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Home Runs by the Half-Dozen; Phillies Trounce Braves in Extras, 8-5

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When the Phillies have a weekend pitching staff of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels, you know it's bound to be a winning series, or maybe a sweep against the Atlanta Braves. 

All started out swiftly for the Phils. Ryan Howard put up the game's first run in the top of the second with a solo homer out to right-center. 

The Braves had a chance to score in the bottom of the fourth when Paul Janish singled to center. John Mayberry sent the ball home to Erik Kratz, who stood his ground and took a HARD hit from Chipper Jones. Kratz held on (despite flying a few feet backwards) and applied the tag. Still 1-0 Phillies. 

Roy Halladay was looking pretty solid up until the fifth inning. It was obvious that the heat and humidity was getting to him, his face was flushed and he was sweating bullets. With Mike Minor on base, Martin Prado homered to left field, putting his team up, 2-1. Doc slammed the rosin bag down and slammed his hand into his glove. 

It didn't get any better. Freddie Freeman sent a two-run jack to straightaway center in the same inning, prompting Halladay to look even more frustrated and exhausted. Jeremy Horst would collect the final out in the fifth.

Doc's final line: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. 81 pitches, 51 for strikes. Atlanta has really beat him up this year. 

The Phillies wouldn't sit back and watch the Braves take another game. In the top of the sixth, Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen, and Chase Utley hit back-to-back-to-back singles (Utley's was a bunt single) to load up the bases for Ryan Howard. Howie came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jimmy and Kevin. 

Chad Durbin, a former Phillie, replaced Mike Minor after that RBI single. Ty Wigginton popped up a sac fly, allowing Utley to score from third. Tied ballgame. 

With Jeremy Horst still in the ballgame in the sixth, Dan Uggla sent a ball deep to left field, putting the Braves up, 5-4. 

Phillippe Aumont pitched a scoreless eighth for the Phillies, giving them a chance to come back in the ninth.

The dominant closer in Craig Kimbrel came in to close it out for the Braves. Erik Kratz wouldn't allow that. To lead of the ninth, Kratz sent a moon shot to left field, making it a 5-5 game. This was Kimbrel's third blown save this season. 

Josh Lindblom pitched the ninth, keeping the Braves from winning in walk-off fashion. Christhian Martinez came in for the top of the tenth, only to give up a three-run home run to John Mayberry. 

That would prove to be the game winner. Jonathan Papelbon came in to collect his 250th career save, and he did just that. Congrats to him on the milestone! Phillies win, 8-5. 

Tomorrow evening at 4:05, Cliff Lee and Tim Hudson will take the mound in game two of this weekend series. 


Watch the Erik Kratz Collision Again...and Watch Him Take on Prince Fielder Too Before He Was a Phillie

 

What a play by Erik Kratz.  I think Brian Schneider may be looking for a job this offseason.

But this wasn't Kratz's first big-time collision.  Check out this collision from two years ago when Kratz played for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Big boy Prince Fielder came barreling around third base, and Kratz handled it:

 


Eagles 53 Man Roster Set-For Now

With final cuts due to the league at 9 PM on Friday night, the Eagles front office had to make many hard decisions, as the 75 man roster needed to be cut down to just 53. 

They have released 20 players so far, and have two left to reach the maximum allowed on their roster:

  • S O.J. Atogwe

Atogwe was brought in as a safety blanket for starting FS Kurt Coleman, and the veteran experience he brings to the table would have made him a great mentor and backup. However, he was limited by a hamstring injury, and when he finally got on the playing field he did little to impress. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • TE Brett Brackett

The Penn State product was signed midway through last season and was put on the practice squad, but finally had a chance to compete for the backup Tight End job this Training Camp. He had trouble reeling in passes, and blocking certainly is not his forte. Brackett is eligible to return to the practice squad.

  • LB Keenan Clayton

Clayton is a great special teams player, and he certainly made an impact during the Preseason. However, he was competing with Akeem Jordan for the OLB position, and with Jamar Chaney's injury and Brian Rolle's ineffectiveness, Jordan was given the starting job. With a logjam at LB, Clayton found himself on the outside. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • DT Landon Cohen

He was signed just before Thursday's game with the New York Jets. No surprise here.

