager wants Straka, 23, to manage the puck better and improve defensively. "He's getting better than he was the last two years; he's paying the price more," Hextall said before the Flyers played in Ottawa on Saturday night.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rebirth of the long-ago rail route between Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley is among the possibilities being considered in a two-year study looking at transportation options for the quickly growing region. The MoveLV: Long Range Transportation Plan will look for the best transportation options for the Allentown-Easton-Bethlehem region. Surveys conducted in the last year suggest demand for such a major rail project. "One of the top things that always comes up is rail service," said Becky Bradley, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission's executive director.
SPORTS
September 17, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
WHEN THE Flyers' prospects finished their initial warmup yesterday morning, the first on-ice day at rookie training camp, it was pretty clear who the best defenseman was. The "Fab Five" defensive prospects, as athletic trainer Jim McCrossin called them over the summer, were all on the ice. But the youngest of the bunch was rather impressive. Sure, it's only drills, but the way seventh overall pick Ivan Provorov dominated Flyers prospects in one-on-one and two-on-one drills - among others - provided a glimpse at just why many around the league claim the 18-year-old to be NHL-ready.
SPORTS
September 3, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - About 3 1/2 hours before first pitch last night, Erik Kratz snuck up behind Carlos Ruiz and wrapped his arms around the 5-10 catcher's chest. The 6-4 Kratz lifted Ruiz off the ground before putting him back on his feet. Ruiz turned around and smiled before the teammates, reunited again, shook hands and hugged. "You get to play with guys, you appreciate them as players," Kratz said. "A fan, they appreciate them as players. But, as teammates, you get to see what kind of men people are. You get to see what kind of person somebody is, day in and day out. The real person shines.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameron Rupp and a few teammates ran to the rail of the Phillies dugout Wednesday night and waved their hands, trying to get the attention of Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle. Bench coach Larry Bowa stood on the dugout step and shouted as Toronto's pitching coach visited the mound. Aaron Altherr had just roped a double to left field in the first inning for his first major-league hit and first RBI. The Phillies needed the baseball and for a moment it looked as if their efforts would be fruitless.
SPORTS
August 21, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
ON TUESDAY, The Phillies placed rookie third baseman Maikel Franco on the 15-day DL with a fractured left wrist, and called up 24-year-old outfielder Aaron Altherr from the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The Agua Fria High School (Avondale, Ariz.) product made his first career start in rightfield on Wednesday after playing three innings and batting 0-for-2 in relief of Jeff Francoeur the night before; he entered yesterday's game batting 0-for-7 with three strikeouts in three career games as a Phillie.
SPORTS
August 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A WEEK EARLIER, when Maikel Franco blitzed out of the batter's box in pain, dropped to the ground behind home plate at Chase Field, and rolled around in considerable pain, it looked like a fastball from Jeremy Hellickson had broken the rookie third baseman's hand. But an X-ray that night (Aug. 11 in Arizona) came back negative and Franco was hopeful he would return to the Phillies' lineup over the weekend in Milwaukee. That never happened. So when Franco and the Phillies returned home on Sunday night, after he missed four straight games, they decided to seek a second opinion.
SPORTS
August 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOOSIC, Pa. - Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage described Jerad Eickhoff as having a "bulldog mentality. " The righthander commands the mound with a tenacious approach, Brundage said. All signs point to the bulldog being unleashed in the major leagues Saturday. The Phillies have yet to name a starter for that day's game in Miami. The IronPigs have not named a starter for Friday, which would be Eickhoff's normal day to pitch. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is still figuring it out. Brundage said it's not his decision.
SPORTS
August 17, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Maikel Franco spent time in the Miller Park training room on Saturday afternoon and took swings for a second straight day in the indoor batting cages. But that was all the action he saw. The third baseman was out of the lineup for a third straight game after a fastball smacked his right wrist on Tuesday. Franco talked to interim manager Pete Mackanin before Saturday's game. They both said Franco will miss Sunday afternoon's series finale before likely playing on Tuesday when the team returns to Philadelphia.
SPORTS
August 16, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Maikel Franco's left wrist remained in a splint on Friday afternoon and his name stayed off the lineup card for a second straight game. But, Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin does not expect Franco to go onto the disabled list. "He feels better," Mackanin said. "There's very little - if any - swelling. So it's day-to-day. " Franco tested the wrist in Miller Park's indoor batting cage. He said he felt a little pain during his swings. He will try again on Saturday.
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