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March 5, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Aaron Harang's debut in a Phillies uniform will be delayed for what the 36-year-old righthander deemed "maintenance" reasons. Harang was slated to start Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees in Tampa but instead will miss his turn in the rotation. He is tentatively set to start Monday's game against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota. "That's the plan, for him to miss one start and then be ready," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's taking care of some things and it should allow him if all goes well in the next couple days, for him to be ready for that next start.
SPORTS
March 5, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first time he stepped into the batter's box in a game in five months, Ryan Howard didn't stay there long. The 35-year-old first baseman dug in, swung at the first pitch and singled to left field. Two innings later, he battled 21-year-old righthander Luis Severino to a full count. The eighth pitch of the at-bat found a home in right field, permitting Freddy Galvis to score and ensuring Howard a positive Grapefruit League debut. A half hour after he was replaced by Darin Ruf to start the sixth inning, Howard broke his media silence.
NEWS
March 5, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sun will set at 7 p.m. Sunday, and astronomers are calling for a 100 percent chance of an equinox in a little over two weeks. So why is the atmosphere stuck in January? After the second ice-shellacking in two days Tuesday, the National Weather Service was warning of the possibility of several inches of snow from Wednesday night into Thursday. "I'm very confident Thursday is going to be a difficult day," said Walter Drag, a lead forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly.
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March 4, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When the Phillies trotted out to their positions for a brief workout at Bright House Field yesterday morning, Cesar Hernandez was at second base. Chase Utley was not in line behind him, awaiting his turn to field ground balls. When the team moved from the ballpark to the four fields in the center of the Carpenter Complex, where they'd hold batting practice, Utley was nowhere to be found. Utley, 36, was in attendance, when the Phillies had their shortest workout of the spring in an effort to get to the team's annual spring golf outing in the afternoon.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everyone knows crime rates go up with the temperature, so it's no wonder networks are anticipating the spring thaw with a fistful of new procedurals. ABC and CBS go head to head Sunday, with two movie-star-powered if very different offerings. Secrets & Lies from ABC is an eminently serious, disturbing, and always absorbing mystery about a child murder in the heart of suburbia. CBS goes for laughs with Battle Creek , a wonderfully off-kilter, mildly surreal satire featuring Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, and Janet McTeer       .   We are all sinners Adapted from the Australian drama, Secrets & Lies pits Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis in an intense if sometimes overboiled battle of wills over the murder of a 4-year-old boy. He's the suspect, she the morally righteous, obsessive detective convinced of his guilt.
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February 27, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Sitting in the stands at Council Rock South High School, the Abington girls' basketball team had two games they were paying attention to Wednesday night: the one in front of them, and the one being played at Temple. The one they were watching in person was Central Bucks West against Downingtown East, in the other District 1 Class AAAA girls' basketball semifinal. The one at Temple featured the Abington boys' team, which was also playing in the district semifinals. By the time the Abington girls walked onto the court against Spring-Ford, they knew the boys had already advanced to the championship game Friday.
SPORTS
February 24, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Throughout the week, they have trickled into the clubhouse and onto the playing surface at Bright House Field. Ben Revere. Chase Utley. Grady Sizemore. The first full-squad workout is tomorrow, at which point Ryne Sandberg will begin the process of figuring out where, exactly, the runs will come from this season. The known quantities are limited to Carlos Ruiz at catcher, Utley at second base, Revere in centerfield, and, to a lesser extent, Freddy Galvis at shortstop.
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February 17, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
PITCHERS AND catchers hold their first official workout in Clearwater on Thursday. Among the story lines will be the following: 1) How healthy is Cliff Lee? It's the million dollar question. Actually, several million. 37.5 of them, to be exact. Lee's contract guarantees him a $25 million salary this season and a $12.5 million buyout of a club option for 2016. And if he pitches 200 innings this season and is not on the disabled list at the end of the year, that option becomes guaranteed at $27.5 million.
SPORTS
February 16, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
SPORTS
February 15, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
40-man roster Pitchers 74, Elvis Araujo, LHP: Signed in November, the 6-foot-6 reliever from Venezuela hasn't pitched higher than double A, so he will likely begin the season in the minors. 48, Phillippe Aumont, RHP: Out of minor-league options, this spring is the last chance for the cornerstone of the worst trade of Ruben Amaro Jr.'s tenure as general manager. 70, Jesse Biddle, LHP: This spring marks the start of an important season for the Germantown Friends graduate and former first-round draft pick who struggled mightily in 2014 and is expected to begin this year back in double A. 38, Chad Billingsley, RHP: In the wake of Tommy John surgery in 2013 and another operation last year to repair his right flexor tendon, the recently signed veteran will probably enter spring training a bit behind the other starters.
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