  • DT Antonio Dixon

Dixon signed a $1.925 million tender this offseason, but certainly did not look like a guy who earned. He looked rather lethargic on the field, and just didn't seem to fit the mold of a Jim Washburn type player. Dixon is not practice squad eligible.

  • TE Chase Ford

Ford, an undrafted free agent from the University of Miami , scored himself a contract after a great showing at the Senior Bowl. Unlike his counterpart Brackett, Ford is a great blocker, but has horrible hands. He is practice squad eligible.

  • WR Mardy Gilyard

Gilyard signed a two year deal at the end of last season with Philadelphia, but simply could not make his way on the Eagles roster. He had 8 catches for 107 yards (1 TD) and would have made a great depth Wide Reciever, but GM Howie Roseman and Co. did not agree. Gilyard is not practice squad eligible.

  • WR Chad Hall

You may not find a nicer guy on the Eagles roster than Chad Hall, but simply lacks the size and playmaking skills that were needed to keep him around. With Damaris Johnson the last Wide Receiver to make the team, Philadelphia will go into week one with just 5 WR's, including an injured Riley Cooper. Hall is practice squad eligible.

  • CB Joselio Hanson

The biggest shock of the day came when the Eagles parted ways with veteran CB Joselio Hanson. Hanson had been with the Eagles since 2006, but could not beat out rookie CB Brandon Boykin for the starting nickel back job. Hanson is not practice squad eligible.

  • FB Emil Igwenagu

Igwenagu was brought in as a free agent to challenge Stanley Havili for the starting FB job, but Havili won it outright. With his ability to play both FB and TE, it's likely the Eagles keep him around on the practice squad.

  • T D.J. Jones

Like Keenon Clayton, Jones was caught as the odd man out in a crowded field of Offensive Tackles. Acquired from Baltimore early in the offseason, Jones is practice squad eligible.

  • QB Mike Kafka

If Mike Kafka had been given the chance to play, he would have almost certainly owned the third-string Quarterback job. However, he broke his hand in the Preseason opener, and Trent Edwards had looked great in live action. The job was given to Edwards, but Kafka will certainly find himself another pro job. He is practice squad eligible, but expect him to be snatched up.

  • P Mat McBriar

The Eagles decided to let veteran Mat McBriar go, and gave the Punting job to Chas Henry, who certainly showed nothing to deserve it.

  • WR Marvin McNutt

A 6th round pick out of Iowa, McNutt had a great chance to emerge as Red Zone threat. Instead, he looked miserable in preseason action, dropping most of the passes thrown his way. Expect the Eagles to keep him around on the Practice Squad in case someone gets injured. 

  • LB Adrian Moten

The definiton of a "camp body". Moten was brought in to put a little pressure on the other guys, but never really had a shot at making the roster. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • DT Ollie Ogbu

Acquired from the Colts at the beginning of camp, Ogbu found himself stuck behind the likes of Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri, and Cedric Thornton. There was no chance he would make the roster, but he is practice squad eligible.

  • LB Ryan Rau

Rau wins the "Jeremy Thornburg award", a made up award given to the player who turned heads in the Preseason, but had zero chance of making the roster. The rookie from Portland State is practice squad eligible.

  • DE Monte Taylor

Taylor was in a hole to begin with, attempting to earn himself a job at the Eagles deepest position. He is practice squad eligible, but Philadelphia has no use for him.

  • S Phillip Thomas

Thomas was an undrafted free agent from Syracuse who looked decent in limited action, but keeping him on the 53 man roster would be a mistake. Expect Thomas to take a trip to the Eagles practice squad.

  • DT Frank Trotter

Trotter was given a shot to prove his worth as a starter vs. the Jets in the preseason finale, but seemed to just take up space. He is practice squad eligible.

  • OL Steve Vallos

Many had expected Vallos to steal a spot on the roster because of his versatility at both the Guard and Center position, but Philadelphia opted for Dallas Reynolds instead. Vallos is not practice squad eligible.

  • OL Brandon Washington

Washington was a 6th round pick and teammate of Chase Ford at Miami, but played little in the preseason. He is practice squad eligible.

In other news, Safety Colt Anderson was activated from the Physically Unable To Perform list. He tore his ACL late in 2011 in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. 

Philadelphia may be at 53 men currently, but there work is not over. They'll be putting in waiver claims for multiple players over the next few days.

