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May 13, 2010
DENVER (AP) -- Binoculars in the bullpen? Major League Baseball didn't like what it saw, and has told the Philadelphia Phillies to knock it off. The Phillies insisted Wednesday they weren't trying to steal signs when bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was caught on camera peering through binoculars from the bullpen bench at Coors Field earlier this week. Manager Charlie Manuel told The Associated Press that Billmeyer simply was watching Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz set up defensively Monday night.
NEWS
August 14, 2009
The Hagerstown Suns forgot how to spell relief on Friday. Augusta scored four runs in the final three innings against Hagerstown's bullpen to notch a 6-3 victory and send the Suns to their sixth straight loss. It was the Suns' seventh straight loss at home and dropped them to 3-16 at Municipal Stadium in the second half. Augusta broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Johnny Monell and James Simmons' RBI single off Austin Garrett for a 4-2 lead. Garrett relieved starter Marcos Frias, who allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out four in six innings.
NEWS
April 22, 2000
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Marlon Byrd hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the 10th Saturday to lead the Piedmont Boll Weevils to a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Hagerstown Suns. cont. from sports page Piedmont trailed 6-3 and was to its final strike in the ninth when the Boll Weevils decided to unload on Suns reliever Peyton Lewis (0-2), who relieved Josh Stevens with two runners on. Byrd reached on third baseman Robert Cosby's error and a second run scored on a passed ball before Nate Espy tied the game with a double off the center field wall.
NEWS
by TIM KOELBLE | July 2, 2003
koelble@herald-mail.com A normally reliable Hagerstown bullpen went into the proverbial dumper on Tuesday night. After five solid innings from starter Merkin Valdez, the Suns virtually gave Lexington a free ride to a 9-3 victory. Reliever Erick Threets couldn't find any part of the plate and issued five walks, including the first four batters in a three-run seventh that put the Legends up for good, 5-3. Jason Schmidt got into the negative bullpen picture, allowing a pair of two-run homers in the ninth inning.
NEWS
July 15, 2006
Former Major League pitcher Tommy John will take the mound today in a Slo-pitch softball game at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. John, who is in town to speak at the Hagerstown Area Church Softball League banquet tonight at Tri-State Fellowship, will pitch one or two innings for the Tri-State team in a game today at 11 a.m.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | October 31, 2008
PHILADELPHIA -- Mick Billmeyer woke up Thursday morning with a new title -- World Series champion. The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen coach and Funkstown native admits he isn't sure yet how it feels to wear the crown, but the significance of the accomplishment started to sink in when he realized something. "There are no more games," Billmeyer said Thursday afternoon during a cell phone interview. "And what I like about that is that we ended it as the last team standing. " The Phillies won their first world championship since 1980 Wednesday night with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the World Series.
NEWS
by BOB PARASILITI | April 13, 2004
bobp@herald-mail.com If you are looking for someone to read the future, Mike Ramsey can't help you. But if you are looking for anyone to take a flyer on how the Hagerstown Suns might fare this season, he is probably the man. That's because Ramsey deals in baseball, not crystal balls. But after the Suns opened the 2004 season with a 2-2 roadtrip at Lexington, Ky., the Suns' third-year manager has a good feeling about his team. "I really wish I could crystal ball it, but I pretty much try to wait three weeks to a month before I can say how things can play out," Ramsey said.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | May 10, 2000
Saves have been as rare as winning Big Game tickets for the Hagerstown Suns. So excuse them for drawing from an unconventional source on Wednesday. Enter Chris Weekly. Yes, that's right. Designated hitter Chris Weekly. cont. from sports page Weekly came in from the bullpen to blast his second two-run homer run of the game - this one down the right field line to complete a three-run ninth after a third consecutive blown save - to lift the Suns to a dramatic 10-8 victory over the Piedmont Boll Weevils at Municipal Stadium.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | June 25, 2011
As the first half of the season came to a close for the Hagerstown Suns, many questions were left to be asked and answered. It was an iffy situation. Many of the questions started with “What if?” and “I wonder if?” after the Suns were officially eliminated from the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division first-half race on June 18. Suns manager Brian Daubach was disappointed, but realistic about the outcome. Nowadays, there can’t be many questions if you want to win a title.
SPORTS
May 27, 2011
Michael Morse hit a home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. With the game tied at 1, Morse hit Mike Adams' first pitch into the left field bullpen, and he trotted around the bases, tossed his helmet off and was pounded by his exuberant teammates. Moments later after a postgame interview, he was hit with shaving cream and doused with Gatorade. It was his sixth home run of the year.
