June 4, 1996 |
Only a few weeks ago, it looked as if Matt White, an immense power pitcher from Waynesboro, Pa., would be the first or second player selected in today's major-league baseball draft. Now, sheerly because of his price tag and choice of agents, White could still be available when the Phillies pick 11th in the first round. The question is: How eager are the Phillies to go through another arduous round of negotiations with the tough, controversial agent Scott Boras? And would the Phillies be willing to ante up the serious cash required to sign White?
April 3, 2000 |
Scouts call hard-throwing lefthander Rick Ankiel the St. Louis Cardinals' best pitching prospect since Steve Carlton. Maybe that should come with a disclaimer. After all, scouts last year called St. Louis outfielder J.D. Drew the second coming of Mickey Mantle. Drew, of course, had a miserable season. OK, Drew was bothered by injuries that contributed to his disappointing year - he hit .242 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs - and he is still regarded as a five-tool player who is headed for stardom.
June 14, 2003 |
Roger Clemens got his milestones two at a time. The Rocket finally reached 300 wins last night and entered an even more exclusive club, becoming only the third pitcher with 4,000 strikeouts as he led the Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2. Clemens (7-4) was the 21st pitcher to make it 300, and did it on his fourth try. "Four thousand and 300 puts me with some great names that ever played the game, that ever stepped on that mound," Clemens said. Clemens allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out 10, raising his total to 4,006, on an unusually cool, damp night.
February 28, 1998 |
The plan was for Curt Schilling to pitch two or three innings. He pitched three. No surprise there. More has always been better for Schilling. Last season, he led the majors by throwing 4,132 pitches. He had seven complete games. That's more than the entire staffs of the Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, Giants, Reds and Padres. "Physically, I feel as good as I ever have throwing a baseball," Schilling said after giving up four runs, three earned, in three innings as the Phillies lost their Grapefruit League opener, 5-0, to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday at Dunedin Stadium.
April 10, 1990 |
For the second time in less than two years, the Phillies lost a chance to be involved in a historic event at Wrigley Field. Because of rain. Rain washed out last night's game - the first opening-night contest in Wrigley Field's 76-year history - between the Phillies and the Chicago Cubs. It also washed out a two-run, second-inning homer by Phillies centerfielder Len Dysktra, who slammed Greg Maddux's 2-2 pitch into the right-field bleachers with two outs. The game was halted after Ken Howell, the Phils' starter, retired the Cubs on three grounders in the bottom of the second.
July 26, 1987 |
There's a factory in the Northeast that has been churning out quality products, especially in the last few years. It is Northeast High School, and coach Ben Rosner has been turning out excellent baseball players in assembly-line fashion. The following are some examples of his handiwork: Andy Meltzer - The 1984 graduate is a junior on Temple's baseball team and is playing in the New York-Penn League, where he is an all-star. Howie Freiling - Also a 1984 graduate, Freiling is in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in Class A ball.
June 13, 2011
IN THE SECOND inning of his 11th start in the Year of the Pitcher II, Roy Oswalt settled down. Good thing. This was his sixth start since the foreshadowing game in Arizona where he went out there without a fastball and the D-back broadcasters were effusively praising his "new changeup. " The new changeup fooled hitters used to his high cheese and biting 12-6 curve until he started getting whacked around. Roy left after three innings with five earned runs on his line and his second regular-season loss as a Phil.
June 4, 2008 |
Pennsville senior Dawn Curry, who has scored more than 100 goals in soccer, recorded more than 100 hits in softball, and tallied more than 1,000 points in basketball, took some time off to prove she was human. Now that every game is more important than the last, Curry is back to her old, spectacular self. The senior shortstop and leadoff hitter collected two hits, three walks, two runs and two RBIs yesterday to power the Eagles to a 9-1 victory over defending state champion Florence in an NJSIAA Group 1 softball semifinal at Wall High School.
November 3, 2009 |
Pedro Martinez likes New York Yankees fans. He likes their passion. He likes their competitiveness. He also suspects that secretly the feeling is mutual. "If I was on the Yankees, I'd probably be like a king over here," Martinez said after pitching Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night in Yankees Stadium. Martinez will get his chance to renew his relationship with the fans in the Bronx as well as the team in the blue pinstripes as the Phillies starting pitcher in tomorrow night's Game 6. "Pedro is ready to go," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after last night's 8-6 victory in Game 5. Martinez was his normal relaxed self in the clubhouse after last night's game.
June 10, 2001 |
The turning point for Jeff Mazzola came when he allowed six runs in less than six innings in a game against Steinert earlier this season. After that game, a 9-6 win, the Gloucester Catholic senior righthander realized that he could pitch among the elite in the state. He then went out and proved it. Mazzola's career ended with yesterday's 12-strikeout performance as Gloucester Catholic beat St. Mary's of Rutherford, 6-0, in the Parochial B state championship. In that May 8 game against Steinert, Mazzola allowed all six runs, although only three were earned, in 5 1/3 innings.