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April 16, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Atlanta Braves have finally adjusted the lighting in their new park, Turner Field. Players have complained about the glare in the outfield since the home opener April 4. The lights above the dugouts were angled away from the field to reduce the glare. The lights behind third base were aimed into left field, and the lights behind first base were aimed into right. They had been aimed straight into the opposite field. Toronto outfielders Joe Carter, Otis Nixon and Robert Perez wore their blue socks knee-high to honor Jackie Robinson, as did a number of other major leaguers, including Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey also switched his usual number from 24 to 42 - Robinson's number - for a game against Cleveland.
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September 16, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Fred McGriff beats Rod Beck with a ninth-inning homer. So what else is new? McGriff hit a two-out, two-run homer off Beck to cap a four-run rally that gave the Atlanta Braves a dramatic 5-4 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants last night. It was two years ago that McGriff did the same thing to San Francisco's top reliever, hitting a three-run homer in the final inning to give the Braves a 3-2 victory. "It's deja vu," Beck said. "McGriff did this to me in the ninth a couple of years ago. He hit the same pitch, a splitter, hit it to the opposite field with men on base.
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April 29, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
PHOENIX - Domonic Brown did not attempt to pull a J.P. Howell slider aimed for the outer part of the plate. He stayed back, lowered his black bat to meet the 79-m.p.h. pitch, and drove it to the opposite field. This was last Tuesday, when Brown smashed his most important hit of the Phillies' 10-game road trip, a go-ahead double in the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium. The ball landed in left field, emblematic of an April trend and the challenges Brown now combats. Through 25 games, Brown has a lower slugging percentage (.330)
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July 29, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa continued their assaults on Roger Maris's single-season home-run record, but neither did enough to help his team win. McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinals' slugging first baseman, hit his major league-leading 45th homer, a 408-foot, opposite-field shot in the eighth inning against Milwaukee last night. But the visiting Brewers won the wild game, 13-10. Sosa hit his second grand slam in as many nights and 41st homer of the season in the fifth inning of the visiting Chicago Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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May 30, 1994 | By Joe Fite, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's a good thing that Springfield's Jason Cooney has a little bit of bulk on his body. He needed it Saturday afternoon. After trailing thoughout much of their PIAA District 1 Class AA quarterfinal playoff game with No. 2-seed Bristol, the seventh-seeded Spartans caught up with the Warriors and were threatening in the bottom of the eighth inning. Cooney dropped a bunt toward Bristol pitcher Milton Padilla with two outs, and Jeff Binkowski raced for the plate. Warriors first baseman John Sozio couldn't hold onto Padilla's throw to first and Binkowski scored to give Springfield an exciting 7-6 victory at Council Rock.
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June 24, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
When Albert Belle wins games, he almost always does it with his bat. Last night, he used his glove, too. Belle homered and robbed Chili Davis of a possible go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning, leading the Chicago White Sox over the visiting Kansas City Royals, 7-6. "That catch was the game," said White Sox closer Roberto Hernandez, who held his breath as Davis's ball sailed toward leftfield. "I thought we were going to have to come back and hit in the next inning," Chicago shortstop Ozzie Guillen said.
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October 27, 1995 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
Jim Thome promised after Wednesday night's loss that he was through chasing pitches. He would make Braves righthander Greg Maddux throw a strike. Then he grounded the ball back to Maddux in his first at-bat and popped to third in his second at-bat, beating himself on his head each time as he ran back to the dugout. Thome's next at-bat came with two men on in the sixth inning of a 2-2 tie. Once again he swung at the first pitch, and two of the first three. Once again he was anxious and in a hole.
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August 20, 1991 | By Dick Polman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty-five games to go, and the .500 mark remains a mirage in the middle distance. Forty-five games to go, and the questions still outnumber the answers. There once was a time, five long months ago, when the Phils were declaring that the age of experimentation was over, that this team was set to contend in the National League East. But here we are, in the depths of August, with the Phils and Pirates set to square off tonight at the Vet, and the experiments, the on-the-job training sessions, remain a major feature of daily life.
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April 22, 1992 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
In the eighth inning, Mitch Williams took a header trying to field Shawon Dunston's bunt. The next inning, Williams gave up the tying run. In the 10th, Curt Schilling earned his first save of the year. But he also gave up a run. And later, while they insisted it was no reason for concern, both Williams and Schilling said they aren't 100 percent healthy. "For two weeks there's been something pinched in my right shoulder," Williams said. "I keep thinking it will loosen up, but it hasn't.
