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Fernando hopes to build momentum

first_img City did not look like surrendering their superiority after that although Enner Valencia and Kevin Nolan had late chances after City had been disrupted by injury to playmaker David Silva. Silva required eight minutes of treatment after being caught by an elbow from Cheikhou Kouyate and was taken to hospital but the Spaniard did not suffer any fractures and City are optimistic the problem is not serious. Relief was the overriding emotion for City at the final whistle following their recent problems and Fernando, who has struggled to impress this term, was happy with his display. The 27-year-old, a £12million signing from Porto last summer, said: “The team had a good performance and good ball possession as well. In terms of my own performance I was happy as well, but we know that we can always improve our performance. I am just happy the team managed to get a victory.” City’s campaign is destined to end in under-achievement following the collapse of their Barclays Premier League title defence. In recent months they have slipped from challenging for top spot in January to lagging behind leaders Chelsea in a distant fourth place. Press Association Midfielder Fernando hopes Manchester City will remind everyone of their true abilities in the remaining weeks of the season. Their form has even raised the prospect of a battle to hold onto a Champions League spot but Sunday’s comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham has at least eased some of the pressure in that regard. Coming after heavy criticism of the team and manager Manuel Pellegrini – and reports of a possible summer clear-out – Fernando now hopes that win can at least provide the springboard for a late season rally. The Brazilian said: “We went through really tough moments but now we are back to winning. It was really important to get a victory and now we want to keep form and make sure we try to win the next five matches. “We know the season has not gone as well as we would have liked but now it is important for us to focus on the last five matches and make sure we get good results from them.” City went into the game without momentum after a wretched run of six defeats in eight games in all competitions, culminating in a demoralising 4-2 derby defeat at rivals Manchester United. They and under-fire Pellegrini badly needed a result and they got just what they needed as they ran into a West Ham side struggling to break out of their own indifferent spell. They went ahead through a comical own goal from the luckless James Collins. The Welsh defender somehow contrived to lob his own goalkeeper, Adrian, attempting to intercept a Jesus Navas cross, with the ball dropping in via the woodwork. Sergio Aguero doubled the advantage before the break as he exchanged passes with Navas to round off a swift counter-attack after Yaya Toure had cut out a loose Stewart Downing pass. last_img read more

