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Eye Openers: Phils Pitching To Bat

Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 1:31 AM
The Phillies and the Cardinals are the odd teams out of Interleague play for the next couple of days, so they will meet in a three-game set in St. Louis. Now that they are back on National League terrain, the Phillies pitchers will once again take their turns at the plate. Here is how they have fared... Read more

Phillies Battling In The AL West

Monday, June 20, 2011, 11:00 AM
At least the Phillies have been consistent when it comes to interleague series in the ballparks of AL West teams. They have played six of them in their history and finished 1-2 in each. The details: Year Dates Opponent Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 2003 June 9-11 Angels ... Read more

Eye Openers: Ryan Madson is Game

Monday, June 20, 2011, 12:17 AM
♦ Late Saturday night, Ryan Madson passed Chris Short for fourth place on the Phillies’ all-time games pitched list. At 460, he is closing in on Tug McGraw (463). Steve Carlton (499) is second and Robin Roberts (529) first. ♦ Since 2008, the White Sox are 43-17 in interleague play... Read more

Eye Openers: Polanco's Drop; Roy On The Road

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 2:28 AM
♦ Phillies’ Placido Polanco is 40-168 (.238) since May 1. His average has gone from .398 to .299 in that time. ♦ Roy Oswalt has a 2.42 ERA in 13 regular-season road starts for the Phillies. And a 4-4 record to show for it. ♦ Royals’ Eric Hosmer is hitting .365 in home... Read more

209 Reasons We Will Miss Shaq

Friday, June 17, 2011, 2:00 PM
We were sorry to see Shaquille O’Neal retire early this month, because he was just starting to close in on one of those “unbreakable” sports records. When he bricked two free throws with 9:03 remaining in the Celtics’ 97-81 playoff victory over the Heat on May 7, he was just... Read more

Eye Openers: The Nationals Quick 1-2

Friday, June 17, 2011, 2:01 AM
♦ The Nationals hadn’t hit a home run in the first inning all season (256 at-bats, 278 plate appearances) before Jayson Werth led off the game with one Thursday. Two pitches later, Roger Bernardina hit their second first-inning home run of the season. By the way, those home runs were measured... Read more

Phillies-Marlins 4-Game, 3-Day Totals

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 4:30 PM
Here are some of the combined totals for the Phillies-Marlins' three-day, four-game series: Elapsed Time 42:55 Playing Time 11:05 Plate Appearances 295 Pitches 1146 Strikes 726 Foul Balls ... Read more

Kyle's Reliable

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 11:00 AM
Kyle Kendrick has started 88 games since he made his debut on June 13, 2007. Only two pitchers have started more games for the Phillies in that time. The complete list (June 13, 2007 through June 15, 2011): Cole Hamels 126 Cliff Lee 26 Rodrigo Lopez 5 Jamie Moyer ... Read more

Eye Openers: Triple 5-4; The Utley Double

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 1:56 AM
♦ The Phillies have three walk-off wins this season. Each one has ended with the same score, 5-4. ♦ Chase Utley doubled and tripled in the same game in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader. It was the 11th time in his career he had done that. ♦ Since the beginning of the... Read more

Eye Openers: Leading Off Against Halladay

Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 12:57 AM
♦ Players leading off the game against Roy Halladay are 7-for-14 (.500) this season. But they are all singles, he hasn’t walked any and only two have come around to score. Players leading off any inning against him this season are 34-101 (.337) with five walks (a .368 OBA). Sixteen of them... 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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