The Phillies sent John Lannan to the mound last night looking to take the first two games of their series against the MLB-leading Pittsburgh Pirates. Lannan went just five innings allowing four runs on 11 hits. THe Pirates would open up a 6-3 lead behind Andrew McCutchen's 3-for-3 effort with two walks and two runs scored. Dom Brown would hit his 22nd home run of the year with his to-run shot in the ninth. The Phillies would still go on to lose 6-5. More here.
A member of the Sixers found himself in the NBA doghouse yesterday. Spencer Hawes participated in a University of Washington alumni game on June 23rd at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. League rules prohibit players' participation in exhibition games prior to July 1st and after September 15th without permission from the league office. Hawes, along with fellow Huskies Quincy Pondexter, Tony Wroten, and Isaiah Thomas, was fined $15,000 by the NBA. More here.
The Boston Celtics certainly made a splash with their replacement of Doc Rivers, who bolted for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics hired Butler Bulldogs head coach Brad Stevens to take over their rebuilding efforts. Stevens received a six-year, $22 million contract from Boston. Stevens led the small Butler program to back-to-back National Championship games in 2010 and 2011. More here.