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Single Digits (May 9)

Single Digits

Single Digits (May 9)


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

 Blake Bortles, the No. 3 pick in the first round chosen by the Jacksonville, threw for a career-high 404 yards and four touchdowns when Central Florida played Temple at Lincoln Financial Field last November. Wanna take a wild guess at which NFL stadium the Jaguars are set to open their 2014 campaign.

♦ Did anyone else of an advanced age find it funny that the first 18 picks of the NFL draft included a Clowney, a Martin and a Pryor.

♦ After being belted around by the Blue Jays’ bats this week, the Phillies entered their series in New York this weekend having been out-homered 40-24 on the season.

♦ The Phillies were 34-13 in Cliff Lee's first 47 starts (regular season and postseason) with the club ... They are 33-38 in his 71 starts since then.

♦ The Phillies’ 10-0 loss last Saturday was their third by that exact score in less than a calendar year.

♦ The Rockies went 21-for-42 with runners in scoring position in the first three games of their four-game home & home series against the Rangers last week.



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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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