The Eagles roster, for now, looks like this: 

Quarterbacks (3): Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Trent Edwards.

Running Backs (4): LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk.

Fullback (1): Stanley Havili

Wide Receivers (5): DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson.

Tight Ends (2): Brent Celek, Clay Harbor.

Offensive linemen (9): King Dunlap, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins, Todd Herremans, Demetress Bell, Julian Vandervelde, Dennis Kelly, Dallas Reynolds.

Defensive Linemen (10): Jason Babin, Trent Cole, Philip Hunt, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Darryl Tapp, Cullen Jenkins, Cedric Thornton, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri

Linebackers (6): DeMeco Ryans, Akeem Jordan, Jamar Chaney, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle

Cornerbacks (6): Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Boykin, Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley

Safeties (4): Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson, Jaiquawn Jarrett

Specialists (3): Jon Dorenbos, Chas Henry, Alex Henery.


Eagles 53 Man Roster Set-For Now

With final cuts due to the league at 9 PM on Friday night, the Eagles front office had to make many hard decisions, as the 75 man roster needed to be cut down to just 53. 

They have released 20 players so far, and have two left to reach the maximum allowed on their roster:

  • S O.J. Atogwe

Atogwe was brought in as a safety blanket for starting FS Kurt Coleman, and the veteran experience he brings to the table would have made him a great mentor and backup. However, he was limited by a hamstring injury, and when he finally got on the playing field he did little to impress. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • TE Brett Brackett

The Penn State product was signed midway through last season and was put on the practice squad, but finally had a chance to compete for the backup Tight End job this Training Camp. He had trouble reeling in passes, and blocking certainly is not his forte. Brackett is eligible to return to the practice squad.

  • LB Keenan Clayton

Clayton is a great special teams player, and he certainly made an impact during the Preseason. However, he was competing with Akeem Jordan for the OLB position, and with Jamar Chaney's injury and Brian Rolle's ineffectiveness, Jordan was given the starting job. With a logjam at LB, Clayton found himself on the outside. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • DT Landon Cohen

He was signed just before Thursday's game with the New York Jets. No surprise here.

  • DT Antonio Dixon

Dixon signed a $1.925 million tender this offseason, but certainly did not look like a guy who earned. He looked rather lethargic on the field, and just didn't seem to fit the mold of a Jim Washburn type player. Dixon is not practice squad eligible.

  • TE Chase Ford

Ford, an undrafted free agent from the University of Miami , scored himself a contract after a great showing at the Senior Bowl. Unlike his counterpart Brackett, Ford is a great blocker, but has horrible hands. He is practice squad eligible.

  • WR Mardy Gilyard

Gilyard signed a two year deal at the end of last season with Philadelphia, but simply could not make his way on the Eagles roster. He had 8 catches for 107 yards (1 TD) and would have made a great depth Wide Reciever, but GM Howie Roseman and Co. did not agree. Gilyard is not practice squad eligible.

  • WR Chad Hall

You may not find a nicer guy on the Eagles roster than Chad Hall, but simply lacks the size and playmaking skills that were needed to keep him around. With Damaris Johnson the last Wide Receiver to make the team, Philadelphia will go into week one with just 5 WR's, including an injured Riley Cooper. Hall is practice squad eligible.

  • CB Joselio Hanson

The biggest shock of the day came when the Eagles parted ways with veteran CB Joselio Hanson. Hanson had been with the Eagles since 2006, but could not beat out rookie CB Brandon Boykin for the starting nickel back job. Hanson is not practice squad eligible.

  • FB Emil Igwenagu

Igwenagu was brought in as a free agent to challenge Stanley Havili for the starting FB job, but Havili won it outright. With his ability to play both FB and TE, it's likely the Eagles keep him around on the practice squad.

  • T D.J. Jones

Like Keenon Clayton, Jones was caught as the odd man out in a crowded field of Offensive Tackles. Acquired from Baltimore early in the offseason, Jones is practice squad eligible.

  • QB Mike Kafka

If Mike Kafka had been given the chance to play, he would have almost certainly owned the third-string Quarterback job. However, he broke his hand in the Preseason opener, and Trent Edwards had looked great in live action. The job was given to Edwards, but Kafka will certainly find himself another pro job. He is practice squad eligible, but expect him to be snatched up.

