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April 1, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
FOR HIS final appearance of the 2014 Grapefruit League, Jonathan Papelbon climbed atop the mound at Bright House Field wearing catcher Carlos Ruiz's jersey. The veteran closer proceeded to allow a line-drive single, then retire the final three batters he faced, sending the Phillies on to the regular season while dressed like Dan Uggla. The moment was a fitting one for the Phillies bullpen to end the spring. After spending the last two seasons as a glaring liability, the unit is one that the team believes can develop into a strength in 2014.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
They don't call it Mud Island for nothing. On Sunday, two days of rain and drizzle had left widening pools and fields of shoe-sucking muck in and around Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River. No one at the fort cared, it seemed. Certainly not the more than 40 volunteers who swarmed the place as the British never did. They were intent on cleaning and polishing and ripping out burned and bedraggled building elements, casting all debris into growing piles of soggy timbers and woebegone insulation.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Spring training, manager Ryne Sandberg said, was a time to preach fundamentals. The relentless Phillies coaching staff fired grounders at the infielders. Pregame drills were performed at game speed, and players noted the difference in intensity. Still, there was one principle they forgot, and the four-word reminder was tacked to corkboards at the clubhouse's entrances in mid-March. "Please Wash Your Hands," it said. More than a dozen Phillies were sick with flu symptoms.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The ball off the bat of Ian Kinsler seemed at first catchable, and then at least playable. Bobby Abreu, making his sixth start in rightfield for the Phillies this spring, got a late jump, ran toward the ball slowly and awkwardly, then chased it into the corner and poked at it a couple of times before he threw it, sore shoulder and all, back toward the infield. Kinsler ended up at third base and scored what turned out to be the only run on a groundout in Detroit's exhibition victory yesterday.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lefthander Cliff Lee completed a dominant performance in spring training Wednesday in his last start before his opening-day assignment. Lee allowed one run on six hits in five innings during a 1-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. "I have felt good the whole time, and spring training for me is over now and it is on to the real games," Lee said. "I am looking forward to it. " Lee will pitch Monday against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Although it's dangerous to get too caught up in spring-training statistics, Lee had a 2.55 ERA in 242/3 innings.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE'S FOOTBALL team is practicing 15 times this spring. None can be at the program's 10th and Diamond facility because Chudoff Field is being resurfaced. Which means Matt Rhule's guys are hitting the road. The Owls will have 10 scheduled workouts at Camden High's Farnham Park, one (Alumni Day) at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church (site of the old Temple Stadium), one at Haddon Township's Paul VI High, one at Plymouth Whitemarsh High and another on campus at Geasey Field, which used to be their practice site.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Carlos Ruiz has looked relaxed all spring and it's been reflected in his play. The Phillies catcher started last year playing catch-up and never hit his groove until late in the season. Now he has a new contract, a fresh outlook and the same old respect around the clubhouse. Ruiz began last season with the well-documented 25-game suspension for unsanctioned Adderall use. Less than a month after returning, he suffered a right hamstring strain and was on the disabled list from May 20 through June 17. Upon his return, Ruiz was far from at his best.
NEWS
March 25, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A TINY but tough little woman climbed the marble stairs of St. Francis Xavier Church and went straight for the Rev. Philip Bochanski, who was greeting guests in the doorway. "We're mobbin' youse!" she told the priest. Bochanski smiled. He'd been expecting the mob. He'd hoped it would come. It was all part of the Mass-ter plan. These days it's not so common to find masses of people at Mass. Dwindling Catholic congregations have led to empty pews in cavernous but beautiful churches.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON & BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writers mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
LIKE SWALLOWS to Capistrano and stinkbugs to windowsills, festival season returns to Philadelphia the instant the weather turns warmish. Mark your calendar for these fun fests: Philly Tech Week, April 4-12. The planet's coolest nerds (ours) launch their week with the world's tallest video game - Tetris on the Cira Centre facade, controlled by gamers at Eakins Oval. Other STEMtastic events include a night of tech Quizzo. Arcade @ the Oval, 7-10:30 p.m. April 4, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, free, full Tech Week schedule at 2014.phillytechweek.com.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | BY TOM DI NARDO, For the Daily News dinardt@phillynews.com
BOUNDARIES between classical ballet and modern dance continue to grow more indistinct, with choreographers creating from every available palette - limited only by their imagination and the formidable skill of their dancers. These days, "I've never seen that before!" is a common comment at intermission. Our local companies and out-of-towners passing through the Annenberg Center cover the full spectrum this season. BodyTraffic, April 3-5. This Los Angeles-based group, which has been called "the company of the future" for its innovative commissions, makes its Philly debut with a new work by Kyle Abraham, Richard Siegal's "o2Joy" and Barak Marshall's "and at midnight the green bride floated through the village square.
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