September 9, 2013 |
Standing in the Phillies dugout hours before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves, pitching coach Rich Dubee made one of the least surprising announcements. Dubee said Phillies righthander Ethan Martin would be moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season and that Tyler Cloyd would take his place in the rotation. "His stuff has played phenomenally well the first time through a lineup," Dubee said. "Again, I don't know if it is because of fatigue, if he burns up too much energy, but his stuff shortens up the second and third time through.
September 3, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Forty minutes before midnight Saturday, Ruben Amaro Jr. thought Michael Young would be spending the final month of the season with the Phillies. "At about 11:20 Eastern, I thought the deal was dead . . . because we had not agreed on players," the Phillies general manager said. "And then it got revived. " Rob Rasmussen, a lefthander who was taken in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Florida Marlins, was the player who convinced Amaro to pull the trigger on the deal that sent Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
August 31, 2013 |
Tony Wroten is officially a 76er. The NBA approved the franchise's acquisition of the 6-foot-6 guard from the Memphis Grizzlies for a protected second-round pick Thursday. The pick is based on where the Sixers, who are expected to struggle, finish in the NBA standings. As a result, they basically surrendered nothing for the 2012 first-round selection. "He's a young player that's athletic that plays well in the open floor, that has an attacking mind-set," Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said.
August 29, 2013 |
YESTERDAY, TATTLE told you that "The Help" director Tate Taylor was going to shoot a biopic of James Brown . Now he has his James Brown. And it's Jackie Robinson . According to the Los Angeles Times , Chadwick Boseman , who earlier this year integrated baseball in "42," has got a brand new bag. Also bringing Brown's story to the big screen are "Fair Game" screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth and producers Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger . More MTV VMA fallout That brief 'NSync one-song get-together at the VMAs is not a precursor to a reunion.
August 23, 2013
THE 76ERS have started adding to their thin roster. Yesterday, they acquired point guard Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies. In a statement, the Sixers said they gave up future considerations. The Grizzlies announced that they received a conditional second-round pick in 2014 and a trade exception. The Sixers now have two painfully young players at the point, as Wroten is only 20, and 11th overall pick Michael Carter-Williams, right now the team's starter at the spot, is 21. Like Carter-Williams, Wroten has good size, at 6-6. He appeared in 35 regular-season games last year for Memphis.
August 21, 2013
Authorities in Pennsylvania and 27 other states are acting with exceptional cruelty in charging young victims of human trafficking with prostitution and sending them to juvenile detention centers. Such was the case of a 17-year-old Bucks County girl. Soon after being freed from the sex trade last month, she was confined in a juvenile jail. Fortunately, within a few days, she was transferred to another facility where she could get appropriate therapeutic services. Locking up young victims who can't be considered consenting participants, even if only for a short time, compounds their trauma.
August 1, 2013 |
At 2:57 on a sunny Tuesday afternoon, Michael Young was still a Phillie. He leaned over the dugout railing at an empty ballpark and stared at the field while grounds-crew members manicured the grass. He later practiced ground balls with Cody Asche, a man 13 years younger who will steal most of his playing time if Young remains a Phillie. Young controls his destiny. It is his contractual right to reject any trade proposal presented by the Phillies. He earned that ability when he gained 10-and-five rights (10 years of service, the last five with the same team)
August 1, 2013 |
IT IS A STRANGE place, this side of the trade deadline. You look at the faces of the principal players and all you see is exhaustion. On winning teams, the kind the Phillies are accustomed to producing, the last week of July is a minor amusement, a sideshow that players leave to the devices of the front office and the media. Victories are the priority. At its most severe, the speculation is a conversation starter, a way to pass a few moments before the game. What's the latest? Who do they have going where?