New Phillies RF Hunter Pence
There is nothing like a sweep to remind the Pirates that they aren’t quite contenders yet. Days like today are simultaneously good and bad. The bad: we discovered that Vance Worley is, in fact, human. I was completely content with believing he was unhittable but I guess this keeps me grounded. The good: the Phillies completed a three game sweep with an extra inning, comeback against the Pirates. On a gorgeous day at the ballpark, Raul Ibanez provided plenty of spark for the Phillies offense.
The Eagles' 2011 first round pick Danny Watkins remains unsigned headed into August. Granted the lockout delayed this process big time, Watkins still missed three days of practice. According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly, the Eagles and Watkins' agent, Joe Panos, have agreed with all of the financial details but the bottleneck of the situation falls in the fourth year of the contract. Panos wants the fourth year of the contract guarenteed for his client but the Eagles are only willing to guarantee the first three years of the deal.
Good morning! Steak and eggs for breakfast once again. Phillies take another series, Pence debuts, Eagles make another free agent splash, and Ubaldo is headed East.
The Phillies took the second game of the three game series with the Pirates last night at Citizens Bank Park 7-4. Hunter Pence made his Phillies debut in right field going 1-5 with an RBI (Should’ve been 2-5 but first base umpire Angel Hernandez took it away from him. I don’t know how he sleeps at night). Phillies look for the sweep this afternoon with Vance Worley going up against Jeff Karstens. First pitch slated for 1:35. More here.
The Phillies sent Drew Carpenter and Domonic Brown down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Hunter Pence and Placido Polanco who was activated from the disabled list yesterday. More here.
The Eagles sign Nnamdi Asomugha. The Phillies respond by trading for Hunter Pence. Not to be out done the Eagles go out and sign the best defensive tackle on the free agent market. The Eagles came to terms with former Packers DT Cullen Jenkins on a five year $25 million contract yesterday. Further proof that the Eagles are out to win it and Jeffrey Lurie’s statement that they were going to be aggressive in free agency wasn’t just the front office blowing smoke. More here.
The Rockies have traded Ubaldo Jimenez to the AL and he is headed east. No, not to the Yankees or Red Sox but, rather, to the Cleveland Indians. The Indians are currently 1 ½ games out of first place in the AL Central and are chasing down the Detroit Tigers. The Rockies receive three top prospects and a player to be named later in return. The player to be named later is expected to be left hander Drew Pomeranz. He cannot be traded until one year after the calendar date of his signing. Cleveland is making a run at the AL Central. More here.
This picture, tweeted by CSN Philly's Amy Fadool (@amyfadool), shows Hunter Pence standing around the cage with his new teammates. Pence is going to look good in Phillies red for the rest of the season, but it appears as if someone needs to get him a new pair of red shoes. Pence will wear number 3 for the Phils tonight, play right field and bat in the 5 hole. Pence's arrival means that room had to be made on the current roster and Domonic Brown was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley. Along with Brown, Drew Carpenter was sent down to make room for Placido Polanco, being activated from the DL today. Polanco has not played since before the All-Star break and his return brings a better glove and bat to the third base position. Michael Martinez did a fantastic job filling in for Polanco, and the playing time that he rece Tonight's lineup is scary good, James McDonald has his hands full tonight. Just see for yourself.
1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Shane Victorino CF
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Hunter Pence RF
6. Raul Ibanez LF
7. Placido Polanco 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz C
9. Cliff Lee P
Around the MLB: The Braves are still looking for an outfielder after the Phillies traded for Hunter Pence last night, and it has been reported by Ken Rosenthal that they are looking at Pence's teammate in Houston and former Phillie, Michael Bourn. With Jordan Schaffer and Nate McClouth on the DL, they need another player to fill the void that these two are leaving.
In the aftermath of the Hunter Pence deal, the Phillies might not quite be done acquiring talent before the July 31st Non-Waiver trade deadline. Jason Stark is reporting this morning that Jason Giambi and Jim Thome are on the Phillies radar as a possible bat off of the bench. Giambi looked to be a stronger candidate before his quad injury last week that landed him on the 15 day DL. This morning another familiar name was linked to the Phillies, Jim Thome. Now, I am trying not to get to excited about a Jim Thome return but, personally, I would love to see him back in Phillies pinstripes. Giambi looks like a stronger possibility but I want Thome. We will see how the next 26 hours play out. Stay tuned.
Happy Saturday! Steak and eggs for breakfast as usual. It was a great day for Philadelphia sports teams as the Eagles and Phillies picked up two big time players to help them in their chase for a championship.
The Phillies dominated the Pirates last night from the first inning on winning 10-3. Chase Utley went 3-5 and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle. Halladay pitched 7 scoreless innings giving up no runs and only 1 hit. The win ends the Phillies losing streak at two, and they haven't lost more than 2 games in a row since June 4th. Game two in the Pirates series is tonight at 7:05. More here.
During the Phillies big win, the announcement of the Phillies' acquisition of Hunter Pence was announced. Pence was acquired for the Phillies' top two prospects Jared Cosart and Jonathan Singleton as well as two players to be named later. The Phillies got their man, a right handed bat, and did not have to give up Vance Worley or Dom Brown making Phils fans happy. More here.