  • P Mat McBriar

The Eagles decided to let veteran Mat McBriar go, and gave the Punting job to Chas Henry, who certainly showed nothing to deserve it.

  • WR Marvin McNutt

A 6th round pick out of Iowa, McNutt had a great chance to emerge as Red Zone threat. Instead, he looked miserable in preseason action, dropping most of the passes thrown his way. Expect the Eagles to keep him around on the Practice Squad in case someone gets injured. 

  • LB Adrian Moten

The definiton of a "camp body". Moten was brought in to put a little pressure on the other guys, but never really had a shot at making the roster. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • DT Ollie Ogbu

Acquired from the Colts at the beginning of camp, Ogbu found himself stuck behind the likes of Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri, and Cedric Thornton. There was no chance he would make the roster, but he is practice squad eligible.

  • LB Ryan Rau

Rau wins the "Jeremy Thornburg award", a made up award given to the player who turned heads in the Preseason, but had zero chance of making the roster. The rookie from Portland State is practice squad eligible.

  • DE Monte Taylor

Taylor was in a hole to begin with, attempting to earn himself a job at the Eagles deepest position. He is practice squad eligible, but Philadelphia has no use for him.

  • S Phillip Thomas

Thomas was an undrafted free agent from Syracuse who looked decent in limited action, but keeping him on the 53 man roster would be a mistake. Expect Thomas to take a trip to the Eagles practice squad.

  • DT Frank Trotter

Trotter was given a shot to prove his worth as a starter vs. the Jets in the preseason finale, but seemed to just take up space. He is practice squad eligible.

  • OL Steve Vallos

Many had expected Vallos to steal a spot on the roster because of his versatility at both the Guard and Center position, but Philadelphia opted for Dallas Reynolds instead. Vallos is not practice squad eligible.

  • OL Brandon Washington

Washington was a 6th round pick and teammate of Chase Ford at Miami, but played little in the preseason. He is practice squad eligible.

In other news, Safety Colt Anderson was activated from the Physically Unable To Perform list. He tore his ACL late in 2011 in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. 

Philadelphia may be at 53 men currently, but there work is not over. They'll be putting in waiver claims for multiple players over the next few days.

The Eagles roster, for now, looks like this: 

Quarterbacks (3): Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Trent Edwards.

Running Backs (4): LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk.

Fullback (1): Stanley Havili

Wide Receivers (5): DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson.

Tight Ends (2): Brent Celek, Clay Harbor.

Offensive linemen (9): King Dunlap, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins, Todd Herremans, Demetress Bell, Julian Vandervelde, Dennis Kelly, Dallas Reynolds.

Defensive Linemen (10): Jason Babin, Trent Cole, Philip Hunt, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Darryl Tapp, Cullen Jenkins, Cedric Thornton, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri

Linebackers (6): DeMeco Ryans, Akeem Jordan, Jamar Chaney, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle

Cornerbacks (6): Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Boykin, Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley

Safeties (4): Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson, Jaiquawn Jarrett

Specialists (3): Jon Dorenbos, Chas Henry, Alex Henery.


Eagles 53 Man Roster Set-For Now

With final cuts due to the league at 9 PM on Friday night, the Eagles front office had to make many hard decisions, as the 75 man roster needed to be cut down to just 53. 

They have released 20 players so far, and have two left to reach the maximum allowed on their roster:

  • S O.J. Atogwe

Atogwe was brought in as a safety blanket for starting FS Kurt Coleman, and the veteran experience he brings to the table would have made him a great mentor and backup. However, he was limited by a hamstring injury, and when he finally got on the playing field he did little to impress. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • TE Brett Brackett

The Penn State product was signed midway through last season and was put on the practice squad, but finally had a chance to compete for the backup Tight End job this Training Camp. He had trouble reeling in passes, and blocking certainly is not his forte. Brackett is eligible to return to the practice squad.

  • LB Keenan Clayton

Clayton is a great special teams player, and he certainly made an impact during the Preseason. However, he was competing with Akeem Jordan for the OLB position, and with Jamar Chaney's injury and Brian Rolle's ineffectiveness, Jordan was given the starting job. With a logjam at LB, Clayton found himself on the outside. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • DT Landon Cohen

He was signed just before Thursday's game with the New York Jets. No surprise here.

