March 8, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - This time, it was a purpose pitch from Roy Halladay that got the blood flowing in a burgeoning rivalry between the Phillies and the Washington Nationals. You couldn't call it bad blood because the benches and bullpens never emptied, and there was no warning from the umpires. But you have to believe the day's events will be filed away as potential ammunition for a more heated confrontation when the teams meet for the first time in the regular season May 24 at Nationals Park.
March 4, 2013 |
Pristine forests, rolling pastureland, scenic rock outcrops, a waterfall, a wealth of history. And if a broad coalition of elected officials, community members, preservationists - and even Lenape tribal leaders - has its way, 1,100 unspoiled Brandywine Valley acres straddling the Pennsylvania-Delaware border will become part of the nation's next national park. A two-pronged campaign is being waged on Capitol Hill and the White House. Bills introduced two weeks ago, whose sponsors include Sen. Thomas Carper (D., Del.)
February 25, 2013
Independence National Historical Park and Gettysburg National Military Park are among many prominent sites in line for automatic budget cuts in case of a deadlock in Washington. A National Park Service memo obtained by the Associated Press says Independence Park, with 3.5 million annual visitors, could close half of its 16 interpretive sites in the spring and fall. Among those sites is Declaration House, the rebuilt dwelling at Seventh and Market Streets where Thomas Jefferson worked on the Declaration of Independence.
February 19, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was a bold prediction on the final day of an unpleasant season. "If we're not the top bullpen in Major League Baseball [next season], we'll definitely be the top in the National League," Jonathan Papelbon said after the Phillies finished 2012 with a lackluster loss to Washington at Nationals Park. Nearly 20 weeks later, the Phillies closer was asked to explain his comment before Sunday's wind-chilled workout at the Carpenter Complex. "The only reason I said that is because I see a very eerily similar bullpen to the one I was in during the 2006 season," Papelbon said.
January 26, 2013 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Phillies have not won the offseason. They have, in fact, finished third in the National League East, the same position they were stuck in when time expired on the 2012 season. The events that have transpired since the Phillies' final game in Nationals Park in October have been fascinating but not at all fulfilling for fans thirsty for one more championship from an aging core of players. With center field identified as their greatest need before the season ended, the Phillies made an offer for free agent B.J. Upton, but it was reportedly $20 million less than the $75 million over five years he'll be paid to play for the Atlanta Braves.
December 18, 2012 |
It has set off a heated debate, a federal lawsuit, and enough documents to fill a couple of phone books. But for the third consecutive year, Valley Forge National Historical Park is proceeding with a deer-culling program designed to thin the herd and encourage new plant growth in the park. And officials at the famed Revolutionary War site say it is working. The deer population has long been a bane of Valley Forge, they say. Before the culling began, the park counted 291 deer per square mile.
October 31, 2012
First in a series examining the Phillies' potential offseason moves. A shocked Hunter Pence left the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park after being traded from the Phillies to the San Francisco Giants on the final day of July. "I don't think anyone really anticipated the season that has gone on this year," he said during his final interview with the Philadelphia media. "It was just the perfect storm of injuries, and things didn't go right for us. " It all ended up perfect for Pence, who celebrated a World Series title with his Giants teammates Sunday night after they completed a four-game sweep of the Tigers in chilly Detroit.
October 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Doesn't matter how bad things look for the St. Louis Cardinals. Trailing by a bunch, down to their last strike, they simply stay calm and do what it takes to win. Erasing an early, six-run hole in Game 5, slowly but surely, the defending World Series champion Cardinals got a tying two-out, two-run single from Daniel Descalso and a go-ahead, two-run single from Pete Kozma in the ninth inning and came all the way back to beat the Washington...
October 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Stephen Strasburg joined his teammates for an off-day workout at Nationals Park on Tuesday, red socks pulled nearly up to his knees while tossing baseballs in the outfield a day before the first postseason game in the nation's capital in 79 years. That's about the extent of activity these days for Strasburg as the Washington Nationals carry on without their acknowledged ace, shut down a month ago. The NL East champions' opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals, are very much counting on their returning ace, Chris Carpenter, who has pitched only 17 innings all year.