Lakers, fans salute Kobe Bryant in emotional return to Staples Center

first_imgPreviousLeBron James speaks to the crowd during a Kobe Bryant tribute before the Lakers/Trailblazers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Shirts with Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers cover all of the seats ahead of the tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Members of Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Academy sit on the Lakers bench and watch pre-game warm ups at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsKobe Bryant’s retired jerseys hang from the rafters at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Gianna Bryant’s photo as well as the names of the other victims are displayed on the scoreboard at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Bassist Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers conducts a pre-game interview before the Lakers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Fans begin arriving for the Lakers/Trailblazers game and Kobe Bryant tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The two front row seats will remain empty during the game to honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Kobe and Gianni sat in theses seats the last time they watched a game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Lakers forward Anthony Davis warms up before the game wearing Koby Bryant’s numbers on his shirt at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The shirt had both of Bryant’s retired jerseys, #8 on the front and #24 on the back. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)People sign memory walls as they have also left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Mauricio Gonzalez of Oxnard poses for a photo as thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A young boy clings to his mother as thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)People sign a memory wall as people have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes memory boards just some of the items outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes memory boards just some of the items outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Thousands have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes and signed memory boards outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)David Kelly of Redlands looks over a memory wall as people have left flowers, hats, t-shirts, shoes written notes outside of LA Live across from Staples center where the Los Angeles Lakers will honor Kobe Bryant and those who died in a helicopter crash prior to a NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Singer Usher takes a moment in the seats covered with Laker jerseys with Kobe Bryant’s number 24 at the Staples Center before the Laker game on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Singer Usher takes a moment in the seats covered with Laker jerseys with Kobe Bryant’s number 24 at the Staples Center before the Laker game on Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Staples Center is ready for the first Lakers game since the death of Kobe Bryant. All seats have #24 or #8 jerseys in them for the fans. (Scott Varley/SCNG)LeBron James speaks to the crowd during a Kobe Bryant tribute before the Lakers/Trailblazers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Boys II Men sing the National Anthem before the Lakers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Boys II Men sing the National Anthem before the Lakers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James honors Kobe Bryant before the Lakers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Fans turn on their cell phone lights as they fill the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Staples Center takes a 24.2 second moment of silence before the Lakers Game in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Fans watch the pre-game tribute to Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James wears a Kobe Bryant jersey during warmups at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Lakers wear Kobe Bryant jerseys as they warm up before the game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Lakers take the court at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Singer Usher performs “Amazing Grace” during a Kobe Bryant tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Singer Usher performs “Amazing Grace” during a Kobe Bryant tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James, center, and his Lakers teammates are overcome with emotion during the pre-game tribute to Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Mayor Eric Garcetti presents the game ball to the referees at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Singer Usher performs “Amazing Grace” during a Kobe Bryant tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James speaks to the crowd during a Kobe Bryant tribute before the Lakers/Trailblazers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)The Lakers perform a fadeaway jumper as a team to honor Kobe Bryant before the game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LeBron James speaks to the crowd during a Kobe Bryant tribute before the Lakers/Trailblazers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Shirts with Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers cover all of the seats ahead of the tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 51Shirts with Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers cover all of the seats ahead of the tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The L.A. Lakers put some basketball on their city’s gaping wound Friday.With thousands of people stationed across the street at a massive memorial, and with thousands more having made their way inside Staples Center, wiping their eyes and cheering in support of their team, the Lakers tipped off for the first time since Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.“Just trying to get through it,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Feeling the same way the rest of the world is, but probably heavier.”The city of Los Angeles mourned its adopted son all week, Bryant’s name on the lips of Angelenos everywhere – and graffitied on walls and displayed on Metro’s buses and trains. “Thank you, Kobe, for the LOVE OF BASKETBALL.”Bryant was an 18-time All-Star who won five NBA championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during his 20-year career, all of it spent with the Lakers.He nicknamed himself the Black Mamba and inspired devotion – or at least respect, from his adversaries – with his relentless, hard-edged work ethic.“It feels like a family member passed away,” said Carlos Villasenor, who visited the site Friday in a replica of Bryant’s maroon Lower Merion No. 33 high school jersey.“It’s one of those things, we didn’t really know him or meet him, but he touched a lot of people’s hearts. Just with his hustle on the court, too. That spilled out to everybody else and influences everybody else to just hustle and play. Doesn’t matter what you’re doing in life, whatever job that you have, you have to have that energy that you put into it, that focus, whatever you’re doing.”Bryant’s former Lakers teammate Luke Walton visited L.A. Live around 2 a.m. on Thursday, in town as coach of the Sacramento Kings, who played the Clippers that night. He was taken by hearing fans chanting “Koooh-bee!” in the middle of the night.Those chants made their way inside Staples Center – where many of Bryant’s most storied moments occurred, including his 81-point game on Jan. 22, 2006 – before the Lakers’ game Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers, where roses were left on two courtside seats, chairs draped with jerseys representing Kobe and Gianna, who was an emerging basketball sensation.A yellow T-shirt with either a purple and white No. 8 or No. 24 was placed on every other seat in the arena.Inside, “Ko-be” chants were interspersed with “M-V-P” and “Gigi” chants during a pregame tribute that included a 24.2-second moment of silence and a rendition of “Amazing Grace” from Usher.Lakers players are show their emotions during a pregame tribute to Laker great Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Boyz II Men, the soul group from Bryant’s native Philadelphia sang the national anthem that ended with several of the Lakers players in tears.And then LeBron James, the Lakers’ current superstar leader, delivered a message – not from a script, which he ditched, but from his heart.“As I look around this area, we’re all grieving, we’re all hurt, we are all heartbroken,” James said. “And when we’re going through things like this, the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.“Now, I heard about Lakers Nation before I got here last year,” he continued, “about how much of a family it is. And that is absolutely what I’ve seen this whole week, not only from the players, not only from the coaching staff, not only from the organization, but from everybody. Everybody that’s here, this is really, truly, truly a family.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersHis two decades of on-court artistry were reflected in murals that sprung up around the city. Bryant’s jersey Nos. 8 and 24, which many NBA players chose voluntarily to retire this past week, were put on by legions of regular folk, men and women, many of whom also laced up their Kobe sneakers.Downtown, where flags outside of the arena hung at half-mast and candles flickered when the sun went down, grieving fans have remained a constant presence at L.A. Live. They’ve paid their respects by leaving jerseys, basketballs, shoes, flowers and artwork – all of which will be boxed up after Sunday and sent to the Bryant family, at their request, according to Staples Center president Lee Zeidman. He said the flowers would be converted to compost and then spread in planters and garden areas around L.A. Live and Staples Center.Since Sunday, people have been filling and re-filling every square inch of several garage-door sized boards with testimonials, illustrations and notes of appreciation. Those canvases weren’t enough, as sentiments spilled out onto the sidewalk too.“You were an inspiration. I named my son after you, Kobe.”“I tore my Achilles last year. Thank U for helping me find my stride. I walked here,” wrote one fan, alluding to Bryant’s late-career injury, from which he returned to retire as the third-leading scorer in NBA history with 33,643 pointslast_img read more

