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Bullpens: The back story

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 11:00 AM
. When we look back on World Series, it is often about singular names. This guy pitched well in his starts, that guy had a couple big home runs, a role player stepped up big. Baseball is a game of individual pursuits played within a team concept, but there are certain integral jobs that almost by... Read more

Gritty Utley sets the tone for Phillies

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 11:39 PM
NEW YORK - The grind to his game is most emphatically demonstrated when it is not there. No one knows the toll the rest of this World Series will take on Chase Utley and his undisclosed hurts. Only that rest has been a great friend to him this time of the year. A nine-pitch at-bat in the third. A... Read more

Cole to get a talking to

Friday, October 16, 2009, 3:59 PM
. LOS ANGELES -- Someone really needs to talk to Cole Hamels, and soon. ``I will talk to him about it, yes,’’ said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before yesterday’s Game 2. Manuel said that he didn’t see Hamels’ latest demonstrative on-field act-up in Thursday night’s... Read more

Doing it the hard way

Monday, October 12, 2009, 9:51 PM
DENVER – The Phillies had bases loaded in the third with one out and could not score. The Rockies walked them loaded again with one out in the seventh and again the Phillies could not score. Raul Ibanez dropped a fly ball that put Seth Smith on second with one out in the seventh. Chase Utley... Read more

Lucky Lidge? Not on this night

Monday, October 12, 2009, 11:51 AM
There is this understandable review of Brad Lidge’s Game 3 save as more luck than design. I saw it differently. Lidge pitched to the situation, maybe as well as he has done all season, maybe better. He got struggling Brad Hawpe on two pitches. He never gave in to the red-hot Carlo Gonzalez, finally... Read more

Rough outing for Phils' ace in loss

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 6:28 PM
Ryan Howard and Yorvit Torrealba have at least one thing in common. Neither can get the ball down to second in time, or with reasonable accuracy. The Phillies took advantage of Torrealba’s miserable steal numbers in Game 1, swiping three of four bags against the Colorado catcher. In a bit of... Read more

Umps need to do better in Game 2

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 1:14 PM
One missed element to Wednesday’s one-sided Phillies victory: The umpires had a really bad day. With the game scoreless in the second, third base umpire Ron Kulpa called Yorvit Torrealba out at third as he tried to advance on a fly-out to rightfield. Replays showed Torrealba well ahead of Jayson... Read more

Phillies show glimmers of 2008 champs in Game 1 win

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 5:37 PM
The Phillies vowed that once the postseason came, they would change into the smart, patient, pitch-absorbing offense that won it all in 2008. Beginning with the fifth inning of today’s 5-1 victory, they were. Jayson Werth, whose name in some language must translate into ``quality at-bat’’... Read more

1:30 Monday: Live Eagles chat

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 5:27 PM
Join Sam Donnellon for a live Eagles chat Monday at 1:30. Read more

A poor choice of words

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 7:09 PM
Hey folks, the real beer tosser has turned himself in. Here's the link www.suntimes.com/sports/1715030,cubs-beer-throwing-13.article Most of what Shane Victorino has said about a beer being poured on him Wednesday night has been forgiving and refreshing. At first he jokingly commended the ``timing’’... Read more
About this blog
Donnellon's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife of 26 years have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. E-mail Sam at donnels@phillynews.com
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