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September 23, 1990 | By M.G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
It would be easy for Buck Rodgers to say that he knew all along that his Montreal Expos would be in the National League East race in late September. And that 14 rookies, three of them in the pitching rotation, would contribute to that standing. And that the Expos would make up 5 1/2 games after trading lefthander Zane Smith, one of their best starting pitchers. And that they would sweep five games in their two most important series of the season - against the first- and second-place teams.
NEWS
April 18, 1988 | By Larry Borska, Special to The Inquirer
Judging by the early season, this could be the most unpredictable pennant race the Southern Chester County League has seen in a long time. Kennett, the defending champion, was bombed by Oxford in its season opener last Monday, 18-7. Unionville, a perennial SCCL power that had won four titles in a row before last season, is 2-1, but the Indians' pitching remains an unanswered question. The staff has given up 12 runs in its last two league games. Oxford, a team that finished at the bottom of the heap last year with a 2-8 record (5-12 overall)
SPORTS
July 22, 1993 | By Dave Caldwell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Watch Don Mattingly at work in the batter's box. He looks at the third-base coach. He adjusts the bill of his helmet. He takes a practice swing. He scratches at the dirt with his cleats. Another practice swing. He tucks his chin on his shoulder. He takes a pitch. He taps home plate. Another practice swing. Chin on his shoulder again. Another pitch taken. A tap of the plate. Finally, he gets his pitch - a thigh-high fastball - and sends a line drive into left field. Forget that this is the eighth inning of a game the New York Yankees would lose to Seattle yesterday, 10-3.
NEWS
October 19, 1993 | By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
In the age of Clinton, the reigning idea is that if you put enough Rhodes Scholars in one government conference room, you'll come up with a better way to run health care, automobile research, Somalia or any other human enterprise. I have my doubts. But as a critic of the idea of nationalizing life's problems, I must acknowledge the one free enterprise that begs to be saved from itself by some higher authority. I am thinking - this is, after all, World Series time - of baseball. The mismanagement of baseball by fat-cat owners and spoiled-brat players is by now a common lament.
NEWS
August 1, 1993 | By Michael Bamberger, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the Phillies in a pennant race, the gentle background noise of baseball on the radio is a little louder this summer. In elevators and taxicabs and subway cars, in pizza parlors and dentists' offices and corner stores, in rowhouses and traffic jams and backyard tents, the count is within earshot. From stoops and benches and back yards and open windows come the low hum of the score, the inning, the hits, the men left on. Baseball on the radio does not give you the contract disputes, expletive- deleted quotes, clubhouse rancor.
SPORTS
August 14, 2000 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
The definition of "extrasensory perception" presumably has nothing to do with the heightened awareness that comes with being involved in a pennant race. But then Webster never consulted with Curt Schilling, the Phillies ace-turned-Arizona Diamondback who claims to have returned to a place where the satisfaction that comes with success is infinitely sweeter, and, correspondingly, the ache of disappointment that much sharper. In nearly nine seasons in Phillies pinstripes, Schilling - traded to Arizona for four players on July 26 - pitched for only one team that finished with a winning record: a scruffy, lovable collection of recycled castoffs that somehow advanced to the 1993 World Series.
NEWS
August 19, 2001 | By Alfred Lubrano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Where are you, Phillies fans? On a maligned field within a detested home stadium, a young Phillies team is playing the difficult game of baseball with fire and finesse. Only it's doing it nearly alone. You'd find bigger crowds at a Gary Condit fund-raiser. There's hardly anyone at the park to ride the visiting team's superstar ("Ya overpaid chump!") or screech at an umpire ("Ya blind moron!"). Boo birds now nest in other aviaries, leaving only echoes. Where are the loudmouths and second-guessers of yesteryear?
SPORTS
August 5, 1992 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you've lived in Philadelphia a long, long time and you have an especially good memory, you might remember what a pennant race looks like. If you don't, the Braves and Reds opened a three-game series in Atlanta last night that might bring back fading memories of those good old days, another lifetime ago, when the Phillies and Pirates used to duel each other to exhaustion down the stretch. The Braves and Reds played this game in a stadium so full, there were people sitting under the scoreboard in the top row of the center-field upper deck.
SPORTS
October 5, 2012 | Associated Press
BOSTON - Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski thinks that being in a pennant race will help Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in his attempt to win the Triple Crown. And Yaz should know: He's the last player to lead his league in batting average, homers, and RBIs in the same season. "In '67, the Triple Crown was never even mentioned once," Yastrzemski said last week. "We were so involved in the pennant race, I didn't know I won the Triple Crown until the next day, when I read it in the paper.
SPORTS
September 12, 2005 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs slammed four homers last night to beat the Trenton Thunder, 9-2, winning the best-of-five Eastern League semifinal series, three games to two. The Sea Dogs will meet the Akron Aeros in the finals. Camden 7, Long Island 4 The Riversharks stayed tied with the Atlantic City Surf for first place in the Atlantic League's Southern Division second-half pennant race with a win at Campbell's Field. Brad Strauss had two hits and two RBIs for the Riversharks.
