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August 12, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 19, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
April 16, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
SPORTS
July 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Alicia Rancilio, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
January 5, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
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)
SPORTS
July 19, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 17, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 12, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 10, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 29, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
*  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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* 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.)
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
February 3, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
January 5, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
September 14, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
DEREK JETER shook off an injury to tie Willie Mays for 10th place on the career hits list, backing Phil Hughes and helping the visiting New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-0, Thursday night to maintain a share of the AL East lead. New York won consecutive games for the first time in a month and kept pace with the Baltimore Orioles, who completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay. Hughes (15-12) retired his first 10 batters and gave up five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked one and allowed just three runners past first base, ending a streak of seven straight starts in which he allowed home runs.
SPORTS
September 14, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
It ranked among the most unpopular trades in Phillies history when general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for the minor-league trio of J.C. Ramirez, Tyson Gillies, and Phillippe Aumont in December 2009. Many of the developments since only hardened the initial view. Now, however, Aumont is becoming a go-to guy in the middle of a playoff race and his work is being endorsed by none other than Clifton Phifer Lee. "Oh, he's good," Lee said Wednesday after Aumont pitched a scoreless eighth inning in the Phillies' 3-1 win over Miami.
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