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Single Digits (April 21)

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Single Digits (April 21)

A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ...

♦ Flyers had more second period goals Sunday (2) than they had in their previous nine second periods at Madison Square Garden (1).

♦ Claude Giroux has not had a shot on goal registered in his last 103 shifts against the Rangers.

♦ Through Sunday's games, Ryan Howard is tied for 6th in the National League in triples. He finished Sunday a double short of the cycle for the second time in his career (Sept. 16, 2008).

♦ Phils have scored 32% (24) of their 75 runs on opening day (14) and Sunday (10) ... They have just 51 in the other 17 games (avg.: 3.0).

♦ Phillies pitchers came into Colorado with a 4.17 ERA and leave with a 4.88 ERA.

♦ Phillies are 4-0 when C Wil Nieves starts ... They are 6-2 in day games.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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