January 3, 2015 |
Their hands cupping candles, children and adults gathered Thursday night near a pitcher's mound on a baseball field in Franklin Township to pay tribute to the life of Matthew McCloskey. Family, friends, and community members held vigil on the field where Matthew, 10, played his last game, in June, with his team, the Orioles. They told of his infectious smile, caring nature, and adventurous personality. "We're just trying to heal," said Susan Cleary, 49, of Franklin Township. Matthew, a fifth grader at Caroline L. Reutter School, was killed Sunday night as he attempted to cross Delsea Drive (Route 47)
December 11, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - A hint of nervousness creeps into Ryne Sandberg's voice whenever he talks about his team's starting pitching. That's because, at the moment, the Phillies do not have much in the way of it. As good as Cole Hamels has been over the last 5 years, 80 percent of the team's starts will need to be made by someone other than him. And that's assuming he isn't traded. The reports on Cliff Lee's balky left elbow have been optimistic, but reports are always optimistic this time of year.
June 13, 2014 |
MY BROTHER lived in Lancaster, Pa., until recently and this is what I used to see when I went there in the late 1990s. Orioles hats. Lots and lots of them. Pirates hats, too. Yankees for sure, and Braves, too, and every now and then someone would have a Phillies hat, although usually one that looked as if it had been through the wash a few dozen times, or, worse, found in the woods. Lancaster isn't that far from Philadelphia and neither is Wilkes-Barre, where I once worked, or York, where I have friends, or even Harrisburg, which is twice as close to Philadelphia as it is to Pittsburgh.
April 11, 2014 |
ORIOLES centerfielder Adam Jones doesn't like it when fans run onto the field during a game. And he's not afraid to say what should be done to those who do. On Tuesday night, two fans came out of the Yankee Stadium stands in the bottom of the eighth, causing the game to be delayed. "I think it's idiotic for people to run on the field, and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher, and they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it's stupid," Jones told the Baltimore Sun. "You look like an [idiot]
March 9, 2014 |
SARASOTA, Fla. - Standing on the dugout steps, in front of a trio of blue coolers, Bob McClure spoke, Freddy Galvis translated, and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez listened. The end came mercifully, a David Lough popout that lingered long enough over the field of play for Cody Asche to glove it in foul territory. This was was the 31st pitch of what was almost certainly Gonzalez' last inning as a candidate for the Phillies' rotation. The previous 30 left little doubt about the the work the organization's developmental staff will need to perform to get the 26-year-old righthander to a point at which he can retire major league hitters.
July 25, 2013 |
The Baltimore Orioles crossed an item off their trade-deadline to-do list, bolstering their bullpen by acquiring reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-league infielder Nick Delmonico. Rumors had it that the man known as K-Rod was a target of the Detroit Tigers - who, Phillies fans may note, are presumably still searching for a possible closer. Rodriguez was once one of the best relievers in the game, saving a major-league-record 62 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2008.
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In less than two years, Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis has gone from nearly swinging-and-missing his way out of baseball to matching Reggie Jackson for most home runs by an American League player before the all-star break with 37. "What CD is doing right now is special," fellow Orioles all-star Adam Jones said Monday night. Davis, the leading vote-getter in all-star balloting, is hitting .315. He joins Detroit's Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera as the first two players ever to hit at least 30 homers and drive in 90 runs before the break.
July 12, 2013 |
WHILE WEI-YIN CHEN languished on the disabled list for 2 months, despondent about his hiatus from the big leagues, the Baltimore Orioles struggled to fill out an inconsistent rotation. Chen made his long-awaited return last night, and after he threw seven innings of three-hit ball in a 6-1 win over the visiting Texas Rangers, it was hard to determine who felt the happiest: the Taiwanese lefthander, the other 24 players in the clubhouse or manager Buck Showalter. "Winning the ballgame is real huge to me," Chen said through an interpreter.
May 15, 2013 |
WHEN CLOSER Jim Johnson walks to the mound in the ninth inning with the Baltimore Orioles ahead, the outcome is all but decided. For 35 straight games, Johnson came through in save situations. On the 36th such occasion, the righthander finally gave a lead away. Chris Denorfia and Everth Cabrera hit two-out RBI singles off Johnson in the ninth, and the visiting San Diego Padres got a home run from Carlos Quentin in a 3-2 victory last night. After the Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Johnson (1-3)
April 3, 2013 |
YU DARVISH was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the visiting Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros, 7-0, on Tuesday night. The celebrated righthander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time and the ball skittered into centerfield well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.