June 10, 2013
Fed up after being swept by the lowly Marlins for a second straight weekend, the 23-35 New York Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis and two other players to triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday's defeat. Before Davis, who had been making $3.125 million and was a staple at first base for the Mets since April 2010, was sent down, manager Terry Collins pinch-hit for him against the Marlins. But you can't fault Collins: Davis was hitting .161 with 66 strikeouts this season. Also bounced were outfielder Mike Baxter and reliever Robert Carson.
July 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies have won four consecutive series. To make it a fifth, they will have to beat one of the brightest young stars in the game after splitting their first two games with the New York Mets. On Sunday, Cliff Lee (10-3, 2.86) will oppose Mets righthander Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.35) at Citi Field. Harvey is coming off a sparkling performance at his home stadium with two shutout innings during Tuesday's All-Star Game. Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown saw Harvey at his best firsthand as his all-star teammate.
September 30, 2013 |
For most people, a trip to Las Vegas is an exciting time, but for the New York Mets' Greg Burke, shuttling to Sin City and back was an exercise in tedium and frustration. Burke, a 31-year-old graduate of Gloucester Catholic, was optioned six times during the season to the Mets' triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s in the Pacific Coast League. While Burke conceded that it was frustrating, the righthanded reliever also realized that being sent down to the minors six times also meant that he was called up to the majors six times.
July 23, 2013
The New York Mets' troubles aren't confined to their record as of last week's All-Star break, which made the .500 Phillies look downright hopeful. The team also made the mistake of scheduling a Native American Heritage Night for this week - on the day of a game against the tomahawk-chopping Atlanta Braves. After belatedly discovering the unfortunate coincidence, the team tried to dial back the festivities, which were being organized in partnership with the New York-based American Indian Community House.
April 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Who would have thought that dropping his arm would prop up the baseball career of righthanded relief pitcher Greg Burke? A 2000 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High, Burke spent part of the 2009 season with the San Diego Padres, going 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 48 appearances. But after that, he was hit hard the next two seasons in triple A. So Burke, with nothing to lose, became a submariner, and that style of pitching has carried him back to the majors. He made the New York Mets roster out of spring training and will return home when the Mets play three games beginning Monday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
July 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Fresh off the all-star break, the Phillies will begin a nine-game road trip Friday, starting with a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. And rest assured, Mets ace Matt Harvey will be healthy. Harvey was skipped in his final start before the break because of a blister on his right index finger. But he pitched two scoreless innings in Tuesday's All-Star Game. "It feels fine, and I was able to finally throw my slider, which was definitely a big help," Harvey said after his stellar showing at Citi Field.
February 16, 2012 |
UPPER DARBY native actress Heather Donahue will reunite with her "Blair Witch Project" co-stars Michael C. Williams and Josh Leonard at the Monster-Mania convention, March 9-11, at the Cherry Hill Crowne Plaza. The cast will sign autographs each day and, on March 10, answer questions from the audience about their 1999 hit film. As we reported recently, Donahue quit acting, sold all her movie memorabilia except for her blue ski cap from "Blair Witch," and began farming medical marijuana in northern California.
July 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies were stymied by Matt Harvey for the third time this season, and the only consolation is that the New York Mets righthander has been unrelenting against virtually all opponents. It's just that the Phillies have had particular trouble. In an anticipated matchup of all-star pitchers, only Harvey kept up his part of the bargain with Sunday's 5-0 win over Cliff Lee and the Phillies at Citi Field. Lee allowed three home runs and five earned runs in six innings.
July 20, 2011 |
Jose Reyes had Citi Field buzzing from the moment he stepped out of the dugout right up until he quashed a rally in the eighth inning with his glove. Carlos Beltran impressed everyone, too, swinging the bat as if losing 5 pounds in 3 days and having a 105-degree fever had no effect on him at all. With their two All-Stars back in the lineup, the New York Mets showed some spunk in a crisp, 4-2 win over St. Louis last night. "Our lineup certainly changes with those two guys in that order," manager Terry Collins said.
December 8, 2011 |
FOR THE SECOND time in 3 days, the Miami Marlins walked up to the winter meetings podium to introduce a high-priced free agent while working doggedly behind the scenes to bring more sparkling stars to baseball's newest ballpark. The Marlins, dominating the market under art dealer-owner Jeffrey Loria, increased their spending spree to $191 million in less than a week, agreeing yesterday to a 4-year, $58 million contract with lefthander Mark Buehrle just hours after finalizing a deal with All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes.