Aug 5, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT
There weren’t a ton of offensive fireworks in San Francisco in the series opener on Thursday night, but what little there were started the game off right for the Philadelphia Phillies, and Cliff Lee took care of the rest. Hunter Pence homered for the first time in a Phillies uniform (and soon after showed off a new dugout handshake), and John Mayberry Jr did the same in the next at bat. Pence would later single in an unnecessary insurance run in the ninth, rewarding his growing fanbase back on the east coast.
Lee outdueled Madison Bumgarner on a night when both pitchers had some great stuff. He got into a jam in the eighth, but pitched his way out of it without letting up a run, then came out in the ninth to cap his fifth complete game shutout of the season. T-Mac pointed out that it was the first time a Phillie racked up five shutouts in a season since Steve Carlton in 1982.
Aug 4, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT
The Union put another point on their 2011 total to keep pace in a tight top of the Eastern Conference table. They weren’t able to hold on to a first half lead though, with the Chicago Fire tying things up for good in the early stages of the second half.
Aug 3, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT
I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that Donovan McNabb has weighed in on the Eagles’ continued domination of the free agency news cycle. He was likely asked point blank about it, so it’s hard to condemn him for commenting at all. But, at least in print, his comments are tinged with a taste of bitterness, if not also some reality.
Jul 31, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT
New Phillie Hunter Pence hasn’t quite gotten all of his new Philadelphia gear just yet, but apparently he found a way to keep true to his Reebok contract. TMac and Sarge indicated he might have had a little help from his new teammates with this little custom job:
Jul 31, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT
When Charlie Manuel handed over Saturday night’s lineup card—the first with ‘Pence’ scrawled below ‘Howard’—it included a whopping eight players who have been All-Stars at least once in their career. In fact, all but two have been All-Stars more than once. Here’s a look at the ASG resumes of last night’s Phillies starters, plus today’s lineup and pitching matchup.
Jul 31, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT
Listening to the words of the new Eagles and watching the front office move swiftly to sign the players it wants this week, we may be entering a new era in public perception of the ownership, management, and head coach. A winning organization for more than a decade of the Lurie/Banner/Reid regime, the team has had plenty of support in Philadelphia. They’ve also had detractors though, for a number of reasons, among them a perceived smugness and contentedness without the benefit of a Super Bowl, as well as a ridiculous notion that they’re somehow cheap. There have been some missteps and poor PR moments along the way, and we’re still without that Lombardi Trophy, but it’s not for lack of effort on the franchise’s part, and you need look no further than the silver-tongued words of newly signed Nnamdi Asomugha to see how they are perceived around the league.
To say the All-Pro corner was well-spoken and seemingly wise beyond his years is an understatement. Asomugha spoke highly of the Eagles, commenting that they were his top choice all along.
He even found a way to namedrop President Bill Clinton, and somehow do it casually while talking about the work of his foundation. The Eagles’ commitment to community was a factor in his decision to come to Philadelphia, as was the quality of their product on the field. So too was their commitment to winning and the quality of the organization from ownership to players.
One of my favorite moments from Nnamdi’s first presser as an Eagle (and there were a lot of them) came when he was addressing what his number would be when he puts on the Midnight Green. It won’t be the 21 he wore in Oakland, because that number is already taken in Philadelphia.
Jul 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT
It’s not trade deadline day in the NFL, but it’s every bit as circus-like as 32 teams continue seeking to fill out their rosters. One name long linked to the Eagles can be scratched off that list, as Plaxico Burress signed with the New York Jets this morning. Also coming over the wire today is news that the Seattle Seahawks will oblige LB Lofa Tatupu’s request to be released.
Jul 31, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT
While we assume the Phillies’ most notable trade deadline strike has already come, as it has in previous years, on Ruben Amaro Jr Day, July 29th, the official trade deadline is today, and there could still be a new pinstriper or two by the time the clock ticks 4 PM.