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SPORTS
July 4, 2013
Starting rotations may be overrated. Hagerstown manager Tripp Keister would never say that, but the Suns have done very well by exclusively using their bullpen for the last two games. Hagerstown got total relief from its relievers, using three pitchers who combined for a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts while pitching in place of starter Dixon Anderson on Thursday to scratch out a 5-1 victory over Delmarva. The victory allowed the Suns (48-34, 10-5) to maintain the lead in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division with their fourth straight win. Hagerstown already owns the first-half title.
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SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | June 25, 2011
As the first half of the season came to a close for the Hagerstown Suns, many questions were left to be asked and answered. It was an iffy situation. Many of the questions started with “What if?” and “I wonder if?” after the Suns were officially eliminated from the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division first-half race on June 18. Suns manager Brian Daubach was disappointed, but realistic about the outcome. Nowadays, there can’t be many questions if you want to win a title.
SPORTS
May 27, 2011
Michael Morse hit a home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night. With the game tied at 1, Morse hit Mike Adams' first pitch into the left field bullpen, and he trotted around the bases, tossed his helmet off and was pounded by his exuberant teammates. Moments later after a postgame interview, he was hit with shaving cream and doused with Gatorade. It was his sixth home run of the year.
NEWS
May 13, 2010
DENVER (AP) -- Binoculars in the bullpen? Major League Baseball didn't like what it saw, and has told the Philadelphia Phillies to knock it off. The Phillies insisted Wednesday they weren't trying to steal signs when bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was caught on camera peering through binoculars from the bullpen bench at Coors Field earlier this week. Manager Charlie Manuel told The Associated Press that Billmeyer simply was watching Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz set up defensively Monday night.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | December 25, 2009
Terry Hose lists his priorities alphabetically. Maybe it wasn't a conscious decision, but more a matter of placing passion ahead of pride. The Arizona Diamondbacks organization decided it wanted Hose to work out of the bullpen instead of as a starting pitcher. After some quick consideration, he decided to put pitching before any pouting. He's glad he did. "If I didn't go to the bullpen, I wouldn't be where I am today," Hose said. Hose, known as T.J. in his days at North Hagerstown High School, is in the Diamondbacks' sights as a possible major league pitcher after being selected their organizational pitcher of the year by MLB.com earlier this month for his season at two Class-A stops.
NEWS
August 14, 2009
The Hagerstown Suns forgot how to spell relief on Friday. Augusta scored four runs in the final three innings against Hagerstown's bullpen to notch a 6-3 victory and send the Suns to their sixth straight loss. It was the Suns' seventh straight loss at home and dropped them to 3-16 at Municipal Stadium in the second half. Augusta broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Johnny Monell and James Simmons' RBI single off Austin Garrett for a 4-2 lead. Garrett relieved starter Marcos Frias, who allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out four in six innings.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | July 13, 2009
PHILADELPHIA -- In the past, Mick Billmeyer attended Major League Baseball's All-Star celebration as a hired gun. This time, he is going a part of the cavalry. Billmeyer has worked two of the All-Star Home Run Derbys on the Monday before the Mid-Summer Classic as the pitcher for Jim Thome and Chase Utley. This time, the Funkstown native will be staying around for Tuesday's game as the National League's bullpen coach. "This time I get to stay for the whole game," Billmeyer said Sunday via telephone.
NEWS
By BOB PARASILITI | October 31, 2008
PHILADELPHIA -- Mick Billmeyer woke up Thursday morning with a new title -- World Series champion. The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen coach and Funkstown native admits he isn't sure yet how it feels to wear the crown, but the significance of the accomplishment started to sink in when he realized something. "There are no more games," Billmeyer said Thursday afternoon during a cell phone interview. "And what I like about that is that we ended it as the last team standing. " The Phillies won their first world championship since 1980 Wednesday night with a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the World Series.
NEWS
by TIM KOELBLE | August 30, 2006
Jeramy Simmons avoided the one thing on Tuesday that has led him to a 1-4 record as a starting pitcher since his callup from Brooklyn - the big blowout inning by an opponent. The right-hander kept Lake County at bay through 6 2/3 innings and then turned things over to the bullpen, and the Hagerstown Suns downed the Captains 3-2 at Municipal Stadium in the second game of the final eight-game homestand. Simmons allowed a seventh-inning unearned run, walked only two and fanned five before leaving after 102 pitches with the Suns clinging to a 3-1 lead.
NEWS
July 15, 2006
Former Major League pitcher Tommy John will take the mound today in a Slo-pitch softball game at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. John, who is in town to speak at the Hagerstown Area Church Softball League banquet tonight at Tri-State Fellowship, will pitch one or two innings for the Tri-State team in a game today at 11 a.m.
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