March 27, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - The Phillies will not face Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish when the teams open their season Monday in Arlington, Texas. Darvish was scratched from the start because of a stiff neck and is likely to begin the season on the disabled list. Darvish went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA last season, finishing second in the American League Cy Young Award race. The Rangers have not named his replacement, but Martin Perez (10-6, 3.60) is a candidate. Bound for triple A David Buchanan, who has a 2.25 ERA this spring, was told he would not make the opening-day roster, but he will fly north with the Phillies for exhibition games with Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
March 25, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - During the game, Ryne Sandberg inserted Cesar Hernandez at third base. After the game, the manager summoned Kevin Frandsen to his office. The result was the latest wrinkle in the Phillies' quest to identify the members of their bench for the upcoming season. Frandsen, a member of the team's active roster since July 2012, was outrighted off the 40-man roster yesterday, a sign that the Phillies are leaning toward other options for the two backup infielders they usually carry.
March 21, 2014 |
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - A week ago, manager Ryne Sandberg talked about the very real possibility of penciling Darin Ruf into his starting lineup on Opening Day in Texas, when the Phillies will need a designated hitter. Ruf has never been on a major league roster on Opening Day, let alone the starting lineup for the first game of the season. Ruf's chances of making both of those goals turn into reality took a sharp hit during pregame batting practice in Kissimmee, Fla., yesterday, a week before the team breaks camp and heads north.
March 20, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryne Sandberg announced that Cliff Lee would take the mound when the Phillies open the 2014 season in Arlington against the Texas Rangers on March 31. He also said A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick would follow in the team's starting rotation. So we can move forward this spring knowing that trio will be on the 25-man roster when the season starts. Barring injury, you can venture to assume Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd also will be on that roster.
March 15, 2014 |
Tony Devlin of Paul VI and Eric Cassidy of Schalick will serve as head coaches at the 37th annual Al Carino Boys' Basketball Club of South Jersey all-star game, scheduled for March 23 at Rutgers-Camden. Devlin will coach the West squad and Cassidy will coach the East in the latest installment of the game, which will tip off at 5 p.m. The 10th annual Tim Lenahan Memorial Game, featuring many of South Jersey's top eighth graders, will start at 3 p.m. The Carino game has raised more than $100,000, which has been distributed through the organization's scholarship program and Lions Club support programs.
March 5, 2014
THE BOYS' AND GIRLS' rosters have been announced for the 27th All-Star Labor Classic basketball games. High school seniors from a five-county area will take part in the City vs. Suburbs games on April 6 at Northeast High, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sixty-eight players were chosen to participate in this fundraiser, which is sponsored by Philadelphia's organized labor and has raised more than $2 million in the last 27 years to benefit United Cerebral Palsy...
February 18, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When he walked into the clubhouse for the first time yesterday morning, Bobby Abreu came in with an arm interlocked with Jimmy Rollins. When he returned to the home clubhouse at Bright House Field following his workout since rejoining the Phillies, Abreu walked side by side with Rollins and Marlon Byrd. Teammates a decade earlier, Abreu, Byrd and Rollins are together again as the Phillies attempt to bounce back from back-to-back underwhelming seasons and return to contention.
January 31, 2014
ANAHEIM - Zac Rinaldo is close to returning to the Flyers' lineup. Rinaldo skated in his third full practice of the last week yesterday and joined the Flyers on their flight to California. To make room for Rinaldo on the 23-man roster, the Flyers waived forward Chris VandeVelde. VandeVelde and Michael Raffl are the only players on the Flyers' roster on two-way contracts. VandeVelde lasted long enough with the Flyers to require waivers to be sent back down to AHL Adirondack.
January 30, 2014 |
Nine area players were tabbed Tuesday to play for the Pennsylvania squad in the 57th annual Big 33 Football Classic. The selections were Coatesville fullback-linebacker Tyler Burke, Cardinal O'Hara wide receiver Thaddius Smith, Episcopal Academy tight end Evan Butts, Council Rock South offensive lineman Eric Gallo, Neshaminy defensive end Luke Carrezola, La Salle linebacker Zaire Franklin, Imhotep Charter defensive back Deandre Scott, Downingtown East...