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April 5, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
In his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park as a Phillie, Aaron Harang's debut got off to a rocky start upon Harang's first pitch at 7:07 p.m. Three batters and 3 minutes later, the Phils were in the hole 2-0 after a double from the Pirates' Gregor Polanco and a single from reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen put the Bucs in the lead.  "I definitely had to make some adjustments, getting used to the mound at the end," Harang said. "I really had to work to find my release point and get everything go. " The Phillies ultimately survived and pulled off a 7-5 comeback win, but Harang surrendered four earned runs in 4-2/3 innings, giving the team's offense great incentive to get their bats going.
SPORTS
April 1, 2015 | Matt Breen and Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writers
BRADENTON, Fla. - The players from both dugouts and bullpens emptied onto the field Monday before the fifth inning of the Phillies' 18-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates' Sean Rodriguez thought that Kevin Slowey was throwing too quickly an inning earlier when Slowey struck him out. He continued to holler from the dugout in the fifth, causing the dugouts to empty. "I understand the frustration of a singular failure, it's a game of failures, but to react that way, for me, was very surprising," Slowey said.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Flower Show will "Celebrate the Movies" this year with displays that interpret themes and characters from Disney and Disney Pixar films. "We want to transport viewers and inspire them to dream big," Pennsylvania Horticultural Society president Drew Becher said at the show's kickoff event Thursday, at the Ritz East theater in Old City before an audience of enthusiastic supporters, exhibitors, and volunteers. PHS produces the annual show, which dates to 1829 and this year runs from Feb. 28 through March 9 at the Convention Center.
SPORTS
December 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - While a franchise-altering trade hung in the balance, the Phillies completed one deal yesterday afternoon, their first major transaction of the winter. Veteran reliever Antonio Bastardo was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for lefthanded pitching prospect Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo, 29, was a pivotal member of the Phillies' bullpen for the last five seasons. He went 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA in 275 games (five starts), striking out 324 batters, while walking 125, in 259 innings.
SPORTS
November 20, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick Thevanayagam was at his best when things were worst for the Cinnaminson football team. For the most part, it has been a smooth, successful season for the Pirates, who are 8-1 entering Friday night's Central Jersey Group 2 semifinal at Rumson-Fair Haven. Thevanayagam, a senior quarterback, has set the pace with 862 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as well as 548 passing yards and seven touchdowns. He has led Cinnaminson to two victories over rival Bordentown, including a 28-7 win in the opening round of the playoffs on Friday night.
SPORTS
November 15, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cinnaminson boys' soccer team has been scoring goals at an impressive pace during the NJSIAA tournament, and the Pirates continued that trend in their biggest game of the season. Scoring twice in the first nine minutes and four times by halftime, the No. 3-seeded Pirates defeated No. 9 Audubon, 4-0, Thursday in the South Jersey Group 2 final. In four tournament wins, the Pirates scored 12 goals. Cinnaminson (18-4-2) advanced to Tuesday's state Group 2 semifinal against the Central Jersey winner, Governor Livingston.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
It hasn't gotten any easier for the once-hot Temple Owls. And it won't get any easier this Saturday when they host the best team they have seen all season. No. 21 East Carolina (6-1, 3-0 American Athletic Conference) has a high-octane offense that averages 39.6 points per game. The Pirates present a huge challenge to a Temple squad that has gone from talking earlier this month about possibly becoming bowl eligible to a team that just wants to put a check in the win column. "We have a tremendous task ahead of us this week," coach Matt Rhule said of the Pirates.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
As blasts from cannons filled the air, dozens of 18th-century reenactors swarmed Marcus Hook on Saturday, harking back to an era when the Delaware River community was a haven for plundering pirates, including the notorious Blackbeard. Hundreds turned out under sunny skies for the sixth annual Pirate Festival, a daylong waterfront event to raise money to preserve the Marcus Hook Plank House, a 1700s property that, according to legend, belonged to one of Blackbeard's mistresses, Margaret.
SPORTS
September 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is unfair to blame one Phillies hitter for another lame night, because Pirates lefthander Francisco Liriano was that dominant Thursday in a 4-1 win. He struck out 10 batters on his first 75 pitches. He completed eight innings without permitting a runner to reach third base. But it is difficult to ignore one slumping Phillie, Ryan Howard. He walked twice and struck out two more times Thursday to make it 15 whiffs in 32 at-bats so far this September. He has one extra-base hit this month.
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