September 28, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - When Pete Mackanin and the Phillies arrived at Nationals Park yesterday afternoon, they had the chance to take part in the conclusion of the National League East race before the end of the weekend - and possibly as early as today. The New York Mets' magic number to clinch the division was 3, meaning that any combination of Mets wins and Nationals losses that totaled three in the coming weekend would crown New York the champ and eliminate Washington from playoff contention.
September 27, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Aaron Altherr slowed as he neared first base, almost stopping as he watched his hit fall to shallow center field on Friday night in the third inning of an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals. He then saw the ball blitz past a diving outfielder and skip toward the wall at Nationals Park. It was time to run again. Altherr sprinted around the bases and slid safely into home without a throw. It was the 14th inside-the-park grand slam in Phillies history and first since Ted Kazanski in 1956.
August 27, 2015 |
In recent years, Philadelphia Flower Show themes have whisked visitors to far-flung destinations from Ireland to Hawaii and the fictional Arendelle (the kingdom in Frozen , as part of last year's blockbuster "Celebrate the Movies" show, featuring a Disney partnership). But the 2016 show, from March 5 to 13, will draw inspiration from closer to home. As an ornate, national parks-theme cake melted under the afternoon sun on Tuesday - Founders' Day to the National Park Service - officials from the Park Service and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society gathered on Independence Mall to unveil the theme, "Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service.
June 27, 2015 |
The National Park Service is removing all Confederate flag items on sale throughout the federal park system. The action, announced Thursday in the aftermath of the shootings of nine African Americans in Charleston, S.C., applies to merchandise in bookstores and gift shops, said Jonathan B. Jarvis, park service director. "We strive to tell the complete story of America," Jarvis said. "All sales items in parks are evaluated based on educational value and their connection to the park.
September 9, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels has dominated many hitters, but Washington journeyman leftfielder Scott Hairston isn't one of them. Hairston proved to be a nemesis again Sunday by belting a game-deciding sacrifice fly that almost left the park in the sixth inning of Washington's 3-2 win over the Phillies at Nationals Park. "I thought it was a homer," Hamels said. For his career, Hairston is 18 for 48 (.375) with five home runs and 10 RBIs against Hamels. "When he played for the Padres and Mets, he put up some pretty good numbers," Hamels said.
September 8, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - All of a sudden, the Phillies and Washington Nationals appear as though they have reversed roles. The Phillies are playing like a team gearing up for the postseason, while the Nationals, at least against the Phillies, haven't resembled the team that began Saturday with the National League's best record. A.J. Burnett allowed just one run in seven innings, as the Phillies beat the Nationals, 3-1, at Nationals Park. The Phillies have won 12 of their last 17 games. With Burnett's win, they clinched the season series against the Nationals for the first time since 2010.
August 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett has encountered his share of trouble in the first two innings of games this season, but this time there was a twist. His slow start was followed by a quick exit. One pitch after allowing a three-run home run to Anthony Rendon, Burnett was tossed, and the Phillies went on to lose, 11-0, to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Saturday night. After throwing a first-pitch ball to Jayson Werth, Burnett exchanged pleasantries with home plate umpire Chris Guccione.
July 31, 2014 |
As David and Betty Hasiuk rode through the clouds in a small airplane delivering mail to a remote Alaskan wilderness last month, the Bucks County couple realized the adventure was one of their most unusual. The plane was the only way to reach Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which had been among the few national parks that the retired Warrington Township couple had not yet visited. When the plane landed, they saw a handful of local residents waiting on the tiny runway for letters and packages.
June 14, 2014 |
Gerald B. Bonner, 75, of Sewell, who retired in 1992 as an executive with the regional office of the National Park Service in Philadelphia, died during surgery on Monday, June 9, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, a son, John, said. "He was regional personnel officer for at least five years" before he retired, Mr. Bonner's son said. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Bonner graduated from Overbrook High School and studied at the Philadelphia College of Art. Mr. Bonner sold insurance and worked for the IRS and the Defense Mapping Agency before joining the Park Service.
June 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Chase Utley stood alone on the grass Thursday at 2:09 p.m. He flicked his bat and glove to the ground. He put his hands on his knees, and stretched for about 15 minutes at Nationals Park until his Phillies teammates joined him for a pregame workout. Utley soon provided hope. Four minutes after Nationals lefthander Doug Fister threw his first pitch, Ben Revere scored on an Utley single. It was the first Phillies lead since Sunday, and it lasted until the next half-inning with Kyle Kendrick pitching.