April 24, 2015 |
FOR A GUY who was given no more than 24 hours to prepare for his first start in more than 11 months, Dustin McGowan did the job of a spot starter yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The 33-year-old former first-round pick didn't allow a run in his first three innings against the Marlins. McGowan struck out the first two batters he faced, and kept at it, sending Giancarlo Stanton down on strikes in the third inning, too. "He looked sharp early on," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
September 19, 1993 |
The Aug. 6 deal looked like a no-lose situation for the Phillies. Jose DeLeon was seeing very little work and maybe Bobby Thigpen would rediscover himself in the National League. It doesn't look that way anymore. With Terry Mulholland sidelined during the stretch drive, with Ben Rivera fighting his control problems and losing, with untested Mike Williams scheduled for a few important starts, the experienced DeLeon might have been invaluable as a spot starter. Meanwhile, after an encouraging stretch of games, Thigpen is pitching again like he did in his troubled final years with the White Sox. "What he's throwing, they're hitting," was Phillies manager Jim Fregosi's apt description of the righthander's problems.
July 6, 2002 |
Seeking to add even more pitching depth for the second half, the first-place New York Yankees acquired Jeff Weaver from Detroit early today as part of a three-team trade that also included Oakland. In the deal, the Athletics sent infielder Carlos Pena to the Tigers and the Yankees sent pitcher Ted Lilly to Oakland. Weaver, a 25-year-old righthander, was 6-8 with a 3.18 ERA this season for a Tigers team that is 30-53. He joins a New York rotation that already includes Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Orlando Hernandez, a rotation that has reduced Sterling Hitchcock to a reliever and a spot starter.
July 11, 1998 |
Now that draft pick J.D. Drew is signed, the St. Louis Cardinals are trying to hang on to outfielder Brian Jordan. General manager Walt Jocketty and Jordan's St. Louis-based agent, Jim Turner, had preliminary contract talks Thursday and yesterday. Turner said he expected a proposal from the Cardinals next week. "Personally, I don't think the J.D. Drew situation really has to affect one particular player," Turner said. "The bottom line is it gives the club flexibility. " Drew may be batting .421 with three homers after 19 at-bats in the double-A Texas League, but Jordan entered last night one point off the NL batting lead with a .336 average, and had 15 homers and 57 RBIs batting cleanup behind Mark McGwire.
February 14, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - To be clear, there is no competition for the fifth starter's spot. The job is Joe Blanton 's, assuming, of course, a trade does not prevent him from heading north with the Phillies. "Joe's our fifth starter," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. So where, exactly, does that leave Kyle Kendrick ? "It's out of my hands," Kendrick said. "I just need to have a good spring, and they'll make the decision. " The decision for now is to stretch both Kendrick and Vance Worley out as starters.
November 25, 1995 |
William Fuller knew the $8,000 fine from the NFL was coming for the hit he put on New York Giants quarterback Dave Brown Sunday. Fuller, the Eagles' left defensive end, refrained from commenting on the fine until he received official word. He got the word yesterday. After watching film of the hit in question, Fuller expressed his disagreement. "I think it was a good, clean hit," Fuller said. "I didn't feel it was spearing. I hit him with the upper portion of my helmet.
June 21, 1986 |
Even as manager John Felske was issuing a weak vote of confidence in behalf of lefthanded legend Steve Carlton, the Phillies were announcing a minor deal for the pitcher who could eventually replace Lefty in the starting rotation. The Phils yesterday acquired 28-year-old lefthander Mike Madden from the Houston Astros for Portland Beavers reliever Rocky Childress. Madden, a spot starter and long reliever this season, was 1-2 with a 4.08 earned run average for the National League West leaders.
April 24, 2010 |
The Phillies arrived in Arizona at 2 a.m. Friday after a late-night cross-country flight. Righthander Nelson Figueroa still woke up early. He had work to do at Chandler Traditional Academy-Goodman elementary school, where he volunteers in the off-season. Figueroa made some copies. "I have black ink all over my hands still," he said. He created a poster of "Mr. Gallon," which explained there are four quarts and eight pints in a gallon. And he read to the kids, including his 6-year-old daughter, Renee.
May 18, 2005 |
Wes Obermueller had a perfect game with one out in the seventh inning. Then, for the first time all game, he shook off his catcher's sign. "He called a fastball in," Obermueller said. "And I wanted fastball away. " Bad decision. The fastball away was a little too high. Jamey Carroll slapped the 1-2 pitch into rightfield for a clean single, forcing Obermueller to settle for a victory without the immortality in the visiting Milwaukee Brewers' 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals last night.
August 14, 1997 |
The Phillies' never-ending search for pitching prompted them to put in a claim yesterday for righthander William VanLandingham, who had been placed on release waivers by the San Francisco Giants. While the Phillies would love to add an arm like VanLandingham's to their stable, however, there's no guarantee they will get him. Because he was waived for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release, VanLandingham has the option of becoming a free agent and signing with any team.