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Phillies' Velasquez suffers right forearm contusion on game-saving play

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Despite Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez throwing just two innings in the third of a four-game set against the Washington Nationals, the club was able to prevail with a 3-2 victory Saturday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

Velasquez did not exit the contest early because of high pitch count or poor pitching, but rather due to injury. With two outs in the top of the second, Nationals right fielder Adam Eaton smacked a line drive off the right-hander's right forearm. Velasquez was still able to pick up the ball with his left hand and fire the across the diamond to first baseman Carlos Santana for the final out.

The play proved to be game-saving, as the Nationals would have went up 2-0 in the low-scoring contest; catcher Spencer Kieboom was on third base after producing a RBI double two batters prior.

Shortly after making the final out, Velasquez went to the ground in serious pain. He was later diagnosed with a right forearm contusion, alleviating fears that his pitching elbow was struck. X-rays were negative and Velasquez will be reevaluated on Sunday, according to Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. The Phillies are off Monday and Thursday next week, which could buy sufficient time for the right-hander's return.

The Phillies won their 44th game at the official halfway point of the season. Odubel Herrera homered, and both Jorge Alfaro and Aaron Altherr produced a RBI double. While Seranthony Dominguez notched his seventh save in the ninth, what ultimately "saved" the game for the Phillies on Saturday, however, was the former switch-hitter's left-handed throw.

Report: Markelle Fultz will not play in Summer League

By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Well, we all saw this news coming. According to Jon Johnson of SportsRadio 94 WIP, Sixers guard Markelle Fultz will not participate in the Las Vegas Summer League this year. He instead will continue to work on his shot with renowned NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen.

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Flyers Look for Another Draft Find in Jay O'Brien


(Kate Frese)

By Mike Witmer, Sports Talk Philly staff writer 

The Flyers had two first-round picks during last weekend's NHL Draft and used the second at 19th overall to select Jay O'Brien. Some may say it was a safe pick by the Flyers. Many draft boards had O'Brien as a late first-round pick at best.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall has been known in the past to take chances on players in the past, like undrafted free-agent defenseman Phil Myers -- who is turning out to be a valuable player -- or even last year drafting Morgan Frost, which was a surprise for some. His scouts have done very well in the past couple years on finding value and good young talent later in the first round. Jay O’Brien could soon be another example of that.

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Phillies Check In on Fulmer, Padres Relievers

Entering their Friday evening matchup against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff's 4.91 ERA since May 30 ranked as the third-worst in baseball, and the second-worst in the National League.

While there are plenty of internal options vying to soon return to the majors — Pat Neshek, Jerad Eickhoff, Edubray Ramos and Luis Garcia to name a few — to club continues to also look externally, as next month's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching.

Tuesday morning on SiriusXM's "GM & Co-Mish" show, Phillies Vice President and General Manager Matt Klentak said he will do "everything" he can to help the Phillies "in ways that make sense," in the best interest of balancing both the short- and long-term.

Read: Kapler: Phillies GM Klentak Is 'Excellent Evaluator, Dealmaker'

According to two Friday reports from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman, the Phillies are doing just that — checking in on both Detroit Tigers starter RHP Michael Fulmer and San Diego Padres relievers.

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Royals ‘Peeking In’ on Phillies Prospects As Clubs Discuss Moustakas Trade

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

While the Philadelphia Phillies have pondered acquiring soon-to-be free agent star Manny Machado, or future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre to improve their offense, the club also has their sights set on former second overall draft pick, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, both the Phillies and Royals officials "have had discussions" involving the 2015 World Series champion. In addition, per Salisbury, Royals scouts have been "peeking in" on Phillies minor-league prospects.

Read: Phillies Have 'Had Conversation' on Beltre, Donaldson,
Machado, Moustakas to Replace Franco

Salisbury writes:

"Moustakas, who turns 30 in September, is a two-time All-Star and left-handed-hitting power bat who stroked 38 homers and drove in 85 runs in 2017. He had hoped to ride that season to a big, free-agent payday last winter, but one never materialized and he returned to the Royals for one year and $6.5 million."

In 78 games this season, Moustakas is slashing .255/.310/.467 with 17 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs and 49 RBI. During the 2015 World Series, the Los Angeles, California, native hit .304/.333/.304 with seven hits and three RBI for the Royals, opposite the Phillies' division rival New York Mets.

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Free agency targets if the Sixers fail to "hunt" a star

By: Jesse Larch, Sports Talk Philly editor 

NBA Free Agency is a strange mistress. The whirlwind of transactions is set to begin at midnight on Sunday (although no contracts can be made official until July 6), and the Sixers figure to make their presence known, especially with the biggest names on the open market with Sixers interim shot-caller Brett Brown stating that the team is "star-hunting" this offseason. 

While the Sixers will surely try to bring in a big fish, it is no guarantee. If they do miss, they will have a lot of money to invest in free agency. The Sixers need to be prepared to miss out on one of the top options and have a plan B ready in the event that they cannot lure a superstar to Philadelphia this summer. 

The question then becomes who would be on the Sixers radar. Below we will look at a number of players who could draw interest from the Sixers. This list will not consider the players that were on the team this past season like J.J. Redick or Amir Johnson simply because fans already know what those players have to offer.

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Report: Justin Anderson had leg surgery Friday for shin splints

By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

We all know by now that injuries are just another part of the game of basketball, we just need to learn how to deal with them. Sixers guard Justin Anderson reportedly had leg surgery performed on Friday to help him deal with lingering shin splints that saw him miss a significant amount of time in the regular season this past year.

Per's Keith Pompey, Anderson will be re-evaluated in two weeks and again in six-to-eight weeks. He averaged 6.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and played 13.7 minutes per game off the bench in 38 appearances for the 76ers last season.

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Phillies Brass Were Not ‘Unanimous’ in Drafting 3B Alec Bohm

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Philadelphia Phillies 2018 No. 3 overall pick Alec Bohm has been tearing it up through eight combined games — between the GCL Phillies West and the Williamsport Crosscutters — since making his professional debut on June 19.

Bohm, 21, needed just four games with the GCL Phillies West before earning his promotion to the short-season Crosscutters on June 24. Despite recording a school-record three grand slams, a 12-game hitting streak, 24 multiple-hit games, 13 multiple-RBI games and two multiple-home run games during his junior and final season at Wichita State, Phillies brass reportedly were not "unanimous" in selecting the Ohama, Nebraska native in this month's amateur draft, according to Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman.

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Report: Sixers could target RFA Jabari Parker

By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The free agency period has still yet to be opened, but teams are already lining up for a bounty of to-be free agents.

One name that is now being leaked out as a player that is drawing multitudes of interest to teams is Bucks forward Jabari Parker. According to Gery Woelfel of the Racine (Wis.) Journal Times, the Sixers are among one of the teams that are drawing interest for Parker.

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Bradham suspended for first game of 2018 season

By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Staff

The Philadelphia Eagles will start their 2018 season as the reigning Super Bowl Champions on September 6, however they will be missing a key player – linebacker Nigel Bradham.

Field Yates of ESPN first reported earlier today that Bradham may be facing a one-game suspension:

Only a few hours later, Bradham himself confirmed the news and apologized to his teammates and fans while citing the reason for the suspention:

As Bradham mentions in his post, the suspension is a result of his arrest in Miami almost two years ago.

With veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow already placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL, it is likely that Corey Nelson and Kamu Grugier-Hill will compete to start in Bradham’s place for the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.