PHILADELPHIA -- A chance ride, an hourlong conversation, and the generosity of strangers are making it possible for a Philadelph

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PHILADELPHIA -- A chance ride, an hourlong conversation, and the generosity of strangers are making it possible for a Philadelphia Uber driver to go to Rio to see his son compete in the Olympics.Retired bus driver Ellis Hill didnt have the money to fly to Brazil to watch his son, shot putter Darrell Hill.I was content with just staying home and getting a good bag of popcorn and watching him on TV, he said.But in late July, when the Democratic National Convention was in town, he was fortunate to pick up Liz Willock of Chicago at the Philadelphia airport.There was an air of love and peace, he said. I met a lot of interesting people and delegates from different states.Traffic restrictions and a slow drive to Willocks hotel in New Jersey left plenty of time for conversation.Eventually talk turned to the Olympics. Willock said she knew one of the swimmers competing. Hill did her one better and told her his son, who was a track and field star at Penn State, was in the competitions.Then Willock asked Hill if he was able to go.When he told me he couldnt go to the Olympics in Rio, I just wondered how I would feel as a parent of athletes, Willock said.Within minutes, Willock asked Hill whether he would go if she got him plane tickets.Hill was stunned.I said, `Whoa, I dont even know you, Hill said. She said, `No, no, I believe it was meant for you and I to meet because I just missed my flight.A GoFundMe page was set up, and literally within two days, wed raised the funds, said Willock, who works at a concierge service arranging travel and accommodation for patients participating in clinical trials across the world.Over 150 people had donated $8,200 by the time Willock closed the Send Darrells Dad to Rio fundraiser -- some of them friends and classmates of Hills son, but most complete strangers.As well as booking flights and making hotel reservations, Hill had to apply for a passport. It will be his first trip abroad.Willock said shes happy to be able to help a stranger whos no longer a stranger.Im sure well be friends for life now, she said.Hill heads to Rio on Monday. 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Kansas City relievers have pitched a franchise-record 34 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.Our bullpen is doing fine, Royals manager Ned Yost said after Kansas Citys 3-0 loss to Miami on Wednesday. They came in (on Wednesday) and held (Miami) right there, did their job.The Marlins will have a new arrival Thursday, as they acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur on Wednesday night from the Atlanta Braves.Francoeur, 32, has 160 career homers, including seven this year in 257 at-bats. He figures to give the Marlins some right-handed power off the bench.Miami general manager Michael Hill said he was looking for help since his star right fielder, Giancarlo Stanton, went down recently with a groin injury.Once the injury to (Stanton) happened, we wanted to get a right-handed outfielder, Hill said. He wanted someone who could give us punch against left-handed pitching.As well as our team has played, we wanted to do anything we could to get us to where we want to be, which is October baseball.The Marlins will have to make a roster move Thursday to clear room for Francoeur. The player most likely to go down to the minors is infielder/outfielder Robert Andino, a recent call-up.As for the Marlins regulars, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that he doesnt see a huge difference between starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarriia and backup Miguel Rojas.dddddddddddd.It was a surprising comment because Hechavarria is a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop who is in the prime of his career at age 27. This is his fourth year as the Marlins starter. Hechavarria came off the bench Wednesday night to make a spectacular diving catch on a line drive by Alcides Escobar for the first out of the ninth inning.That was a great play, Escobar said. That changed the game right there in that situation. I hit that ball really well. When I saw the catch, I said, Oh!Mattingly, though, seems to favor Rojas, who is also 27 but has never been an everyday starter in the big leagues. This is his third year in the majors, and he has a .598 career on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS). Hechavarrias career OPS isnt great, either, but it is better at .634.Defensively, Hechavarria has the edge again, posting a .979 career fielding percentage to a .976 mark for Rojas.However, Mattingly seems to value Rojas versatility and ability to play any spot on the infield, including first base.Overall, Hech is our shortstop, but Im comfortable with either guy, Mattingly said.Given Mattinglys comments, it seems as if the Marlins are setting up to trade Hechavarria in the offseason, turning to the cheaper option in Rojas.Hechavarria is making $2.6 million this season and should get a raise as he is eligible for arbitration. 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