Freddy Galvis went 1-for-5 on Monday, raised batting average to .056

Freddy Galvis went 1-for-5 on Monday, raised batting average to .056

No, the headline was not ripped from The Onion. Nor is the part about manager Ryne Sandberg batting Freddy Galvis second in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

Galvis went into the game with one hit in 31 at bats on the season. Thanks to a third-inning single, he exited 2-for-36, raising his 2014 batting average from .032 to .056.

He still has a long way to go to back to .100, let alone the Mendoza Line.

Even if Galvis continued to hit at that rate of 1-for-5 from here on out, it would take him somewhere between 16 and 20 at bats to get back to .100. If somehow he managed to collect seven base hits in a row starting right now, he could clear .200 in two short games!

As for batting Galvis second, Sandberg explained to reporters that he wanted to get Galvis into some better "situational hitting" spots in an effort to break his 0-for-23 slump entering the contest. In a way, it worked I suppose, since he did pick up a base hit.

Then again, he’s not necessarily out of the woods just yet. Galvis went down in his next three at trips to the plate, including the final out of the game.

That extra AB sure helped.

You don’t have to be Matt Stairs in the Phillies broadcast booth to tell the 24-year-old looks lost at the dish. The question is what it will take for him to break out of it.

Nobody was ever expecting Galvis to be a plus-hitter or anything, but this is getting ridiculous even for him. He was a lifetime .230 hitter in two seasons coming into ’14. Now his career average is beginning to crash, too, down to .216.

It’s quite clear Galvis could benefit from some time at Triple A to get the kinks worked out. Or perhaps he doesn’t belong in the Majors at all.

Yet Galvis will get the start at shortstop again on Tuesday in place of an injured Jimmy Rollins. Unfortunately, the Phillies need Galvis for his glove right now, but can they continue to overcome his bat?

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

BOX SCORE

Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.