  • DT Antonio Dixon

Dixon signed a $1.925 million tender this offseason, but certainly did not look like a guy who earned. He looked rather lethargic on the field, and just didn't seem to fit the mold of a Jim Washburn type player. Dixon is not practice squad eligible.

  • TE Chase Ford

Ford, an undrafted free agent from the University of Miami , scored himself a contract after a great showing at the Senior Bowl. Unlike his counterpart Brackett, Ford is a great blocker, but has horrible hands. He is practice squad eligible.

  • WR Mardy Gilyard

Gilyard signed a two year deal at the end of last season with Philadelphia, but simply could not make his way on the Eagles roster. He had 8 catches for 107 yards (1 TD) and would have made a great depth Wide Reciever, but GM Howie Roseman and Co. did not agree. Gilyard is not practice squad eligible.

  • WR Chad Hall

You may not find a nicer guy on the Eagles roster than Chad Hall, but simply lacks the size and playmaking skills that were needed to keep him around. With Damaris Johnson the last Wide Receiver to make the team, Philadelphia will go into week one with just 5 WR's, including an injured Riley Cooper. Hall is practice squad eligible.

  • CB Joselio Hanson

The biggest shock of the day came when the Eagles parted ways with veteran CB Joselio Hanson. Hanson had been with the Eagles since 2006, but could not beat out rookie CB Brandon Boykin for the starting nickel back job. Hanson is not practice squad eligible.

  • FB Emil Igwenagu

Igwenagu was brought in as a free agent to challenge Stanley Havili for the starting FB job, but Havili won it outright. With his ability to play both FB and TE, it's likely the Eagles keep him around on the practice squad.

  • T D.J. Jones

Like Keenon Clayton, Jones was caught as the odd man out in a crowded field of Offensive Tackles. Acquired from Baltimore early in the offseason, Jones is practice squad eligible.

  • QB Mike Kafka

If Mike Kafka had been given the chance to play, he would have almost certainly owned the third-string Quarterback job. However, he broke his hand in the Preseason opener, and Trent Edwards had looked great in live action. The job was given to Edwards, but Kafka will certainly find himself another pro job. He is practice squad eligible, but expect him to be snatched up.

  • P Mat McBriar

The Eagles decided to let veteran Mat McBriar go, and gave the Punting job to Chas Henry, who certainly showed nothing to deserve it.

  • WR Marvin McNutt

A 6th round pick out of Iowa, McNutt had a great chance to emerge as Red Zone threat. Instead, he looked miserable in preseason action, dropping most of the passes thrown his way. Expect the Eagles to keep him around on the Practice Squad in case someone gets injured. 

  • LB Adrian Moten

The definiton of a "camp body". Moten was brought in to put a little pressure on the other guys, but never really had a shot at making the roster. He is not practice squad eligible.

  • DT Ollie Ogbu

Acquired from the Colts at the beginning of camp, Ogbu found himself stuck behind the likes of Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri, and Cedric Thornton. There was no chance he would make the roster, but he is practice squad eligible.

  • LB Ryan Rau

Rau wins the "Jeremy Thornburg award", a made up award given to the player who turned heads in the Preseason, but had zero chance of making the roster. The rookie from Portland State is practice squad eligible.

  • DE Monte Taylor

Taylor was in a hole to begin with, attempting to earn himself a job at the Eagles deepest position. He is practice squad eligible, but Philadelphia has no use for him.

  • S Phillip Thomas

Thomas was an undrafted free agent from Syracuse who looked decent in limited action, but keeping him on the 53 man roster would be a mistake. Expect Thomas to take a trip to the Eagles practice squad.

  • DT Frank Trotter

Trotter was given a shot to prove his worth as a starter vs. the Jets in the preseason finale, but seemed to just take up space. He is practice squad eligible.

  • OL Steve Vallos

Many had expected Vallos to steal a spot on the roster because of his versatility at both the Guard and Center position, but Philadelphia opted for Dallas Reynolds instead. Vallos is not practice squad eligible.

  • OL Brandon Washington

Washington was a 6th round pick and teammate of Chase Ford at Miami, but played little in the preseason. He is practice squad eligible.

In other news, Safety Colt Anderson was activated from the Physically Unable To Perform list. He tore his ACL late in 2011 in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. 

