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September 22, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
OAKLAND - The A's tried their hardest to continue their epic collapse but, in the end, they were no match for the Phillies, who left the O.co Coliseum as 8-6 losers yesterday thanks to a two-run, walkoff home run by Josh Donaldson off Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in the 10th inning. One day after the Phillies seized a 3-0 victory, A.J. Burnett walked six batters and hit two more with pitches in a sloppy performance by both teams. The A's are atop the wild-card standings, by one-half game over Kansas City and by two games over Seattle.
SPORTS
September 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Phillies arrived at this decaying football stadium that doubles as a baseball mausoleum 60 years to the day the Athletics bolted Philadelphia never to return home. The Philadelphia A's moved in 1954 to Kansas City, then Oakland 10 years later, and never before have they encountered a season like this. These A's cruised to the all-star break with the best record in baseball. They will spend the final week trying to avoid one of the worst collapses in baseball history.
SPORTS
September 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Ben Revere figured it was a trick question. He scanned the Phillies clubhouse Thursday afternoon at Petco Park and looked for the team's last 50-base stealer. He glanced at Jimmy Rollins' locker. Nope, Rollins stole 47 in 2008. But the answer was somewhere in the room. "Who's that?" Revere asked. Juan Samuel, now the team's first-base coach, stole 53 bases in 1985. (Revere, 26, was born in 1988.) Every major-league team has had at least one player with 50 steals since then.
SPORTS
September 20, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - Darin Ruf lost his rookie status in 2013, but when he returned to his locker Wednesday after a two-hit night, he found a costume. It was dress-up night for the rookies, an annual hazing event he should have avoided. Ruf's space-rock outfit made him look like David Bowie in Labyrinth . That was fine. Ruf is just happy to see more playing time. His reward Thursday for starting two rallies Wednesday was another start at first base, this time as the cleanup hitter. He doubled and scored a run in a 7-3 loss to the Padres.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shares of DuPont Co. rose more than 5 percent Wednesday, to $69.25, after billionaire investor Nelson Peltz 's Trian Partners dropped the polite public mask he held up when he started accumulating shares last year and made it clear that he's had it with CEO Ellen Kullman 's resistance to his scheme to break apart the Wilmington manufacturer in hopes of fat shareholder payouts. Peltz and his partners, who specialize in squeezing big, old companies like H.J. Heinz and Pepsico , also vented disgust with DuPont corporate spending on "bureaucracy" and century-old hometown perks like the 217-room Hotel du Pont , the 1,252-seat DuPont Theatre , and the DuPont Country Club , with its three golf courses near the company's Wilmington headquarters.
SPORTS
September 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - The Phillies have spent six days in the last two seasons over .500, a status that reinforces that the franchise's current problems extend well beyond one player. The numbers tell a narrative, as do the eyes. "Really," Ryne Sandberg said, "spending a whole year with a team, you get a real good feel on the guys who have been here. " Sandberg sees a need for better starting pitching. He wants improved defense. And, for the middle of his lineup, he craves a consistent contact presence to alleviate the bundles of men left on base.
SPORTS
September 19, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - The strongest reason you shouldn't get your hopes up about Yasmani Tomas is the self-evident one: The long list of attributes that would make Tomas an ideal fit for the Phillies' lineup are the same attributes that would make him an ideal fit for just about every major league lineup, and the same motivation the Phillies have to pursue the Cuban slugger aggressively is shared with the rest of the teams that will pursue him. Twenty-three-year...
SPORTS
September 19, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO - This season commenced with great consternation about Cole Hamels, and it will end with the Phillies ace posting some of the best numbers of his career. He handcuffed his hometown team once more Wednesday night in a 5-2 win over the Padres, lowered his ERA to 2.47, and never looked stressed in seven innings. Hamels has permitted three earned runs or fewer in 21 straight starts, the longest such streak for a Phillies pitcher in 46 years. His ERA ranks fourth in the National League.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lynne M. Abraham, the feisty former judge and Philadelphia district attorney who reigned over the city's criminal justice system for nearly two decades, says she will make a run for mayor. Just not yet. Abraham, a Democrat, said Wednesday, "I'll be entering the race" to succeed Mayor Nutter. Her disclosure, coming within hours after former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo announced his mayoral run, could rock a field of candidates in the 2015 contest who lack her name recognition.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Being a gay or a lesbian jazz musician isn't new. Take pianist Cecil Taylor, vibraphonist Gary Burton, drummer Allison Miller, and, famously, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's cocomposer/arranger. Improvisational pianist Fred Hersch, currently on the jazz charts with his new album, Floating , came out publicly two decades ago with the information that he had HIV, and never looked back. "I was advised against coming out" says Hersch. "People thought it was a death sentence - this was 1993, before all the cocktails - that it would screw up my career.
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