July 22, 2011: Big bopper DH is a rare sight these days


Story first appeared July 22, 2011 in the Toronto Star. MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER On the first Sunday in July, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind traded places to cool down Phillies star pitcher Cliff Lee. Though he’s the team’s everyday first baseman, Lind took over as the designated hitter that day, and singled off Lee … Continue reading

July 21, 2011: The catcher: Baseball’s most demanding and least appreciated job


This story first appeared July 21, 2011 in the Toronto Star. MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER PHILADELPHIA—When John Buck flexes his left thumb you can hear the joints crack. It makes the same sound bubble-wrap does when you squeeze the tiny air pockets until they burst. And when the Florida Marlins catcher keeps the digit bent, … Continue reading

July 19, 2011: Training, and science, help Verlander defy power pitcher’s odds


This story first appeared July 19, 2011 in the Toronto Star. Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter DETROIT—For eight innings, Justin Verlander had the Seattle Mariners groping. The Tigers ace didn’t even bring his best fastball that June evening, but he didn’t need it — few Seattle batters could make solid contact with his 98 m.p.h. heater. … Continue reading

July 1, 2011: Doc Operating Better Than Ever


Story originally appeared July 1, 2011 in the Toronto Star. MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER PHILADELPHIA—With two runners on base and a 2-2 count to Florida Marlins catcher John Buck, Phillies ace Roy (Doc) Halladay toes the rubber, winds up and unleashes the pitch he’s been refining since the Jays traded him in December 2009. The … Continue reading

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