May 29, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Renowned orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum, 65, who extended the careers of many big-leaguers by repairing injuries that once would have ended their playing days, has died. Dr. Yocum had been the team orthopedist of the Los Angeles Angels for 36 years. Team spokesman Tim Mead said Tuesday that Dr. Yocum died Saturday in Manhattan Beach, Calif. A protege of Frank Jobe, who pioneered the elbow ligament replacement surgery popularly known as Tommy John surgery in 1974, Dr. Yocum worked on the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, the Twins' Francisco Liriano, the Mets Billy Wagner, and the Rangers' C.J. Wilson, among others.
June 10, 2013
A PAIR OF Catholic League products were selected Saturday on the third and final day of baseball's first-year player draft. Righthander Ryan Etsell (North Catholic '10), a redshirt sophomore at Hillsborough JC, in Florida, went to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 16th round (No. 487). Outfielder Nick Ferdinand (Archbishop Ryan '08), a redshirt senior at Delaware, was the Phillies' choice in the 35th round (No. 1,051). He started his college career at D-II Bloomsburg before moving upward to the D-I Blue Hens.
November 20, 2015 |
The Phillies on Wednesday announced the signings of three pitchers and two infielders to minor-league contracts. Righthanders Frank Herrmann, Chris Leroux and Reiner Roibal and infielders Emmanuel Burriss and Ryan Jackson will come to the team's major-league spring training as non-roster invitees. Leroux, 31, and Roibal, 26, were in the Phillies' organization last season. Burriss, 30, is a second baseman and shortstop who spent last season in the Washington Nationals system, appearing in five games at the major-league level.
July 4, 2014 |
For those scoring at home, the Cleveland Indians pulled off the rarest triple play in baseball history late Tuesday night, 7-2-4, assisted by two instant-replay reviews. In the bottom of the fourth inning of the Indians' 10-4 rout of the Dodgers, Los Angeles had runners on first and third when Adrian Gonzalez slashed a liner to left field. The Indians' Michael Brantley raced in to make the catch, took two strides, and fired home to nail Dee Gordon tagging up from third. As catcher Yan Gomes showed plate umpire Adrian Johnson the ball, the Dodgers' always-aggressive Yasiel Puig took off for second.
February 28, 2013
Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout, the 2012 American League rookie of the year and runner-up to Miguel Cabrera in the MVP race, weighed a reported 241 pounds upon arrival at spring training - about 10 to 15 pounds heavier than last season. According to a report on ESPN.com, the increased bulk has earned the star from Millville, N.J., some jibes on Twitter and sparked some concern among fantasy owners that his speed game might suffer as a result. It has also been a topic of discussion among bloggers and sports talk radio callers in Southern California.
April 10, 2013
A question mark coming into the season for the Los Angeles Angels was pitching, but who could have imagined there'd be a problem with No. 1 starter Jered Weaver? The righthander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of his left synovial hinge (that's what fans without medical degrees call a broken elbow) and is expected to miss at least a month. He left Sunday's game against the Rangers after landing on his arm trying to dodge a line drive. Ex-Phillie Joe Blanton, acquired in the offseason, may have to put down the doughnuts and pick up a few more innings.
April 3, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - Chris Iannetta hit a solo homer and a bases-loaded single in the 13th inning on Monday, powering the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the majors' first interleague season opener. Both teams emptied their benches and bullpens before Iannetta - who caught all 13 innings - finally provided the breakout hit. The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the 13th off J.J. Hoover, who walked two and hit Hank Conger, the Angels' final position player.
June 23, 2013 |
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday before the Giants lost, 6-3, to the Marlins. He didn't stand on ceremony. Kaepernick, once drafted by the Cubs, zipped it in at 87 m.p.h. (Who knew they put the radar gun on the ceremonial first pitch?) Eagles and Phillies fans can be forgiven for daydreaming about combining on an offer for a player who could light up the Linc and the Bank. Phenom watch. The Pirates' Gerrit Cole (3-0)
December 31, 2014
AMERICAN LEAGUE Most Valuable Player Mike Trout, of the Los Angeles Angels, a native of Millville, N.J., will be honored as the Outstanding Pro Athlete of the Year by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its 111th annual banquet on Jan. 16 at Cherry Hill's Crowne Plaza Hotel. Trout, who has not yet confirmed his attendance, also won the award 2 years ago after he was named the AL's Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old, who became the youngest unanimous MVP pick in major league history, was a huge crowd favorite in May when he played here against the Phillies.
August 17, 2014 |
Mo'ne Davis entered Friday's game to considerable hype. Her dominant performance on the pitcher's mound justified the attention. After firing a shutout, Davis was the talk of Twitter Friday afternoon. Her name was trending on the site in Philadelphia, and one social media tracking site, TwazzUp, said Friday night that more than 4,000 tweets per hour mentioned her. The Phillies, who changed their Twitter logo to that of the Taney Dragons, wrote "Mo'ne Davis was dealing on the mound again today!