May 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals are finding out the difficulties that come with earning front-runner status. A trendy preseason pick to win the World Series, the Nationals (25-23) are just two games ahead of the Phillies after Friday's 5-2 win at Nationals Park. And we all know the struggles the Phillies have endured. Friday's game was the first of 19 between the teams this season. Each team has faced similar problems - injuries, an ace pitcher struggling for wins, and an inconsistent offense.
May 24, 2013
At Nationals Park, Washington. Friday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 2.82 ERA) vs. Washington RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 1.62). Saturday at 7:15 p.m. RHP Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.00) vs. Washington RHP Dan Haren (4-5, 5.54). Sunday at 1:35 p.m. LHP Cole Hamels (1-7, 4.45) vs. Washington RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-5, 2.66).
March 26, 2013 |
Delaware, which calls itself the First State, on Monday became the last state to have sites designated as federal parkland. In an Oval Office ceremony, President Obama signed a proclamation to form the First State National Monument out of three sites, two in Delaware and a third along the Brandywine Creek, reaching into Pennsylvania. The sites are Dover Green, the New Castle Courthouse complex, and the Woodlawn property in the Brandywine Valley. The designation is meant to honor Delaware as the first state to ratify the Constitution as well as to recognize the colonial Dutch, English, Finnish, and Swedish settlements there, and is a step toward creating Delaware's first national park.
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.