June 19, 2015 |
WE'D REACHED the part of the process where we were supposed to ask the manager solemn questions about his future, and Ryne Sandberg seemed to understand that as he sat in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park yesterday. The Phillies were coming off an embarrassment that had been brewing for months, a 19-3 loss in which a starting pitcher strained a hamstring covering home, a reliever gave up five home runs, a rightfielder threw 48 pitches, and a pitching coach was forced to wave the white towel - literally - because the bullpen phone was off the hook.
June 8, 2015 |
When the Phillies left for Colorado three weeks ago, Freddy Galvis was their hottest hitter. The shortstop was batting .347, nearly 70 points better than his career average. In the three weeks since, however, Galvis' performance at the plate has started to descend to its past level. Galvis went 0 for 3 in Saturday's 7-5 loss to San Francisco. He would have been lifted for Ryan Howard in the ninth if Cody Asche reached base with two outs. Galvis is hitless in his last 29 at-bats. It is the longest hitless streak by a Phillies position player since Raul Ibanez went 0 for 35 during the 2011 season.
June 1, 2015
Luis Garcia arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Friday sporting a 3.18 ERA. When he left Saturday evening, it was 4.50. The Phillies have not received consistency from the bullpen, a position group viewed as their strength entering the season. Garcia's weekend struggles are just the latest example. Over the team's six-game losing streak, the bullpen allowed multiple runs five times. "Out of the bullpen we're just looking for consistency," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said after Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, "and that's basically what's lacked.
May 10, 2015 |
The Union are in a dire goalkeeping situation. Goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi, who returned to the Union this week after the team suggested he take time off after a rough start, didn't travel to Vancouver, and won't play in Saturday's Major League Soccer game against the Whitecaps. He attended practice Tuesday and Wednesday and wasn't on the field with the team on Thursday before they departed for Vancouver. Brian Sylvestre, 22, was acquired by short-term loan and will be the Union's starting goalie.
March 23, 2015 |
HORRIFIC SCENES from a killer drought in the African valley where he was raised inspired Elijah Korich to become a champion for life. Korich, 64, is the founder and quiet force of nature behind Keiyo Soy Ministries, a faith-based organization that pulls resources from congregations in and around the city in support of its guiding principle: To improve the quality of life in western Kenya, especially through clean water. This morning, Korich will hold his Walk for Water, a 5K race on the Schuylkill River Trail, now in its sixth year, which serves as the annual linchpin in his fundraising efforts.
March 13, 2015
ST. LOUIS - Talk to those closest to Claude Giroux and they'll tell you that the person in front of the camera and front-and-center for questions after a gut-wrenching loss isn't always the same away from the microphones. Like, that time last April, a family member caught a ride home from Giroux after a Stanley Cup playoff loss the Rangers. The entire 15-minute trip, from South Philadelphia to Center City, Giroux slammed his fists on the steering wheel and cursed up a blue streak - in French.
March 2, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Pettibone visited three doctors and underwent several MRI exams last year but never got an answer as to what was ailing his pitching shoulder. It was not until a surgeon looked inside his shoulder, the 24-year-old righthander said Saturday, that Pettibone learned the problem. He underwent an operation June 17 to repair a labrum tear. His 2015 season will begin after most of the other starters in the Phillies' major-league camp. "It was a relief, I guess, at the time," he said of finally discerning the reason for his shoulder problems.
February 21, 2015 |
DAYTON, Ohio - With 4.5 seconds left and St. Joseph's down by two to Dayton, DeAndre' Bembry had the ball and a chance to tie the game. The Hawks had outshot and outrebounded Dayton all game. They had a chance to end Dayton's 18-game home winning streak and end their own seven-game road losing streak. Instead, Bembry lost the ball, awkwardly dribbling it out of bounds under the basket. The critical turnover abruptly sealed a 68-64 loss Thursday night. "We messed up the last play.
February 9, 2015 |
The wrath of Hurricane Sandy and Atlantic City's financial meltdown left many Shore towns with among the highest property-tax increases in the state over the last five years. Atlantic County had the greatest increase in property-tax bills - 34 percent - from 2009 to 2014, according to an annual report from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs released last week. Ocean County property-tax rates went up an average of 14 percent. But the average property-tax bill in Point Pleasant Beach rose 22 percent, and the town of Long Beach had a 21 percent increase.
February 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - When he started working on defense issues, Ashton Carter said Wednesday, there was just one big worry: the Cold War and its threat of nuclear disaster. "Those were the good old days," said Sen. James M. Inhofe (R., Okla.). Now, as Carter stands poised to become the civilian head of the U.S. military, the Abington High School graduate faces a much more complex tangle. "We are in a time where the number and severity of risks is not something I've seen before in my life," Carter said during the first hearing on his nomination to become secretary of defense.