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October 5, 2012 | Associated Press
BOSTON - Former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski thinks that being in a pennant race will help Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in his attempt to win the Triple Crown. And Yaz should know: He's the last player to lead his league in batting average, homers, and RBIs in the same season. "In '67, the Triple Crown was never even mentioned once," Yastrzemski said last week. "We were so involved in the pennant race, I didn't know I won the Triple Crown until the next day, when I read it in the paper.
SPORTS
September 22, 2010
THIS WAS IT. This was why Roy Halladay came to the Phillies. A game like this, in late September when the stakes were high, was what he never pitched in during his decade as the ace for the Toronto Blue Jays. A night like this night, when the air was changing from summer to fall, when the baseball maniacs filling the stadium were on the edge of their seats, was the thing Halladay had never experienced. Individually, Halladay has won a Cy Young Award, been a 20-game-winner.
SPORTS
September 8, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
It isn't a long season. Not anymore. For months, baseball people dismiss all mishap and misfortune by invoking the grueling marathon of the schedule. Slumps, injuries, bad plays and questionable managerial moves ? they're all swept away with those four words: "It's a long season. " In April and May, June and July, it's true. There's time, always time. But now, a week into September, the long season is down to 22 games. The Phillies, facing the twin challenges of reaching the playoffs and setting themselves up to make a strong run, played Tuesday night with September urgency.
SPORTS
August 27, 2010 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
Comment From Marshall Mathers : Why am I not worried about the Phillies? They never beat the Astros this time of year, and I know they didn't gain on the Braves, but they didn't lose ground, either. Gonzo: I watched the Phils-Mets rivalry show on Versus the other day. Shane Victorino had a lot of face time. He kept saying, and I'm paraphrasing, that the Phils have shown that they're a late-season team and they never give up. And he's right. Same goes for this year. They should have performed better against the 'Stros, sure, but I'm not worried about it. They always play better down the stretch when the pressure is on. Comment From Ryan : Do you think you made an enemy today?
SPORTS
August 25, 2010 | By Sandy Spieczny, Inquirer Staff Writer
You're in or you're out The Giants are trying to keep up with the playoff chase. "Right now we are under fire in a pennant race," San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval said. "Forget the pennant race. We need to win games right now. " The Giants knocked off the Central division-leading Reds, 11-2, Monday night. "It's a definite momentum builder for us," pitcher Matt Cain noted. "We had a bad road trip, not something we wanted. It put us in a bit of a bind. We've got a couple people we're chasing.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2010
The hotter the pennant race, the more my ballpark beer needs to quench the swelter of serious Phillies fandom. With a big two-week homestand beginning at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday, rest assured I've done my "research" part to help. After an extensive investigation of CBP's serious beer selections (no Michelob Ultra, thanks), my test-sipping trials in the left-field stands have uncovered a new favorite: Sly Fox Royal Weisse. New to the park this year, this Bavarian-style wheat beer on draft at the kiosk in Section 137 delivers a seamless double play of quaffability and flavor, with hits of banana and clove, plus a light curve of tangerine on the finish.
SPORTS
August 26, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Billy Wagner is on his way to the Boston Red Sox, leaving the Mets for the chance to pitch in a pennant race as a setup man for All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon. After a few days of back-and-forth talks, the Mets traded the lefthanded reliever yesterday for two players-to-be-named. The AL wild-card leaders had claimed Wagner on waivers, and the teams worked out a deal that persuaded the former Phillies closer to waive his no-trade clause. Wagner's main motivation, according to agent Bean Stringfellow, was his "overwhelming desire to pitch in a pennant race.
SPORTS
July 10, 2008 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Armed for the pennant race? The Phillies and others looked on as the Milwaukee Brewers landed CC Sabathia and as the Chicago Cubs worked out a six-player deal for Rich Harden. Twenty-one days are left until the non-waiver trading deadline, so other clubs have plenty of time to acquire talented arms for the stretch run. That search may stay centered on the American League. Here are a few other AL hurlers rumored to be available for the right price: Huston Street, Oakland A's. The closer could make some team a pennant contender.
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September 20, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rod Barajas squatted behind home plate at Citizens Bank Park on opening day. He is the team's No. 3 catcher today. But Barajas, who has been booed heavily in Philadelphia since he avoided a collision at the plate in a loss to Florida on May 23, came up big in Tuesday's crucial 7-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. His pinch single up the middle with runners on first and second and two outs scored the go-ahead run in the 14th inning. "We're in a pennant race," Barajas said.
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December 24, 2006 | By Claire Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the sadder developments of Major League Baseball in the 2000s is how the ascent of Ken Griffey Jr. to the ranks of the true greats has slowed to worse than a crawl. Once the presumptive heir to Henry Aaron's home-run record, Griffey - "Junior," "The Kid" - was the player once thought the most likely to carry the game into this century on the magnificent twin forces of his talent and his personality. Yet as we approach 2007, Griffey is in danger of once again receding to the backwaters of baseball's consciousness by yet another confounding injury.
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