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April 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Domonic Brown did not attempt to pull a J.P. Howell slider aimed for the outer part of the plate. He stayed back, lowered his black bat to meet the 79-m.p.h. pitch, and drove it to the opposite field. This was last Tuesday, when Brown smashed his most important hit of the Phillies' 10-game road trip, a go-ahead double in the 10th inning at Dodger Stadium. The ball landed in left field, emblematic of an April trend and the challenges Brown now combats. Through 25 games, Brown has a lower slugging percentage (.330)
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July 1, 2012 | By Chad Graff, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Maikel Franco sat in a rectangular office with two coaches on the other side of a desk. He looked at Lakewood BlueClaws manager Mickey Morandini and hitting coach Greg Legg already knowing what they were going to say. "You're not a .200 hitter," they said to him. "You're better than that. " Franco, philly.com's No. 10 Phillies prospect, knows he's better than the .207 batting average he brought into this week. But down here in low single A, Franco's job isn't to put up a .300 line.
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May 24, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Corey Hart's big night came because of a sudden change. Hart felt miserable in batting practice, so he switched his stance during his last warmup at-bats and fiddled with the position of his hands slightly. Hart hit his first three home runs this season and drove in seven to tie both club records, lifting the surging Milwaukee Brewers past the visiting Washington Nationals, 11-3, last night. "Hopefully this is a start," said Hart, with his 1-year-old son, Brye, munching on a cookie on his hip. "Hopefully I can start swinging the bat better and keep it going.
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July 21, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Josh Beckett had 10 strikeouts and tied for the major league lead with his 13th win as the Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox last night. A bad call in the first inning deprived Boston's J.D. Drew of a three-run homer, but the Red Sox didn't need it. Coco Crisp's three-run triple in the fifth inning gave Boston a 4-3 lead and a revived Julio Lugo hit a grand slam in the eighth, driving in the last of the 10 runs allowed by starter Jose Contreras.
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June 7, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Ken Griffey Jr. promised his wife, Melissa, that he wouldn't hit four home runs yesterday. He kept his word. He only hit two. Griffey hit his 497th and 498th career homers and Cincinnati rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to beat visiting Montreal, 6-5. "I told my wife to stay home his weekend, because it was only a three-game series," Griffey said. "She said, 'Don't hit four today.' She would have been mad. When I got the walk, I said, 'Whew.' " Pinch-hitter Jacob Cruz hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth that tied the score against Rocky Biddle (0-4)
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May 28, 2003 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jon Ipock isn't a home-run hitter and 0-1 is not a typical count for a hit-and-run. But the Manchester Township senior made the most of an unconventional situation and in the process ruined the postseason hopes of Sterling's baseball team. Ipock clouted a two-run home run on an 0-1 count with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie and give Manchester Township a 7-5 win over Sterling yesterday in a South Jersey Group 2 semifinal. Sixth-seeded Manchester Township (20-4)
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July 29, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa continued their assaults on Roger Maris's single-season home-run record, but neither did enough to help his team win. McGwire, the St. Louis Cardinals' slugging first baseman, hit his major league-leading 45th homer, a 408-foot, opposite-field shot in the eighth inning against Milwaukee last night. But the visiting Brewers won the wild game, 13-10. Sosa hit his second grand slam in as many nights and 41st homer of the season in the fifth inning of the visiting Chicago Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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June 27, 1998 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
This is a weekend in which one former Phillie has returned to be honored and has another returned in an enemy uniform. Their names are Darren Daulton and Kevin Stocker. And last night, they witnessed a performance by a current Phillie that stirred memories of one more key member of the 1993 National League champions. Take away many pounds and much hair, not to mention the occasional growling at the media, and first baseman Rico Brogna is John Kruk. He bats lefthanded, for one. He often hits to the opposite field, for two. And he drives in numerous runs without having the benefit of often driving in himself by way of a homer.
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September 16, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Fred McGriff beats Rod Beck with a ninth-inning homer. So what else is new? McGriff hit a two-out, two-run homer off Beck to cap a four-run rally that gave the Atlanta Braves a dramatic 5-4 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants last night. It was two years ago that McGriff did the same thing to San Francisco's top reliever, hitting a three-run homer in the final inning to give the Braves a 3-2 victory. "It's deja vu," Beck said. "McGriff did this to me in the ninth a couple of years ago. He hit the same pitch, a splitter, hit it to the opposite field with men on base.
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