Philadelphia may be at 53 men currently, but there work is not over. They'll be putting in waiver claims for multiple players over the next few days.

The Eagles roster, for now, looks like this: 

Quarterbacks (3): Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Trent Edwards.

Running Backs (4): LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk.

Fullback (1): Stanley Havili

Wide Receivers (5): DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson.

Tight Ends (2): Brent Celek, Clay Harbor.

Offensive linemen (9): King Dunlap, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins, Todd Herremans, Demetress Bell, Julian Vandervelde, Dennis Kelly, Dallas Reynolds.

Defensive Linemen (10): Jason Babin, Trent Cole, Philip Hunt, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Darryl Tapp, Cullen Jenkins, Cedric Thornton, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri

Linebackers (6): DeMeco Ryans, Akeem Jordan, Jamar Chaney, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Brian Rolle

Cornerbacks (6): Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Boykin, Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley

Safeties (4): Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson, Jaiquawn Jarrett

Specialists (3): Jon Dorenbos, Chas Henry, Alex Henery.


Roy Halladay Opens Up Series With Wild Card-Leading Braves

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The Phillies barely walked out of their last series alive. Dropping the first two games of the last series with the Mets until September 17, the Phillies salvaged the finale under Kyle Kendrick yesterday and pulled out a win. Still seven games under .500, the Phillies have fallen back into inconsistent game play. Going 16-12 in August, the Phillies will close out the second to last month of the season while opening a three-game set with the Wild Card-leading Atlanta Braves. Although the Phillies' chances for a playoff run gets sleeker and sleeker by the day, it doesn't mean they can't ruin the Braves' chances to get a playoff spot. Tonight Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88 ERA) will take on Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71 ERA) in the series opener in Atlanta.

Roy Halladay is pitching better now than he was in the beginning of the season. Since coming back from the DL, Halladay is 4-2 with a 3.73 ERA. In his last start, a win against the Nationals, Doc went seven strong innings, only allowing two runs on seven hits. Although he is pitching better since being back from his DL stint, he still has a task at hand this season: beat the Braves. In two starts against the NL East foes, Doc is 0-1 with a 8.74 ERA. In his last start against them, back on July 29, Doc went six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking one. In his career against the Braves, Halladay is 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA.

Mike Minor is coming off of his first win in the month of August, a start against the Giants. Back on Saturday, Minor allowed three earned runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out five. Minor has turned his season around over his past nine starts. Despite a 3-4 record, Minor has held opposing batters to a .211 average and has posted a 2.50 ERA. In Minor's last start against the Phillies, back on July 28th, he took the Phils' offense to town. In eight strong, one-run innings, Minor allowed just four earned runs while striking out nine for his first win against Philadelphia. In three career starts, Minor is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA against the Fightin's.

Jimmy Rollins is indeed in tonight's lineup, a day removed from being removed from the game against the Mets. In the sixth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Mets game, Rollins popped up to pitcher Jonathan Niese. Rollins, being the "leader" of this team, jogged it out, believing it to be a sure-out. WRONG. Niese dropped the ball and Rollins was on first base. Had he run it out, he would have been on second base. Charlie Manuel pulled him from the game in the top of the seventh due to his lack og hustle. According to Todd Zolecki, Rollins entered Manuel's office and apologized for his lack of hustle and professionalism

Tonight's lineup vs Bourn 8 Prado 7 Heyward 9 Jones 5 Freeman 3 McCann 2 Uggla 4 Janish 6 Minor 1

1. Rollins SS                                   1. Bourn CF      
2. Frandsen 3B                              2. Prado LF
3. Utley 2B                                     3. Heyward RF
4. Howard 1B                                 4. Jones 3B
5. Wigginton LF                            5. Freeman 1B
6. Mayberry CF                             6. McCann C
7. Kratz C                                        7. Uggla 2B
8. Martinez RF                               8. Janish SS
9. Halladay P.                                 9. Minor P.

TV: CSN ; Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP.

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Tonight is Waiver Trade Deadline; Juan Pierre Clears Waivers, Could Be Traded

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Tonight at 11:59 p.m. is the waiver trade deadline.   Players who are acquired before September 1 hits are eligible for postseason rosters.   This is the real last chance to add a player for one final run.  Players may only be traded if they have cleared waivers first.   One Phillie has.

