May 23, 2016 |
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin insists he hasn't given up on platooning Ryan Howard, but it appears the struggling first baseman will be getting the day off Sunday, even though the Atlanta Braves will be starting a righthander. Howard's batting average plummeted to .161 after he struck out twice in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He has only 15 plate appearances this year against lefthanders, against whom he is hitting .143. Mackanin pinch-hit Tommy Joseph for Howard when the Braves brought in lefthander Ian Krol in the seventh inning.
September 1, 2015 |
Cameron Rupp might be disappointed to learn the calendar turns to September on Tuesday. The Phillies' 26-year-old catcher continued his torrid August on Sunday with yet another home run, this one off James Shields in a 9-4 loss to the San Diego Padres. Rupp's fourth long ball in a six-game span was his seventh of the month, making him the first Phillies catcher with seven in a calendar month since Mike Lieberthal belted eight in August 2002. Rupp, who didn't exhaust his rookie status until this season, is the first Phillies rookie catcher to hit seven home runs in a month since Butch Henline in September 1922.
August 14, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Maikel Franco expects to avoid the disabled list after his wrist injury scare in Tuesday night's Phillies loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I think I'll be fine in a couple days," the rookie third baseman said Wednesday morning before the series finale at Chase Field. Franco said he felt much better Wednesday. He wore a splint on his left wrist, which was hit by a Jeremy Hellickson fastball in the first inning Tuesday. By the look of the pitch and the 22-year-old's reaction at the time, it seemed as if he might have suffered a break.
July 12, 2015 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The worst inning of Cole Hamels' career began with a three-pitch strikeout of San Francisco Giants all-star shortstop Brandon Crawford. Then it unraveled, to put it mildly. A ground-rule double, a walk, five singles and a home run later, Hamels' awful night was over early in the Phillies' 15-2 loss. Hunter Pence's grand slam was the final straw in the Giants' eight-run onslaught that was Friday's fourth inning at AT&T Park. Eight consecutive batters reached base before interim manager Pete Mackanin emerged from the visitors dugout to pull the Phillies ace and top trade chip.
July 11, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - Maikel Franco's rookie season will be full of learning experiences, and this week is certainly no exception. After the series opener Friday night in San Francisco, the Phillies' 22-year-old third baseman will have faced three of baseball's best pitchers - Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Madison Bumgarner - on consecutive nights. Matchups like these provide invaluable experience for Franco, who, since his May 15 promotion, has been the best hitter on this rebuilding Phillies club.
July 10, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - For the Phillies' recently improved offense, the game Wednesday night against reigning National League MVP Clayton Kershaw marked the beginning of a three-day gauntlet of opposing starters. Given recent performances, Thursday's starter might pose the stiffest challenge of the three. Dodgers righthander Zack Greinke enters the series finale riding a streak of 272/3 consecutive scoreless innings over his last four starts. Greinke, 31, boasts a major-league best 1.48 ERA this season.
June 29, 2015 |
* NURSE JACKIE . 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. Is there another show that's nailed the frustration of loving an addict more than this one? Sunday's series finale, "I Say a Little Prayer," isn't likely to find Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) living happily ever after. Is it too much to hope, though, that she'll at some point be living one day at a time? * HUMANS . 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. In this British-American adaptation of a Swedish sci-fi series about a future that includes humanoid robots, William Hurt stars as an aging engineer who's clinging to his outdated "synth.
December 10, 2014 |
* SONS OF ANARCHY. 10 tonight, FX. This column contains spoilers for previous episodes of "Sons of Anarchy," including last week's. MY LOVE-HATE relationship with FX's "Sons of Anarchy" is apparently continuing to the no-doubt bitter end. Assuming I make it through tonight's series finale, which is expected to clock in at a bit under two hours. ("Anarchy Afterword" will follow the 11:53 a.m. finish and run until 1 a.m., with "Sons" creator Kurt Sutter, star Charlie Hunnam and "surprise" guests.)
April 15, 2013
Padres slugger Carlos Quentin on Sunday dropped his appeal of an eight-game suspension for going after Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke last week and breaking Greinke's left collarbone in the rumble. The suspension begins not a moment too soon - the Padres will be in Los Angeles on Monday to begin a three-game series in the clubs' first meeting since Thursday night's brawl. Quentin was philosophical about missing the series. "Let me say this as far as the Dodgers series: Obviously I will miss the upcoming one but I will be a part of the rest.
February 3, 2013 |
Surrounded by the cast and crew of TGS at the end of its final taping, Tracy Jordan looked into the camera and expansively said: "Thank you, America. That's our show. Not a lot of people watched it, but the joke's on you, because we got paid anyway. " And so, 30 Rock 's show-within-a-show ended with a joke-within-a-joke. Even the highly promoted series finale of 30 Rock drew fewer than five million viewers. And that joke was on us, too. Because part of the appeal of Tina Fey's surreal sitcom was its disregard for the audience.