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Archive: April, 2012

Blanton Hitting the Road

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:00 AM
Although the Phillies record when Joe Blanton starts at Citzens Bank Park is quite good (29-12), his actual numbers there aren't much better than when he has pitched on the road as a Phillie. Blanton takes to the mound at AT+T Park Tuesday night against the Giants' Madison Bumgarner: At... Read more

Notches in Roy Halladay's Belt

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:45 AM
You can now color Roy Halladay's dance card full. Monday night's victory gives him at least one regular season victory over every major league club. Well, all but one ... but we don't see him beating the Phillies any time soon. Here is Halladay's career record vs. each of the MLB's 30 teams: Opponent... Read more

Coming Up Short Against the Shorthanded

Monday, April 16, 2012, 11:46 PM
Monday night, for at least the sixth time this season, the Sixers went on the road to face a team missing a key piece and came up short: Date Opponent Missing Result Dec. 30 at Utah Jazz C Al Jefferson L 99-102 Jan. 21 at Miami Heat G Dwyane Wade L 92-113 March 17 at Chicagoi Bulls... Read more

Your (12th Set of) 76er Starters!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012, 7:10 PM
With Thaddeus Young making his first start of the season Monday in Orlando, the Sixers will be using their 12th different starting lineup of this short season. Below are those 12 combinations and their respective records: STARTING LINEUP Record Brand Iguodala Hawes Holiday Meeks 10-2 Brand Iguodala Battie Holiday Meeks ... Read more

Flyers' Four Pair of Eights

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 10:08 PM
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last NHL team to score eight goals in consecutive postseason games was the Los Angeles Kings against the Calgary Flames on April 27 (9-4) and 29 (9-6), 1993. Although the Flyers scored eight goals in consecutive postseason games for the first time in their... Read more

High-Flyering Flyers

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 9:48 PM
Before Friday, the Flyers hadn’t scored eight goals in a playoff game in 23 years. Now, they have done it twice in less than 48 hours. They had never even scored seven goals in consecutive playoff games. The Flyers’ highest-scoring playoff games: Date Opponent Round Game Result ... Read more

Phillies' First Hits

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 12:05 AM
Phillies rookie infielder Freddy Galvis finally got his first major league hit — in his 15th plate appearance — in Monday’s home opener against the Marlins. Here’s how long it took some selected players who debuted in the big leagues with the Phillies to break through, what... Read more

The Fastest Flyers

Friday, April 13, 2012, 12:05 AM
Jakub Voracek’s game-winner Wednesday night was the fifth fastest Flyers overtime goal in their playoff history: Time Date Opponent Goal Scorer Final 0:23 April 11, 1978 Rockies Mel Bridgman 3-2 0:25 May 22, 1995 Rangers Kevin Haller 4-3 1:18 April 10, 1988 Capitals Murray Craven... Read more

Flyers Playoff Comebacks

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 3:35 AM
The Flyers have now won six playoff games in their history in which they trailed by three goals at some point: Date Opponent Trailed At Final Winning Goal 4/14/74 at Flames 3-0 16:19 (2nd) 4-3 (ot) Dave Schultz 4/17/77 at Maple Leafs 5-2 18:45 (2nd) 6-5 (ot) Reggie Leach 5/22/87 Oilers 3-0 ... Read more

Philly's Three-Win Day Roll Call

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 2:50 AM
The Flyers' big comeback Wednesday topped off the 24th day in Philadelphia sports history in which three professional teams won. A complete listing of those dates and scores is below (postseason games in bold). Notable: The trifecta has happened four times since 2008 ... Two of Wednesday's victims... Read more
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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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