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.
July 22, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Any good feeling the Phillies received from their first game after the all-star break was squashed in their second. Following Friday's 13-8 win over the New York Mets, the Phillies found scoring much more challenging during Saturday's 5-4 loss at Citi Field. The Phillies made it interesting by scoring two unearned runs in the ninth off closer Bobby Parnell. Michael Young reached base on a two-out error by first baseman Josh Satin. Chase Utley then drilled a two-run home run to right.
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.
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.
June 28, 2013 |
DIDI GREGORIUS drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning and Aaron Hill homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 last night to salvage the finale of a three-game series. Miguel Montero led off the 11th with a ground-rule double off Craig Stammen (4-3). A.J. Pollock ran for Montero and Cody Ross bunted him to third. After Jason Kubel drew a walk, Gregorius bunted down the first-base line. Pollock ran on contact and scored the go-ahead run and Gregorius beat the throw at first.
June 25, 2013 |
It was six games against two division opponents. It was a chance to regain some momentum after a miserable 10-game road trip. It was another lost opportunity. And it was par for the course, according to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "If you watch us play all year long, the inconsistent part of it, that's kind of how we play," Manuel said after the Phillies completed a 3-3 homestand with a lifeless 8-0 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. "We've got to play better baseball if we're going to run off a streak.
June 19, 2013 |
THE LOW POINT of that high-five for Jeff Baker is a trip to the 15-day disabled list. Texas placed the utilityman on the DL with a sprained right thumb yesterday, five days after an over-exuberant high-five from an unidentified teammate. "It's frustrating when something is out of your control and it's non-baseball-related," Baker said. "I couldn't really control what happened. Now I'm obviously hurt. But at the same time, it's kind of a delicate situation because it is a teammate and he feels terrible about it. It is what it is. " Neither Baker nor the Rangers have said who gave Baker the high-five on Thursday.
June 11, 2013 |
TERRY COLLINS and Sandy Alderson have seen enough. One day after watching the New York Mets lose to Miami in 20 innings, they saw them fall in 10 to the worst team in the major leagues. So after yesterday's 8-4 home defeat, the Mets demoted first baseman Ike Davis to Triple A Las Vegas. And outfielder Mike Baxter. And reliever Rob Carson. "I do believe there's an honor to play here, there's a privilege to play here. It's not just, put the uniform on and be here," Collins said.
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.