May 1, 2014 |
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.
April 6, 2014 |
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.
January 26, 2014 |
Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) is readying his men to make the biggest score of the century. The 18th century. Return with us now to the barnacled high-water mark for piracy, when merchant ships plied the Spanish Main at their peril. Black Sails (9 p.m. Saturday on Starz) is a bawdy, bodacious, and brutal eight-episode series set on the island of New Providence (the Bahamas) in 1715. It may take you a while to figure out who's who in this big, sunburned ensemble, so allow me to give you a head start.
October 31, 2013 |
IT TURNS out that "Captain Phillips" didn't need the U.S. Navy to defeat a small band of Somali pirates. All he needed was Britney Spears . London's Daily Mirror reports that Britney's hits are being blasted at the seafaring Somalis because they can't stand her music. Or it's a clever lure to her upcoming Las Vegas show. "Baby One More Time" and "Oops! I Did It Again" appear to be the most effective sonic weapons. "These guys can't stand Western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect," said merchant naval officer Rachel Owens . Or maybe they just don't like old Britney.
July 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Pittsburgh Pirates closer and first-time all-star Jason Grilli had one thought during his brief stay with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, in 2011. "I was thinking that I wanted to get the heck out," Grilli said before Tuesday's 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field. "Who wants to be an IronPig? Not me. " It's nothing against the IronPigs organization, he said, but Grilli believed he should have been pitching in the big leagues.
July 13, 2013 |
Families can have a soaking wet fun time on Saturday fighting pirates at Colonial Plantation for Pirate Splash Day. Guests should bring swimsuits and old shoes to defend the plantation and prepare to get soaked running the maze and gauntlet while getting sprayed. When you capture the pirates you can throw wet sponges at them. Get accustomed to pirate living and learn how to wash clothes with your feet and bob for apples with your toes. Games and activities include face painting, rubber ducky and foot races, a water balloon toss, and tug-o-war.
July 10, 2013 |
AT 40 years old and 16 seasons into his major league career, Bartolo Colon thinks he's having a career season. Last night, Coco Crisp's speed helped preserve another win for Colon. Colon allowed one run over seven innings to outduel Jeff Locke as the visiting Oakland Athletics won for the ninth time in their past 12 games, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1, in a matchup of All-Star starters. Colon (12-3) moved into a tie for second in the majors in victories, and has the second-most wins by a 40-year-old in A's history.
July 7, 2013
Just as surprising as the Pittsburgh Pirates' run to the best record in baseball is that they did it without righthander A.J. Burnett for the last month. Burnett is set to return to the Pirates' rotation. Manager Clint Hurdle says the veteran righthander will start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs after being sidelined the past month because of a strained right calf. Burnett is 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA in 14 starts, but even without him, the Pirates continue to roll along. They held a major-league-leading 53-32 record and a two-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central following Friday's 6-2 win over the Cubs.
July 6, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - It was a .500 road trip - five wins, five losses - for a team that has struggled to reach and stay above .500 the entire season. It ended well - a 6-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Independence Day had the Phillies dressing happily Thursday before their flight back to Philadelphia - but it hardly meant that all is well. "We took two out of three with a sweat," manager Charlie Manuel said inside the visitors' clubhouse at PNC Park. "That was good. We played three teams [the Padres, Dodgers, and Pirates]
July 5, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - The Phillies' pitchers have become quite adept at performing nightly dances with disaster. Yes, they sure do know how to get down. We saw the tired act again Wednesday night at PNC Park, and it left this rudderless team with a 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates despite a ninth-inning home run by Domonic Brown, his 22d of the season. "It's going to be hard for us to be consistent," manager Charlie Manuel said when asked about his team's pitching problems. "I hope we are, but who we got is what we've got to use. " The Phillies' league-worst earned run average went up to 4.19, a mind-boggling fall for the team that had the best ERA in baseball just two seasons ago. The pitching staff managed to survive a series of turbulent situations to take the first game of this series Tuesday night, but got burned in the fifth and sixth innings Wednesday by the team with the best record in baseball.