Jul 28, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT
While David Akers has found a new home out west and Leonard Weaver’s been released, Vince Young’s name has been linked to the Eagles.
Jul 28, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT
The local player movement scene has been a little slower than most people might have thought since the lifting of the NFL lockout, with the Eagles notably sitting on the sidelines in terms of announced deals. Of course, we know that Kevin Kolb will be traded, with most but not all signs pointing to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals and involving Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick coming this way.
But throughout the waning period of the lockout, we also saw the Eagles linked to names like Plaxico Burress, Albert Haynesworth, and Reggie Bush, among others. Well, after yesterday’s spate of minor-name trades, Thursday is gearing up to be a busy day, with at least Haynesworth and Reggie Bush reportedly on the move, and not to Philly.
Jul 27, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT
In Game 3 of the 2010 NLCS, Matt Cain outdueled Cole Hamels for a 3-0 win on a night where there was scant offense from the Phillies and not a tremendous amount more from the Giants. Wednesday’s 2-1 Phils loss may have looked familiar, with Cain and the Giants topping Hamels and the home side, 2-1, and the teams combining for 10 hits.
Jul 27, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT
Via Jimmy Traina at Hot Clicks, we’re treated to this video of something we’ve yet to grow tired of—people pointing out how odd looking the San Francisco Giants are:
Jul 25, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT
Was partying and drinking a big factor in the Flyers decision to trade Mike Richards and Jeff Carter? Dan Gross of the Daily News says it was, and that the two players refused to stay on “Dry Island”
Jul 24, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT
Vincent Chase and Co. are back for their final season, and with them, the many cameos of Entourage. As we’ve seen in previous seasons, that can often mean some hockey players. In the preview of next week’s episode, Dan Carcillo’s framed Flyers jersey appears to be hanging in the agency office (behind Andrew Dice Clay, somewhat appropriately).
Perhaps you remember the last quote-unquote Dan Carcillo appearance on the show? If not, here it is. Full jersey acknowledgement in the final season? Carbomb is moving up in the Entourage world.
Jul 24, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT
Last night, Howard Eskin made waves with a report stating that the Eagles have “some interest” in Brett Favre once they trade Kevin Kolb. With nearly every other big name free agent linked to Philadelphia, why not the man who can never safely be assumed to be truly retired? Plus, the Eagles will likely need to bring in a backup to sit between Michael Vick and the still green Mike Kafka.
Eskin routinely ruffles a few feathers and has for longer than I can remember, but even his detractors know he’s not without Eagles sources. Some detract for exactly that reason. Still, the report is very preliminary, so we’ll hold our breath a bit before digging in too deeply on what it could mean.
One person who isn’t waiting to share his opinion though is Vick, who wholeheartedly endorsed the Birds’ signing Favre to be his backup on Sunday morning
Jul 23, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT
As someone currently hydrating for a long hot summer night at the Linc, I feel for the folks headed down to Citizens Bank Park for game two of the Phillies-Padres series. It’s gonna be a hot’n, with a game time temperature of about 100º and a heat index of like a million.
Those braving the elements will see Kyle Kendrick facing righty Mat Latos and looking for his second straight win as a starter. He beat the Mets last week with a nice one-run performance over seven innings.
Jul 23, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT
I didn’t know the greatness of the Phillies team that won the franchise’s first-ever World Series the week of my first birthday. Before 2008, the closest I saw the Fightins come to being the best in the bigs was in 1993, and that success left the team about as soon as Joe Carter’s home run left the park.
That 1993 Blue Jays team was put together by Pat Gillick, and as painful as it can still be for those of us who witnessed it, the antidote is a few lines further down. By which I course mean, Gillick was also the man perhaps most responsible for the greatest ride of our baseball lives, the 2008 Phillies Championship season.
Jul 22, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT
Cole Hamels responded well to both the heat and his last outing, a forgettable shelling at the hands of the Mets coming out of the All-Star Break. The Phils’ lefty looked at ease despite temperatures hovering around 100, striking out 10 in eight innings.
