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May 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Scott Kingery can run a 60-yard dash in a time that is just a notch behind some of baseball's fastest runners. He ran the bases quick enough in college to earn the nickname "Scotty Jetpacks. " And Kingery is on pace this season to reach his goal of 40 stolen bases. The Phillies' second-base prospect is certainly fast. But Kingery said it takes more than just speed to command the base paths. Kingery, who was drafted in last June's second round, worked in the offseason to become a better and smarter runner.
SPORTS
May 16, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
The sheet of paper Pete Mackanin plucked from his desk Saturday afternoon told a more complete story about the way the Phillies manager has been using his bullpen. Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez - Mackanin's steady late-inning tandem - are on pace to pitch more innings this season than they have ever before. But the manager's color-coded printout reminded him that both pitchers have pitched just once on three straight days. And the innings they have thrown have not been laborious.
SPORTS
May 16, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The nadir of the Phillies' Latin American scouting and development program is easily identifiable. Look back at the 1989 season, and you'll find an opening-day roster that included as many players born in France as the Dominican Republic. When Juan Samuel was traded to the New York Mets later that season, the French population ruled over the Latin one inside the Phillies clubhouse. Vive la France never was a great slogan for a big-league baseball team, and since born-in-Paris shortstop Steve Jeltz was the only French representative, it really would have been a rotten one. Not surprisingly, the Phillies of that era were awful.
SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Pete Mackanin is not at the controls of a baseball juggernaut. His offense - which entered Friday as the second worst in the National League - scrapes together just enough runs to squeak past teams. And on Friday night, that forced the manager to try to create a run of his own in the fourth inning of a 3-2 Phillies win over Cincinnati at Citizens Bank Park. Mackanin called for a safety squeeze with one out and a runner on third. The manager had stressed throughout spring training that the Phillies would bunt for runs.
SPORTS
May 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Tommy Joseph planned to take a moment before the start of Friday night's game and look around Citizens Bank Park to reflect on his path to the majors. The seasons lost to injury. The series of concussions that forced Joseph to learn a new position. The days that seemed endless on the back fields in Clearwater. The periods of self doubt and the conversations with his fiancee that pushed him to continue pursuing his baseball dream. Joseph learned Thursday night that he was being promoted to the Phillies.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
Guns and alcohol are twin American obsessions that have been part of the republic since before there even was one. This week, an auction brought in big dollars for items tied to those national pastimes - with Philadelphia connections. A letter written by the sharpshooter Annie Oakley in 1920 to a Philadelphia woman - accompanied by two coins that Oakley had shot - sold during an online auction in Boston on Wednesday for $8,000. During the same auction, a check that then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson wrote to a Philadelphia brewer for a six-month supply of beer in 1793 went for $14,700.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Police Department surveillance vehicle bearing a Google Maps logo seen in Center City on Wednesday was not authorized to use the logo, officials said Friday. "We have been informed that this unmarked vehicle belongs to the Police Department," police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said in an email. "Once this was brought to our attention, it was ordered that the decals be removed immediately. " The officers who used the logo were "trying to be creative," he added. News of the "Google" surveillance vehicle broke Wednesday morning, when a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor, Matt Blaze, noticed the white SUV on 13th Street near Arch and tweeted about it. He mistakenly called it a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle, but the online magazine Motherboard soon set the record straight.
NEWS
May 14, 2016
ISSUE | DEMS' CONVENTION Time for Philly to shine Civic leaders Paul Levy and Stephen Tang have argued that Philadelphia must leverage its momentum to promote growth ("Use key assets to promote Philly growth," April 28; "Keep city focus on job growth," April 29). Innovation fuels this momentum. From Philly Tech Week to Microsoft's decision to open an Innovation Center in University City to the Huffington Post citing Philadelphia as a prime city for techies, the city is gaining national attention for its growing innovation and start-up culture.
SPORTS
May 14, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
ATLANTA - No team in baseball has played more games on the road than this young Phillies squad, and after spending 19 of the last 22 days away from home, the players readied for a happy flight Thursday night. Their boundless 24-year-old leadoff hitter reached base five times against the hapless Braves in a 7-4 win. Their enigmatic 26-year-old shortstop crushed another home run. Their slumping 27-year-old catcher delivered the game-winning double in extra innings. The Phillies will come home, improbably, with one of the best records in the National League.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Art is bringing together on one enormous canvas what Cold War-era hatreds had kept apart for more than a half-century. Within the artwork's borders, the Betsy Ross House is depicted in the same imagined neighborhood as the Hotel Dominica of Cárdenas, where Cuba's flag first flew in 1850. The Phillies logo is emblazoned beside the emblem of the Crocodiles, a Cuban national team. The towers of the Ben Franklin Bridge sprout palm trees, while a tocororo, Cuba's national bird, perches on a cable.
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