July 25, 2014 |
Jonathan Papelbon stood at the base of the mound at Citizens Bank Park as Giants scurried around the bases Wednesday night. He did not flinch when Hunter Pence dunked a 93-m.p.h. fastball into short right field for the decisive hit in a 3-1 Phillies loss. He did not move to back up home plate, and Chase Utley's throw skipped past Carlos Ruiz and into the San Francisco dugout. "What are you going to do? I don't really worry about it," Papelbon said. "I try to prepare every day and do my best.
July 12, 2014 |
On Saturday, get ready for the invasion. Bring your swim attire and old shoes, play games, and get chased by pirates during Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation's Pirate Splash Day. Beginning at noon, do all things pirate. Foot races include running through a maze grabbing coins while avoiding getting sprayed by water-wielding pirates. Learn how to bob for apples with your feet. Display your might playing tug-o'-war and engage in water-pistol fighting, rubber ducky races, and other aquatic fun. Craft activities include candle making, coloring, and papermaking.
July 8, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is at wit's end, and anyone who has seen his sagging offense can understand why. Sandberg called for a few volunteers to jump on the offensive wagon Sunday after the Phillies were swept in their three-game series by the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-2 loss at PNC Park. The Phillies have lost nine of 10 and 13 of 16 to drop to 37-51, a season-high 14 games under .500. They are hitting .206 and have scored 41 runs in the last 16 games. They have struck out 122 times in that span.
July 8, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - A.J. Burnett said it was an emotional experience Sunday when he took the mound at PNC Park for the first time since he left the Pirates and signed with the Phillies as a free agent in February. Burnett spent just two years in Pittsburgh, but he made a favorable impression. He went 10-11 with the Pirates last season as they earned their first postseason berth since 1992. Before he took the mound Sunday in the first inning of a 6-2 loss, there was a video tribute to Burnett and the crowd gave him an extended ovation.
July 7, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - With one uninspiring performance after another, especially at the plate, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and his team have been fielding a lot of questions lately about the team's effort and energy. Sandberg and company insist that both are there. But the offense surely isn't. In another subpar performance with the bats, the Phillies continued their slide Saturday with a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. After moving to within 31/2 games of first place with a fifth consecutive win on June 20, the Phillies have lost 12 of their last 15. They now need a telescope to view National League East leader Atlanta.
July 7, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - While a gaggle of media (more than a dozen) surrounded former Pirates pitcher and current Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett in the visiting dugout at PNC Park, a current Pirate and former Phillies pitcher, who had a longer career in Philly than Burnett had in Pittsburgh, talked to a much smaller group across the diamond. Vance Worley, traded with pitching prospect Trevor May for Ben Revere two Decembers ago, is back in the big leagues. And even though he's been on the Pirates roster for only 20 days, Worley has a poster adorned outside the picturesque, downtown Pittsburgh ballpark.
July 6, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH - Frequently when a team goes bargain hunting in baseball, it gets what it pays for. That has been the case so far with the Phillies and righthander Roberto Hernandez. In the offseason, he was signed as a free agent to a one-year $4.5-million deal. It shows a few things - $4.5 million doesn't go very far when purchasing starting pitching and even at that less-than-outlandish price, Hernandez, like his team, has been wildly inconsistent. While he has enjoyed some strong moments this season, Friday certainly wasn't one of them as the Phillies suffered an 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
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.
May 30, 2014 |
We expected great things when NBC announced its pirate drama Crossbones would be written by British novelist and screenwriter Neil Cross ( Luther ) and would star the great American thesp John Malkovich as legendary pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach. That's the trouble with having high hopes - it hurts so much more when they're dashed. Premiering Friday at 10 p.m., the 10-episode series, set during Blackbeard's more mature, graying years, is too sedentary to be called an action story.
May 24, 2014 |
Neshaminy High graduate Erin Quense homered, but that was all the scoring for West Chester in a 5-1 loss to 19th-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State in the opener of the NCAA Division II national softball finals Thursday at the James I. Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. West Chester (41-21) will face LIU-Post (50-10) in an elimination game at noon Saturday. Armstrong Atlantic (36-13) enters the winners' bracket. The Savannah, Ga., school will face top-ranked West Texas A&M (57-7) at 4 p.m. Friday.