It was the 18th time Cole reached double digit strikeouts as a Phillie, moving him to fourth on the all-time franchise list. Not bad for a 27-year-old whose big league career began in 2006.
The Phils, clad in the gorgeous throwback uniforms from the Philadelphia teams of my youth, took game one of the four-game set, 3-1.
Jul 22, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT
The Phillies are linked to just about every available right-handed bat and relief arm on the market right about now, marking yet another player movement period in which they, like the Eagles and Flyers, are the playground of agents and sportswriters alike.
Jul 21, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT
It was just a friendly. Neither side fielded their full complement of players. The Union are in midseason form, while Everton are touring the US in pre-season mode. All appropriate disclaimers acknowledged, it still felt good to see the Philadelphia Union beat Everton FC at PPL Park last night. The final score read 1-0, but the Union controlled most of the game, and had a few golden opportunities narrowly miss on a night when pristine finishing eluded them. Their younger players had a chance to play hard against an esteemed English side, and they played their asses off.
Jul 20, 2011, 10:27 AM EDT
The Union are set to take on Everton of the English Premier League later tonight at PPL Park, followed by Real Madrid at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. That’s quite a week of meaningless footie right there, and I’m really looking forward to it.
Here’s a quick compilation of Union extras that are floating around this week.
Jul 19, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT
Good news, Roy Halladay fans. The Phillies ace is doing just fine after coming out of last night’s game against the Cubs due to heat-related issues. Earth’s yellow sun may be what gives Superman his powers, but heat and humidity (or perhaps All-Star festivities?) zapped Halladay of his, at least for a night. Fortunately, Doc reports that he’s doing just fine today.
Per Matt Gelb of the Inquirer:
“Once I got back to the hotel, got to sleep, then I felt a lot better,” Halladay said.
The sound you hear right now is that of a hotel manager just BURSTING to violate his chain’s guest confidentiality pledge.
Jul 18, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT
The Union ended their long road swing with a 3-0 throttling of a struggling New England Revolution club at Gillette Stadium. The U came out firing and controlled the run of play throughout the first half, beginning with some attacking waves that would earn them a lead they’d hold throughout.
Jul 17, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT
So far in this Phillies-Mets series, both teams have gotten their asses handed to them in one game while playing the role of the ass-handers in the other. Yesterday’s loss was something of an embarrassment for the Phils, with Cole Hamels once again getting knocked around by the Mets, who must be in the fine print in the contract he signed with the devil to get that changeup. Meanwhile, the offense was weak, making Jon Niese look like the Cy Young candidate pitching that day.
Today it’s Kyle Kendrick and Mike Pelfrey, with the Mets getting their second of two non-Ace starts this series due to Bruce Bochy using up both of Roy Halladay’s and Cliff Lee’s next turns in the All-Star Game.
Pelfrey is coming off of two straight solid starts, with his last, a 2-ER effort in San Francisco, being squandered via some offensive ineptitude. The Phillies have faced Pelfrey three times this season and tuned him up for 12 earned runs in 14 innings.
Neither offense is intact today, so no excuses about which Phils bats aren’t in the lineup. They have should have enough to get to Pelfrey.
With yesterday’s win, the Mets climbed a game above .500. I don’t like that one bit. Time to wipe that smug off their heads, take them back to decidedly average, and let the Nats climb ahead of them in the middling, non-threatening portion of the NL East standings (heading into Sunday’s action: Mets 11 GB, Nats 11.5).
If the Phils turn in another performance like yesterday’s, there’s always the women’s World Cup Final featuring the US and Japan at 2 PM.
Jul 17, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal touches a few bases with respect to what the Phillies might do at the upcoming MLB trade deadline in his column today. Although rival clubs say the Phils are putting it out there that they can only add about $2 million in salary, the rest of the league has come to know that what we’ve seen from Ruben Amaro Jr in recent acquisition periods is likely to continue in some way later this month. No, they won’t be adding another ace (at least, I doubt it). But they will do something.
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