The Eagles made a big move of their own signing former Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha to a 5 year $60 million contract. From what I heard, Asomugha was thought to be almost definitely going to the NY Jets, and the Eagles somehow landed him. This sures up a pass defense that gave up 31 TD's through the air last year, second worst in the NFL. More here.
The Eagles hold their first open to the public training camp session today at Lehigh. Asante Samuel and Jeremy Maclin are not present, but it seems that they have been excused for personal reasons. Desean Jackson, meanwhile, seems to be holding out for the longhaul. More here on why the Eagles' next move should be to pay their star WR.
The Uganda Little League team that had qualified for the Little League World Series this summer was denied Visas by the US because many of the players could not provide the appropriate documentation that proved their exact age. More here.
The United States Men National Soccer Team (USMNT) announced the hire of German legend Jürgen Klinsmann as the programs 35th coach in its history. The USMNT fired coach Bob Bradley earlier in the week as the team has not performed well since last summer's World Cup. More here.
Video of the Day:
This pong slam dunk has a cal from Nate Robinson's dunk at the 2010 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. I just wish the dunker broke the table. (Dunker: @AlexCohenPSU, Video Editor: @JeffDLowe)
It's a done deal. The Phillies have traded Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Singleton, and two players to be named later to the Houston Astros for outfielder Hunter Pence. Pence was taken out of the game tonight in the 5th inning and got hugs and congratulations by his teammates in the dugout in Milwaukee. It was confirmed by Buster Olney as well as SportsCenter at around 9:20pm tonight. The Phillies now have the right-handed bat that they have wanted since spring training. According to Olney, the Braves were also very close with winning over the Astros with their own deal for Pence. This deal now makes me even happier to know that we prevented the Braves from landing Pence. Once again, thank you Ed Wade.
Hunter Pence was removed from the game
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies and Astros are currently still working towards a deal. Rosenthal has also said that the potential "three team deal" that had been rumored to go down earlier today will no longer take place.
Jayson Stark has said that Domonic Brown and Vance Worley will not be dealt in the deal.
ESPN's Buster Olney has also said the Braves are still in the mix for Pence
Also, Hunter Pence is still currently in the Astros' game in Milwaukee
Interesting... We'll see were this goes.
This is going to be one of the most memorable off seasons for a number of reasons, but the Eagles landing not one, but now two pro-bowl corner backs to play opposite Asante Samuel, has certainly excited the Eagles fan base this week. Today, just one day after getting DRC and dealing Kolb, Nnamdi Asomugha(not easy to spell) becomes an eagle. The deal is reportedly worth 5-years $60 million with $25 mil guaranteed. This afternoon, there were speculations that the Dallas Cowboys were in the running for Asomugha, and if that is true..HAHA (sorry jerry). Now the question becomes what position DRC or Asomugha moves to, or should the Eagles just play in a Nickel formation the whole season? Either way, this is a great statement the birds have made to show that they mean business this year. The goals for the offseason once the lockout ended were to get a defensive lineman, and strengthen the secondary. I think the Eagles have successfully accomplished that task. Now its your turn Ruben.
Eagles also confirmed the signings of TE Donald Lee (from Green Bay) and WR Johnny Lee Higgins (from Oakland)
For the first time since the Bush administration, that's the first Bush administration, the Pittsburgh Pirates are relevant and dangerous. First of all, I attend the University of Pittsburgh, and as a passionate baseball fan, it pains me to see first hand such a storied franchise forgotten amongst the Black & Gold nation. Now the Pirates didn't come to the brink of extinction like the Penguins did, but the Pirates are coming back into relevance without drafting the best player in the world. Come the beginning of the season, there was not much promise for the buccos, if someone told you that the buccos would be in first place at this time of the season a few months ago, they were probably drunk. Lets be honest, they are one of the two shock/surprise teams of the season, along with the Cleveland Indians. These two teams are bringing a resurgence of baseball interest and hype to their respective cities. The Pirates are coming in to town this weekend sporting a 54-49 record and a second place standing in the NL Central. The best record they have had at this point in the season in close to a decade. Manager Clint Hurdle is running away with the 'Manager of the Year' award if the Pirates keep this up. What has carried the Pirates to the point they are at now is their pitching. They sport the 6th best ERA in the majors and 5th best in the NL. This counters their 26th best offense, which is definitely their weak point. With only a few bright spots in the lineup, the Pirates have to make their runs count. Once again Andrew McCutchen is leading in every offensive category and the Pirates are now glad that they did not deal him away. McCutchen, Niel Walker, and Lyle Overbay are the only starters to play over 100 games this season. Which means they have stayed healthy and are able to continue to produce. The Buccos have used an arsenal of other small names to fill their lineup, playing 50-80 games this year. Another impressive statistic that comes from their pitching staff is that all 5 starters have at least 9 Quality Starts. Also, Joel Hanrahan, an unpopular choice for closer during spring training has 30 saves, the 3rd most in the NL.
Quote of the Day:
"You don't get to the moon by climbing a tree."