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.
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.