The Phillies went into last night’s game against the Nationals facing a pitcher they have hit hard over his career and were looking to secure a winning record at home. Unfortunately, it was Phillies start Kyle Kendrick who was hit hard. He was tagged for two runs in the first off of a Bryce Harper two run homerun then tagged for another three runs in the second off of an Ian Desmond solo shot and a Kurt Suzuki two run homerun. That is all the nationals would need despite the Phillies cutting their lead to 5-4 in the eighth. The Nationals would rough up Justin deFratus and then Antonio Bastardo in the ninth to open the lead to 8-4 which is how the game would end. The Phillies are now 40-40 at home and 78-77 overall this season. More here.
The NFL referees are back! A lockout that went under the radar for much of the summer and preseason became the focal point of the league over the last three weeks. The most glaring problem that the NFL faced with the replacement referees was the Monday Night Football wrong call that gave the Seattle Seahawks a win over the Green Bay Packers. The new deal with the referees is reportedly for eight years and the “real” referees will be back in action tonight in Baltimore. More here.
Penn State has lost another football player for “personal reasons.” Quarterback/tight end Paul Jones has left the team for personal reasons and they are not related to the NCAA sanctions imposed on the program. Jones is the 14th player to leave the program because of either the NCAA sanctions or personal reasons. The loss of the redshirted sophomore hits the Lions hard as they were already struggling with their depth. More here.
The Baltimore Orioles needed a win last night in the worst way if they still have their eyes set on the AL East title. With the Yankees winning yesterday afternoon, the Orioles were two games back come first pitch at Camden Yards. After trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Orioles offense woke up in a big way. Jim Thome and Manny Machado hit solo homeruns in the inning while Chris David hit a three run homerun. Overall, Baltimore hit seven homeruns en route to a 12-2 shellacking of the Toronto Blue Jays to stay 1.5 games back of the Yankees. More here.