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July 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 7, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 7, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
July 6, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
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.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 24, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
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.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG There is no shortage of memorials to baseball great Roberto Clemente. Postage stamps, life-size bronze statues, parks, schools, and a bridge in Pittsburgh bear his name. Now Clemente may soon receive a new honor: a Philadelphia street named after him. Wait a minute. The man whose name is synonymous with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who wore black and gold for 18 seasons, gets his own street in the Phillies' heartland? A bill that passed the state House unanimously Monday would rename the 100 block of West Erie Avenue in North Philadelphia "Roberto Clemente Way," after the Hall of Fame outfielder.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the game tied in the bottom of the sixth inning and a runner on second, Cinnaminson's Christian DeLuca sent a towering shot to center field. DeLuca hit the ball very well, but it looked catchable. Then Holy Cross' centerfielder fell. The ball fell, too, allowing Jimmy Dever to score the go-ahead run and DeLuca to coast into third base. "When I was rounding second, I saw him trip, and I was like: 'Well, I definitely have third now,' " said DeLuca, a senior centerfielder. "I was looking for four, but he got up and threw it in pretty well.
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