Juan Pierre has cleared waivers, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, and may be on the move tonight.  Morosi's source tell him he could be traded.

The Phillies, who are expected to get lefthanded outfield Nate Schierholtz back from the disabled list tomorrow, could spare Pierre in a trade.   Pierre would be a low-cost, speedy extra help for a contending team. 

The Cincinnati Reds were rumored to be interested in the past.  Pierre is currently in a 3 for 22 slump (.136).


Darin Ruf Breaks Ryan Howard's Reading Phillies Home Run Record, Named MVP, ROY, Eyes Triple Crown

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Courtesy Reading Phillies.  RPhils GM Scott Hunsicker with Darren Ruf

He did it.   Darin Ruf tonight hit is 38th home run to break Ryan Howard's team home run record for AA Reading.  True, Ryan Howard did it in fewer games, but there were plenty of other times in history that players came close, but no one ever reached 38.   And, the Reading Phillies still have one series on the road for him to add to this total.

However, the number you may want to watch is not Ruf's home run total, but his batting average.  Currently, Ruf leads the Eastern League in home runs and in RBI.  The one thing keeping Ruf from a Triple Crown?  His batting average.   Brock Holt of the Altoona Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates' AA affiliate, is hitting .322.  Ruf?  .321.   This will come down to the wire, but Ruf has been awarded plenty already for his outstanding season.

Even though the season has not ended, Ruf has been named the Eastern League MVP.  And Rookie of the Year (Yeah, they give an award to someone in his first year of AA).

Of note was a roster move by the Phillies today: they outrighted Hector Luna off of the 40-man roster.  The roster now has room for the Phillies to add someone, say, Darin Ruf?  I think we will see him.   How can they not after this amazing season?

Here is video of Ruf's record home run tonight, courtesy of the Reading Eagle:

 


Eagles Down Jets In Preseason Finale

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Photo Courtesy Alexis Stinger

It's common for teams to sit their starters in the final preseason game of the year, and let the backups duke it out for roster spots. The Eagles and Jets did just that on Thursday night, deactivating most of their starters and benching the rest of them. 

Philadelphia let second string QB Nick Foles take the reins in the first quarter, and his strong play continued. Rookie RB Bryce Brown carried most of the load on the first drive, showing a good combination of size and speed while on the field. The drive would stall, but the Eagles best scoring chance came when Foles found WR Mardy Gilyard who beat the defending cornerback, only to have it drop out of his hands. Foles would only play the First Quarter, going 4/6 for 60 yards.

Both teams would go scoreless in the First Quarter, with S Jaiquawn Jarrett and LB Ryan Rau making strong impressions on the Eagles defense. The Jets would put the first points up on the board, thanks to RB Joe McKnight and QB Greg McElroy. McKnight ran for 34 yards on the drive, and McElroy connected with RB Terrance Ganaway on a 6 yard TD pass. It was New York's first Touchdown of the entire preseason. 

It would be the Trent Edwards show from the Second Quarter on. He developed a fantastic drive his first time on the field, connecting with Chad Hall twice for gains of 35 yards. He showed incredible poise in the pocket, finding more than one target, and exposing holes in the Jets Defense. Edwards may have done all the hard work, but it would be Bryce Brown that finished the drive, breaking to the outside and scoring on a two yard TD touchdown run, making it 7-7.

After the Jets couldn't move the ball upfield, Edwards inherited the ball on the Eagles 46 yard line, and made quick work. He connected with Chad Hall, Mardy Gilyard and Damaris Johnson on three separate plays, and then hooked up with Gilyard again on a 31 yard TD, giving Philadelphia a 14-7 lead. 

Just before halftime, the Jets made it only to the Eagles 40 yard line, but Nick Folk came through. He nailed a 58 yard FG with room to spare, and sent the Jets into the half only down 14-10.

It was a rough 3rd Quarter for both teams, with neither McElroy or Edwards able to sustain a drive. Philadelphia's Defensive Line continued to give McElroy fits, and LBs Keenan Clayton and Brian Rolle disrupted the short passing game.

Chris Polk, who was on the bubble for a roster spot, ran for 26 yards on the drive, and his ability to keep the drive alive led to Trent Edwards finding TE Brett Brackett on a 7 yard TD pass. Polk would continue to work late into the 4th Quarter, bruising his way through defenders and cashing in on a 3 yard TD run, making it 28-10 Eagles. 

