July 19, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - In a perfect world, the lineup card manager Charlie Manuel filled out before Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers would have been almost identical to the one he handed in before the opening-day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in early April. The world, of course, has been far from perfect for Manuel and the Phillies. But there was Roy Halladay pitching, Chase Utley playing second base, and Ryan Howard at first for the game in Dodger Stadium, the first time that trio has been on the field together this season.
April 16, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Brian Wilson has no regrets about how many times he pitched during the San Francisco Giants' improbable 2010 World Series title run. Nor about how he stayed on the mound at Colorado last week despite ligament damage in his arm. "Absolutely not," Wilson said. "That's how I play baseball. Push it to the limits. " Wilson has now reached his limit. San Francisco's bearded and boisterous closer said before Sunday's series finale against Pittsburgh that he probably will have elbow-reconstruction surgery, ending his season after only 56 pitches, two appearances and one save.
August 7, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Nickelodeon's hit show iCarly made Jennette McCurdy a star, and although the show will have its series finale in November, the 20-year-old doesn't have to worry about what comes next. The network has tapped McCurdy and actress Ariana Grande to star in a spin-off tentatively titled Sam & Cat . The series will follow the girls' characters, Sam Puckett from iCarly and Cat Valentine from Victorious , as they become roommates and start a baby-sitting business. Sam & Cat will be produced by Dan Schneider, who is behind Nickelodeon shows iCarly, Victorious, Zoey 101 , and Drake & Josh . "I couldn't be under a better person's wing, so I'm really happy about that decision," McCurdy said in a recent interview.
August 12, 2012 |
It's time to say goodbye to Brenda Leigh Johnson's sing-song, Georgia-scented " thank you! " The LAPD interrogator par excellence played with delightful quirk, brilliant intelligence, and disarming cunning by Kyra Sedgwick will take her leave on the season finale of TNT's The Closer at 9 p.m. Monday. The episode also will transition viewers to the series premiere of TNT's spin-off, Major Crimes , at 10 p.m. Set in the same squadroom, Major Crimes retains most of the Closer regulars we've grown to love, or in the case of Capt.
August 15, 2012
Roy Halladay and Mark Buehrle are scheduled to start Wednesday's Phillies-Marlins series finale in Miami, marking the 10th time since 1990 that two authors of a perfect game will oppose one another. Halladay pitched his perfect game in 2010 against the Marlins. Buehrle tossed his while with the Chicago White Sox in 2009. The previous instances, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, are: Dallas Braden-Buehrle in 2011; Randy Johnson-David Wells in 2004, 2005, 2007; Kenny Rogers-Wells in 2000, 2001 (twice)
January 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the swearing-in of a record number of Democratic women was a historic moment worth a photograph. And, she decided, history needed a little digital help. After only 57 of the 61 congresswomen showed up in time for the photo scheduled Thursday on the Capitol's steps, Pelosi's aides digitally inserted images of the four absent members into the photograph. She then had the altered image posted on her Flickr photo-sharing site. Journalists and historians frown on such altered views of history.
July 19, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES — The hope stretched into its fourth day, mixing with the frictionless SoCal air to fill the visitor's dugout at Dodger Stadium with a rare kind of warmth. Sitting at the edge of the dugout, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee stared out onto the infield grass and contemplated the significance of the fast-approaching game. "I'll look at several things," he said. "But I ain't telling you. " In a way, Roy Halladay's return from a 7-week layoff mirrored the juncture at which the Phillies find themselves.
July 17, 2012 |
DENVER - For the second consecutive game, Shane Victorino served as an offensive trigger with an extra-base hit in the opening inning. Victorino had gone 98 plate appearances and 89 at-bats before hitting a one-out double in the first inning of Saturday night's 8-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies. That was his first extra-base hit since June 13 in Minnesota, a remarkably long stretch for a player with his speed. He added an RBI triple in the ninth inning of that game. Victorino returned to work Sunday by setting the tone again with a one-out triple off lefthander Drew Pomeranz before scoring on a two-out single by Carlos Ruiz in what became a 5-1 Phillies victory in the series finale at Coors Field.
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.)