Over $300,000 allocated for participation in Pacific NorthWest LNG Project

first_imgT. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation – $10,500Skeena Fisheries Commission – $10,500United Fisherman and Allied Workers’ Union – $10,500World Wildlife Fund – $8,400Advertisement The money will enable participation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment and includes a review and commentary on the Environmental Impact Statement and the draft Environmental Assessment Report. Below are the groups that have been allocated money:Kitsumkalum First Nation – $49,976Metlakatla First Nation – $50,000- Advertisement -Gitxaala Nation – $49,920Lax Kw’alaams Band – $49,940Kitselas First Nation – $50,000Advertisement Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition – $10,200Heiltsuk Tribal Council – $10,500Prince Rupert Environmental Society – $2,200last_img read more

Sluggers figure to dominate

first_imgBalls have been flying out in Philly since the stadium opened in 2004. The dimensions are rather standard, 329-330 feet down the lines, 374 to left-center and 401 to straightaway center. But for some reason, there are far more homers hit there than at the old Veterans Stadium. Perhaps the open-air outfield allows the wind to play too much of a factor. Maybe the power-alleys aren’t deep enough. Whatever the case, it plays small. “The ball seems to carry more,” Rollins said. “Maybe it just looks small, so people feel a little stronger. Maybe pitchers make a lot of mistakes because the park gets in their head. It could be a number of things, but you still have to hit the ball out of the ballpark. I’ve always said when you hit a ball and it’s a home run, it doesn’t matter where you are playing. If you hit it here 10 rows deep, that’s out of any other ballpark.” There’s a much easier explanation for all the scoring at Coors. Blame it on the high altitude. Balls dry out in the thin, arid air, making them slicker and harder to grip. There’s also less air resistance, causing breaking balls to flatten out and changeups to stay up in the zone. Home run totals have decreased significantly at Coors over the past decade – several years ago, the Rockies installed a humidor to store baseballs and control their moisture. Still, Coors and its spacious outfield remains the best park to hit in. Batters had a .286 average in Colorado this season, highest in the majors. It was second in runs at 874 and ninth in homers at 185. Meanwhile, the Bank led the majors with 241 homers and was third in runs at 871. Batters hit .277 in Philly. “Regardless of where you play, you still have to get it and hit it,” Howard said. “Sometimes the wind may be blowing in at a field that’s considered to play large and if you hit in the air, it might go out. You still have to hit it. You still have to put a good swing on it for it to go.” Howard can hit them out of the Grand Canyon. He had 24 of his 47 homers on the road. Rollins and Burrell each had 30 homers. Rollins had 12 on the road and Burrell 14. But a few of Colorado’s sluggers had far better power numbers at Coors. Holliday hit 25 of his 36 homers at home. Hawpe’s home-away ratio was 19-10 and Tulowitzki’s 15-9. “It’s changed,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of the Rockies’ park. “The elevation is not going to change, but the ballpark is not as much hitter-friendly as it used to be. It plays out much different than it has in the past.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Phillies and Rockies are built to take advantage of their hitter-friendly ballparks. By Rob Maaddi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Pitchers beware: Two potent offenses plus two hitter-friendly ballparks could equal a slugfest. The Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies got to this point mainly because of their hitting. And, they’ll need to keep swinging to advance. Game 1 of this NL first-round series is today at Citizens Bank Park, the East Coast version of Coors Field. Both teams are sending their aces to the mound – Cole Hamels (15-5) for the Phillies and Jeff Francis (17-9) for the Rockies. But it’ll be the hitters getting most of the attention. Philly has Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand. Colorado brings Matt Holliday, Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins, Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki. All these guys can flat-out hit no matter where they play. However, many often find themselves explaining why it’s easier to have success at home. last_img read more