The score would end that way, and Philadelphia went undefeated in the Preseason. 

Trent Edwards almost certainly solidifed a roster spot after Thursday's victory, going 22/32 for 197 yards and 2 TDs. His coutnerpart, Greg McElroy, would throw for just 90 yards on 12/17 passing. After a strong performance from Chris Polk, the battle for the 3rd Running Back position is certainly up in the air. Polk rushed for 61 yards on 14 carries, an average of 4.4 yards. Brown would run for only 20 yards on 9 carries. Mardy Gilyard may have won a roster spot with his performance tonight, with 5 catches for 71 yards and 1 TD.

Roster cuts are to be done by Friday night, and jobs were certainly won and lost against the Jets.

Jake Pavorsky is a contributor for Eagledelphia. You can follow him on Twitter @JakePavorsky.

 


Eagles Down Jets In Preseason Finale

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Photo Courtesy Alexis Stinger

It's common for teams to sit their starters in the final preseason game of the year, and let the backups duke it out for roster spots. The Eagles and Jets did just that on Thursday night, deactivating most of their starters and benching the rest of them. 

Philadelphia let second string QB Nick Foles take the reins in the first quarter, and his strong play continued. Rookie RB Bryce Brown carried most of the load on the first drive, showing a good combination of size and speed while on the field. The drive would stall, but the Eagles best scoring chance came when Foles found WR Mardy Gilyard who beat the defending cornerback, only to have it drop out of his hands. Foles would only play the First Quarter, going 4/6 for 60 yards.

Both teams would go scoreless in the First Quarter, with S Jaiquawn Jarrett and LB Ryan Rau making strong impressions on the Eagles defense. The Jets would put the first points up on the board, thanks to RB Joe McKnight and QB Greg McElroy. McKnight ran for 34 yards on the drive, and McElroy connected with RB Terrance Ganaway on a 6 yard TD pass. It was New York's first Touchdown of the entire preseason. 

It would be the Trent Edwards show from the Second Quarter on. He developed a fantastic drive his first time on the field, connecting with Chad Hall twice for gains of 35 yards. He showed incredible poise in the pocket, finding more than one target, and exposing holes in the Jets Defense. Edwards may have done all the hard work, but it would be Bryce Brown that finished the drive, breaking to the outside and scoring on a two yard TD touchdown run, making it 7-7.

After the Jets couldn't move the ball upfield, Edwards inherited the ball on the Eagles 46 yard line, and made quick work. He connected with Chad Hall, Mardy Gilyard and Damaris Johnson on three separate plays, and then hooked up with Gilyard again on a 31 yard TD, giving Philadelphia a 14-7 lead. 

Just before halftime, the Jets made it only to the Eagles 40 yard line, but Nick Folk came through. He nailed a 58 yard FG with room to spare, and sent the Jets into the half only down 14-10.

It was a rough 3rd Quarter for both teams, with neither McElroy or Edwards able to sustain a drive. Philadelphia's Defensive Line continued to give McElroy fits, and LBs Keenan Clayton and Brian Rolle disrupted the short passing game.

Chris Polk, who was on the bubble for a roster spot, ran for 26 yards on the drive, and his ability to keep the drive alive led to Trent Edwards finding TE Brett Brackett on a 7 yard TD pass. Polk would continue to work late into the 4th Quarter, bruising his way through defenders and cashing in on a 3 yard TD run, making it 28-10 Eagles. 

The score would end that way, and Philadelphia went undefeated in the Preseason. 

Trent Edwards almost certainly solidifed a roster spot after Thursday's victory, going 22/32 for 197 yards and 2 TDs. His coutnerpart, Greg McElroy, would throw for just 90 yards on 12/17 passing. After a strong performance from Chris Polk, the battle for the 3rd Running Back position is certainly up in the air. Polk rushed for 61 yards on 14 carries, an average of 4.4 yards. Brown would run for only 20 yards on 9 carries. Mardy Gilyard may have won a roster spot with his performance tonight, with 5 catches for 71 yards and 1 TD.

Roster cuts are to be done by Friday night, and jobs were certainly won and lost against the Jets.

Jake Pavorsky is a contributor for Eagledelphia. You can follow him on Twitter @JakePavorsky.