Yesterday's Scores: Phillies 5, Braves 0
Today's Schedule: Braves @ Phillies - 7:05 PM (CSN / 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP)
NOLA SPLENDID IN PHILS 5-0 SHUTOUT OF BRAVES
Rookie pitcher Aaron Nola allowed only six hits and struck out seven in seven shutout innings as the Phillies (54-85) snapped their five-game losing streak against the Braves (55-84) 5-0. Braves rookie Ryan Weber allowed only two runs in six innings in his Major League debut. Brian Bogusevic recorded an RBI in his starting debut with the team, while Odubel Herrera hit a three-run homer in the eighth to seal the win. He's hitting .364 in his last 56 games and has raised his batting average to .302 on the year.
The two teams collide for the rubber match of the three-game series tonight. Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.51 ERA) takes the mound for the Braves, while the Phillies welcome back David Buchanan (2-7, 9.00 ERA) to the rotation, bringing the number of pitchers to six. His move back up to the big club was in order to limit the workload of the rookie starters, Nola, Adam Morgan, Jerad Eickhoff, and Alec Asher. (RECAP)
FRANCO TO TEST INJURED WRIST TODAY
Maikel Franco will give his wrist one last shot at a chance of playing once more in 2015. The rookie will hit off a tee today. If something still doesn't feel right, Franco will sit out the rest of the season and rehabilitate his wrist. He also plans on playing winter ball in Venezuela, pending approval from the Phillies. He has been on the DL since August 12. (REPORT)
PHILLIES RELEASE TENTATIVE 2016 SCHEDULE
The 2016 season will begin on the road, as the Phillies will take on Cincinnati to open the season April 4. The home opener is a week later, April 11, at 3:05 PM against the San Diego Padres.
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has been cleared to return to practice a month after undergoing surgery for a core muscle. This does not mean that he will be practicing later today. There are two practices and a walkthrough between today and Monday night, so his status for the season opener might not look so good. Trey Burton would fill the backup role to starter Brent Celek. (REPORT)
RG ANDREW GARDNER SIGNS 3-YEAR, $4.7 MILLION EXTENSION
With the departures of Evan Mathis and Todd Heremans during the offseason, there were questions surrounding the offensive line outside of Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. It seems like one question may have been answered, with the extension for Gardner, an eight game starter last season at tackle and guard. He will start opposite of Allen Barbre Monday night. (REPORT)
EAGLES WORKED OUT QBS JOSH JOHNSON AND THAD LEWIS
Stephen Morris was claimed Sunday to be the new 3rd string quarterback. But head coach Chip Kelly wanted to do some more looking as well, as the team worked out the two veterans Tuesday.
Looks like we might be getting free Chick-Fil-A instead of free McDonald's when the team score four or more goals at home, which is sad.
So they buried the tape. No, really, they did...
WOW THE PATRIOTS ARE FILTHY CHEATERS
Or that is what was being reported by Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham earlier today. It's a very long, detailed ESPN report, so take some time to read it.
There's also even more on this too from Sports Illustrated.
THERE'S NOW NO MORE REASONS TO HAVE DIVISIONS IN THE NBA
The NBA announced that the eight playoff teams in each conference will be seeded by their regular season record. They also changed the tiebreak criteria. (REPORT)
FORMER YANKEES CLUBHOUSE WORKER RELEASES TELL-ALL, DO YOU BELIEVE HIS CLAIMS?
Here are a couple of claims that Paul Priore wrote in his book:
- Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada engaged in sexual relations in the clubhouse sauna at the end of their first season with the team. Jeter and Posada then allowed Priore to perform oral sex on them in order to keep him quiet.
- George Steinbrenner spied on players using secret security cameras in the clubhouse, and was actively involved in the Iran-Contra Affair.
Place that book in the fiction section of Barnes & Noble. (REPORT, or is it a STORY?)
HERE'S DREW BREES IN THE WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS
This'll be entertaining to watch:
It was worth 14 years in the waiting. And they celebrated like they won the World Cup...
THIS IS REAL! The famous scene from Step Brothers is happening this Sunday on Catalina Island off the coast of California, according to the Santa Catalina Island Company. THE DAN BAND will headline, and they are very know for their covers of female-performed pop songs, not the cover band that strictly plays '80s Joel.' This is awesome! (PRESS RELEASE)
TODAY IN HISTORY
- 1776: The Continental Congress officially names its new union of sovereign states the United States.
- 1791: Washington, D.C., the capital of the U.S., is named after President George Washington.
- 1850: California is admitted as the 31st state.
- 1926: The National Broadcasting Company, also more commonly known as NBC, is formed. Happy birthday to the peacock!
- 1942: A Japanese floatplane drops incendiary bombs on Oregon.
- 1999: Sega released the Dreamcast.
- Frank Lucas (85)
- Joe Theismann (66)
- Hugh Grant (55)
- Bob Stoops (55)
- Dan Majerle (50)
- Todd Zeile (50)
- Adam Sandler (49)
- Michael Bublé (40)
- Shane Battier (37)
- J.R. Smith (30)
- Luc Mbah a Moute (29)
- Afrojack (28)
VIDEO OF THE DAY
From the Pittsburgh Penguins: The team plays the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday, September 29th a the War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA. That's the same arena where the famous hockey movie Slapshot was filmed. The town won the Kraft Hockeyville Contest last season and was awarded with $150,000 in arena upgrades and the opportunity to host the preseason game, which will be televised on NBCSN.